The Seahawks haven’t kept their first round draft pick since 2012. We take a look at what a trade down might look like in our latest Seahawks 7 round mock draft.
It’s easy to see why Seattle General Manager John Schneider may be considering another trade down, possibly even moving out of the first round once again.
Depth on both lines, where the Seahawks have the greatest need to add young talent, looks like it will extend well into the top of the second round. Schneider may just feel that the talent around their pick at #26 isn’t that much better than the players they have second round grades on.
I thought it would be a good time to look at how a trade-down scenario may impact the pool of talent Seattle ends up with. In this scenario, using the draft simulator at first-pick.com, I was presented with an offer from Cleveland. The Browns wanted to move up to #26, allowing the Hawks to slide back to the 1st pick on day #2 while also adding the second pick in the third round.
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It was too good to pass up.
Also for the sake of this simulation, I promised myself I would try to avoid taking the same players I consistently take every time I run one of these mocks (I’ve probably done 30 of them in the last 3 weeks), so I took some risks. But then again, so do the Seahawks.
So here’s how it all shook out……
#1 Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
I was ecstatic to see the uber-young (turns 21 this month) and uber-gifted Billings still on the board. He has a Pro Bowl ceiling as a powerful and disruptive interior force.
#25 Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford
Road-grading guard from a power-running major program with a nasty streak? Yes please. At some point as a rookie he would unseat incumbent left guard Justin Britt. The sooner the better.
#2 Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
A ripped, strong, and quick all-around back. He was the featured offensive player for La Tech for four years. Equally adept at catching the ball out of the backfield as he is running over, or around would-be tacklers, Dixon would add a dynamic presence to the Seahawks backfield mix.
#27 Isaac Seumalo, C, Oregon State
Seumalo’s stock took a hit when he missed the entire 2014 season, requiring multiple surgeries on a broke foot. He proved in 2015 he was healthy and as good as ever. He’s played every position on the line but projects best as an extremely smart and technically sound center, something the Seahawks badly need.
#34 (compensatory pick) Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia
Not a dynamic pass rusher…….yet, but Jenkins possesses an ability to set the edge while also dropping effectively into pass coverage. Has the length, athletic ability and toughness to suggest he can develop into more of a weapon rushing the quarterback.
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