(Editor's note - It's mock draft szn and these will be headed to the front page)
Welcome to NFL draft season and the first mock draft of the year.
These 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. The week I used Matt Miller’s.
I use fanspeak 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.
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.
There will be multiple roster changes between now and the draft and they will ultimately effect who and how we approach the draft. With that being said, I assume that we sign one of Fant or Ifedi, sign Clowney and Jefferson and bring in another pass rusher of some sort.
Here is my draft for today:
Normally the first few drafts are rough, trying to figure out who will work for us. This year though, this draft feels absolutely perfect. I didn’t cheat at all, this is exactly how it fell to me with the simulator. I really hope this is how it works out.
I think someone will trade back into the end of the 1st to get a QB, probably Jacob Eason. In this one we give up 1.27 for 2.13 and 3.12.
R2P13 EDGE JULIAN OKWARA NOTRE DAME
R2P27 S KYLE DUGGER LENOIR-RHYNE
R2P32 TE HUNTER BRYANT WASHINGTON
R3P12 WR JALEN REAGOR TCU
R3P36 G LOGAN STENBERG KENTUCKY
R4P27 RB ZACK MOSS UTAH
R4P40 LB WILLIE GAY JR MISSISSIPPI STATE
R5P8 CB JAMES PIERRE FLORIDA ATLANTIC
R6P35 DL DAVON HAMILTON OHIO STATE
R7P36 TE BEN ELLEFSON NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Seahawks at pick R2P13 EDGE/LEO JULIAN OKWARA NOTRE DAME
Measurements: 6-4 248
He is projected as a tweener between a rush OLB and a DE. Sounds exactly like the LEO we have been looking for since Chris Clemons left.
Draft Network – Julian Okwara projects as a potential starter as a rush linebacker at the NFL level. Okwara's functional athleticism and burst off the edge can be a potent weapon in an offense where he can serve as the complimentary rusher and attack in 1 on 1 situations. Okwara's lack of power components can restrict his effectiveness if additional attention is directed his way in pass protection but his pure speed components from wide alignments will garner pressure.
NFL – The lanky edge rusher followed up an impressive 2018 with a slightly disappointing senior season that saw a drop in production and ended prematurely due to a broken leg. One look at his NFL brother (Romeo Okwara, Lions) should tell teams to project Julian as a bigger, stronger player with time. He has build-up speed up around the edge and carries an impressive closing burst to seal the deal, but he's in desperate need of a rush counter to keep tackles guessing. He hasn't shown a consistent ability to play the run, so his NFL success could generate a thumbs up or down based primarily on his ability to cause havoc as a rusher.
Seahawks pick at R2P27 SS KYLE DUGGER LENOIR-RHYNE
Measurements: 6-1 217, 32 3/4" arms, 10" hands
Testing: 4.41" 40, 10’ 11" broad
He is a freak athlete that was discovered by a Seahawks scout. He is built to be a SS/big nickel and he can even return punts. Yes he is my number one draft crush at this point and when he blows away the combine like he did the Senior Bowl, this is where he will go.
Draft Network– The debate with Kyle Dugger lies with where he's best implemented. A bit of a tweener, Dugger is at his best in instances where he's tasked with rallying to the football. There's a terrific skill set to work with, mold and develop at the next level but Dugger is an elite athlete who entering the league would benefit from a "find the football" role. Likely puts him on the field as a WILL to start but his dynamic athleticism and stature project best as a developmental SS and special teams ace.
Seahawks select at R2P32 TE HUNTER BRYANT WASHINGTON
Measurements: 6-2 240
A complete receiving mismatch. His rookie floor is what we got from the TE position this year, with the potential to be a pro bowl weapon.
Draft Network – Hunter Bryant should be a dynamic receiving threat at the NFL level. Bryant brings excellent quickness, run after catch skills and versatility to a flex tight end role. Plugging Bryant into a traditional inline role will water down his receiving skills — he's best working off the LOS or as a flexed slot receiver who can serve as a H/W/S mismatch for opposing defenders. If Bryant it put in such a flex role, look for early production and long-term starter status in the pros.
Seahawks select at R3P12 WR JALEN REAGOR TCU
Measurements: 5-11 195
He is a 4.3 weapon.
Draft Network - Jalen Reagor is one of the most dynamic receiving prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. Reagor's skill set fits best when projecting forward into a vertical passing offense as a Z-receiver, where he can defeat press coverage, attack down the field and force defenses to respect his speed or pay the consequences. Reagor brings explosive burst and simultaneous control on his stems to carry himself for separation — he's got upside to work inside as a slot receiver as well. NFL starter.
Seahawks select at R3P36 G LOGAN STENBERG KENTUCKY
Measurements: 6-6 317
He is the bully that you hate to run into in the hallway. He plays nasty and should slot in as a day one starter at LG and a joy for Carson to run behind.
Draft Network – Logan Stenberg projects as a starter in a gap/power heavy scheme at the pro level. Stenberg is a mauler with a tenacious demeanor and will be an effective tone setter — although he does have his limitations. Stenberg is not a dynamic mover and his stiffness will present issues with remaining stuck on his blocks for an extended period of time. In all, Stenberg's wins in close quarters outweigh his lack of range and influence on the fringes. Very scheme specific but can serve as a starter.
Seahawks select at R4P27 RB ZACK MOSS UTAH
Measurements: 5-10, 222
We need depth and Moss adds the versatility and inside running we need more of.
Draft Network - Zack Moss has the potential to serve as a high end feature back at the NFL level. Moss' skill set projects best into an inside zone system, where his one cut ability and burst through gaps will allow him to diagnose the POA before bursting into space. Moss possesses viable 3rd down skills as a pass protector and check down receiver as well. Despite not having the best athletic profile in the class, Moss offers a complete skill set and should find success early in the pros.
Seahawks select at R4P40 LB WILLIE GAY JR MISSIPPI STATE
Measurements: 6-2, 235
Freak athlete at LB who should develop into a solid WILL.
PFF - Gay has as much speed as any linebacker in the country. On the very first series against Kentucky — the only game he’s played so far this season — Gay took a pick back for six. He may never be a plus run defender, but he’s not undersized by any means at 6-2, 240 pounds. As a freshman and sophomore, he earned coverage grades of 87.1 and 90.6, respectively, as he’s got terrific zone instincts.
Seahawks select at R5P8 CB JAMES PIERRE FLORIDA ATLANTIC
Measurements: 6-2 180
A long corner that Pete loves to find and develop. I honestly don’t have much data on him other than he meets their size requirements.
Seahawks select at R6P35 DL DAVON HAMILTON OHIO STATE
Measurements: 6-4 327
A big run stuffing DT that will fill into the rotation.
Draft Network - What first jumps out at you when you watch Hamilton is the sheer size of this man. At 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, you can easily recognize why Ohio State prioritizes him as the anchor of their interior defensive line. This is a guy who is constantly facing doubles teams, and yet when doing so can hold up on the line of scrimmage consistently or even break and split doubles altogether.
Seahawks select at R7P36 TE BEN ELLEFSON NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Measurements: 6-3 250
A blocking TE who will replace Fant’s role and provide a dump off receiving option.