Best-Case Scenario for the Seattle Seahawks in the 2012 NFL Draft
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The draft is inching closer and closer and speculation is raising as to who will be drafted when.
Everyone is trying to think logically and not get their hopes up that their team will get a superstar or stock up on extra picks while still picking a solid player.
Here is a look at what Seattle Seahawks fans can hope for when the draft comes along.
Round 1: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
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Hawthorne and his 115 tackles from a year ago have departed leaving a gap that has to be addressed early on. Seattle may have a chance to address it with Luke Kuechly of Boston College
The 'Hawks may have an option to trade down with the Bengals at 21 if David DeCastro is still available, and doing this would could, I believe, still allow them to pounce on Kuechly. This would also supply them with a conditional 2013 pick which could be a potential first-rounder.
Kuechly could easily make it to 21 if the Eagles decide to go with another need.
Luke Kuechly is one reliable option who can rack up tackles by the dozens at the NFL level.
Kuechly led the nation with a whopping 191 total tackles, which is an incredible average of 16 tackles per game. There is certainly no question about Kuechly's production.
Kuechly is very instinctive and is one of the most alert linebackers in recent memory to enter the NFL draft. He is always around the ball, and reads the flow of the play very well and is in on just about every single tackle.
All in all, Kuechly could be a player that can bring tremendous production to the Seattle linebacking corps that is heavily depleted.
Round 2: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
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Seattle has a glaring need at pass rush as well which would ideally be taken care of in the beginning of Day 2.
Andre Branch is a possible first-round pick, but his size makes him unsuitable for many defensive fronts in the NFL.
He also disappeared in some key moments this year, which was perfectly displayed in Clemson's rivalry game against Florida State.
Seattle would allow him to work as a situational pass-rusher, rotating with Red Bryant. They could groom him to take over at the end position for Chris Clemons.
Branch would provide great play at the DE position and would be a steal in the second round.
Round 3: Chris Polk, RB, Washington
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Chris Polk is shaping up to be a solid pick in the first and second rounds in this year's draft. However, it is a possibility that he will be available when the Seahawks pick in Round 3.
Chris Polk 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 has been a bright spot for Washington and could bring a perfect change of pace to the Seahawks offense that would throw defenses off balance.
Whether you're a fan of all Washington state's sports or only the Seahawks, you have to be excited if you see Chris Polk in the new Seattle jerseys next year.
Round 4: Tony Bergstrom, OT, 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.
If this seems familiar, it is because I have been saying they should draft him for a while in Round 4. You could say I'm part of Bergstrom-mania, if there is such a thing.
Round 6: Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas
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Another linebacker will be needed as a type of security to make sure we don't get too depleted if the injury bug plagues our linebackers this year.
Emmanuel Acho is a very promising linebacker from Texas with the speed and instincts to make a mark in the Seahawks defense.
He has been placed in the fourth and fifth rounds in most mock drafts, which would be a bit of a reach in such high rounds. But being able to sneak in and get him in the sixth would be an excellent pick. For the Seahawks.
Acho is a very fast and versatile player who can get to the QB with relative ease. He is also very smart and would be an excellent addition to an up-and-coming Seattle defense.
Round 7: Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
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Although he may be a reach at the quarterback position even in the final round, Kellen Moore is a questionable NFL prospect with major upside and downside. Some believe he'll be a great quarterback, while most are concerned with his lack of size and arm strength.
Kellen Moore is a proven leader and winner, acknowledged by his record for most career wins for a college quarterback.
He may not have many measurables that you expect from a NFL QB, but his heart and determination could turn him into a solid option in the league (see Tim Tebow).
He would be a good option for the Seahawks late in the draft, and it may bode well for the status of their quarterback position if he can put up a little competition this offseason.