Seattle Seahawks Mock Draft: Trading the way to a dominant draft

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A second Seahawks trade!

Trade 2: Seahawks trade pick 20 to Cincinnati for pick 28 and pick 60

Speaking of the Bengals, Cincy is on the prowl for a shutdown cornerback, and Seattle uses a potential awkward zone in the draft to collect another late second-round pick while moving back to the end of the 1st round. The Bengals get Georgia’s Kelee Ringo, while Seattle gets the most interesting prospect in this year’s class.

Round 1 Pick 28: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

There may not be a more fascinating prospect in this draft for me than Darnell Washington. This is a player that could be taking in the first round, or slipping into the 3rd round, he’s got that much of a variance.

Washington is a massive 6’7″ and 265-pound tight end who up until this season had spent more time as a blocker than a receiver. Before we talk about his development as a receiver, let’s be clear, Washington is without question the best blocking tight end to enter the draft since Rob Gronkowski. I’m not saying he’s the next Gronk, but Washington has that potential and showed it by dominating blocks during back-to-back national championship runs through the SEC.

While he only caught 28 passes on a loaded Bulldogs squad, he still finished with 454 yards and two scores. His over 16 yards per reception proves how tough he is to bring down when he makes the catch. He’s raw and we haven’t seen many TEs like this before, but in the right system, he could be perfect.

Imagine him in the red zone for Geno or out on the edge blasting linebackers trying to chase down Walker. Washington is my number 1 ranked TE and we’re stoked to get him at pick 28. If Washington was gone in this scenario, I’d still look to an elite TE class and would be happy to select Dalton Kincaid from Utah or Luke Musgrave from Oregon State.