Seattle Seahawks Big Board: Final Pre-Draft Update
The Seattle Seahawks will soon be making their picks at the NFL draft. All the questions Seattle fans have about their team's intentions will shortly be answered, and the ‘Hawks will have some new talent.
Predicting who the Seahawks will select is obviously a difficult task, but there are certain players who obviously are being targeted in the team's war room.
Here is the potential big board for the Seattle Seahawks:
Jesse Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
Johnathan Jenkins, Defensive Tackle, Georgia
Sio Moore, Outside Linebacker, Connecticut
Montori Hughes, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee-Martin
Khaseem Greene, Outside Linebacker, Rutgers
Kyle Long, Offensive Tackle, Oregon
Brandon Williams, Defensive Tackle, Missouri Southern
Jamie Collins, Outside Linebacker, Southern Miss
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Cornerback, Connecticut
Terrance Williams, Wide Receiver, Baylor
For the purposes of this particular big board, consider these lists to be players who may conceivably be around when the Seahawks pick. There are obviously bigger names at some of these positions. However, given that Seattle does not have a first-round pick, the likelihood of the Seahawks drafting them is low unless a big trade is completed.
All predictions subject to change without notice!
Collin Klein, Kansas State
Sean Renfree, Duke
Nathan Stanley, Southeastern Louisiana
Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
Ryan Griffin, Tulane
Drafting a quarterback seems fairly unlikely now that Seattle has signed Brady Quinn and brought back Josh Portis. If a quarterback is drafted, it may just be a way to provide competition and depth. Or, if a particularly intriguing “sleeper” pick is still on the board, Seattle might think about a late-round selection.
Collin Klein has his critics (especially over his throwing motion) but he could end up being a solid pro, someone whom years from now could be viewed as another case of poor evaluation.
Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State
Kenjon Barner, Oregon
Kyle Juszczyk (FB), Harvard
Knile Davis, Arkansas
Onterio McCalebb, Auburn
Running back is another position where the Seahawks have solid depth. Therefore, it would be surprising if Seattle took a running back off the board in the early rounds.
Still, there are some questions surrounding the position, such as Michael Robinson’s age and the need to replace Leon Washington, both as a runner and return man.
Keenan Allen, California
Terrance Williams, Baylor
Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Percy Harvin is in the house. Sidney RIce stayed healthy in 2012. If the Seahawks are confident in the productivity of Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin going forward, wide receiver may be a lower priority.
However, there may still be interest in a tall, “big play” receiver or a pure speed guy. There is also a player like former Michigan quarterback-turned-receiving prospect Denard Robinson, who could be a wild card in terms of his potential ability to play in multiple offensive schemes.
Zach Ertz, Stanford
Vance McDonald, Rice
NIck Casa, Colorado
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
Joseph Fauria, UCLA
This is another position group that does not address a glaring need for Seattle. Incumbent tight end Zach Miller and quarterback Russell Wilson developed a nice rapport in 2012. Backup TE Anthony McCoy is not great, but he is serviceable.
Do the ‘Hawks draft a guy late and see if he can compete with McCoy or potentially replace Miller if he becomes a cap casualty in the future? If someone like Zach Ertz is available in the second round, does Seattle grab him and give Wilson yet another weapon on offense?
Kyle Long, Oregon
Terron Armstead, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Barrett Jones, Alabama
Bryan Winters, Kent State
Chris Faulk, LSU
It is unclear whether the offensive line will be a priority for the Seahawks. There are certainly questions about the right side. However, it is unknown whether Seattle would like to stick with current players like James Carpenter, J.R. Sweezy and Breno Giacomini and see if these existing pieces can achieve continuity.
This position group may be the most interesting to watch, because the drafting or not drafting a lineman should indicate how management feels about the current Seahawks front line.
Jesse Williams, Alabama
Johnathan Jenkins, Defensive Tackle, Georgia
Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin
Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern
Jordan Hill, Penn State
This is a strong class of defensive tackles, which means that the ‘Hawks may have some options if they choose to take a tackle in the second or third round. For Seattle, the selection of a defensive lineman may be more about the future than the present.
With the signing of Tony McDaniel and the bevy of returning defensive ends, Seattle could theoretically draft a player and ease them into the lineup. Newly acquired Michael Bennett may play some inside, and a young draftee could play different roles depending on his skill set.
As noted by The News Tribune, Alabama's Jesse Williams is an intriguing athlete who may be on Seattle's radar.
Sio Moore, Connecticut
Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
Sean Porter, Texas A&M
Trevardo Williams, Connecticut
Jelani Jenkins, Florida
For many fans, outside linebacker is the top priority in this draft, and there are some solid athletes in the early and middle rounds. The Seahawks will undoubtedly be looking for speed and physicality to partner with K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner.
Malcolm Smith might be the starter in 2013, so the Seahawks could just be looking for depth at this point. However, it is likely that this position will be addressed some time during the draft.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
Darius Slay, Mississippi State
Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
Phillip Thomas (SS), Fresno State
Tharold Simon, LSU
What the Seahawks may be looking for from defensive backfield prospects this year is depth, and athletes who could fit well into Seattle nickel packages. Now that Kam Chancellor has been signed to a long-term deal, at least one piece is solidified for the next few seasons.
This may be a situation where the Seahawks grab an athlete who is more of an experiment. There is some depth in the secondary if people stay healthy, so Seattle may have some room to draft a player who is more under the radar.