Seattle Seahawks Mock Draft Monday 2.0
Round 2: Seahawks select Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR Michigan
Both of my second-round picks from the last mock draft are still there when we come back on the clock, but I can’t select them in back to back mock drafts, according to the rules we set in place. I still love either Jalen Reagor or Neville Gallimore in this spot, but there wasn’t a shortage of options available.
Other names remained interesting at this point, including Jonathan Taylor, the Wisconsin running back, and Jordyn Brooks, a linebacker from Texas Tech. But I had bigger fish to fry, so selected Donovan Peoples-Jones from Michigan instead.
DPJ is a fascinating player. He stands at 6’2″, 210 lbs and has the home run ability Pete Carroll loves. He is also an excellent punt returner and is quite good at improvising on plays that break down, a necessary skill for a Seahawks wide receiver.
He lacks the production you’d like to see from a second-round WR but so did a guy named DK Metcalf and that has worked out just fine.
A smart player, DPJ will need to get stronger and find effective counter moves against press-man coverage. His 40-yard dash will probably land in the high 4.5’s, which will scare off a lot of teams. But he plays much faster on tape.
He also understands how to use his size to box out defenders and is capable pf winning contested balls. He’s never played with a great QB before, but his strengths are exactly what Seattle is looking for. I prefer Reagor, but DPJ is a guy who will outperform the expectations of combine Scouters.
Seattle Seahawks select Curtis Weaver, EDGE Boise State
Weaver isn’t likely to wow many people at the combine, but his production at Boise State is hard to ignore. At 6’3″, 265 lbs, the Broncos used Weaver as an OLB in a 3-4 scheme. In the NFL, Weaver probably fits better in a 5-tech, 4-3 end.
He reminds me a bit of L.J. Collier, last year’s first-round pick of the Seahawks, but at a more reasonable price. Weaver should hold up fine against the run and has strong hands and a good enough first step to blow up his share of plays.
Boise asked Weaver to drop into coverage, where he can be exposed but did a reasonably good job. His strength is playing downhill, so asking him to put a hand in the ground and secure the edge should help him going forward. Weaver isn’t going to be an every-down player, but like Rasheem Green, should develop into a quality rotation piece now and possibly more in the future.