Seahawks 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 2 and Beyond
While the Seattle Seahawks didn't make a selection on Day 1, my board, as it relates to its needs, has changed quite a bit. Some of the best players at positions the Seahawks might target on Day 2 have fallen out of the first round.
Somewhere, Pete Carroll and John Schneider are in the corner laughing in an evil manner at some of the tremendous reaches we saw on Thursday evening. Fortunately for fans in the Pacific Northwest, not one of those perceived reaches would have been considered by Seattle at 56.
I doubt very much Schneider and company would have targeted the likes of Kyle Long or Travis Frederick, two of the largest reaches in the first round.
This means the board played out very much to Seattle's liking on Day 1.
Let's take a look at Bleacher Report's full Seattle Seahawks' mock draft for the remainder of the draft.
2nd Round, 56th Pick
Johnathan Hankins, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State
Prior to the start of the first round on Thursday, there was absolutely no way I would have projected Johnathan Hankins here. I have a first-round grade on the talented defensive tackle and view him as a perfect fit for Seattle's hybrid 4-3 defensive front.
With the likes of Star Lotulelei and Sharrif Floyd falling much more than originally anticipated, there is a much stronger chance that a trickle-down effect takes place here.
Seattle won't complain.
Hankins can line up at a multitude of different positions along its offensive line and immediately fills a hole left by the departure of Alan Branch to the Buffalo Bills in free agency.
Moving forward, Hankins projects as a traditional 0-technique defensive tackle. That being said, he can line up outside as a two-gap defensive end.
Talk about versatility.
3rd Round, 87th Pick
David Amerson, Cornerback/Safety, North Carolina State
What a perfect fit this would be for the Seattle Seahawks. David Amerson was considered an elite first-round talent prior to a substandard 2012 campaign for North Carolina State.
He is, however, one of the most physical cornerbacks in the entire draft. He plays with an edge on the outside (see Richard Sherman) and fits what Seattle is attempting to build as it relates to toughness on defense.
Bleacher Report's Dan Hope filed this scouting report on Amerson earlier in the week:
Whether Amerson ends up as an outside cornerback or a free safety could depend on the scheme he is drafted into, but he projects well to make the move to free safety in a man-free coverage scheme.
Amerson would be a blitzing slot cornerback who could move over to free safety in a pinch. That's tremendous scheme fit and value at the back-end of the third round.
4th Round, 123rd Pick
Malliciah Goodman, Defensive End, Clemson
The rich get even richer here. Malliciah Goodman is one of the most freakishly gifted athletes in the entire draft. At 6'4" and 280 pounds, the Clemson product isn't in the mold of what the Seattle Seahawks looked for, last season, at defensive end with Bruce Irvin.
Honestly, that doesn't mean much.
With a multi-front defensive scheme, Goodman will fit perfectly with what Seattle is building.
He has explosive 36" hands and can beat the blocker at the line in an instant. In addition, Goodman is equally as good against the run as he is getting into the offensive backfield.
Seattle will likely be looking at this type of player after signing Cliff Avril in free agency. While Avril is one of the better pass-rushing defensive ends in the NFL, he isn't necessarily stout against the run.
Goodman fills that void and then some.
5th Round, 138th Pick
Nick Kasa, Tight End, Colorado
Other tight end targets for the Seattle Seahawks will likely be off the board before they select in Day 3. In addition, I don't see John Schneider going in that direction in the second round.
Instead, the Seahawks attempt to build depth with a solid value pick in the fifth round.
At 6'6" and 270 pounds, the Colorado product would be a massive target for Russell Wilson in the passing game. He is also one of the better blocking tight ends in the entire draft.
I can easily see him beating out Anthony McCoy as the primary backup to Zach Miller—not bad value at all.
5th Round, 158th Pick
David Quessenberry, Offensive Line, San Jose State
As versatile of an mid-round offensive line prospect as you will get, Quessenberry could fill multiple roles for the Seattle Seahawks. He has the athleticism to play outside and possibly replace the pedestrian Breno Giacomo at right tackle, but can also play both guard positions.
Seattle will be attempting to find value and versatility at this point in the draft, and this San Jose State product provides that.
Bleacher Report's Ryan Riddle filed the following scouting report on the talented offensive line prospect earlier this week:
David can potentially play any position on the offensive line, aside from center, at the next level.
He’s not entirely comfortable playing inside at guard when it comes to identifying which rusher poses the greatest threat to the quarterback, but this appears to be an adjustment he’s fully capable of adhering to should the need arise.
Again, that's what Seattle will be looking for here along the offensive line.
6th Round, 194th Pick
Ace Sanders, Wide Receiver, South Carolina
If the Seattle Seahawks could get Ace Sanders with this selection, fans would be jumping for joy. The South Carolina product has one of the best sets of hands as any mid-round prospect in the draft. In fact, he didn't drop a pass last season (via John Pollard of Stats.com).
That's simply amazing.
Equally as important, Sanders could help shoulder the load as a kick returner if Seattle makes the decision not to risk playing Percy Harvin there full time.
Moving forward, Sanders could actually make a rather large impact on offense. Scary speed coupled with great hands leads me to believe he could be a real steal.
7th Round, 220th Pick
Knile Davis, Running Back, Arkansas
You can fully expect the Seattle Seahawks to go running back at some point in the draft. While Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin represent a great tandem in the backfield, NFL teams now need three capable running backs on the roster.
Davis has second-day talent, but a myriad of issues has caused his draft stock to plummet all the way down to the late rounds.
When accessing what Davis might bring to the table, Sigmund Bloom had the following to say:
Davis doesn't seem decisive enough to work in a zone-blocking scheme, but he also lacks the north-south mentality to work in a power running game. His physical gifts could make him a good big-play factor in a spread-offense running back by committee..
Seattle wouldn't be selecting Davis here to take over for Lynch. Instead, this pick would be made to create more competition for the third-string running back position and possibly find a late-round gem.
7th Round, 231st Pick:
Keith Pough, Linebacker, Howard
Going with a small-school product with much more upside than a marginal big-school player makes sense, especially when picking late in the draft and not having many holes to fill.
Keith Pough is an interesting prospect. He can play both inside and outside in the 4-3, but is a darn good blitzing linebacker.
At the very least, the Howard product will be able to contribute on special teams as a rookie. Though, anyone drafted at this spot for the Seattle Seahawks is probably destined for the practice squad.
7th Round, 241st Pick
Jordan Rodgers, Quarterback, Vanderbilt
Competition is key for contending teams. We have heard both of the top teams in the NFC West talk about this over and over again.
While the Seattle Seahawks appear to be relatively high on Josh Portis, I am not 100 percent sold that Brady Quinn makes it out of training camp.
If Pete Carroll comes to the conclusion that Portis can handle the backup job, there would be no real reason to keep Quinn on the roster.
The less-famous Rodgers (brother of Aaron) is more of a project than anything else. He doesn't translate into being a starting quarterback in the NFL, but could act as a decent backup.
What else do you expect from a compensatory seventh-round selection for a Super Bowl contending team?
7th Round, 242nd Pick
Robert Lester, Safety Alabama
Robert Lester doesn't possess anywhere near the coverage skills to be a decent starting safety in the National Football League. He struggles with stiff hip movements and takes horrible angles on the ball.
With that said, the Alabama product absolutely lays the wood. He will get in the face of opposing receivers and make them think twice about going up the middle. Remember, it's all about building an identity of toughness all over the football field.
Lester will be a stellar special teams player and could come in to play either outside linebacker or strong safety in the Seattle Seahawk's blitz packages.
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