November 26, 2011; Columbia, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) drops a pass from a teammate as South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Melvin Ingram (6) defends in the first half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE

My Pick For the Seahawks: Melvin Ingram


Mock drafts are always a fun exercise, but there is always a bit cluelessness in every one. Lets face it, the national media never has any clue what the Seahawks draft needs really are, and that leads to some extremely dumb picks for the Seahawks in their mock drafts.

I do mocks as well, and while I know the Seahawks as good as anyone, and I have a good feel for the teams in their division and a few others, my knowledge of some teams is rather limited. I mean, I can’t tell you the biggest team needs for a Buffalo Bills, because quite frankly, I forget they exists some times. My picks for them aren’t always the most informed opinions if you know what I mean. That is why, while fun, mock draft should never be taken too seriously.

The guys over at zoneblitz.com are trying to over come that by inviting sports writers and bloggers that cover each team to make the pick for their team, and have invited me to be the Seahawks representative for Sports Writer Mock Draft.

As the title of this article suggests, my pick was South Carolina OLB/DE Melvin Ingram. Here’s the pick announcement and explanation from the draft thread:

Seattle SeahawksMelvin Ingram – Linebacker – South Carolina
Pick made by Keith Myers, editor and lead writer for 12th Man Rising (Twitter: 12thman_rising)

Explanation: The Seahawks need help both at linebacker and in generating a pass rush. Ingram helps with both needs. Ingram is a versatile player who will be able to play weakside linebacker in the base defense, then move up to defensive end in the nickel or obvious passing situations.

Here the link to the rest of the draft.

I honestly didn’t expect Ingram to be there at 12, but when Buffalo reached for LB Luke Kuechly, I knew he was going to drop to me. It also saved me the agony of having to reach for Kuechly myself. I think that this part of the draft is way too high for him, but the rest of the LB talent in this draft is pretty poor, so someone will pick him early.

Another great thing about this draft is that Kansas City took Stanford Guard David DeCastro at #11. DeCastro is going to be a very good lineman for a very long time, and he is coveted by Arizona at #13. If he drops to the Cardinals, they’ll be dancing in the streets in Arizona. I really don’t want the Seahawks to have to face DeCastro twice a year for the next decade.

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  • Hawkman

    I Know the hawks ned LB ing help BUT if Decastro is there at 12 , passing on him would be a HUGE mistake . The two most important areas on any team (other than QB) is O-line then D-line. To get a guy that will be a top notch player ( baring injuries) for the next seven to ten years is a no brainer.

  • Hawk_Eye

    If Decastro is gone and we stay at the 12th pick, Melvin Ingram is a good choice. I believe this year we will trade down and pick up more draft picks. Either way, I can’t wait for the draft. Do you remember last year how many draft experts gave us a D or F grade only later to revise that to a B grade to save face. Gotta love it!

  • Grumble

    I also think the Seahawks will trade down and pick up an extra pick unless they find a guy there that they have very highly rated. If I had to stay pat and pick at #12 for me Quinton Coples DE N.Carolina would be a better fit for our scheme, great size and length combined with power and speed.
     
    I don’t see Ingram at outside LB in a 4-3 scheme, think he makes more sense as an outside LB in  a 3-4 like a LaMarr Woodley type player, think he would be exposed in passing game  ….. sure he could edge rush on 3rd down but i would rather have a neverydown player.
     
    I also agree with the others that DeCasto would be a great pick !
     
    Nobody is really talking about it but would a top Wide Receiver if available be a good fit, give Flynn anotherweapon to work with.

  • Hawk_Eye

     @Grumble I think we have greater needs than wide receiver. Like linemen  for time to throw and pass rushers which will make our defense even better. Plus don’t forget about Lockett the Rocket.

  • HawkScott

     I don’t hear much about Whitney Mercilus. I know he’s a one year wonder but what a wonder. If he were still there in round two and the hawks could get Decastro at 12 I would be a happy camper. I spent some time watching Mercilus video on Youtube and must say his get off and speed off the edge was impressive. The big concern there is a small body of work. 
    Check him out on youtube see what you think.

  • Keith_12thMR

     @Grumble Coples really doesn’t fit Seattle’s scheme at all. Too big and slow for the Leo, too small for the 5-tech spot. The only real place he fits is as a pass rush specialist in the 3-tech spot, and the Seahawks Signed Jason Jones to handle that job.
     
    Ingram can play the WILL LB spot. he’s pretty good in space, and can play zone coverage better than any of the other “tweeners” in this draft. His is a bit of a liability in man to man coverage, but no more so than LeRoy Hill was at that spot. Besides, on passing downs, Ingram should have his had on the ground rushing the passser as a DE.

  • Keith_12thMR

     @HawkScott Mercelus is a pure pass rusher. He offers nothing in run support or pass coverage, which is why he’s a fit for a 3-4 team only. He’s a lot like Aldon Smith in that sense, though with less speed. He’s more polished than Smith was as this point last season, but has a lower ceiling.