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The Antepenultimate Seahawks Mock Draft

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes the best thing to do isn't the most exciting. I am guessing that this mock won't be the most exciting draft for most people, but we could end up with 2 day one starters a #3 WR and our future QB. Throw in a bunch of other players with high ceiling potential and it could end up being a great draft hall, but it is kinda boring.

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

Mock 1, Mock 2, Mock 3, Mock 4, Mock 5, Mock 6, Mock 7

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.

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I HAVE MOVED TO THE CURRENT PICKS PER ROUND. I still think it is folly to attempt to figure out what trades will happen, so I will continue to just pick a generic pick for that round.

Draft Position

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 C Tyler Linderbaum - Iowa

Round 2 QB Desmond Ridder - Cinn

Round 2 CB Roger McCreary - Auburn

Round 3 WR David Bell - Purdue

Round 4 DE Zach Carter - Florida

Round 5 OT Spencer Burford - UTSA

Round 5 RB Jerome Ford - Cinn

Round 7 Edge/OLB David Anenih- Houston

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Pick-by-pick Breakdown

Seahawks at pick Round 1 C Tyler Linderbaum - Iowa

Measurements: 6'-2" 296

Let's keep it simple. Linderbaum is probably the best center prospect in the last 5+ years. You draft him and plug him in for the next decade. Not only can we trade back and still get him, but he will start on day one and you don't have to think about him again.

NFL.com Linderbaum has Pro Bowl potential but needs to be matched with a move-based rushing attack. He has the foot quickness and GPS to consistently find top positioning in the first phase of the block. He plays with leverage and body control to sustain and keep the running lane open.

The Draft Network He is a highly polished, highly cerebral and dynamic weapon on the offensive line that presents some unique traits that could make him a game-changer in the middle of your offensive front. Coming into Linderbaum's evaluation, I expected to regard him as a wide-zone-exclusive fit that would make sense for the coaches off the Shanahan tree. But in reality, Linderbaum offers better functional strength than some of his contemporaries, such as former NC State center Garrett Bradbury (2019 NFL Draft, Minnesota Vikings).

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Seahawks select at Round 2 QB Desmond Ridder - Cinn

Measurements: 6-3 211

40 Yard Dash-4.52

Vertical Jump-36

Broad Jump-127

3 Cone Drill-7.15

20 Yd Shuttle-4.29

I am wondering if JS has fallen in love with a QB and this is where they grab him. I'm not sure if Ridder will still be here, but I think him or Corral will be here.

NFL.com He plays in rhythm and operates with consistently repeatable footwork and mechanics. He's intelligent and processes quickly, which should help him find where the football needs to go regardless of passing scheme. Getting the ball to NFL targets accurately and safely, however, is not a given.

The Draft Network For a team with a sound infrastructure and running game that can be relied upon, Ridder has the makings of a reliable starting quarterback with appealing physical traits, experience, and leadership qualities.

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Seahawks at pick Round 2 CB Roger McCreary - Auburn

Measurements: 5-11 190

40 Yard Dash-4.5

He has size limitations that will keep him out of the 1st round, but he has the talent and production to be a top 1st rounder. This is the type of guy you just plug in at CB and let Pete develop.

NFL.com McCreary is aggressive, with the play strength to bully the release and alter route timing. He lacks fluidity in lateral transitions from off-man and lacks make-up burst to stay connected to cross-country routes. Tall receivers have advantages on jump balls and fades, but finding catch space will be a chore for opponents when he's in phase on vertical routes.

The Draft Network In the passing game, he is elite. In press-man, he demonstrates good upfield speed to open and run with receivers. He can mirror and has outstanding closing quickness at the top of the route. In zone situations, he plays with good feel, instincts, and awareness. He is a ball-hungry player who clearly wants to make plays in the passing game by getting his hands on the football.

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Seahawks at pick Round 3 WR David Bell - Purdue

Measurements: 6-1 212

40 Yard Dash-4.65

Vertical Jump-33

Broad Jump-118

3 Cone Drill-7.14

20 Yd Shuttle-4.57

A technician of a WR, who will run solid and precise routes. He isn't necessarily exciting, but he gets the job done consistently.

NFL.com Inside/outside target who is more smooth than sudden in uncovering over the first two levels of the field. Bell is like a crafty pitcher with a limited fastball but a variety of pitches to get hitters out. He wins with process over speed and has an ability to keep man coverage off-balance with rhythmic route-running and detailed footwork.

The Draft Network Bell isn't a dominant athlete and his athletic profile is one I perceive to be above average but not a mismatch problem. All the same, this is exactly the kind of receiver we see annually pass through the draft process and be available on Day 2 before making an impact and going on to have a successful pro career.

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Seahawks pick at Round 4 DE Zach Carter - Florida

Measurements: 6-4 282

40 Yard Dash-4.99

Bench Press-19

Vertical Jump-27.5

Broad Jump-110

A powerful 3-4 DE to plug in to the rotation. Some solid rush from the interior, but will clog up the run lanes first.

NFL.com Carter is viewed as position versatile, with the ability to play defensive end in an odd or even front. His skilled hands and quick feet make him a perfect candidate to move inside in nickel packages as a rusher. Some evaluators like his girth and envision him adding weight to become a full-time three-technique in a one-gapping front. Carter possesses the anchor for the point of attack, but needs to improve his stack-and-shed technique to make more plays in the run game.

The Draft Network He projects best as a 4-3 defensive end but has plenty of experience playing in the B-gap, which he should get chances to do in the NFL to maximize his ability to shoot gaps and rush from the interior. Carter has good length and plays with active hands, low pads, and thrives in tight quarters.

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Seahawks select at Round 5 OT Spencer Burford - UTSA

Measurements: 6-4 304

40 Yard Dash-5.19

Vertical Jump-27.5

Broad Jump-105

20 Yd Shuttle-4.73

All the tools to develop into a starting LT, he will need some time though, but his athletic ability should shine in an outside zone blocking system.

NFL.com Long-armed guard/tackle prospect who is fueled by energy and athletic ability. Burford has the foot quickness and agility teams are looking for as a move blocker but his play can be rushed and unfocused, which can turn a win into a loss on any given rep. He needs to add muscle mass and drop the pad level, but has enough bend in his lower half to become a more consistent drive blocker with technique work.

The Draft Network Burford is an athletic offensive tackle with outstanding length. He has good temperament when blocking and is an aggressive player. As a run blocker, Burford shines when he can use his length, quickness, and power to find leverage points on defenders and widen lanes. When pass blocking, Burford's length and foot speed shine as physically, he has everything necessary in his toolbox to excel..

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Seahawks select at Round 5 RB Jerome Ford -€” Cinn

Measurements: 5-10.5 210

40 Yard Dash-4.46

Vertical Jump-31

Broad Jump-118

A squat, fast back that sticks his foot in the ground and runs. He isn't an ankle breaker, but his speed lets him exploit whatever the OL gives him.

NFL.com He has the tools to find yards with those traits. He's a talented, explosive option out of the backfield with soft hands and the speed to mismatch linebackers out in space. The pieces aren't all in place, but Ford could have a future as a change-of-pace slasher with third-down value.

The Draft Network Ford is a no-nonsense runner that showcases good vision, power, and decision-making with the football. He has a nose for the end zone and excels in short yardage but can be used as a traditional inside/outside runner as well. While he is a bigger back, Ford has a second gear and he frequently breaks pursuit angles and runs away from defenders. He has outstanding acceleration once he finds daylight and commits. Ford is a disciplined runner that plays within himself while doing a terrific job of blending decisiveness with patience.

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Seahawks select at Round 7 Edge/OLB David Anenih- Houston

Measurements: 6-2 251

Explosive developmental outside rush linebacker. He can be a designated pass rusher for now and end up being the starting rush OLB.

The Draft Network When watching Anenih play, his first-step explosiveness, length, flexibility, and motor immediately pop. He is fluid and rapid off the ball and he uses his long arms to set up his rush plan. He has the speed and flexibility to corner the near hip of offensive tackles and he is relentless from snap to whistle. Anenih has a strong bull rush, rip move, and inside counter that complements his burst, length, and flexibility as a pass rusher. As a run defender, Anenih is an effective strong-side player and gap shooter. He is flexible with good length, which enables him to work off blocks and make tackles with his large radius.

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