Seahawks first round pick: Best possible LOB options

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Josh Jackson, Iowa

Jackson might have the perfect size to play the Seahawks system at 6’1″ and 200 pounds. He also has the other traits Pete Carroll likes in a cornerback: He’s physical and fast enough. And he shows up in big games. Against Ohio State in 2017, Jackson had three interceptions. For the entire season, Jackson’s passer-rating allowed when targeted was just 35.0.

Jackson also doesn’t mind tackling people which is a must in Seattle’s system. One of the most underappreciated parts of Sherman’s game is that he likes to hit people. Jackson is the same kind of player.

If Seattle sticks at 18 and Jackson is still available, he is the player the Seahawks should select.

Isaiah Oliver, Colorado

Oliver, like Jackson, has the length that Carroll wants at 6’1″. I have Oliver number two on this list for his physical traits only. His career at Colorado could have been better. As a junior this year he had just two interceptions and 25 tackles.

But I feel like Carroll’s teaching will make Oliver a potential All-Pro player because Oliver has the size and speed to be one.

Carlton Davis, Auburn

Davis likes to be physical, which is perfect for Seattle. He also was well-coached at Auburn so his technique is very sound. The drawback to Davis is that he can get beat by speedier wideout deep. And that is something Carroll doesn’t allow for players who want to get a bunch of snaps.

But Carroll also might be able to use Davis’s physicality and teach him the Seahawks way and mold him into a very good corner.

Denzel Ward, Ohio State

Ward’s only slight is that he doesn’t fit the normal mold of a Seattle corner. He is just 5’10”. But that is the only reason Seattle might not take Ward if he is still available at 18.

Ward has fantastic speed and can get physical despite his smaller size. Carroll might see him as worth the risk.