Seahawks mock draft: Bob Condotta predicts each of Seattle’s choices

Seahawks fans, who have often lamented over the past decade that there was not much to get excited about with the team’s draft – like last year, when Seattle had only three picks and none in the first round – need not worry years.

With eight picks, including their first at No. 9 overall, how Seattle manages its draft in the wake of the Russell Wilson deal is one of the most exciting stories in the NFL.

So what could Seattle get with all that sudden theft?

Well you asked.

With the draft now just over two weeks away – the first round is April 28, rounds 2-3 on April 29 and rounds 4-7 on April 30 – it’s time for our annual Seahawks seven-round mock draft, where we can guess what the Seahawks can do with each of their choices.

As an aid, I consulted with several simulators for simulators, such as those from Pro Football Focus and Pro Football Network, as a guide to which players – following a general consensus among draft experts at the moment – would realistically be available with each pick.

Also, yes, the odds of the Seahawks holding all eight of those picks at their current position are low.

But for now, that’s what the Seahawks have.

So let’s project what they might be capable of.

Nr. 9: Offensive tackle Charles Cross, Mississippi State

The idea here is that Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux – a popular player to mock Seattle lately – will not drop to nine. If he does, it would be unmanageable. My thought, too, is that Seattle would not take a quarterback that high, and probably not a cornerback either. Unless one of the best pair-edge rushers really falls for this place, my guess is that Seattle is using this pick to meet one of its biggest long-term needs – left tackling – just as it did with the first pick in Pete Carroll / John Schneider era, when the Seahawks took Russell Okung as No. 6 in 2010, the last time Seattle has chosen so highly. Cross, who first turns 22 in November, was as good a pass protector as he was in college football last year, allowing only 16 hits on 719 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. And while Cross may need some time to become a dominant running block, potential franchise setbacks are hard to find. Seattle have to add to this position with only three tackles currently under contract – Jake Curhan, Stone Forsythe and Greg Eiland.

Nr. 40: Edge rusher Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma

One reason for going to the Olympics early is that this is considered a really good edge-rushing team, which means Seattle should be able to find a solid pass-rushing perspective with one of its second-round rushing teams. elections, although a number of elite go in the first round. Bonitto would probably be available and is considered to fit well with the 3-4 defense Seattle wants to use more of – per. PFF ranked Bonitto first among all edge rushers of the last two years in pass rush rate, pass rush wind rate and pressure speed.

Nr. 41: QB Matt Corral, Mississippi

And here I go with a QB. With so little consensus on the QBs in this class, my thought is that Seattle could wait for this place and get someone who can prove to be just as good at taking as someone who can go much higher. Desmond Knight from Cincy would also be really tempting if he is here. But Corral has solid arm strength, really good mobility to keep the zone-read aspect of Seattle’s attack intact in the post-Wilson era, and last year it did a much better job of taking care of the ball than in previous years (a 20 -5 TD-to-interception ratio). And maybe Carroll will like the Corral developed at Ole Miss and also has some experience there with DK Metcalf. But it’s worth mentioning that if Seattle has added another veterinarian (or two) at the time of the draft, then it may not be necessary to take such a high QB. One way or another, though, you can expect Seattle to add two more QBs when the draft ends.

Nr. 72: Linebacker Troy Andersen, Montana State

Andersen is one of the more exciting players in the draft because of his college history as a quarterback, running back and then linebacker. And some think he could be gone before 72. But if he stays here, Seattle could jump at the chance to get a player who might be able to help in a variety of special roles right away, and could become a long-term candidate to fill one of the inside linebacking spots, where currently only Jordyn Brooks is under contract after 2022.

Nr. 109: CB Tariq Woolen, University of Texas-San Antonio

More than a few scoffs have had the Seahawks embark on their first choice. And that makes sense considering some of the players who could be available at nine o’clock – namely Derek Stingley Jr. from LSU and Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner from Cincinnati. But under Carroll and GM John Schneider, Seattle have never drawn a corner earlier than in the third round, and Carroll may see DJ Reed as the team’s recent success story in taking an inadvertent corner and making him an eight-figure player a year. So the idea here is that Seattle will try to go that route again to increase the corner. Woolen was one of the combine’s breakout stories with a 4.26. And at 6-4, 205 with 33 and a half empty arms, he fits the big corner form Seattle has always preferred.

Nr. 145: Edge Jeffrey Gunter, Coastal Carolina

Yep, we’ll add another edge rusher. Seattle does not have much depth there and you can never get enough pass-rushers. Gunter is another who is generally perceived as being a good fit for a 3-4 front and he is the perfect kind of player to take a chance on at this point in the draft, with impressive physical qualities, but a perception he still have not utilized. potential.

Nr. 153: RB Rachaad White, Arizona State

Running back is another interesting long-term spot for the Seahawks. Rashaad Penny has only a one-year deal, and Chris Carson’s contract will be canceled after this season – and that presupposes that he recovers after a neck operation and can play this year – where DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer at this point mostly fit in complementary / special team roles (and with Alex Collins remain unsigned). So it makes sense to take a shot at a running back in the intermediate rounds. White ran 4.48 40 on the combine while measuring 6 feet, 214, and is a good receiver with 43 catches a year ago, meaning he could compete instantly for the third-down roll.

No. 229: WR Bo Melton, Rutgers

People think all over the map at Melton, so maybe he does not fall here. And yes, he seems to have a somewhat similar skill as Dee Eskridge, Seattle’s first choice a year ago. But we’re talking about a flyer in the seventh round. Seattle have done nothing remarkable to add to their receiver depth this offseason, and the fifth receiving spot on the list appears to be open. Melton also has experience getting some carries so he could fit well into the receiver-who-gets-some-rushing-try role that Seattle’s offensive under Shane Waldron seems to want to elicit. And he is often described with the term “special teams ace”, which includes a little bit of kick and point return experience. And despite all the talk about how Seattle constructs its teams, the Seahawks have taken at least one receiver in all but two of 12 drafts since Carroll / Schneider arrived.

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