We're only a few days away from the NFL draft and it's time for some hopeful picks. I'm big time into all things Seattle sports, especially the Seahawks and Mariners. So, here are what I would like to see happen with the Hawks draft this weekend:
1. (#25 ovr) Jeff Otah (OT-Pitt) He might have to slide a bit to fall to the Hawks, but it's time to recognize that Walter Jones isn't getting any younger and it would be nice to see the team build toward the future and get a young protege to study under Jones. Otah is a big guy (323 lbs) who may be better suited to start his career on the right side. But if he's not asked to start right away then he could learn to handle his size and shift to the left when big Walt finally hangs 'em up.
2.(#55 ovr) Dustin Keller (TE-Purdue) Again, we might need some luck to have Keller fall here, considered the #1 TE on most boards, Keller has the quickness to stretch the field and create match up problems with linebackers, something which is a must in a West Coast Offense. Even after Holmgren retires, we know that Mora will utilize the TE given his past in Atlanta and Algae Crumpler. If Keller isn't there, then I think Martellus Bennett (TE-TAMU) would be a good pick here, he is also a quick tight end and has better size at 6'6" than Keller's 6'2.
3.(#86 ovr) Ahtyba Rubin (DT-Iowa St.) Rubin may be a bit of a stretch right here, but it's no secret that the interior defensive line has been the Achilles heel of the Seahawks defense for the last few years. At 315 lbs, Rubin is big enough to take up space and hold some blockers to create lanes for blitzing linebackers. Every year, Tubbs gets hurt and the rotation at DT is always a question mark, by adding depth here, the team can really open up the already impressive pass rush as well as clog the middle and hold better against the bigger running backs of the league.
4.(#121 ovr) Jamar Adams (S-Mich) Adams is 6'2 and runs a sub-4.6 40 which is a wonderful combination of size and speed for a safety. Playing at Michigan he knows how to play at the highest level and has plenty of experience coming up in run support playing against the run-heavy Big 10 teams. The knocks against him are that he doesn't have very smooth hips and is better against the run than the pass. I think that with Mora coaching him up, he could develop into a solid starting in the secondary who can knock down a lot of passes.
5. No 5th rd pick this year.
6.(#189 ovr) D.J. Hall (WR-Ala) At nearly 6'2 Hall could develop into a prime down field receiving threat. He was very durable at Alabama playing at least 11 games for 4 years. The problem would be that he is a skinny 6'2, he will need to bulk up in order to succeed at the NFL level, he needs to become more physical and use his size to overpower some corners. He underachieved stats wise at the college level but he is able to break out and we saw flashes of greatness in some games, so the potential is there. I think he is a very safe pick in the 6th round.
7.(#233 ovr) Chris Gould (K-Virginia) I know Hawks fans probably don't want to see a Gould playing for us, after Chris' brother Robbie ended our playoff run two years ago with the Bears. He only kicked for two years at UVA after switching from punter. He has an incredibly strong leg but his accuracy leaves something to be desired; he was 27-39 (69%) in his two years of kicking, but he did go 16-20 his senior year with a long of 51 yds. The team signed Olindo Mare this off season but I'm not sure how long he'll last. If we take Gould and work on his mechanics, he could turn into a solid kicker with a tremendous leg and booming kick offs (the more touch backs the better, with the Hawks kick coverage...)
So, there we are. What I'd like to see happen with the Seahawks draft this year. I think it fills needs but doesn't reach. We might leave the BPA on the board in a couple rounds, but I think this draft is all about building depth as we're not really looking for any starters.