Seattle Seahawks Mock Draft: Rounds 2-7 with Bruce Irvin in the Books
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After all the build-up and all the hype, the Seattle Seahawks finally made their first pick last night. And frankly, I'm happy with Bruce Irvin from West Virginia at No. 15 after trading down with the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected Fletcher Cox with what was originally the Seahawks' 12th pick.
One of the Seahawks' biggest needs has been filled at OLB, and Irvin has great upside but a questionable past.
Now we have to look forward to the rest of the draft and get ready for more additions to the Seattle squad. The Seahawks still have more holes to fill as this draft continues, and they have seven more picks to fill them.
Here are my predictions for the rest of the Seattle Seahawks draft.
Round 2: Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
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Seattle has spent many picks on offensive linemen in the first few rounds recently. The most recent have been James Carpenter and John Moffitt, who both left last season early with ACL tears.
Last season, Robert Gallery fizzled out and the Seattle linemen were dropping like flies with the injury bug looming all year. The Seahawks need at least one more body to help here and Cordy Glenn would be a steal in the middle of the second round.
Seattle will have to hope that Miami doesn't try to help Tannehill out by picking up Glenn, because they pick right before. If they do pick the Georgia linemen, then Seattle may look for another offensive linemen, probably Bobby Massie from Ole Miss.
Round 3: Chris Polk, RB, Washington
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Seattle may try to reach for another line backer or a defensive linemen to sure up the loose ends of an otherwise stellar defense. But the smart move would be to pick up another running back that can change the pace.
Chris Polk is a hometown favorite and would work even harder playing behind his idol, Marshawn Lynch. He was a staple of the Washington offense for a few years and is NFL ready more than any other running back available.
Polk would bring a change of pace to the offense and can also give Lynch a break to rejuvenate and get back his energy. Polk could also be a safety net in the devastating case that Lynch gets injured and the Seahawks need someone to step in.
If Seattle can't get Polk, they will most likely look for Isaiah Pead, who is another very good running back. He was superb at Cincinnati and really made statements in the Big East.
Round 4: Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
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After John Carlson left in free agency and talks with Visanthe Shiancoe fell through, the Seahawks may be in the market for a third tight end behind Zach Miller or a backup to challenge Cameron Morrah and Anthony McCoy.
It seems that having two elite tight ends is the key to success, as the Patriots' two tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, managed to carry New England all the way to the Super Bowl.
Michael Egnew from Mizzou, at 6'5" and 245 pounds, might be the man to help the Seahawks get maximum output out of Zach Miller. The two tight end sets could become the new focal point of the Seattle offense.
Young, inexperienced quarterbacks tend to especially rely on their tight ends as their safety net, and with Matt Flynn still not having the full confidence of a elite QB or the experience, this reliance may be vital to Seattle's success.
Round 4 from the Eagles: Tony Bergstrom, OL, Utah
This pick isn't so much what I think will happen as much as what I think will happen if I was wrong about the second round. If they go with another defender in round two, Bergstrom would be their pick in the fourth, along with another linemen in the sixth (I'll get to that later).
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.
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.
Round 6: Brett Roy, DT, Nevada
Versatile defender Brett Roy is a pick that adds depth to allow Red Bryant to get a break while still keeping the big man production steady. Roy improved tremendously over his college career and has a high ceiling in the NFL.
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 6 from the Eagles: David Molk, C, Michigan
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I alluded to this pick when talking about Tony Bergstrom, saying that he would be the pick only if Bergstrom is picked in the fourth.
David Molk was a great snapper and blocker and was a key in the Denard Robinson electricity the past two years.He provided a large pocket for Robinson to make his choices and move around.
That could be very helpful for a very depleted Seattle offensive line if injuries become a problem again.
Molk could be a great back up for Max Unger at center and could eventually take over that spot in the future if he plays efficiently when allowed.
Molk was very talented and is a great teammate and a teachable athlete, which bodes well for former college coach that will already have his hands full trying to keep Bruce Irvin on track.
Molk may not be a Pro Bowler, but he could be a solid offensive linemen for the Seahawks in the coming years if they take a chance on him.
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.