Seattle Seahawks Mock Draft: Final 7-Round Predictions
Predicting what Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider is going to do in the draft can be downright impossible. Whether it is Bruce Irvin in 2012 or Luke Willson a year ago, Schneider's draft picks seem to always confuse the analysts who cover the event.
The one constant is that Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll always seem to look for the biggest, strongest and fastest players available. It is that fact that dictated the players taken in this mock draft. There may be some surprises but each player listed is highly athletic compared to the other players at their positions.
While the Seahawks will certainly make plenty of trades during the draft, only one is predicted here. Predicting trades, especially after the first two rounds, can be a complete toss up.
With the 32nd pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks select...
Pick 32: Trade Down
The Seahawks have traded away their third-round pick as part of the deal for wide receiver Percy Harvin, and they recently traded away their seventh-round pick for quarterback Terelle Pryor. This leaves Seattle with just six picks in this year's draft.
Look for the Seahawks to pick up some extra draft picks by trading down into the early part of the second round. The difficulty in these situations is often finding a trading partner. Someone has to be willing to give up a suitable package of draft picks to move up and select an available player.
A likely trading partner here would be the Jacksonville Jaguars. They need a quarterback to build around and a chance to move up to get a player like Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater should be too much to pass up.
For the purpose of this mock draft, the Seahawks are trading their first-round pick (No. 32) to the Jaguars for their second and third-round selections (No. 39 and No. 70)
This trade was chosen because it seems plausible to actually happen and because it provides the Seahawks with a third-round pick, something they currently lack.
Pick 39 (Trade): Jeremiah Attaochu (OLB/DE, Georgia Tech)
With the first of the picks acquired from the Jaguars, the Seahawks address their need at defensive end. Seattle lost both starters at the position from the 2013 Super Bowl team in free agency, and they need to find some pass-rushing help to fill the void.
Jeremiah Attaochu would be just that. He was a 3-4 OLB in college, but he doesn't look comfortable or natural in coverage. This suggests that he might be better suited to be a 4-3 defensive end, especially as a LEO-type end like Seattle uses.
Attaochu is a natural pass-rusher with great speed and burst to get to the quarterback. It may take some time for him to develop into a complete player, but he will be able to make an immediate impact as a situational pass-rusher.
Pick 64: Gabe Jackson (OG, Mississippi State)
The Seahawks lost starting right tackle Breno Giacomin and key reserve guard/tackle Paul McQuistan in free agency. They also announced that they have declined the fifth-year option on guard James Carpenter's contract, signaling that his time with the team is nearing its end.
While the team has promising youngsters Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie ready to compete for playing time, there is still an obvious need for additional talent and depth along the offensive line.
Jackson appears to offer an instant upgrade for Seattle's offensive interior. He's a powerful run-blocker with very quick feet. He is likely to drop to this stage in the draft because he isn't good at blocking in space when pulling to lead around the corner, but that isn't something he'll be asked to do in Seattle's zone-blocking scheme.
Pick 70 (Trade):Paul Richardson (WR, Colorado)
This is the second and final pick acquired from Jacksonville in the trade mocked back in Round 1.
An already shallow position group for the Seahawks got even worse with the departure of wide receiver Golden Tate to Detroit in free agency. Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin are entering the final year of their contracts, which only complicates the problem. The Seahawks badly need additional young talent at receiver in this draft.
The re-signing of Rice and the deep draft class at wide receiver give the Seahawks the luxury of waiting until this point in addressing this obvious need but waiting any longer would be a mistake. Colorado's Paul Richardson gives the Seahawks a genuine deep threat who can take the top off of a defense and create additional space for receivers like Baldwin and Percy Harvin to work.
At 175 pounds, there are concerns about his durability at the next level. Luckily, he'll be Seattle's fourth wide receiver in 2014, limiting his playing time and injury risk and giving him a year to add muscle before he assumes a larger role in the offense.
Going through things for my final rankings, I'm debating moving Paul Richardson up even further.— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) May 3, 2014
Pick 132: Ed Reynolds (FS, Stanford)
Stanford's Reynolds gives the Seahawks something they've never had, a true backup for star free safety Earl Thomas. Like Thomas, Reynolds is an aggressive and rangy center-field type free safety that can play in the single-high formations that the Seahawks use.
Although he missed the entire 2011 season with an ACL injury, Reynolds has shown to be a reliable and durable player over the past two seasons. The only major problem is that he tends to lead with his helmet too often and will draw personal foul penalties if he continues to do that in the NFL.
Pick 146: Howard Jones (LB, Shepard)
Howard Jones is more of an athlete than a football player at this point, but his explosive combination of size and speed is something that will interest the Seahawks. The team's depth at LB will provide Jones time to learn his position before being called upon to play meaningful defensive snaps, though his athleticism should allow him to make an instant impact on special teams.
Pick 172: Shaquille Richardson (CB, Arizona)
The Seahawks lost two cornerbacks in free agency and need to re-stock their depth at the position. Richardson is a physical press corner that fits the mold the Seahawks prefer at the position. Richardson is far from a polished product, but he has enough upside to interest Seattle at this point in the draft.
Bleacher Report's Ian Wharton points out that Richardson's "excellent size and length allows him to match up against any receiver. His arm length is above average as well, helping defense passes even when he’s not in ideal positioning."
Pick 208: Seantrel Henderson (OT, Miami)
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com describes Miami's Seantrel Henderson as having "a similarly jaw-dropping combination of size and power as San Diego Chargers 2013 first round pick D.J. Fluker." Henderson clearly has the athleticism of a first-round offensive tackle, but his injury history and off-field troubles will have taken him completely off of many teams' draft boards.
The Seahawks under Schneider have been willing to gamble on players like this, so it makes sense for Seattle to take a chance on Henderson here. Henderson's technique against speed rushers could use some work, but there are few players who display his raw power in the running game.
Since the Seahawks do not have a seventh-round pick, this is the last selection for Seattle in the 2014 draft.
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