Oct. 13, 2012; Provo, UT, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (2) scores a touchdown against the Brigham Young Cougars during the fourth quarter at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas C. Pizac-USA TODAY Sports

Mock Draft Update: Seahawks Picks Through 2 Rounds

We’re almost through 2 rounds of this draft for MockOne.net, and so far I’m very excited on how things have unfolded for the Seahawks.

In the first round, I knew I had to achieve one of 2 objectives. I either needed to get a impact defensive linemen, or trade back, and there was really only 1 lineman I expected to be there at pick #25.

One by one, all the impact defensive linemen came off the board in the very early going. I knew they wouldn’t last, but I was ready to take one if they fell to me. Even Star Lotulelei, who couldn’t participate in the combine because of a serious heart condition, was gone by pick 18. All of that was expected, unfortunately.

Trades offers simply weren’t there. Everyone in the 20′s was working to trade back.  My goal was to drop down from pick number 25 somewhere into the 30′s. How far into the 30′s really didn’t matter how far, but I simply couldn’t get a deal.

When pick 25 finally came up, I was happy to see that my one target was still on the board. Poised to select my guy, I suddenly got a last second trade offer.

The Texans decided to seriously overpay to move up 2 spots, netting me a 4th round pick in the process. I knew they Texans weren’t after the player I wanted, and I was fairly sure the Packers weren’t going to take him either, so I decided to take the deal.

It worked out perfectly for me. When I was back on the clock, I wasted no time in getting in my pick:

Nov 17, 2012; College Park, MD, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Cornellius Carradine (91) prior to the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Cornellius (Tank) Carradine, DE, Florida State

Tank is a top 10 talent, maybe top 5, who dropped because he blew out his knee last season. When healthy, he’s the best 4-3 pass rusher in this draft, and unlike Bruce Irvin, doesn’t have any trouble against the run either. He might not be ready at the start of the season, but once healthy Tank will be Von Miller type playmaker.

The 2nd round was a different beast. The Seahawks already had too many picks, and I had added another one in the 1st round. At this point, I was looking to move up. Again, I only had one target, and this time I couldn’t wait. He wasn’t going to fall to me.

After plenty of negotiations with many teams, and with my primary “fall back” option already off the board, I was finally able to get the Panthers to trade me the 14th pick of the 2nd round. To get there, it cost me my 2nd round pick, and both of my 4th round picks. It sounds like a lot, but I actually got a deal if you look at the pick value chart.

This deal was the entire reason I traded back in the first. Doing so gave me the ammo to move up in round 2 without giving up my 3rd or gutting the rest of my picks. It worked out, and I was able to pick:

Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

Wheaton is a premier deep threat WR, who also shows polish in his routes so he’ll be able to get open consistently for Russell Wilson. Great hands are combined with good strength to beat the press. Wheaton reminds me of a taller version of Carolina’s Steve Smith. He’s a first round talent in most WR classes.

So that’s where we tand right now. 2 rounds down. 2 trades. 2 picks for outstanding playmakers. And one extremely happy general manager so far.

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  • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

    Nice work. Carradine is a beast and Wheaton fits in perfectly with this offense. Mighty fine job indeed and I can’t wait to see them on the field! Um… oh wait…

    • 12thMan_Rising

      see other comment for rd 3 update.

  • 12thMan_Rising

    In round 3 I traded up again and took DT Kenwaan Short. He’s a guy who I would have taken in the late 30′s had Tank been gone and I was able to trade that far. In the 70′s he a steal!

    The problem was that the Saints were between me and him. I knew he wouldn’t last, so I traded up to get him. still, borderline first round player and I got him in the 3rd.

    So that’s Tank, Wheaton, and Short though 3 rounds. all 3 starters, and filling the teams 3 biggest needs.

    Too bad I now don’t have a pick until the 6th round.

    • Hellifuknow

      His first name is “Kawann” not Kenwann. You can’t even get his name right, let alone properly evaluate where he will go in the draft!

      Short will be LONG gone by the 3rd.

      Do you even scout these players yourself?

      • 12thMan_Rising

        This is a live draft, with 32 people picking for the 32 teams. He was there, I picked him. I had him projected to go more than a full round sooner, hence my excitement when he was available.

      • 12thMan_Rising

        and you’re right, i typo’d the heck out his name. That was my bad. typing fast and didn’t edit since it was just a comment.

  • JDub

    I’m sorry, but there is no way that the Seahawks trade that much to get Wheaton – he’d probably be available later in the second round anyway. If not,the KState WR in third-fourth rounds, Marquess Wilson in 5th if need be. Way too many needs to give up multiple picks – especially with so many needs in a relatively deep draft – OT,OG, WILB, TE, WR. Just asinine logic, really.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Wheaton wouldn’t have been there later. A couple of other teams said they were going to take him. He was too good to pass up. He’s a 1st round talent. This is a deep WR draft if you want bigger possession types like Robert Woods and Justin Hunter, but in terms of elite deep threats there aren’t many to be had.

      I also just don’t see there being many other needs. only other starting job available it WLB, and that found on the cheap.

  • Hellifuknow

    Wow, talk about putting the “mock” in mock draft. How fortunate for SEA that you’re nothing more than some boob with too much time on his hands.

    Carradine in R1?!? Wheaton in R2 (let alone trading UP for him)?!? Sad. Really sad.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I appreciate the feedback. I’m sure you’re an expert who earned the right to be disrespectful.

  • Mariners need Ellsbury!!

    Its time for the seahawks to trade up with all of their picks and get guys they really want. Im hoping Tavon Austin will be their first pick and then after that work on the D. If anything they will bring in FA older D people on short term contracts and Draft offense rather than pay for someone like Mike Wallace ect ect…I think Richard Seymord, Cullen Jenkins, John Abrahams would all be decent fits.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Seattle will have 11-12 picks, and there’s no way that many rookie make the roster. trading up makes sense this year in ways that it normally doesn’t. Seattle always trades back, but do the Patriots, and they traded up twice last year because they were in the same roster/pick situation as the Seahawks are in now.

      As for Tayvon, I know I’m in the extreme minority on this, but I just don’t see him as an impact WR in the NFL. He might be the game’s best kick returner as soon as he’s drafted, but as a receiver I dont buy it. His routes aren’t clean and he can’t beat the press. I think it’ll really limit his NFL production. That’s just my take though, and like i said, most people don’t agree with me on it.