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The Drive: My self-indulgent Seahawks mock draft

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Let’s do a mock draft.

My goal is to maximize accuracy. Which is a fool’s errand. But so be it. This is not a mock draft of players I particularly like but only a mock draft which could look somewhat like the Seahawks actual draft class. In order to achieve accuracy, I will trade using Rich Hill’s trade value chart, trade back of course as Seattle’s in no position to package picks, and I will target players I think match Seattle’s particular methods of talent evaluation. I will not likely achieve any sort of specific accuracy, but it is possible one or two players I pick are actually selected by the Seahawks. I mean, it’s not impossible.

The One and Only Trade

It would only complicate this further to explain the exact method by which Seattle acquires the New York Giants’ second-round pick. Who knows? But New York has 12 picks and could pretty easily trade back into the first from 37, so ... somehow, someway, Seattle trades back enough times to acquire this pick. Let’s keep this straightforward, converting the value of pick 21, 260.82, into pick 37, 161.67. That’s about 99, which I’ll distribute this way.

95th overall pick from New York: 40.26

108th pick: 30.17

132nd pick: 17.68

180: 6.07

232: 1.91

2020: 7th-round pick

Seahawks lose slightly on the exchange but I think turning one pick into so many picks would prove sufficient compensation.

Which leaves Seattle with the following picks: 37, 84, 95, 108, 124, 132, 159, 180 and 232. That’s a pick in every round except the first and sixth.

Pick 37

Jerry Tillery

Tillery is a tall, somewhat lean defensive lineman who’s pretty darn athletic for one so tall. The Seahawks need size up the middle, especially length, and though Tillery’s rangy build may not give him the best anchor, he should immediately improve Seattle’s ability to stymie horizontal seams.

Pick 84

Justin Layne

Layne is a large-framed, quick-enough, press corner. Seattle is likely set at both starting corner positions, but nickel is wide open, and Seattle has a tradition of adding and developing defensive backs even when the starting positions are set. Layne performed very well at the NFL Combine, exceeding expectations for his quickness. His 4.5 40 is nice, but it’s his top ten finishes in the 3 Cone and Short Shuttle which may be most impressive.

Pick 95

Miles Boykin

Boykin absolutely rocked the NFL Combine. Somehow that wasn’t much noted. Maybe because of a fellow named D.K. Metcalf, but apart from 40 time and bench press, Boykin was superior to Metcalf in every drill. He was also the more accomplished receiver, and worked out of a pro-style offense at Notre Dame. The way he glides into that first five yards of the 40 reminds me an awful lot of Randy Moss—like his explosiveness so easily overcomes his weight as to make him appear weightless. I very much doubt he will be available this late.

Pick 108

Foster Moreau

Moreau is a move tight end. Which is a position offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer employed regularly in New York and St. Louis but which the Seahawks never really filled adequately in 2018. Moreau is somewhere between Lance Kendricks and Dustin Keller in terms of size and athleticism. He moves and locates well as a blocker, but doesn’t exactly lay a pop. The Tigers were very run oriented, throwing for under 3,000 yards as a team, and so projecting Moreau as a receiver may require some extrapolation, but tell me he doesn’t look pretty good when he is targeted.

Oh good, I just cut my finger very badly attempting to slice a bagel. Time for the lightning round.

Pick 124

Ben Banogu

Someone to push Barkevious Mingo. Maybe right out the door.

Pick 132

Khalen Saunders

Squat powerhouse in the Brandon Mebane mold who’s also a damn fine gymnast.

Pick 159

John Cominsky

Pete Carroll loves unique skill sets and that describes Cominsky to a T. An option quarterback who converted to defensive end, he’s a bit of a misfit for any particular position but could fit as Seattle’s big end in base packages.

Pick 180

Gigantic guard-right tackle prospect who needs some serious coaching up.

Pick 232

Fred Johnson

Even more gigantic guard-right tackle prospect who needs even more serious coaching up.