Seattle Seahawks 2012 Mock Draft: Take a Look at DraftTek's Latest 7-Round Mock
Well, we are less than two months from draft day. All 32 teams will try to fill their holes in the Radio City Music Hall at the end of April, but at this point we are just mocking.
One of the mock drafts with the most expertise is Drafttek.com's weekly analysis. Here is an in-depth look at their latest mock draft and my opinion as to whether or not these picks are the best for the Seahawks.
Round 1: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
This offseason, Seattle's biggest need besides quarterback is at defensive end. Fortunately, this year's draft class is stacked with DEs (Quinton Coples, Melvin Ingram, and Andre Branch to name a few).
Branch had a fantastic year for the Tigers, racking up over 10 sacks this season and four in one game. But what made him stand out was his outstanding combine results.
Andre is one of the best pass rushers in this class, which is exactly what the Hawks are in the market for, so don't be surprised to see him in Seahawks blue come April.
The only trouble he could bring is the confusion with Seahawks' defensive tackle, Alan Branch!
Round 2: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
It is unclear if the Seahawks will be able to re-sign Red Bryant, though it looks like they will. The only possible incentive for getting a defensive tackle is for depth.
Brandon Thompson is an explosive player, and it would be a good story for the Seahawks to essentially draft the Clemson d-line, but there are other needs the Seahawks have to address first.
Carroll likely will look at this prospect, because he is well regarded both on and off the field for his high intelligence and character. Also, at the combine this weekend, he was able to put up a solid 35 reps on the bench which is even more impressive considering his extremely large arms.
If the 'Hawks decide to go with a different position in Round 2 besides a QB such a Nick Foles or Kirk Cousins, it would most likely be this Clemson alum.
If they can hold off on a QB, Thompson would be great, but I can't buy into this pick knowing that we have more glaring needs.
Round 3: BJ Coleman, QB, Chattanooga
This pick may have been the most confusing I have ever seen. BJ Coleman didn't prove much at Chattanooga after his transfer from the Volunteers of Tennessee.
This widely unknown "Moc" was never a proven winner (going 5-6 his Senior year) and didn't have stats that pop off the page.
There's not much you need to say about this player, as he seems like a large reach for a team that could find better talent at this pick. They should pick a linebacker or the best talent available, not some no-name quarterback.
Round 4: Philip Blake, OC, Baylor
Philip Blake may not be the Baylor offensive player that Seahawk fans are raving about, but Robert Griffin III wouldn't have been so amazing this year without his talented offensive line in front of him.
Blake has good versatility and is a smart player who rarely gets false starts. He would be an excellent addition to Tom Cable's crew and would get a good learning experience behind Max Unger.
He may not be the superstar that other players in this draft are, but he is a solid player and would provide good offensive line stability throughout his career.
PS: He sort of looks like Michael Oher in The Blindside with the green "74" jersey.
Round 6: Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State
The biggest question of free agency facing the Seahawks this offseason has essentially been answered, as they have said they would franchise Marshawn Lynch if no long-term deal can be made.
Even though Beast Mode has been secured, the 'Hawks still need another capable running back for two-back sets and to switch up tempo. Vick Ballard could help do that.
Leon Washington is a great returner but isn't the rusher the Seahawks are looking for, and Justin Forsett has just never been the right fit for Seattle's offensive scheme.
Ballard could be a good steal in the late rounds of the draft.
Round 7: Josh Kaddu, ILB, Oregon
When a team makes their seventh round selection, they are just looking for a player who can potentially turn out to be a star. Of anyone the 'Hawks could choose, Josh Kaddu seems to be the best choice.
Kaddu had 6.5 sacks but his leadership of the Oregon defense was what makes him unique. He helped lead this team through the offensively strong Pac-12 relatively unscathed.
If the Seahawks want a proved leader and a proved winner, Kaddu is way to go.