The Seahawks will get seven picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Here are the projections for all seven of those picks:
David Yankey, G, Stanford
The Seahawks needed more protection on the offensive line for the majority of their 2013 championship season. Many debate that the Seahawks bigger need is a good wide receiver, but what’s the point of having a good receiver if Russell Wilson is unable to throw the ball to him because he is scrambling around in the pocket? Yankey fits the bill well on the offensive line and would be a major addition to the Seahawks weakest aspect.
Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
The Seahawks would do well to pick up Landry in the second round, especially since some project him to end up going to the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the first round. A physical wideout, he racked up nearly 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in his final year at LSU. Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin’s futures are not yet known in Seattle and Percy Harvin may not be able to stay healthy all 16 games next season, so the Seahawks need another receiver to help Wilson make plays with his arm.
Crockett Gilmore, TE, Colorado State
Though the Seahawks already have Zach Miller and Luke Willson, it wouldn’t hurt to add another huge tight end in the middle of the field as a clear target for Wilson. Gilmore stands at 6-foot-6 and weighs 255 pounds so taking him down is no easy task. He is also a good run-blocker, like Miller, which would help Marshawn Lynch sweep around the line for more Beast Mode runs.
Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
Simply put, Cockrell knows how to play defense and there is no better place to learn than playing as a reserve to the Legion of Boom. The Seahawks look good at the corner position right now but it would be a good idea to bring in a raw guy like Cockrell to learn the defense and work into the rotation alongside Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane.
Cornelius Lucas, OT, Kansas State
Adding depth on the offensive line is what the Seahawks need to do to keep Wilson from getting hit 5-7 times per game next season. Lucas may get drafted in an earlier round but if he does fall into the fifth round, Seattle should pick him up. At 6-foot-9 and 328 pounds, he would be the largest lineman on the Seahawks offense.
Ryan Carrethers, DT Arkansas State
Carrethers knows how to get past the offensive line and cause trouble in the backfield. In one game against Louisiana-Lafayette last season, he recorded 16 tackles. The Seahawks drafted defensive tackle Jordan Hill last season and spent a lot of time learning how to fit into the NFL’s No. 1 defense. Carrethers would do the same thing if given the chance.
Shaquelle Evans, WR, UCLA
If Evans falls this far into the draft, he would be a huge steal for the Seahawks. He knows how to make big plays and he averaged 15.3 yards per catch in his last three seasons at UCLA. If put alongside Landry, the Seahawks would be in good shape to help Wilson use his arm a little more in the offense. If the Seahawks can negotiate with Tate and Baldwin though, they may draft a different position with their last pick.