2014 NFL Mock Draft: The Seattle Seahawks select…


Nov 9, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (1) defends Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Jordan Matthews (87) pass during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Merry Christmas Eve, 12’s.

This morning, Fansided updated their weekly projections for the 2014 NFL Draft and for the fourth week in a row, they projected the Seahawks to have the No. 32 pick in the draft.

To recap, here are the last three projections for whom the Seahawks should select in the draft, via Fansided:

Week 14: Ra’Shede Hageman, defensive tackle, Minnesota.

Week 15: Jordan Matthews, wide receiver, Vanderbilt.

Week 16: Gabe Jackson, offensive guard, Mississippi State.

And this week, Week 17, Erik Lambert at NFL Mocks projected the Seahawks take a wide receiver with the last pick in the first round of the draft. He said the Seahawks should draft Jordan Matthews, wide receiver, Vanderbilt.

After watching the Seahawks fall to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, it seemed more clear than ever that the offensive line was the weakest link on the team.

Nevertheless, here is how Lambert defended his decision:

"The trade for Percy Harvin is looking more and more like a bad decision for the Seattle Seahawks, and with Sidney Rice also a question mark they need help at receiver.  Jordan Matthews is not a beat-all athlete but his understanding of the technical aspects of the position coupled with a big body and great hands has made him highly successful anyway."

I mentioned in a previous article that Matthews’ size could also be a factor in helping him land in Seattle. At 6-foot-3, he would be the tallest receiver on the Seahawks roster if drafted.

However, it would be hard to throw the ball to him if Russell Wilson is forced to scramble around because of the offensive line — or lack thereof.

If the Seahawks pick up a decent lineman in the first round, they can use the rest of the draft to focus on a wide receiver.