Normally during this time of the offseason, you’d be seeing mock drafts aplenty here on 12th Man Rising, as well as analysis of other mock draft from around the web. There’s a problem though, the Seahawks don’t have a first round pick. That means the Seattle isn’t a participant in most of those mocks.
That doesn’t mean I have to completely stop covering the draft though, (Right?) especially since I keep getting invited to do be a guest “expert” on draft sites from around the internet. Earlier this week, NFL Draft Geek asked my to create a full 7 round Seahawks-only mock draft.
I’ll admit that, from the beginning, I wanted to mix things up a little and include some names that I haven’t seen connected to the Seahawks on most draft sites. Draft writers seem to get stuck on the same 2 or 3 players for the Seahawks in each round even though there are tons of other options that make sense.
I’ve included a couple of my explanations. If you want to read how I explained every pick, click the link above.
Round 2: Kyle Long – OT
Round 3: Akeem Spence – DT
Round 4: Sean Porter – OLB
An athletic and versatile 4-3 OLB, Porter will start on day 1 on the weak side for the Seahawks. Has the athleticism the Seahawks covet in defensive players. Is a versatile player with every down potential, which will provide the Seahawks with needed depth across all three LB spots.
Round 5: Dion Simms – TE
Round 5: Alvin Bailey – G
Bailey is a high upside guard with the athleticism to excel in Seattle’s zone blocking scheme. Bailey is a powerful run blocker, but needs to improve his pass blocking technique before he’s ready to start in the NFL. This isn’t a “need” pick for the Seahawks, but due to Carpenter and Moffitt’s knee troubles, and McQuistan’s inflated contract, Bailey would provide some depth and options that the Seahawks may find themselves needing during training camp.
Round 6: Corey Fuller – WR
Round 7: Travis Johnson – LB
Round 7: Dustin Hopkins – K
A Kicker? Yep. This is what happens when a team with a roster this stacked has 10 draft picks. Hopkins is the long term solution the Seahawks need at kicker. He has plenty of leg for kickoffs, as well as being accurate on his FG attempts.
Round 7: Ryan Aplin – QB
Round 7: Jakar Hamilton – FS
Hamilton is a major project out of South Carolina State, but is one of the few players at FS in this draft that has the speed to effectively play FS in the single high set that the Seahawks use and still be effective. Hamilton likely wont be ready to contribute more than just on special teams in 2013, but should develop into a long term backup for Earl Thomas.