Rounds 4 through 6
Usually, top defensive backs go high in the draft but several years ago Seattle struck gold by taking Kam Chancellor in the fifth round one year (hard to believe) and Richard Sherman in the fifth round another year (even harder to believe). Maybe Seattle could do well again with these two later round draft selections.
Keith Taylor, Washington
U-Dub has produced some really good defensive backs the last few years and Taylor could be one of them. The Seahawks, though, do not seem to like taking Washington defensive backs. They could have, for instance, taken safety Budda Baker in 2017 but didn’t. Taking Baker at the time, even though the team still had Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, would have saved Seattle from having to spend so much draft capital to acquire Jamal Adams.
The one thing Taylor has that Pete Carroll would love is size. Taylor is 6’3″ and 200 pounds with long arms. Another thing Taylor does well that Carroll would love is play the run. If Seattle gets back to more press coverage, Taylor is a guy they should take. He does need to work on his ball skills a lot more but Carroll might be able to teach that.
Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina
If there was ever a more perfect corner for a Pete Carroll system, I am not sure who it is other than Mukuamu. He is 6’4″ and weighs 210 pounds and is as close to a young Brandon Browner as Seattle is going to get. Is he great against smaller, slot corners? No. But Mukuamu will play outside in press coverage and that is what he would excel at.
Mukuamu did struggle against any receivers with speed, but he also wouldn’t have had the coaching at South Carolina that Pete Carroll will give him in the NFL. Carroll will let him know how to use his size and how to truly play press man and Mukuamu would be a better Seahawk than he was a Gamecock.