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:
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.