Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Updates: Latest News, Trade Rumors, Storylines

Josh SteinContributor IIIApril 18, 2012

Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Updates: Latest News, Trade Rumors, Storylines

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    As the Seattle Seahawks continue to prepare for the 2012 NFL draft, it is obvious they will have to fill some gaps, add some depth and finish up what has been an interesting offseason.

    They still have several areas to address and they seem to be attempting to address them more and more lately with recent signings and acquisitions.

    The draft is also an obvious source of interest as well as conflict as we try to sort out what direction the Seahawks will go, or if they will get a complement to Beast Mode in the middle rounds. The major storyline is the first-round pick dilemma, where the Seahawks need to choose a reliable player or trade down and look for a solid pick at a lower spot.

    However, the Seahawks will have to make many more moves and work a lot harder if they want to feed the fans' hunger for the first championship in team history.

Latest Seahawks Draft News, Rumors and Speculation

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    Players that Settle are targeting

    Quinton Coples, North Carolina

    He has a good burst off the snap, but his speed and flexibility to dip and rip around the edge as a traditional right defensive end isn't certain. He is powerful, though, and has an excellent bull rush and uses his long arms to keep offensive linemen away from his body to dictate the action.

    Coples doesn't possess elite lateral agility or closing speed, but gains ground quickly because of his length. He's a strong drag-down tackler capable of pulling down the quarterback while still engaged with a blocker.

    Seattle hasn't really shown visible interest in Coples, only having scouts visit his pro day, but they have expressed that they would love adding a player with his potential. He also fills their biggest need and is the type of player they want for that spot.

     

    Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

    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.

    Pete Carroll has been very impressed by him, even with his size. Seattle watched his combine intently, and it was almost as spectacular as his unreal senior season that took him from a fourth-rounder to borderline top 10.

     

    Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M

    Via MyNorthwest.com:

    "Miami actually took Tannehill to dinner, and then also the Seahawks actually ran into Miami at the dinner and actually ended up sitting down and breaking bread," Brugler told "Bob and Groz" on Thursday. "So whether that was by accident or by design, both teams ended up sitting down for dinner with Tannehill last night."

    Brugler said the Seahawks were one of 22 NFL teams at the workout, represented by head coach Pete Carroll, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and general manager John Schneider.

     

    Luke Kuechly, Boston College

    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, reads the flow of the play very well and is in on just about every single tackle.

    They have shown interest in Kuechly, but after recent signings of Barrett Ruud, Leroy Hill and Matt McCoy, linebacker isn't a position the Seattle will be desperate to get in the first round. However, if GM Schneider wants to make him the heart of the defense, Kuechly would be the logical option.

     

    Chris Polk, Washington

    After clocking an official time of 4.57 seconds in Indianapolis, Polk’s times in his pair of 40-yard dashes at Dempsey Indoor ranged from 4.45 to 4.48 seconds on his first run and between 4.47 and 4.51 seconds on his second attempt. He said his electronic time was 4.49 seconds.

    Pete Carroll was one of the people who viewed that amazing display of speed live.

    Seattle, as well as the fans of the Seahawks, are intrigued by the chance to choose the hometown saint from just down the road. He comes in as a probable second-rounder, but the Seahawks are trying to see if they can snag him in the third, which would be a huge steal.

    There are other prospects Seattle are considering, but there have not been pursued as much, especially without the trade opportunity completed.

Latest Seahawks Trade Rumors and Speculation

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    Only a few real trades have come up so far as the Seahawks explore the possibility of trading their first-round pick.

     

    Trading down to the Bengals at 21

    This is the only rumored trade that has been confirmed as being proposed. Seattle has been having trade discussions that involve multiple picks and even some players.

     

    Trade Scenario One

    The most generic, obvious trade between Seattle and the Bengals is trading Seattle's first-round pick (12) for Cincinatti's first- and second-round picks (21 and 53).

    The Bengals have been looking to trade up to get either Trent Richardson (if he's available), Luke Kuechly (to upgrade at linebacker), or David DeCastro (due to Cincy's lack of offensive line depth).

    Seattle could still snag either DeCastro or Kuechly at 21, depending on the Bengals' pick, or they could get Nick Perry, Pete Carroll's old player whom many people have been raving about. Also, the extra second-rounder could help them fill more holes and maybe get a great player in Lavonte David.

     

    Trade Scenario Two

    Maybe less likely but still possible. Seattle could give up the 12th for the Bengals' 17th pick and Rey Maualuga. This would only be the case if Seattle thinks Maualuga is better than any prospect they can get in the middle of the second round.

    This trade would most likely involve other picks as well. It wouldn't be too drastic, but Seattle would most likely lose a fourth-rounder and maybe get back a fifth- or sixth-rounder in return.

     

    Trading down to the Broncos at 25

    Trade Scenario

    This is only speculation on my end, with some talks scattered abut it by others as well. In this situation, the Seahawks would give up their first and sixth pick (12 and 172) for the Broncos' first three picks (25, 57, and 89).

    This would be the ideal situation for Seattle because it would move down only 13 picks,and also get good picks to help complete the rebuilding process. The second and third rounds are where there are many prospects that are worth taking risks on.

     

    Trading down to the Jets at 16

    Trade Scenario

    This is another trade that is mere speculation with some background information. In this one, Seattle would give up its first-, third-, and (Oakland's) seventh-round picks (12, 76 and 204) for the Jets' first and second picks (16 and 48).

    It's same situation for the Seahawks as the other two teams, with them making a small drop in the first round, but gaining another second-rounder in the process. The Jets are trying to move up for a possibility at Trent Richardson to complement Shonn Greene in what would be one of the newest deadly backfields in the league, somewhat replicating the Panthers' backfield of recent years.

Storyline 1: What Do the Seahawks Do with Their First-Round Pick?

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    Whenever you have a conversation about the Seahawks these days, the No. 12 pick dilemma usually becomes the topic of discussion after a short while. So here's a look at several choices that the Seahawks have when making their choice on April 26th:

     

    1. Pick a defensive end

    Seattle's biggest need is arguably at defensive end, and specifically they need a player who can get to the quarterback.

    The Seahawks lack a man in the front four that can hurry throws and take down the quarterback. Chris Clemens and Brandon Mebane led a subpar defensive front that only racked up 33 sacks.

    The two prospects that may be the Seahawks' option at this pick are Melvin Ingram from South Carolina and Quinton Coples from North Carolina.

    The versatile Ingram could tremendously improve the Seahawks front line and could fill the position opposite Chris Clemons beautifully. His excellent speed could help the Seahawks get a speed rush off the edge that could drastically cut down the quarterback's time to go through his options.

    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.

    Coples also would be a great choice for an already good defense, and I can't see Coples not bringing a solid effort to the unit. Aside from Carroll, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas won't let this defense be anything less than excellent.

    Coples has the potential to be an elite defensive end. Adding that component to the 2011 Seahawks defense could push them into elite realm.

     

    2. Trade down

    I like the trade scenario in the first round. If Seattle can trade down, getting multiple picks, and draft Kuechly or DeCastro (assuming one is available) then that would be the best choice possible.

    They would most likely trade down to the 21st pick with the the Bengals, who are already looking to trade up.

    Even though Seattle couldn't be positive it would get a good prospect at pick 21, this is a risk we, as Seahawk fans, would be okay with as it would supply us with an extra second-round pick as well.

    If they do make a trade to the Bengals at 21, then a player like Nick Perry or Whitney Mercilus makes perfect sense.

    Perry has already played in a Pete Carroll system and proved he could play while in college. It is possible he could eventually take over for Chris Clemons, or move Red Bryant to LE and Perry to RE.

     

    3. Draft a LB or another available player

    What is probably the least likely of the three, the Seahawks could stay at the 12th pick and pick one of the best players left. A few players that come to mind are David DeCastro from Stanford and Luke Kuechly from Boston College.

    DeCsatro has been a solid all-around offensive lineman for Stanford and looks to transition as well as any O-lineman in this year's draft.

    Seattle has spent countless first- and second-round picks on offensive linemen in the past few years, with the most recent being James Carpenter and John Moffitt. Both of them ended this season early on the injured reserve along with several other Seattle O-linemen, so DeCastro could bring good depth with him.

    Luke Kuechly is another 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, reads the flow of the play very well and is in on just about every single tackle.

Storyline 2: When, If Ever, Should the Seahawks Draft a Running Back?

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    The Seahawks will have an interesting scenario when it comes time to get a running back who can come in for Marshawn Lynch, providing Lynch with a much-needed rest and chance to get some Skittles while also providing a change of pace.

    The way to keep Lynch fresh is to limit his carries. When the Seahawks subbed in Leon Washington and Justin Forsett in 2011, though, there was a noticeable drop in effectiveness. If Seattle can find someone who can help the team manage Lynch a little more carefully, that will be a big boost for its star.

    The Seahawks will be looking for a player who can work with Lynch as a duo, a partnership that constantly keeps teams guessing and Seattle’s offense rolling. And if Lynch were to suffer an injury, they’ll need someone who can take up the slack.

    This draft has a multitude of NFL ready running backs for the Seahawks to choose from. Trent Richardson is a star in the making who could quickly become the best back in the league. The Seahawks will consider drafting him if he’s available at No. 11 or  No. 12, creating possibly the most fearsome duo of running backs in the history of the league.

    In Round 2 to 4, Lamar Miller, Doug Martin, Chris Polk and David Wilson offer excellent value and could be picked as the "best player available" with the team’s second, third, or fourth choice. You can find effective runners without top-level investment, but this is a draft where a GM or coach can be forgiven for taking a running back early. The talent is there this year.

    One more player I like in this draft as a late-round pick up is Terrance Ganaway from Baylor University. He may not be the Baylor playmaker everyone is raving about, but Ganaway could make a large impact, especially in respects to the round he is selected.

    He has all the intangibles and measurables to be a perfect fit alongside Lynch in a two-back set, which is becoming more and more popular every year. He is a better fit at backup than Justin Forsett, who never really had a place in Seattle, and Leon Washington, whose explosiveness is best suited for the return game.