Seattle Seahawks Mock Draft: 1st Full 7-Round Predictions of April
Well, the new jerseys came out today, and in my opinion, they're pretty nice. I love the glove and helmet patterns for the new Seahawk uniform.
But I'm not a fashion critique, I'm a B/R Seahawks analyst. My job is to try to predict which rookies will be wearing those new Seahawk uniforms this fall.
With less than a month until draft day, here's my seven-round mock draft for the Seattle Seahawks.
Round 1: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
One prospect improved his stock this season was South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram, who entered his senior campaign as a third- or fourth-rounder, but is now a top-flight linebacker and defensive end.
The very talented Ingram could tremendously improve the Seahawks front line, and could provide a tremendous boost to the pass rush of Seattle, which has been lacking the past few years.
His versatility will allow him to switch between defensive tackle and outside linebacker at the next level, depending on the scheme. Ingram is a great athlete and seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time to make the big play, and that is a dimension the Seattle front seven is in search for.
Ingram's unique abilities could help Seattle's defense become elite, adding to the three Pro Bowlers they already have.
Alternative: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC
The Seattle Seahawks will consider trading this pick unless a player they love is available. Quinton Coples could be that type of person.
This would be the largest possibility if Ingram comes off the board at seven to the Jaguars, though concerns about Coples' desire and motor could deter Pete Carroll from drafting him.
Round 2: Zach Brown, OLB, UNC
Often asked to drop into coverage at North Carolina, Zach Brown is experienced in the role and not only has excellent timed speed, but also athleticism that translates to the football field because of his balance, loose hips and explosive burst.
Brown has the athleticism to ride in and stick with tight ends and has the ball skills (seven career interceptions) to make quarterbacks pay for challenging him.
When Brown was asked at the combine about how he'd fit in at the NFL, he cited his speed as his best asset and referred to some tight ends by name that his future pro team is hoping he'll be able to slow down.
A natural athlete with raw talent, he will definitely be a great asset to whatever team he goes to, which will hopefully be the Seahawks.
Round 3: Chris Polk, RB, Washington
A year ago, Jake Locker impressed in his pro day workout at the University of Washington, which served as a jumpstart from which he boosted his stock all the way to the No. 8 pick in the 2011 NFL draft.
This year it is running back Chris Polk who likely boosted his stock with scouts with an impressive all-around performance at his workout in front of scouts and position coaches from roughly half of the teams in the NFL.
He lost some weight, which was noticeable in the running back's time in the 40-yard dash and his explosiveness in positional drills. Polk was credited with an "official" 4.57-second time at the combine, but came in much quicker in his first two attempts.
Polk also posted 16 reps on the bench press. He caught passes out of the backfield, demonstrating the soft, reliable hands and route-running ability that I believe is his most underrated quality and why the Washington running back remains in the hunt to be a top back selected in the 2012 draft (to the Seattle Seahawks).
Round 4: Tony Bergstrom, OT/G, Utah
Tony Bergstrom isn't a well-documented prospect and could fly under the radar coming into the fourth round. He provides the size and strength to become a good role-playing guard on this Seahawk offensive line.
Seattle's offensive line was destroyed by injuries in 2011, so the team will be looking for a utility lineman who can play multiple positions. Tony Bergstrom could do that, and he might be able to eventually take over at left guard or center should Max Unger experience health problems.
The 'Hawks have spent four first-round picks and a second-round pick on O-linemen the past few years, yet Bergstrom could produce as well as any of them as a fourth-rounder.
One of the Seahawks' biggest issues was providing adequate protection for Tarvaris Jackson, and this pick could add more depth to this depleted Seahawks front line as well.
I've liked this pick since the season ended, and I believe it is the best solution for Seattle.
Round 6: Brett Roy, DT, Nevada
Versatile defender Brett Roy also boasted a significantly improved time in the 40-yard dash. Roy originally signed with Nevada as a safety and then moved to linebacker; then he went to defensive end as he gained weight and eventually moved inside to defensive tackle.
He participated in linebacker drills, though.
Roy was clocked between 4.86-4.90 in the 40-yard dash Wednesday after his fastest time in Indianapolis was a 5.0 at 6'3", 275 pounds.
Roy's inexperience was obvious as he struggled with balance when changing directions while going through linebacker tests. His versatility after playing so many positions throughout his career could benefit the Seahawks' front seven in getting to the QB and RB.
Round 7: Emanuel Davis, CB, East Carolina
With Oakland's seventh-round pick, I believe cornerback depth is where Seattle will go with their final pick.
The Seahawks are deep at cornerback, but Pete Carroll always looks to add competition. Emanuel Davis was a solid college corner that has great instincts and reaction.
Drafting Davis, a four-year starter at Eastern Carolina, would supply the 'Hawks with another defender that has tremendous potential and could become Seattle's next Pro Bowl defensive back, of which they had three this past season.
He is very unique and could strengthen an already very talented Seahawk secondary.