If you’ve been paying attention to the draft coverage on ESPN or NFL Network, you’ll know that there isn’t much on the Seahawks right now. They continue talking about the Patrick Petersons, the Cam Newtons, etc. As we all know, none of these players are falling all the way down to the 25th pick.
So which players should we actually be looking for when the Seahawks are on the clock this Thursday? Sources have been saying a few new things regarding the Seahawks’ draft board, and I thought it might be worth summarizing down below. I’ve listed 7 guys that have potential to be selected by Seattle on Thursday. They are listed in the order of a compilation of things: need, availability, and ranking on Seattle’s supposed draftboard. The following is based off proven sources and not just off my own opinions.
1) C/OG Mike Pouncey, Florida
The Seahawks have Pouncey rated very high, and I can see why. However, he will probably be gone before our selection. But if he sticks around, expect to hear his name called.
2) QB Jake Locker/Christian Ponder, Washington/Florida State
This is where things get a bit iffy. The reason I have both Locker and Ponder here is that one of the two are the Seahawks’ top rated QB (aside from Newton and Gabbert). Kaepernick (see below) is supposedly the 2nd rated QB on their board and Dalton is 3rd, leaving either Locker or Ponder as #1. I’d prefer Locker, but my gut tells me Ponder is rated higher because he’s more of a fit for our offense.
3) CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado
Those who have read my writing know how fond I am of Smith’s abilities. Apparently so are the Seahawks, as they have him rated even higher than Prince Amukamara. If available, watch him closely.
4) QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
This is where it gets interesting. The hype train has really been building around Kaepernick in the past week or so, as he is supposedly the Seahawks’ 2nd ranked QB. I have no idea if this is just a smokescreen or not. I don’t think he is good enough to warrant our first rounder, but if we do select him I wouldn’t be entirely against it.
5) DT Muhammed Wilkerson, Temple
Wilkerson would be a good selection here. He’ll probably be available, but whether we select him or not depends on whether any of the above guys are still on the board.
6) DE/OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona
Reed has slowly crept into the back end of the first round. He would be a potential LEO rusher on our team (the position Chris Clemons plays). He would be a solid pick, but there should be better value available when we select.
7) QB Andy Dalton, TCU
This is one player I would not want the Seahawks to select with the 25th pick. Although he is the 3rd rated QB, I don’t think he is good enough to warrant our first-rounder. He is too average of a prospect; He is not that fast, his arm is not that strong, his accuracy is average, and he comes from a spread-based offense. The experts may disagree with me, but I still wouldn’t take Dalton with the 25th pick.
Other notes, courtesy of Seahawksdraftblog.com:
- Who will not be hearing their name called at pick #25? Count Ryan Mallet among those guys. The front office is worried about his mobility.
- Other guys apparently crossed off the list: Marvin Austin, Phil Taylor, Stephen Paea, Marcus Cannon, and Adrian Clayborn.
- The Seahawks are looking to trade down, not up.
- One member of the coaching staff is particularly high on Mark Ingram, but the front office sees too many needs to justify that selection.
- Biggest mid-round sleeper: Demarcus Van Dyke, CB from Miami (6’0”, 4.28 40-yard dash).