Draft Plans

First Rd Picks Earl Thomas & Russell Okung

With two weeks left in the season for the 6-8 Seahawks, Seattle sits tied for 18th overall in the NFL standings with our St. Louis nemesis. This would put the Seahawks at either the 14th or 15th slot in the upcoming NFL draft. Teams sitting at 6-8 in most divisions would have their fans crying for them to lose out to gain a higher draft pick, however in the Wild Wild Weak NFC West division, 6-8 is tied for the division lead, so at this point we can’t exactly cheer to lose at this time. So for now, sitting around the middle of the draft we have to be realistic of what is even possible for the Seahawks. With still so many needs from; O-Line, CB, D-Line, QB (unless your satisfied with Jesus Whitehurst), and maybe even a LB or WR. Granted we have some young talent at the WR position with the emergence of Mike Williams, the 2nd round draft pick of Golden Tate, and the slow development of Deion Butler and Ben Obomanu, but it would never hurt to take a proven playmaker if the situation arose. WR however is probably lower on the totem pole as far as need for the Seahawks. Linebackers are also something Seattle should consider, yes two drafts ago we took Aaron Curry who has shown flashes of greatness at times while making 3rd string mistakes others, yes David Hawthorne has turned out to be a pretty solid LB once he was given the chance when Leroy Hill went out, and yes Lofa Tatupu is our play caller on defense regardless of his undersized frame that has extreme difficulty shedding blocks to stuff the run, needless to say were solid but I don’t know if I would go as far as saying completely satisfied and once again probably still lower on the totem pole.

Staying with the defense, Seattle is pretty weak in just about every category. The defensive backfield struggles at the corner position with an aging Marcus Trufant (31 years old) and the combination of an undersized Kelly Jennings and inexperienced Walter Thurmond, overall more important than WR or LB but at the same token Seattle might be able to wait until next year . Our defensive line has some positives with Brandon Mebane and Chris Clemons. Colin Cole and Red Bryant have been off and on and their size is nice for attacking the run, however with Seattle being 21st ranked rush defense maybe it hasn’t worked out as much as they had hoped for. So maybe looking for another pass rusher to go along side Chris Clemons might be a decent route for the Hawks. Probably the most important necessity may be the dreadful offensive line. Sure we picked up Okung in last years draft and he’s been solid when healthy, but he can’t do everything by himself. Our run game has been terrible and we’ve given up our fair share of sacks. But with the O-Line being fairly deep in the draft we might be able to wait for the 2nd round pick to address it. Which leaves us with the QB position. Now some of you maybe satisfied with Charlie Whitehurst from what you’ve seen in the little playing time he’s been given and obviously the Seahawks see something since they gave up $16 million dollars over the next two years and a 3rd round pick to bring him to Seattle, but I on other hand am still skeptical. If a future franchise QB is still available in the 1st round when it comes to Seattle’s pick, I would be a little ticked off if Seattle decided to pass on it. The general consensus has always been the 1st most important position to have is the QB then OT and then a pass rusher. So with that in mind would you still say your happy with Charlie Whitehurst being the most imporant position for the future of your franchise (I hope not).

So taking all this into consideration, we then need to look at what is actually going to be available for Seattle when it comes time for their projected pick. Andrew Luck is obviously what every team with no QB is drooling over, but unless Seattle trades up to get him you can pretty much count him out. Then that leaves Jake Locker, Ryan Mallet, Cam Newton (if he leaves after this season), and the late emergence on several rankings of Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert. Although three possibly four teams ahead in the draft are looking for QB’s as well; 49ers, Cardinals, Vikings, and possibly the Bills. So if all of them are taken maybe we wait until next year, but hopefully one is still available. The last thing we want is for all three of our divisions rivals to have young franchise QB’s that were going to have to face for the next ten years while were riding Charlie Whitehurst to lead the way. As far as offensive line, there are about 10 noteworthy choices in this year’s draft, 6 of which are 1st round worthy, so as noted before they could possibly wait for the 2nd round. For CB’s there are four highly regarded prospects; Patrick Peterson, Prince Amukamara, Janoris Jenkins, and Aaron Williams. If Peterson or Amukamara were available I’d say Seattle was insane to pass on them, however in just about every mock draft out their, they are most likely gone in the first 6 or 7 picks. Janoris Jenkins and Aaron Williams are both good as well, depending on what is still available. Defensive line much like the offensive line is pretty deep in this year’s draft as well. ESPN has 11 d-lineman projected as first round talent, 5 of which are ranked in the top 10; Da’Quan Bowers, Marcell Dareus, Robert Quinn, Stephen Paea, and Nick Fairley. Like CB’s if any one of these guys were still available I think Seattle would be smart to use their pick on them. Now as I stated earlier WR and LB could be upgraded as well if certain players were still around primarily being; AJ Green, Julio Jones, or Justin Blackmon at WR, and Von Miller or Akeem Ayers at LB. So with all this in mind what to do? I say they go in this order; 1st if Mallet, Newton, Gabbert, or even hometown hero Locker is available I’d say go for it, 2nd if QB’s are gone and Anthony Costanzo is available to be opposite of Okung at the other OT position take him, 3rd and maybe even 2nd over the OT is if Patrick Peterson or Prince Amukamara were still around, don’t think twice, 4th if one of the premiere d-lineman are available barring the other positions aren’t up to standards go head and grab one, and lastly if AJ Green, Julio Jones, or Justin Blackmon are there I wouldn’t see a reason to pass on them. LB’s Von Miller and Akeem Ayers are great but nothing that couldn’t be seen in future drafts. It’ll be an exciting draft to say the least! And by the way, in a mock draft that I see as being one of the most accurate to date, they projected the Cardinals will take Ryan Mallet and the 49ers taking either Cam Newton or Jake Locker. So look forward to facing Mallet, Newton or Locker, and Sam Bradford for the next ten years, can’t wait…

Tags: Aaron Curry Andrew Luck Jake Locker NFL Draft Russell Okung Seattle Seahawks

  • B-Rad

    Well done sir. I wouldn’t mind also looking into trading for Kyle Orton, Kevin Kolb and drafting another solid OT or DT in the first round.

    • David Trujillo

      I understand the interest in Orton and Kolb but with both of them comes some concern. For Orton you have to wonder why multiple teams have now deemed him as not being their future franchise QB and do you really want to make him yours when others have passed on him so quickly. Not sure I want to take the chance there. And as for Kolb, if he’s even available, which at this point and time Andy Reid has said he’s not, the value would be at least 1 first round pick and either another first round pick or multiple 2nd or 3rd round picks, which is absolutely insane! With all the needs the Hawks have elsewhere, they cannot afford to give up valuable young talent to an unproven QB.

  • David Trujillo

    Wow- this guy is right on!

  • Bruno

    Excellent write up… I would have to agree with many of your points but I believe the Seahawks need a QB. Enough is enough, its time we get a premiere young QB that will give the fans hope. If we need to trade up and get that new face of the franchise then make it happen Seattle!

    • David Trujillo

      You and me both, Luck is the one guy I’d be willing to trade picks to get up to get, someone like Kolb on the other hand I wouldn’t be willing to trade multiple picks for.

  • Who’s Tony Gonzalez?

    Biggest thing Seahawks need going forward:

    1. A QB. Receivers are young and have promise. They should have great careers if we have a great QB. New England is a great example. All their receivers have great years, but if they go to another team, their production slips noticeably.

    2. O-Line. We just don’t have it. We need it. This also gives our QB time to sit in the pocket and pass, as well as giving Lynch some blocking so that he can get out into the middle of the D and start trucking safeties and DB’s.

    3. Secondary. Our division looks like its going to be very pass heavy over the next couple of years with the young QB talent that our rivals have been recruiting. I love Thomas, although he makes a lot of mental errors still, and I love Trufant, but he’s getting a bit older. We really need to develop this part of the D. Granted having a stronger pass rush would also be nice and help the DB’s out with their job.

  • Iggy

    i like what your saying. i feel like among many other things the Oline needs help. Last time hawks went to the super bowl they had Hutch and Walter Jones. two pro bowl players.

  • rappy

    I don’t know who this Trujillo guy is but he sure know his football and more importantly the ‘Hawks.
    Mr.Trujillo, what would it take to move up in the draft to get Andrew Luck and do you have any input on what the ‘Hawks should do at RB for next season?
    Well done!

    • David Trujillo

      Well Rappy, at this point I don’t even know if we have enough to move up to get Luck, they may be looking at not only our 1st pick, but then another 1st pick of the future, with another couple either 2nd or 3rd round picks and probably some compensation as well. So my guess is that won’t happen especially since I doubt any team would even pass on him in the first place. As far as the RB goes, I wouldn’t be surprised if they wait on that for a season or two. Lynch is still only 24 and Forsett is only 25. If Seattle could bolster their O-Line I think you could see Lynch and Forsett being a pretty succesful RB duo.

  • rappy

    I appreciate the expert opinion, Thanks!

  • http://footballtailgate.weebly.com Phil S

    Just as a side note … I don’t see all the hype of Ryan Mallet. Personally (and I know it’s just one opinion) he is Derek Anderson 2.0 … great kid, prototype build, rocket arm … makes questionable decisions and forces the ball … it might work in college, but I think he is just a big name that should fall to the second or third round even if a team is desperate!

    • David Trujillo

      I really can’t argue against that, although pretty much all of the QB’s besides Luck have some “buyer beware” taglines on them. Locker, as all Seattle fans know, has still yet to reach the potential that all the scouts are waiting for. Newton has a lot of people thinking it could be another Jamarcus Russell/Vince Young scenario. And then as you said Mallet does make those poor decisions at times trusting his arm too much, plus he’s a very large QB (6’6″ or 6’7″) which aside from a few exceptions, hasn’t worked out very well for most QB’s in the league.

      • http://12thmanrising.com/2010/12/21/draft-plans/ Matt

        mallett would not work for the seahawks offense, he is not mobile at all. Although it has not shown much with hasselbeck in there, they want a moblie QB.

  • Mike

    “Our defensive line has some positives with Brandon Mebane and Chris Clemons. Colin Cole and Red Bryant have been off and on and their size is nice for attacking the run, however with Seattle being 21st ranked rush defense maybe it hasn’t worked out as much as they had hoped for.”

    ummm…you need to look again at the injury situation. Red Bryant has been out for the season for a long time now, with everyone else on the starting D-line missing several games each.

  • http://12thmanrising.com/2010/12/21/draft-plans/ Matt

    I think Blaine Gabbert, pete and JS will like everything about him. 6 foot 5in and 235lbs and about a 4.7 40 yard dash. He will only be 21 years old at the start of the 2011 nfl season.