I’m sitting here watching college football today, and realizing that I’ve scouted most of the teams that are going to be on TV today. So instead, I decided to look at my big board (which I will get up on the website soon, I promise) and put together a quick mock draft of players the Seahawks could really use and should be available when they pick in next April’s draft.
Round – Player – Pos – School
1 – Ryan Tannehill – QB – Texas A&M
This wont be a popular pick for me to suggest, but Tannehill has the 2nd highest ceiling of all the QBs in the draft behind Andrew Luck. He’s also a riskier pick than Matt Barkley or Laundry Jones, but neither of them will be available when the Seahawks pick.
2 – Stephan Gilmore – CB – South Carolina
Gilmore fits the model for CB that’s PC/JS like. He’s big and physical, and can likely start right away. The Seahawks really need help at corner.
3 – Chase Thomas – LB – Stanford
Thomas will be able to step in and instantly replace Leroy Hill (who’s contract expires) on the weak side. Thomas is a great pass rusher, and would possible be able to move up and play the Leo on passing downs.
4 – Kevious Watkins – OG – South Carolina
Watkins in a huge mauler of OG. He’d be higher but his footwork isn’t as good as you’d like in pass protection. Still, he’s a guy who can come in and move even the best DT in the running game, and the Seahawks need more depth and talent on the offensive line
5 – Jeffery Demps – RB – Florida
Demps is tiny for an NFL RB (5-8, 191) but he’s explosively fast. He make an instant impact in the return game, and offers a bit of the Reggie Bush/Darrin Sproles versatility that can drive defenses nuts.
6 – Bradley Sowell – OT – Mississippi
Sowell has those really long arms and quick feet that you look for in a OT. He’s not a road grater, and definitely falls in the “finesse” category of offensive lineman, but he’ll be a capable backup at both tackle spots.
7 – Joe Halahuni – FB – Oregon State
The Seahawks need a real FB who can plow the road and really open the running game, especially on the goal line. Halahuni is just that and nothing more, though he’ll also be able to contribute on special teams.
7 – Josh Norman – CB – Coastal Carolina
Norman is a wild card pick. He has the physical tools to be a NFL corner, but he plays at a tiny school and will have a very long transition in moving from Coastal Carolina to professional football. He’s also a potential rookie free agent signing.