Recent Seahawks 2025 mock draft appears to forget about one key player

Seattle doesn't yet know their needs in the 2025 NFL draft but it's never too early to react what pundits are predicting.
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The issue with some NFL mock drafts is that the people creating the mocks don't know much about each team. That is fair as knowing a lot about every team takes a lot of time. Still, if one is making a mock they should take all the time they need to make sure each pick makes sense.

In a recent too-early mock draft, FanSided's NFL Spin Zone has the Seattle Seahawks projected to choose at number 16. Both the selection and the pick itself are based on Pro Football Focus's (subscription required) recent roster rankings for each team this year. NFL Spin Zone then chooses a player based on PFF's biggest weakness of every team last year.

The problem with this is that a team might have addressed the biggest perceived weakness this offseason in free agency or the draft. Seattle's most concerning issue in 2023 was pass protection, at least according to PFF - 12s might argue that linebacker coverage or run defense was even worse, so NFL Spin Zone has Seattle taking an offensive tackle in the first round next year.

Seahawks fill a position without a need in recent 2025 NFL mock draft

As part of PFF's write-up of the Seahawks, they do point out that the team's "X-factor for 2024" is right tackle Abraham Lucas. NFL Spin Zone, though, ignores this part of what PFF but they should not. One reason Seattle's pass protection was not good last year was because Lucas missed so much time with a knee problem. He has had surgery this offseason in hopes of repairing the injury.

The player NFL Spin Zone has Seattle taking is LSU's Emery Jones, Jr. Jones, Jr. should be a good pro as he allowed only one hit in more than 400 pass-protection snaps in 2023. That is in the SEC, too, which has been as close to a minor league system for the NFL as any conference in college football.

While Jones, Jr. might be a good player, he is hopefully an unneeded one by the Seahawks. They have Charles Cross at left tackle and Lucas at right tackle. If healthy, Lucas is an efficient tackle with a bullish mentality. Both Cross and Lucas also have at least two years left on their current contracts (since Cross was a first-round choice in 2022, Seattle has a fifth-year option on him).

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NFL Spin Zone mentions Cross but not Lucas and seemingly forgot - or didn't know - that the right tackle had a fairly good rookie season followed by an injury-plagued one in 2023. Again, if healthy, he and Cross could be long-term bookends along the offensive line for the Seahawks.

NFL Spin Zone did point out that they were using PFF's rankings for its mock draft, sure, but not going off-script from that for logical reasons makes the challenge of the mock too easy. Even had NFL Spin Zone stuck with the offensive line, that might have been fine, but choosing a left guard to replace likely one-year rental Laken Tomlinson would have been the better way to go.

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