Seattle Seahawks' Day 2 2014 NFL Draft Primer
It was a quiet first round of the NFL draft for the Seattle Seahawks. They waited patiently through 31 other picks before they finally were on the clock, and then promptly made a trade. The end result was that the Seahawks didn't add any players to their roster, but they did add another pick early in the fourth round.
While it would have been nice for Seattle to pick up one of the talented players who came off the board in the first round, having to wait until the last pick is part of what comes with winning a Super Bowl championship. That's a trade the Seahawks would be willing to make each and every year.
While the first round of the draft may have lacked action for the Seahawks, the players taken by the other 31 teams will play a major role on how the remaining rounds unfold. Here is a comprehensive guide to help you get ready for Seattle's second day of the draft.
Day 1 Recap and Analysis
- Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio St.
- Dominique Easly, DT, Florida
- Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington St.
- Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
The Big Trade
The Seahawks didn't select any players on Thursday, but they did give themselves an additional pick later in the draft with a trade. The Seahawks sent pick No. 32 to the Minnesota Vikings for picks 40 and 108.
This was an expected move for Seattle. They came into the draft with just six draft picks, after picking 39 times in the four years under general manager John Schneider. Schneider likes drafting in volume to minimize the effect of picks that don't work out, and the only way to acquire additional picks is via trade.
The trade itself will be debated. The Seahawks were able to pick up a fourth-round pick for sliding back eight spaces. The Philadelphia Eagles were able to get a third-round selection for a similar move.
It is easy to say, "The Seahawks should have been able to get more in the trade." The problem is that without knowing what other packages were being offered, this might be the best the team could get. The overall value here is decent, and the team only lost out on 12 points on the traditional draft-pick value chart. So that means the trade was fairly even.
Potential Targets Selected
There are a few of the potential targets for the Seahawks that are no longer available. That is what happens when 32 players are selected, and you haven't taken one yet. Here is a list of players the Seahawks were likely looking at but are no longer available:
Updated Team Needs
Despite losing both starters in free agency, the Seahawks have their starters for 2014 set, with Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. There is not any depth behind those two, though, and Bennett will move inside on passing downs, opening up a hole for a pass-rusher on the outside. The Seahawks need to acquire a productive pass-rusher early in the draft.
Michael Bowie is going to become the new starter at either left guard or right tackle, but the Seahawks need to find a new starter for whichever position Bowie doesn't fill. Offensive line coach Tom Cable loves guys who are versatile and can play multiple positions, but the Seahawks need to find someone capable of starting at one of those two spots on the line.
If Seattle's passing game is going to improve, the Seahawks need to give quarterback Russell Wilson some additional weapons. They already lost Golden Tate to Detroit in free agency and have yet to replace him. Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice are entering the final years of their contracts. The Seahawks need a long-term answer on the outside.
Seattle has its starters in place at corner, and Jeremy Lane can play the nickel, but the Seahawks lack any depth behind those three at the moment. Six different corners played snaps for them on defense last year, which points to the team's need for additional players at the position.
Top Day 2 Targets
1. Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA
Su'a-Filo is the best guard in this draft, and he is ideally suited for a zone-blocking scheme like the Seahawks use. If he is still available when the Seahawks pick at No. 40, he will be very tough to pass up.
2. Morgan Moses, OT Virginia
It is a bit of a surprise that Moses is still available as the draft heads into Day 2. He is a smoother pass-blocker with very quick feet, giving him a very high ceiling as a pro prospect.
3. Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
As a guy who could play anywhere on the offensive line, Bitonio has the versatility that offensive line coach Tom Cable loves. He is also a solid run-blocker, which fits into Seattle's run-first philosophy.
4. Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
Lattimer has an appealing combination of size, quickness and soft hands. He would provide a reliable target for Seattle's passing game.
5. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Matthews' measureables are nearly identical to those of Latimer. He's a more polished route-runner, but he's older and seemingly has less upside.
6. Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise St.
Ideally suited for Seattle's "LEO" defensive end role, Lawrence has an explosive first step and enough speed to get to the quarterback.
7. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi St.
If the Seahawks miss out on the three offensive linemen above at pick No. 40, Jackson would be a nice consolation prize at pick No. 64.
What Are the Experts Saying?
Dane Brugler: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
Jean-Baptiste was mocked to Seattle in Round 1 in some mock drafts, so Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com (via CBSSports.com) picking him to go to the Seahawks at pick No. 64 seems like tremendous value.
"The Seahawks are always looking for tall, long cornerbacks who fit their scheme and Jean-Baptiste could be that prospect."
Rob Rang: Joel Bitonio, OG
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com updated his two-round mock draft on Thursday morning before the draft began, and he made some significant changes to his picks. He correctly predicted the Seahawks would trade down from pick No. 32. He has Seattle taking a guard early in Round 2.
"Bitonio's grit and versatility would make him a welcome addition given the Seahawks' losses up front in free agency."
Rob Rang: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Rang also has the Seahawks staying put at the end of Round 2 and taking a tall wide receiver in Jordan Matthews.
"A polished route-runner with excellent hands, Matthews would provide depth at a position in which the Seahawks have more questions than answers."
Pete Prisco: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
Pete Prisco, another writer from CBSSports.com, also thinks the Seahawks are going to select a receiver at pick No. 64, though he disagrees with Rang on which player the Seahawks will target with the pick.
"The other receiver opposite Sammy Watkins has some big-time skills as well."
Nate Davis: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Nate Davis of USA Today thinks the Seahawks will stay local in Round 2 and take the tremendously athletic tight end out of Washington.
"Local kid is best all-around tight end prospect coming out this year according to retired Pro Bowler Tony Gonzalez. Seferian-Jenkins' attitude was a knock, but this locker room culture tends to bring out the best in players."
Matt Miller: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
In his seven-round mock draft, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has the Seahawks selecting an inside pass-rusher in the second round in Arizona State's Will Sutton. Sutton is a tremendously disruptive presence on the inside and would be an interesting addition to Seattle's rotation on the defensive line.
4 Predictions for Day 2
1. Seahawks will upgrade the offensive line on Day 2.
Seattle had difficulties protecting quarterback Russell Wilson last season, especially against the St. Louis Rams. Now St. Louis has added a tremendous inside pass-rushing presence in defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The Seahawks' offensive line must be better in 2014, or Wilson is going to take a beating.
2. After no running backs selected on Day 1, there won't be many on Day 2 either.
The running back position has been devalued across the league, and this is a weak year for the position as well. It is possible that the draft could get through its second day with only two or three ball-carriers having been selected in the draft's first three rounds.
3. There will be a run on wide receivers in Round 2.
There were five receivers taken in the first round, but it wasn't uncommon for as many as eight to be included in Round 1 mock drafts. The position is extremely deep this year, and the chance to get a Round 1-caliber talent in the second round will be too enticing to pass up for a lot of teams.
4. Trades will be much more common on Day 2 than on Day 1.
There were five trades during the first round of the draft, but there should be even more in Rounds 2 and 3. This draft class has a lot of top talent remaining, and teams will be willing to move around in the draft in order to make sure they get the players they like.
Updated Seahawks' Mock Draft
Round 2, Pick No. 40: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Moses wasn't expected to still be available here, but it looks like the Seahawks will get a chance to get a starting offensive tackle early in Round 2. Moses can start at right tackle in 2014 and has the potential to develop into a franchise left tackle in the future.
Round 2, Pick No. 64: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
Lawrence is a natural pass-rusher with great speed and burst to get to the quarterback, and he is ideally suited to be a LEO defensive end in Seattle's system. The Seahawks need a long-term solution at the position, and Lawrence would provide that.
Round 4, Pick No. 108: David Yankey, OG, Stanford
The Seahawks could finish retooling their offensive line by selecting Stanford's David Yankey early in the fourth round. Yankey was once thought to be an early Day 2 pick, but his lack of power in the running game has turned off some draft analysts. He is still a technician who will play mistake-free football, something that cannot be said for the team's current options at guard.
Round 4, Pick No. 132: Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
Passing on higher-profile receivers, such as Jake Matthews and Cody Latimer in Round 2 won't be easy, but getting Street here will make the team feel better. At 6'3" and with good short-area quickness, Street fits the prototype the Seahawks have been looking for.
Round 5, Pick No. 146 (via Oakland): Howard Jones, LB, Shepherd
It seems Jones is mocked to Seattle every time, but the pick just makes sense. He has an explosive combination of size and speed, and that athleticism will interest the Seahawks. He has a tremendous way to go to reach his potential as an NFL football player, but his high ceiling is worth taking a chance on.
Round 5, Pick No. 172: Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona
This is another player who is often tied to Seattle. He is a tall press corner who is physical at the line of scrimmage, similar to Brandon Browner. Richardson's technique requires some refinement, but it isn't anything that should deter him from having success in the NFL.
Round 6, Pick No. 208: Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina
The Seahawks double-up on the wide receiver position with a project player. Hazel has great athletic measurables and a high upside, but he is far from a polished product at this point. Seattle's need for depth at the position suggests that taking a chance on a late-round project would be a smart move.