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

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Seahawks round 2

Round 2 Pick 37: Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU

When the college football season began, LSU’s Kayshon Boutte was a near-lock as a 1st round pick. An excellent route runner with SEC elite-level speed, the 6-0 205 lbs receiver was destined for a massive season. Instead, an uneven season with new coach Brian Kelly leaves Boutte on the outside looking in at Day 1 of the NFL draft, and a potential steal for the Seahawks.

With picks 60 and 61 added to their stockpile, the Seahawks can use pick 37 to add a best-player-available type of pick, while still upgrading the trenches. With Boutte, the Seahawks have a unique weapon from a school that consistently produces star wideouts.

Round 2 Pick 52: Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa

Joining Lukas Van Ness in the Pacific Northwest is his former captain at Iowa in Jack Campbell. PFF’s best coverage linebacker in 2022. Campbell is as consistent of a middle linebacker as you will find in the draft this season.

Campbell reads holes and finishes better than Cody Barton ever could and appears to be better in pass coverage than Brooks showed last year. With this pick, the middle linebacker spot should go to Campbell, with an eventually healthy Brooks sliding over.

Round 2 Pick 60: Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin

When you think of Wisconsin, you usually think of great offensive line play, and once again Madison has produced a stud, and the Seahawks pounce on Tippmann as Austin Blythe’s replacement. At 6’6″ and 312 pounds Tippmann is massive, surprisingly athletic, and is an excellent zone blocker. There are few centers with as many pancake highlights as Tippmann.

Round 2 Pick 61: Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan 

The freakiest of the freaks, Mazi Smith may be the most physically imposing and gifted defensive tackle the Seahawks have had at that position in years. A man that’s 6’3″ and weighs 327 pounds should not move and be as athletic as Smith. Smith is not a sack guy, but he will eat up blocks and double teams in the run game, creating opportunities for the defense to improve their rush defense significantly.