Eleven draft picks in the book, there are a lot of options available to be your favorite new Seahawk, or maybe even your new favorite Seahawk period. While the ladder honor might take a while for these guys to earn from the 12’s, there’s no doubt everybody is extra excited about a least one of the new kids and we’re here to ask, which one is it?
Here are the choices:
- Christine Michael (T A&M)
- DT Jordan Mills (Penn State)
- WR Chris Harper (K-State)
- DT Jesse Williams (Bama)
- CB Tharold Simon (LSU)
- TE Luke Willson (Rice)
- HB/FB Spencer Ware (LSU)
- OG Ryan Seymore (Vandy)
- S/LB Ty Powell (Harding)
- DL – OG Jared Smith (New Hampshire)
- OL Michael Bowie (Northeastern St)
For me it’s a tie between Michael and Simon. I love what Michael gives the Hawks in terms of size and speed and you can see the attitude he gives them from the picture above. If he can stay away from the temptation to try and bounce things outside, he’s the perfect compliment to Marshawn and Robert Turbin and gives Seattle the third running back that is so necessary in the NFL, especially with the Seahawks’ style.
After playing with A&M in NCAA 12 and 13 in an online dynasty, I have also grown partial to the Aggie players and Michael was always a soft spot as the best overall running back I played with in the game. This is a bit of an artificial reason, but I also got to see Michael play quite a bit in real life due to my new-found A&M infatuation and he has the explosion to make me really excited about his pick-up. Also, I always like when Carroll surprises us with that early pick that we didn’t see coming but cannot find fault with in Seattle’s scheme. Thomas and Irvin were both personal favorites for that reason as well.
Meanwhile, Simon is big and physical at corner and gives Seattle a chance at grooming a young stud to take over Browner’s spot when the Seahawks can no longer afford his contract (which I believe is up in 2014 but Keith would probably know better than me). The reason it’s so big to me is that this will allow the littlest drop-off in terms of production, as opposed to replacing Browner the year of his contract with a rookie who has to make the transition and step in on day one. Also, it allows the Seahawks to keep their imposing figure with the size of Simon. Playing at LSU, Simon faced a bunch of big-time receivers and having played on a premier defense has the swagger and proven skills to help Seattle’s secondary. Just a terrific pick in my opinion, and how can you not be partial to a guy with a sweet name like Tharold?
Another noteworthy item to me is that Seattle stayed away from the Pac-12 conference early on in the draft. While I love the Pac and think there is a ton of talent that runs through there (obviously based on Seattle’s roster), I love the fact that they went with no less than FIVE from the SEC, one from the Big-12 and one from the Big Ten this year. Also, those players were all on mentally tough teams that have had multiple years of continuous winning success.
You can add Harvin (Florida) to the list from the trade for 3 of our picks, Bailey (Arkansas) and Aghayare (LSU) from UFDA as three more SEC players and Ray Polk (Colorado [UFDA]) as the only Pac-12 representative in this year’s class. Speaking of UFDA I love the other additions of John Lotulelei and Akeem Davis to the mix of dark-horses to make the roster.
But back to the question of the hour to the 12’s … Who is your favorite drafted player for the Seahawks in 2013? (Respond in the comments section below)