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In his mock draft published late last week, Sports Illustrated's Peter King took an interesting approach by showing both the player each team will pick while also offering his thoughts on which player they should pick.
For the 'Hawks I figured this would be especially interesting for the first-round selection given that the experts have seemingly locked the team into one of three choices (Luke Kuechly, Quinton Coples, or Melvin Ingram) for some time now.
I'd also imagine many of you have read the same things about the same players for so long now that just for laughs, it might be fun to see someone else's name attached to the No. 12 pick.
If forced to choose, I'd go with King's selection of Ingram at the hybrid spot. Two birds, one stone, everyone goes home a winner?
Not so fast. Oddly enough I believe Ingram has the lowest upside of the aforementioned trio.
Right or wrong, the perception I'm getting off Coples is that he seems like a handful, the kind of guy that will either get John Schneider a lot of clout or a lot of flack.
On the opposite end of the spectrum Kuechly comes across as a Boy Scout, if not Aaron Curry 2.0. Danny O'Neil at the Seattle Times would seem to agree on Kuechly in his most recent article regarding the parallels...in short, he's too good to be true.
Yet, if the team wants someone to play middle linebacker and get casual fans excited to buy jerseys, I'd imagine taking Kuechly would do the trick.
Right now though I'm not sure Kuechly will even make it to the No. 12 spot. Assuming Kuechly is off the board, I think Pete and John start making phone calls, yet can't imagine them taking the player I think they should take.
David DeCastro is not going to sell jerseys regardless of whoever drafts him.
For the 'Hawks especially, the selection of the Stanford lineman would probably outrage fans all across the Pacific Northwest. Still I think this selection is the way the team should go and remain firm with this selection from my last mock.
The team may not need DeCastro as much as a pass-rusher or linebacker, but if it can't move down in Round 1 it may regret passing up on one of the best guards to come out in years.
However, I think the front office gets someone to trade for the No. 12 pick. That someone is the New York Jets who will swap their first-round pick at No. 16 and their third-round pick at No. 77 to grab either Ingram or Alabama safety Mark Barron.
Both seem like the kind of player Rex Ryan will be convinced his defense needs to get back on track after last season's debacle.
The 'Hawks, meanwhile at No. 16, will select Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower.
Here's a guy that hasn't received much attention thus far, especially when compared to Kuechly, yet as Peter King mentions is someone that teams like the Ravens and Steelers would like to draft.
Perhaps it's a little early to take him at this point, but Nick Saban's former captain at Alabama could be the solution at middle linebacker the 'Hawks are looking for.
Hightower is an imposing mix of size and speed that should help fortify the 'Hawks long term while being tutored by veteran Barrett Rudd starting next season.
When you factor in the extra pick in the third round, this move makes a lot of sense.