The second half of the Seahawks mock draft
The Seahawks have 4 selections left to make in this draft. So far, we have selected a center, wide receiver, cornerback, and offensive tackle. There are still other needs. This is where Seattle typically tries to hit the boom or bust prospects. An attempt to strike gold, if you will.
Pick #171: Buddy Johnson, LB
Buddy Johnson is one of those players that somehow keeps flying under the radar. He is a physical, athletic, and intellectually gifted player. He tested off the charts in the agility, explosive, and speed testing. He reads the field incredibly well. He can drop into coverage or play the line of scrimmage. He can play all three linebacker positions.
Most of all, he is a leader of men. Just the type of player Seattle can capitalize on late in the draft. The only reason he will drop is due to his small stature: 6’0″ and 229lbs. As we know, Seattle doesn’t shy away from these types of players.
Pick #184: Ta’Quon Graham, DT
Ta’Quon Graham is one of my favorite developmental prospects in this draft. He looks like a slighter version of Poona Ford. A 3-tech version of Ford (1-tech) if you will. Graham is 6’3″ with 35-inch vines for arms. He has all the intangibles in agility and strength testing to be great. His power base and hand usage are solid.
His technique needs work to improve consistency. Give him a solid coach to get his development back on track. He has sky-high potential. He just needs some quality time from the coaches to reach it.
Pick #199: Chris Evans, RB
Chris Evans looked like the next big thing after his freshman season at Michigan. He torched opposing defenses all season long. However, since that time, he has struggled mightily. Both off the field and on. This late in the draft, you pick more for potential than anything else.
Evans posted an elite vertical, broad jump, short shuttle, and 3-cone score. His 40-yard dash time came in around the 70th percentile which is still solid. This pick would offer Seattle an off-tempo back with potential as a long-term starter.
Pick #250: Darrick Forrest, DB
Darrick Forrest is exactly the type of player Seattle loves to target late in the draft. A player with elite athleticism that has positional flexibility. Forrest’s floor is a core special teams player with upside as a number two cornerback or starting free safety. Potential is key. However, a specials teams floor this late in the draft is crucial.
Review of the draft:
All in all, this draft brings everything Seattle needs. Brady Christensen should give Ethan Pocic a run for his money at center and offers a long-term answer with positional flexibility. D’Wayne Eskeridge offers Seattle an affordable number 3 wide receiver with an elite ability to create separation.
Rodarius Williams is a perfect schematic fit in Seattle’s cover-3 defense and has a lot of experience as is. He could start year 1 if needed. If nothing else, he offers depth this year with a high probability of being a quality starter year 2. Tommy Doyle offers insurance at the tackle position with starting capabilities long-term.
Buddy Johnson can be a year one starter if KJ Wright is not re-signed. He has the ability to slide into the SAM LB position seamlessly. Ta’Quon Graham provides more upside along the defensive line to pair with Poona Ford. Seattle loves to rotate their defensive lineman, depth is key.
Chris Evans gives Seattle another option for an off-tempo running back with elite potential. There is a lot of boom-or-bust in this selection. Finally, Darrick Forrest gives Seattle a perfect player for the special teams. He also has the potential to slide in anywhere along the defensive back rotation.
In the comments below let me know what you think. Overall, this draft is feasible and would solve nearly every problem they currently have. If you don’t agree, leave your mock draft using those picks below. A great website to use for a mock draft is Pro Football Networks Mock Draft Simulator. It’s by far the best/ most user-friendly I have come across.