This is it, the last one. I think we have covered most of the realistic possibilities, so I really hope you can enjoy the draft more by knowing more of the names as they are called.
These mock drafts are not intended as a prediction of what will happen, they are merely a vehicle to look at different players that the front office may be looking at. With that, I will probably change who I draft just about every time, just to take a little bit closer look at more players at different levels of the draft at different positions. I will also trade out of the 1st every time I publish one of these. There are plenty of other places where you can learn about the first round and even the top of the second, here we want to look at all the other guys. In the end, we may find some draft crushes and know more names throughout the draft.
Big Board Order
I use different big board just about every time. None of them are perfect and I realize that none of them match. Some guys will go higher and some guys will go lower. The point is that we take a look at lots of guys, so don’t get too hung up on where someone is drafted.
I use fansided to simulate the drafts. I paid for the premium edition, so it lets me do trades. I realize that many trades aren’t realistic, but based on my wish to look at more possible players, I don’t care either.
We all know some of the basic needs that they have, but some basic rules are also in play with this front office. Since PC/JS have been here they have used 14 1st and 2nd round picks. Only 5 have been used on non-lineman: 2 WR, 1 RB, 1 FS and 1 ILB. Only 1 pick has been used in the 1st round on a non-lineman and that was Earl Thomas. Every time you see them saying they will grab a short-armed CB or some RB, remember, that would completely break with the mold. More likely is they do two things: they trade back as much as possible to maximize 2nd and 3rd round opportunities and they also lean towards four-year starters early on.
If you aren’t reading Rob over at Seahawks draft blog, you are doing it wrong.
I am not a scout, nor do I pretend to be. I will give my thought process on drafting a guy, but will link and copy to other scouts and give you what they think of him, which is probably much higher quality than what you would get from me.
Here is my draft for today. As usual, I am super happy with it:
35: R2P3, OT KOLTON MILLER, UCLA
64: R2P32, DL RASHEEM GREEN, USC
95: R3P31, S TERRELL EDMUNDS, VIRGINIA TECH
120: R4P20, EDGE JALYN HOLMES, OHIO STATE
141: R5P4, TE RYAN IZZO, FLORIDA STATE
146: R5P9, RB KALEN BALLAGE, ARIZONA STATE
198: R6P24, WR EQUANIMEOUS ST. BROWN, NOTRE DAME
226: R7P8, CB JAMARCUS KING, SOUTH CAROLINA
248: R7P30, LB JOEL IYIEGBUNIWE, WESTRN KENTUCKY
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
SEAHAWKS SENT: ROUND 1, PICK 18 & ROUND 5, PICK 31
THEY RECEIVED: ROUND 1, PICK 23 & ROUND 3, PICK 31 & ROUND 6, PICK 24
SEAHAWKS SENT: ROUND 1, PICK 23 & ROUND 5, PICK 19
RECEIVED: ROUND 2, PICK 3 & ROUND 2, PICK 32
Seahawks at 35 (round 2, from CLE) select: RT KOLTON MILLER, UCLA
Measurements: 6-9 310, 34” arms
Testing: 4.95 40, 24 reps, 31.5” vert, 121” broad, 7.34 3-cone, 4.49 short shuttle
Massive OT who has the athletic ability to start early and become a pro bowl RT.
Tall, proportionate frame. Balanced in his set-up and initial movements. Arm length to initiate contact when he wants. Comfortable in space with steady athleticism for his size. Wide base and does a nice job staying between the rusher and the quarterback. Core strength allows him to re-anchor after contact. Flashes the grip strength to shut down pass rushers. Gathers his weight and uses body lean to move bodies in the run game. Aware and locates blitzers. Fights through the whistle and always looking for work. Starting experience at both tackle positions. – Dane Brugler 1/12/2018
Miller is an exceptionally tall tackle prospect who lacks the flexibility in his hips to drop his pad level and play with better leverage and a stronger base. His lateral movements in his pass slides are segmented and there are reps that he has to completely break from his technique to chase edge rushers to the corner. What Miller does have is athletic ability that is above average for the position and he showed improvement as the season wore on. He has the physical traits to become an above average NFL starter, but he’ll need to improve his pass pro technique and become a better finisher in the run game.
Seahawks pick at 64 (round 2, from CLE) DE/LEO RASHEEM GREEN, USC
Measurements: 6-5, 275, 33.75” arms
Testing: 4.73 40, 32.5” vert, 118” broad, 7.24 3 cone
Relentless rusher, who can move inside and out depending on the down.
Long, lean player who flashes quickness and edge abilities. Versatile player who has the ability to slide inside on passing downs. Drives legs and sinks hips when trying to anchor on the edge against running plays. Has the athleticism to beat offensive tackles and press the pocket from the outside. Can provide pressure on the passer from a variety of spots. Hand placement is improving and is giving him better results as a pass rusher. Physically gifted player who has a high ceiling in the right hands. Violent tackler and explodes into passers when he gets close. Wraps up well and tackles through the runner. Swim move is starting to develop. Very quick hands that allow him to disengage in a hurry and corral passing runners. Long arms help affect passing lanes and bat passes. Has a knack for blocking kicks, and knows how to get his hands up.
Green’s draft grade is based on projection over what he shows today. He has obvious upside that is waiting to be unlocked and unleashed, but he must get stronger and play with better technique and toughness. Green doesn’t have the sand in his pants to hold up at the point of attack as an interior defender and will likely be targeted as a base end in 4-3 or 3-4 schemes with a likely role of reducing inside on passing downs. Green may need a team with a patient approach and willing mentor to guide him along his early stages. It will take time, but he should become an impact starter in the league.
Seahawks pick at 95 (round 3, from NE) S TERRELL EDMUNDS, VIRGINIA TECH
Measurements: 6-1 220, 32.75” ARMS
Testing: 4.47 40, 41.5” vert, 134” broad
Elite speed and explosion for his size. Eventual SS/big nickel.
NFL frame with muscular physique. Physical mind-set as a downhill run defender. Controls his throttle from full speed to find his balance. Coordinated body control as an open-field tackler. Acceleration to carry receivers across the middle of the field. Picks up speed as he goes with closing finish. Strong to the ball in coverage with soft hands. Versatile experience and started at four different positions in college – also played on special teams coverages each season. Key man making the defensive calls – vocal with natural leadership traits. Graduated with a degree in multimedia journalism (Dec. 2017). Athletic bloodlines. – Dane Brugler 1/21/2018
While younger brother Trumaine may get the headlines in this year’s draft, Terrell is a quality prospect in his own right. Like his brother, Terrell possesses high end speed and explosion traits that are coveted for his position. He has man cover talent against big targets and should step right into a role on the coverage units for special teams. Edmunds is at his best near the line of scrimmage and has eventual starter potential, but inconsistencies as an open field tackler may be a cause for concern in some NFL war rooms.
Seahawks select at 120 (round 4): DE/DT JALYN HOLMES, OHIO STATE
Measurements: 6-5 283, 34” arms
Testing: 4.82 40, 25 reps, 32” vert, 112” broad, 7.62” 3 cone, 4.59 shuttle
Big DE who can rush from the inside.
Body beautiful with developed physique and long arms. Coordinated athlete and could have played tight end at a high level. Greased-up hips and joints to bend, dip and shave tight corners. Extends his reach to press blockers off his frame and create movement. Balanced forward lean. Backside burst to chase down ballcarriers. Instinctive player and sees plays develop half-seconds before they do. Voted a senior captain despite zero career starts his first three years. Magnetic, fun-loving personality and described as “an even better person and leader” by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer – Holmes stayed patient, spending most of his career stuck behind others on the depth chart. Dedicated himself in the weight room, adding 50+ pounds since his senior year in high school. Logged several snaps inside as a defensive tackle. – Dane Brugler 1/2/2018
Holmes doesn’t rush well enough to be a 4-3 end and needs more strength to fit into 3-4 fronts. However, if he improves his hand usage and adds lower body strength, he has the potential to become an effective 3-4 end with the ability to push the pocket as an interior rusher in sub packages. Holmes lacks the explosiveness to be a starter who will fill up the stat sheet, but he has intriguing size/strength potential that could make him a better pro than college player.
Seahawks select at 141 (round 5): TE RYAN IZZO, FSU
Measurements: 6-5 250
Testing: 4.93 40, 18 reps, 33” vert, 110” broad, 7.15 3 cone, 4.43 short shuttle
In line blocking TE who can be a security blanket and red zone threat.
Prototypically-built tight end with broad shoulders and a thick, evenly distributed frame with plenty of room for additional muscle mass. Plays bigger than his listed size, serving as a legitimate in-line blocking presence in the running game. Provides a solid initial pop to the defender, generating a jolt with strong hands and long arms and working to sustain his blocks, driving his legs through contact. Blocks until the play is over, seeking a second target if possible with good hustle downfield to help teammates. Sneaky route-runner who varies his gait to get behind the defense. Drops his weight and drives hard back towards his quarterback to create separation. Shows good concentration, core strength and strong hands to secure the grab even with defenders draped over him. Strong, reliable hands with a good catch radius due to his arm length. Bullish runner after the catch, showing toughness, determination and strength to break tackles. -- Rob Rang 1/6/2018
If you are looking for a flashy pass-catching tight end who can create matchup issues for the defense then keep on looking. If you want an in-line tight end who has good size and very good toughness and has experience as an active member of the run blocking unit, then Izzo should be on your board. Izzo has athletic limitations, but he has the willingness and talent to become a plus blocker at the point of attack and he’s able to work the middle of the field. He should become a starter early in his career.
Seahawks select at 146 (Round 5): RB KALEN BALLAGE
Measurements: 6-1 228
Testing: 4.46 40, 15 reps, 33.5” vert, 122” broad, 6.91 3-cone, 4.35 short shuttle
Big RB who still is developing who can catch and return kicks.
Physically imposing athlete with a tight-skin, well-built frame and good overall musculature. A legitimate NFL-caliber athlete who possesses impressive zero-to-60 acceleration to rip through the line of scrimmage and create chunk plays. Varies his gait and can surprise opponents with his willingness to change speeds. Generates good power behind his pads when he runs low to the ground, showing the toughness and leg drive to break tackles. Sharp cuts to avoid defenders in the open field. Experienced and productive receiver out of the backfield, who shows good hands to pluck outside of his frame. Occasionally split out wide and may be seen by some as a potential H-back or receiver convert. -- Rob Rang 12/26/2017
Ballage looks great on the hoof and should test well at the Combine, but his lack of decisiveness and vision make it hard to envision him as a full-time RB1. Ballage can do a little of this and a little of that, but a team will need to have a clear-cut plan for how to use him. Ballage’s size and athletic ability will appeal to teams as will his ability to play on third downs and return kicks.
Seahawks select at 198 (Round 6, from NE): WR EQUANIMEOUS ST. BROWN, NOTRE DAME
Measurements: 6-5 214
Testing: 4.48 40, 20 reps 34.5” vert
Opinions vary widely from 2nd round to 6th round. This is a pick that is based on size and potential, since ND didn’t really give him a chance to accel.
Body beautiful with a long, athletic frame and room to grow. Easy acceleration into his routes. Flashes a second gear to create separation on vertical patterns. Controlled-strider with smooth movements mid-route. Drops his hips well for a player his size. Uses his long arms to snare throws. Looks to catch the ball with his hands and away from his body. Climbs the ladder and makes fluid mid-air adjustments on the football. Resides in the weight room as the son of a certified trainer and former two-time Mr. Universe and three-time Mr. World bodybuilder – started weight-training with his father at the age of five. Started every game the past two seasons and plays through minor injuries. Confident and worldly personality. – Dane Brugler 1/10/2018
St. Brown’s combination of size and speed will be coveted by offenses looking for a prospect who can create throwing windows down the field with his ability to separate as the route progresses. St. Brown’s competitive nature needs to improve as does his play strength to elude early pressure from physical cornerbacks. He has never been a volume target and has just three 100-yard games in his career. At this stage, St. Brown is more of a threat than a weapon and his ceiling may be an average starter or WR3.
Seahawks select at 226 (Round 7): CB JAMARCUS KING, SOUTH CAROLINA
Measurements: 6-1 185, 33” arms
Testing: 4.58 40, 32.5” vert, 114” broad, 7.2” 3-cone, 4.38” short shuttle
Long CB that needs time to develop.
King is a long cover corner who possesses the ball skills and competitiveness teams look to develop. His lack of initial burst from transitions could be a big concern as NFL receivers will be able to open some throwing windows against him. King has the play traits to be a solid zone corner with the potential to handle bump-and-run work as long as he has some help behind him.
Seahawks select at 248 (Round 7): OLB JOEL IYIEGBUNIWE, WESTERN KENTUCKY
Measurements: 6-1 230, 32.5” arms
Testing: 4.6 40, 35” vert, 117” broad, 7.06” 3-cone, 4.28 short shuttle
The speed and burst to become great depth and possible starter at WILL.
Iyegbuniwe put together a very strong campaign this season, but some of those numbers don’t look translatable on the next level without a lot more work. His speed and athletic ability in coverage are big pluses in his favor. His NFL role may have to be as a backup weak-side linebacker with some cover talent who can become a top special teams worker.