It’s still really in the draft process, but it’s always fun to look ahead and see what players the Seahawks may be able to acquire via the draft in April. Here’s my take on all 7 picks that the Seahawks currently hold in the draft.
Round 1 – Pick 12: Nick Perry, DE, Southern Cal
Perry is the best pure pass rusher in the draft this year. While this might be a bit high for him in the draft, the Seahawks would be wise to secure a pass rusher of his ability. Perry is an ideal fit the Leo DE, and thus either he or Clemons would have to come off the bench and replace Red Bryant on passing downs.
Round 2: Vontaze Burfict, MLB, Arizona State.
The Seahawks need to upgrade their linebackers, and Burfict is a great start to doing just that. He’s a big, hard hitting tackler who will help solidify the center of the defense. His presence will also allow David Hawthorne (who I assume will be re-signed) to be moved to the weak side, which is his more natural position.
Round 3: Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State
With Moffitt coming off a major knee injury, and Robert Gallery getting older, the Seahawks need to find a legitimate Guard to help solidify the O-line. Osemele is a huge and powerful run blocking guard who fits Tom Cable’s requirements, and more than capable of starting on either side in the NFL.
Round 4: Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
Osweiler is a project, but he has a high ceiling worth taking a chance on with a 4th round pick. He’s huge for a QB at 6-7, 240 lbs. and surprising athletic for his size. He’ll generate a lot of Big Ben comparisons during the draft process, but he no where near as polished as a passer. Osweiler wont make any positive impact on any team in 2012, but he could emerge as a starter by 2013.
Round 5: Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
Fuller is another big (6-3, 220 lb.) receiver to add to the mix. I expect Butler and maybe Mike Williams to be gone, so even with Lockette and Durham on board the Seahawks could use some additional bodies at the position. Fuller lacks the explosive speed that others at the position have, but makes up for it with good routes, decent hands, and temendous height.
Round 6: No pick, traded in Tyler Polumbus trade
Round 7: Matt Conrath, DT, Virginia
Conrath is an undersized DT at only 280 lbs. He’s also tall for DT at 6-7, which makes it hard for him to get his pads low enough to avoid getting pushed around in the running game. What is does have though is a quick first step and good quickness, making him an inside threat to rush the passer, which is something the Seahawks need. His height and long arms should also lead to a lot of tipped passes on downs that he doesn’t get to the QB.
Round 7 from Oakland for Aaron Curry: Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina
With Browner, Sherman, and Thurmond in place, the need for a CB isn’t as high as it appeared to be earlier in the season. Lewis and Maxwell add depth, but not a lot of potential. Norman is a project that could end up paying off in a big way. He’s got the height and speed that the Seahawk’s love, and overall is a fantastic athlete. The problem with Norman is that he played at tiny little Coastal Carolina, which is a long way from from the NFL in terms of competition. Norman still needs to learn how to cover the elite players he’ll face every week in the NFL.