Seahawks mock draft 2.0: Pass rusher or cornerback first?

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 29: Terrell Edmunds (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 29: Terrell Edmunds (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

The NFL Draft is a few days away, and why not do a Seahawks mock draft? All the cool kids are doing it. So should we! Here is who I think Seattle should take in 2018 based on need and quality of player.

I will make this relatively short, Seahawks fans. Maybe just 3000 words. (I joke; I promise.) Because there will be another of these. Version 3.0 and just before the draft. The issue is that we all know there will be trades and draft changes, etc. It’s the Seahawks, of course!

We know what Seattle needs at this point. They need a pass rusher and a cornerback and other less meaningful stuff. Like a tight end. But mostly a defensive end who can sack the quarterback. This is the position I think Seattle will choose first.

Round 1, Pick 18: Marcus Davenport, Defensive end, University of Texas San Antonio

I laugh and laugh. Seattle never changing off pick 18? Whatever. It’s not if it happens, it’s when. 12s all know this.

What Davenport is is a tall defensive end with a ton of speed. He is the perfect Seattle defensive lineman. Coach Pete Carroll likes – not loves – pass rushers and Davenport fits the need.

Round 4, Pick 120: Terrell Edmunds, Safety, Virginia Tech

Again, the Seahawks will have more picks somehow before round four. But if Edmunds is available, he is kind of a no-brainer for Seattle. He looks like Kam Chancellor, plays a lot like Kam and who knows? Maybe he even smells like Kam?

The point is, while Seattle currently has both Earl Thomas and Bradley McDougald under contract, they need the next generation. Hello, Mr. Edmunds!

Round 5, Pick 141: Durham Smythe, Tight end, Notre Dame

The Seahawks really need a good and young tight end. Sure. They have Nick Vannett. But so far he has not been as good as they hoped. He is in his third season and hasn’t made much of a difference. Has he played behind Jimmy Graham? Yes. But he hasn’t earned his way yet.

Smythe can block. And sometimes catch. With Vannett and Smythe, Seattle might be OK at the tight end position for the next few seasons.

Round 5, Pick 146: Auden Tate, Wide receiver, Florida State

Seattle still needs a big receiver. Even though the team added Jaron Brown this offseason, the need for a tall wideout is there. Remember how great Chris Matthews was in the first half of Super Bowl-whatever when they lost to the New England Patriots? Matthews was 6’5″ and Seattle has lacked that size even before and after.

Jimmy Graham doesn’t count. He wasn’t a wideout and not overly fast. Tate is 6’5″ as well. Seattle would be wise to take a fifth round pick on him.

Round 5, Pick 156: Wyatt Teller, Offensive guard, Virginia Tech

This is a decent chance Teller won’t be around at this pick, but I think he will. Walter Football has him projected to be chosen between rounds four and six. has him going in rounds three or four.

I think the Seahawks feel decent at tackle, at least in 2018. Even if Germain Ifedi doesn’t work out anymore, they can move Ethan Pocic over. Guard is the real hole for now.

Round 5, Pick 168: Andrew Brown, Defensive tackle/end, Virginia

Seattle has already brought in Brown for a visit. There is a chance that the Seahawks take Brown earlier in the fifth round. He isn’t a perfect fit for a 4-3 defensive at end, but could be support at tackle. He won’t start, at least not in 2018.

Round 7, Pick 226: Roc Thomas, Running back, Jacksonville State

Thomas is not as big as Seattle really likes their running backs, but they also need smaller, quicker backs at this point. The projected starts are Chris Carson and Mike Davis. Nice backs for size but not third down backs by trade. Thomas with his 4.55 40 speed and his 13 touchdowns in his senior year could be that passing-down back.

Round 7, Pick 248: Simeon Thomas, Cornerback, University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Thomas has perfect size for a Seahawks corner. He is 6’2″ with 35-inch arms. He could fall even out of the draft altogether, however. But Seattle has had him in for a visit so there is definitely some interest.

The issues with Thomas are he has a misdemeanor on his record for burglary, which led to a suspension in his sophomore year. He also bounced from Auburn to ULL. And he is already 25 years old.

I would have loved to have Seattle find a way to take Shaquill Griffin’s brother Shaquem. He is a great athlete. But he doesn’t really play a position of need for Seattle. And he could be taken before Seattle has a chance to take him.

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Of course, as I said at the beginning, though, the Seahawks will make trades. So anything is possible.