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The first post-Russell Wilson trade Seahawks mock draft

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So..........some stuff happened and we have a first round draft pick. Obviously, that changes a few things. There could be a number of different strategies on D and a QB, so let's take a look at some players they may be thinking about. The combine started the process of moving big boards and projections in line, so things should start to get a little bit more accurate as we go.

Take a look at the other mocks I have done, for more prospects to follow:

Mock 1, Mock 2, Mock 3

Disclaimer:

Scouting

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.

Draft Position

Instead of trying to figure out what trades will happen and have a bunch of you tell me how unrealistic they are, I am bypassing that completely. Instead, I am going to look at someone who might be available in each round.

We don't know where anyone will be drafted, so don't @ me with an argument about someone won't be available when, that is completely beside the point. The point is that we look at a bunch of players who may be available and of interest to PCJS.

Picks:

Round 1 QB Malik Willis - Liberty

Round 2 OT Bernhard Raimann - Central Michigan

Round 3 WR Christian Watson - North Dakota State University

Round 4 OG Tyler Smith - Tulsa

Round 5 CB Zyon McCollum - Sam Houston State

Round 6 DT Eyioma Uwazurike - Iowa State

Round 7 DE Dominique Robinson - Miami (Ohio)

Pick-by-pick Breakdown

Seahawks at pick Round 1 QB Malik Willis - Liberty

Measurements: 6'-1/2" 219

I think this guy is why they were more comfortable with the trade. Apparently, he blew everyone away in the interviews with his white board work and obvious grasp of much more complex offensive and coverage concepts than what he faced in college. If he is as good as he could be, the trade could look like the biggest steal in a couple of years.

NFL.com Willis uses his rare combination of elite rushing talent and a rocket-launching right arm to unlock explosive plays in two different ways. He has the arm to beat safeties to the deepest parts of the field and makes impressive throws from inside and outside the pocket.

The Draft Network In all, Willis has the highest ceiling of any quarterback in this year's class and in the right environment, I could easily see him becoming a Pro Bowl-caliber player. But his variance of outcomes will very much be dependent on where he lands and the wrong environment may yield ugly results.

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Seahawks at pick Round 2 OT Bernhard Raimann - Central Michigan

Measurements: 6-6 303

40 Yard Dash-5.05

Bench Press-30

Vertical Jump-30.5

Broad Jump-117

3 Cone Drill-7.46

20 Yd Shuttle-4.49

He has the potential to be one of the best LTs in this draft. Only playing the position for a year plus and he is already this good. Getting a starting LT and QB in the same draft would go down as the greatest draft ever.

NFL.com With alluring athleticism and an impressive skill set, Raimann is just scratching the surface of his potential. His initial transition from tight end to left tackle occurred in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, making his rapid transformation fairly remarkable. He is a much better technician than he should be at this stage, but his approach is also mechanical and he could struggle against sophisticated edge defenders until he learns to diversify his pass sets and hand usage. Raimann's instincts and fundamentals at the position are still in a developmental phase so bumps in the road are expected, but his best football is ahead of him and he should become a long-time starter at left tackle.

The Draft Network Raimann is an international player who is originally from Austria and came to Central Michigan initially as a tight end while also lettering in wrestling and track & field. Those athletic tools are quite apparent for Raimann, who spent his first two seasons as a TE on the roster and logged 20 receptions for 164 yards between the 2018 and 2019 seasons before stacking on weight and converting to play tackle. When you consider he's got a two-year exposure to offensive tackle, it is easy to see why there's such an enthusiasm about his projection to the pro game as he continues to master his new position. Initially listed as a 230-pound tight end on his 247 Sports recruiting profile, Raimann now carries more than 300 pounds on his frame and does so with only a few subtle clues that he's added extra weight and hasn't naturally been this big. I like his projection best in a system that looks to weaponize his athletic ability on the edge—where his movement skills can help hit ambitious landmarks in the run and screen game and his mobility can help to shine and maintain pocket integrity when his offense looks to move the pocket.

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Seahawks at pick Round 3 WR Christian Watson - North Dakota State University

Measurements: 6-4 208

40 Yard Dash-4.36

Vertical Jump-38.5

Broad Jump-136

There are so many great WRs in the draft these days, that I think you should spend a 3rd rounder on one, two out of three years and just go through them. This is a big WR with elite measurables. Let him grow with a new QB.

NFL.com A receiver prospect with intriguing measurables and a strong belief in the team aspect of the game, Watson possesses an alluring combination of size and speed. He showed off improved route running and catch strength in 2021. He is much more gifted than his opposition was at NDSU and needs to prove he can elevate his game against bigger, faster players at the next level. He plays hard and fast but needs to add a few more pounds and learn to impose his frame on the coverage.

The Draft Network Christian Watson is a very good athlete with good speed, agility, and excellent body control. For a taller receiver, he is surprisingly dynamic and displays the ability to consistently win against man coverage. In the passing game, he is extremely tough to cover. He can defeat press with foot quickness and has surprisingly good vertical speed. His home-run speed threatens a defender's cushion quickly. He does a good job of dropping his weight while displaying the separation quickness at the top of the route. He has a very good catch radius and is a matchup problem in contested-catch situations. He can contort his body to make tough catches and is dynamic with the football in his hands. In the NFL he is an outside receiver who projects with very good ability in the kicking game both as a returner and a core special teamer.

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Seahawks pick at Round 4 OG Tyler Smith - Tulsa

Measurements: 6-5 324

40 Yard Dash-5.02

Vertical Jump-27.5

Broad Jump-105

3 Cone Drill-7.78

20 Yd Shuttle-4.65

Nasty road grading OL. Played OT in college, but would be best served as a guard. Projections vary wildly from early second to 5th, but he just screams PC OL.

NFL.com Power merchant who plays the game with a field demeanor that can work in his favor on one play and against him on the next snap. Smith is able to displace defenders as a run blocker despite lacking proper hand usage for leverage.

The Draft Network He executes with infectious energy and is a tone-setter for the unit. He is a tenacious football player who seemingly looks for pancake blocks on every snap. He is aggressive and fully earns labels like "mauler" and "road grader". From day one, he will make an NFL offense tougher and more physical. As a run blocker, Smith is explosive into contact and has the power to overwhelm opponents. As a pass blocker, Smith is aggressive and is a wall once he sets the clamps.

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Seahawks select at Round 5 CB Zyon McCollum - Sam Houston State

Measurements: 6-2 199

40 Yard Dash-4.33

Vertical Jump-39.5

Broad Jump-132

3 Cone Drill-6.48

20 Yd Shuttle-3.94

Other than arm length, which Pete isn't as worried about anymore, this guy is exactly what you want at QB. He may take a year to develop, but could be an exciting CB prospect in the 5th.

NFL.com Ball-hawking FCS cornerback with outstanding combination of size and athletic traits for the next level. McCollum is big and plays with good physicality in coverage but his footwork to match the release and phase the route tend to stand out. He is instinctive and has great ball skills at the catch-point but there is room for improvement playing downfield throws. His play speed is good but he might not have the instant juice to prevent being stacked on vertical routes from press. He can press or play all forms of zone and has early special-teams value as he transitions into the pros.

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Seahawks select at Round 6 DT Eyioma Uwazurike - Iowa State

Measurements: 6-6 316, 35" arms

Vertical Jump-33

Broad Jump-107

An explosive big man that is still developing after only one year of consistent production.

NFL.com He was named First-Team All-Big-12 and recorded nine sacks, proving to be Uwazurike's most productive season by far. As a prospect Uwazurike is a big, powerful defensive lineman that can generate movement. He is best when he has a predetermined stunt or slant called and he can use his quickness to shoot gaps. Early on, Uwazurike can contribute as a player who disrupts the run.

The Draft Network Uwazurike's combination of size, length and athleticism makes him an intriguing defensive line projection at the next level. He has played every defensive line position in both odd and even fronts and was productive doing so. Early glances at tape show a player with subpar pad level and inconsistent scraps at the point of attack, but a closer look shows the technique improved and he received more reps inside at the nose. He's an active pass rusher with lively hand usage and the ability to go from an edge attack to a straight bull rush in the middle of the rep. He will appeal to 3-4 teams at either nose or five-technique.

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Seahawks select at Round 7 DE Dominique Robinson - Miami (Ohio)

Measurements: 6-5 253

40 Yard Dash-4.72

Bench Press-25

Vertical Jump-41

Broad Jump-121

Started off as a WR and ended up as a DE. Still a project, but with the tools to become a very productive DE/rush LB.

NFL.com Wideout turned quarterback hunter with the bricks and mortar needed to build an impactful career as a 3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 rush end. Robinson frequently flashes despite his relative inexperience at the position. He's quick off the snap, using plus fluidity, athleticism and bend to trim the edge and assail the pocket. However, he needs additional moves and counters before he's ready to beat pro tackles. He must get stronger and more technically sound in run support. Aligning as a stand-up rush linebacker might help expand his range as a playmaker in space. Robinson projects as an unpolished gem with a high ceiling and stable floor.

The Draft Network Robinson offers very good short-area quickness and agility for a rusher—which is in part to be expected by a player who was recruited as a dual-threat quarterback and spent his first few seasons on the Miami Redhawks roster as a tight end before transitioning to play defensive end. Robinson logged some 33 games and 13 starts at receiver between 2017, 2018, and 2019 before playing in three games on defense amid Miami-Ohio's abbreviated COVID-19 season in 2020. Since then, Robinson has shown a significant level of agility and raw athleticism but has yet to really package his skill set together effectively and efficiently to create consistent chaos on that side of the football.

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