The Seattle Seahawks are preparing for the draft, just like every other team in the NFL. In anticipation of this grand event, the mock drafts are continuing to be updated as free agents are signed and team needs change.
Granted, the Seahawks are absent from many of these lists of prognostication, simply because they do not have a first-round pick. This doesn’t make their first pick any less important, as the NFL is filled with stars that were selected beyond the first round.
No one knows who the Seahawks might pick. One has to assume that even the team has multiple options depending on which players come off the board before Seattle picks in the second round.
Still, plenty of lists are out there based on whispers, rumors and analysis of team needs. Whether Seattle feels the same is yet to be seen.
Here are some of the predictions about Seattle’s second-round pick and whether the guesses might be worth trusting.
The suggestion of this particular site is that the biggest weakness of the Seahawks is the right side of the offensive line. This is hardly a new idea, but the question is whether the Seahawks will see this as the top draft priority.
Kyle Long certainly has the NFL pedigree, but he only played one year on the offensive line. Does this mean that he might be somewhat of a project, and if so, would that meet the need of the Seahawks?
Realistically, Long may or may not be there by the time the draft reaches the 56th pick.
Overall, Long is an adequate suggestion, but Seattle may have more pressing needs, such as defensive tackle or outside linebacker.
Source of pick: WalterFootball.com and SB Nation.
Sticking with a theme, another list suggests Justin Pugh, offensive tackle from Syracuse. Again, this is an expected category, and the question is whether someone like Pugh could step in and be an upgrade over the current linemen.
Granted, some of the quotes about Pugh are hardly compelling:
Pugh wasn't flawless but, generally, did a quality job protecting his signal-caller. The 6-foot-4, 301-pounder needs to add weight and strength for the next level.
Generally did a quality job? Needs to add weight and strength? Is this a project?
Another quote wasn’t much better:
Pugh checked in shorter than expected at the Senior Bowl and has very short arms (31 1/2). He also struggled in the one-on-ones on the edge; a move to guard seems very possible.
So we have a guy with short arms that isn’t necessarily strong enough to play on the line. Sounds like a project.
Source of pick: Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Ready for one more offensive tackle recommendation?
This list provides a number of directions that the Seahawks could go in the second round, including Kyle Long and Terron Armstead from Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Armstead is another player that would somewhat fit the category of developmental project. The appeal of Armstead will be his size and athleticism. Armstead was the fastest lineman at the NFL combine.
If Seattle wants to develop another tackle but doesn’t feel like they can get an immediate starter in the second round, this might be a wise pick. Otherwise, offensive line might be better addressed later in the draft.
Source of pick: Yahoo! Sports
Along with offensive line and outside linebacker, there may be a need at defensive tackle. The Seahawks have been very aggressive bringing in free-agent defensive ends, but they may need a big body in the middle, particularly if Alan Branch does not return.
Brandon Williams may fit the bill, and this mock draft suggests that the Seahawks think about grabbing him in the second round. At 6’1” and 341 pounds, Williams certainly has all the necessities in terms of size, and he had a nice Senior Bowl.
Overall, this is a solid pick, and Seattle could add a young athlete to a defensive line that is already going to have a lot of pass-rush options. Williams would also be a cheaper alternative to Alan Branch if Seattle would rather spend money elsewhere.
The site also suggested Jonathan Jenkins of Georgia as an alternative pick.
Source of pick: DraftTek.com
Sticking with the defensive side of the ball, this site suggests another big-body defensive tackle to solidify an already dominant defense.
Jesse Williams is generally regarded as a run-stuffer, which may be exactly what Seattle needs after adding Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. Williams is 6’3”, 323 pounds, and tied for fifth at the combine in the bench press category for defensive tackles.
The appeal of this pick is that it addresses a need and Williams represents a name-brand college that had an excellent defense in 2012. If Williams is still on the board, this may be a solid pick for the Seahawks.
Source of pick: Rant Sports
For a little different twist on the draft, this site suggests that the ‘Hawks grab a cornerback.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson is the type of tall corner that Pete Carroll and John Schneider tend to like in the secondary. Wreh-Wilson might be a quality backup or solid addition to a nickel package.
The question with this pick is whether Seattle needs to spend a second-round pick on the secondary. Again, depth is a concern at every position, but the Seahawks arguably have one of the best secondaries in football.
Granted, Carroll loves competition, so perhaps he would draft another corner to keep everyone sharp.
Source of pick: DraftSite.com