Seattle Seahawks Ultimate 2014 Draft Primer
The 2014 NFL draft gets kicked off tomorrow night at Radio City Music Hall. The Seattle Seahawks possess six selections total. After a Super Bowl victory in 2014, the Seahawks will be looking to add depth at positions of need on both sides of the ball.
In the Seahawks' ultimate draft primer, we will break down everything you need to know about Seattle's upcoming draft. We will look at a position-by-position big board, a round-by-round breakdown of the team's options and the latest draft buzz.
List of 2014 Draft Picks
The Seahawks have six picks in the 2014 NFL draft. Here's where each of them is:
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Position-by-Position Big Board
David Fales, San Jose State
Connor Shaw, South Carolina
Stephen Morris, Miami
Garrett Gilbert, SMU
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
Cody Latimer, Indiana
Davante Adams, Fresno State
Kevin Smith, WR, Washington
Terrance West, Towson
Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina
Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State
Colt Lyerla, Oregon
Xavier Grimble, USC
Joel Bitonio, Nevada
Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
William Poehls, Montana
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, McGill
Ulrick John, Georgia State
Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
Marcus Smith, Louisville
Cassius Marsh, UCLA
Jordan Tripp, Montana
Brock Coyle, Montana
Morgan Breslin, USC
Khairi Fortt, California
Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
Keith McGill, Utah
Walt Aikens, Liberty
Phillip Gaines, Rice
Deone Bucannon, Washington State
Ed Reynolds, Stanford
Hakeem Smith, Louisville
Eric Pinkins, San Diego State
Round 1, Pick 32
Team Needs: WR, OT, OG, SS
The Seahawks are in a unique position at the end of the first round. They can either take the best wide receiver, the best offensive lineman or trade down.
A pass-catcher would make a ton of sense based on the fact Golden Tate left for Detroit, yet one shouldn't expect Seattle to reach for one if there's a run on wideouts at the end of the first round. The most logical scenario on Day 1 is a trade down.
The Seahawks only have six selections because of two trades (Percy Harvin and Terrelle Pryor), which means general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll will be looking to snag a third-round pick in such a deep draft.
If Seattle decides to stay put at 32, three names to keep an eye on are Marqise Lee (USC), Xavier Su'a-Filo (UCLA) and Deone Bucannon (Washington State). Lee would fill the team's need at wideout, Su'a-Filo would start immediately at left guard and Bucannon would provide insurance at the strong safety position.
No matter which way you slice it, the Seahawks will have the power to move in any direction at 32.
Round 2, Pick 32 (64)
Team Needs: WR, DT, SS, OT
If Seattle opts for an offensive guard, like Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com thinks it will, the Seahawks will have their pick of the litter at 64.
With such a deep wide receiver class, they could still add a pass-catcher. Or they could choose to bolster the defensive line after the departures of Red Bryant and Chris Clemons. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report believes they should bolster the defensive line in the second round.
In his final mock draft, Miller has Seattle selecting Will Sutton of Arizona State.
Sutton's production may have dropped off in 2013, yet that doesn't mean he can't find his form and be a disruptive 3-technique in a four-man front. Here's what Ryan Lownes of Bleacher Report had to say about Sutton in his scouting report:
After a junior season in which he was one of the most disruptive defensive forces in college football, Will Sutton failed to replicate his dominance as a senior. With added weight, he lost some of his quickness and was not able to alter games in the same manner.
Regardless, the two-time All-American knows how to get into the backfield and has a fairly diverse game. He projects best as a 3-technique in a four-man front, where his ability to penetrate will be emphasized.
If any one coaching staff can maximize a player's talents, Seattle's can.
Round 4, Pick 32 (132)
Team Needs: WR, OT, SS, DE
Not having a third-round pick in this year's draft is a blow to the Seahawks. But the good news is they will still be able to garner third-round talent in the fourth round. Seattle will have options at four different positions: wide receiver, offensive tackle, strong safety and defensive end.
If the team opts to pass on a wideout early on in the draft, the Seahawks could still wind up with a couple big-bodied pass-catchers. The most notable at No. 132 would be Devin Street of Pittsburgh. Even though he has a small frame at 198 pounds, he's a smooth athlete with natural body control and foot quickness.
Additionally, he shows toughness after the catch and has a knack for winning in jump-ball situations.
Another slam-dunk pick at 132 would be Seantrel Henderson of Miami. Sure, Henderson has had his fair share of problems off the field, but the Seahawks locker room could do wonders for him.
Seattle's locker room has done wonders for the likes of Bruce Irvin, so there's plenty of hope for Henderson. Let's not forget Henderson has the unique size (6'7", 331 lbs) offensive line coach Tom Cable covets.
Round 5, Pick 6 (146)
Team Needs: OT, DE, SS
Despite the fact the Seahawks may very well draft a defensive lineman in the second round, that shouldn't stop them from acquiring another one on Day 3. The defensive end position needs to be addressed after the departures of Chris Clemons and Red Bryant.
At No. 146, James Gayle of Virginia Tech, Jordan Zumwalt of UCLA and Khairi Fortt of California would all be in play. Zumwalt and Fortt both made predraft visits, so they both would probably get the nod over Gayle if all three players were on the board.
Of the three, Zumwalt appears to be the most talented. He would contribute on special teams immediately, and Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com said Zumwalt has the ability to potentially crack the starting lineup at some point in his career:
High-energy overachiever with a special-teams temperament. Stands out most for his competitiveness, effort, versatility and swagger. Brings the feisty type of attitude desired on a Jeff Fisher or Jim Schwartz defense. Will factor immediately on special teams and could work his way into a starting lineup.
In addition to making an impact on special teams, Zumwalt would be worked into the lineup as a situational pass-rusher.
Round 5, Pick 32 (172)
Team Needs: SS, TE
With the Seahawks' second fifth-round pick, it shouldn't surprise anyone if Seattle adds a pass-catching tight end. Zach Miller is getting long in the tooth, and Anthony McCoy is returning after a torn Achilles. The only young, viable tight end the team has is Luke Willson.
Even though the tight end position isn't overly deep this year, Miller of Bleacher Report thinks the Seahawks should take a chance on Colt Lyerla in the fifth round. Personally, I'm not convinced Lyerla lasts past the fourth, but if he does, that would be a huge steal for Seattle.
Lyerla possesses impressive straight-line speed, good hand-eye coordination and toughness after the catch. Like Seantrel Henderson, Lyerla would benefit from one of the most quality locker room atmospheres in the NFL.
Round 6, Pick 32 (208)
Team Needs: SS, OT
The Seahawks could hold off on taking a strong safety to back up Kam Chancellor until later in the draft. If they do, you should expect them to take a look at San Diego State's Eric Pinkins.
Pinkins made a predraft visit to Seattle and is a player who could be available in the sixth round. He's not on a lot of draft analysts' draft boards, but he has great size (6'3", 220 lbs). And as we know, the Seahawks love defensive backs who possess great size.
Furthermore, Pinkins would make an impact on special teams right away. He wouldn't get much time on the field because of Chancellor and Jeron Johnson, but he would have the opportunity to learn behind one of the best safeties and coaching staffs in the league.
Latest Draft Buzz
Here are the latest rumors that concern the Seahawks as the NFL draft approaches:
- Gayle Saunders of Rotoworld did a phenomenal job of tracking all the prospects the Seahawks worked out or met with.
- Danny Kelly of Field Gulls thinks the Seahawks will move the 32nd pick if they can get any value at all. Why? Because Seattle only has six picks total and no third-round pick.
- In his final mock draft, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com is confident that the Seahawks will select offensive guard Xavier Su'a-Filo.