Now I would like to say that I am not a fan of drafting or signing players just because of a coaching or administrative connection. In fact I recently did a seven round Seahawks mock daft and did not have them taking a single USC Trojan in the process.
The combonation of needs for the Seahawks and the sheer number of Trojan players in this group will lead to many people postulate on reuniting Pete Carroll and his former players.
The Seahawks can not afford to over value the connections to their coach. It would be a mistake to pass on superior talent in this extremely deep draft.
The slides are not in a practicular order just the stream of consciousness I used as I compiled the list. Put down what players you would like and which ones you would hate down in the comment thread and lets get a little discussion going.
Saftey 6'3" 230 lbs
Size, speed, strength and athleticism are all good things right? Even though I am being sarcastic on occasion the freakish measurables of Mays have almost been considered a negative. Mays failed to live up to lofty expectations his Senior season. In defense of Mays the Trojans lost three extremely talented linebakers and five other starter who were all taken in last years draft. While USC was not short on talent this year replacing eight key members of the defence couldn't have helped.
That brings my to the giant black hole that is the Seattle Seahawks saftey position. The position was a huge weakness even before Deon Grant was cut and while I am not sure if that is an upgrade or down grade there is still a need.
With all that said I am not a fan of drafting Mays at pick 14(and of course not 6). I think he will be a very good player but I do not like the value for the Seahawks. At the end of the day though I don't think the Seahawk fans should riot or pitch a fit if Mays is in the fold.
Defensive End 6'3" 280 lbs
I literally cringe every time I hear Mel Kiper say that he has the Seahawks taking Griffen with the 14th pick. Griffen amassed a grand total of 16 sacks in his three season at USC. Underwhelmed yet? Griffen failed to get a sack in any of the teams final 5 games. He did have his best season last year talling 7 sacks and 43 tackles.
The Seahawks have very little in the way of the pass rush and adding a solid defensive end is a tried and true method of improving your pass rush. The trade of Daryl Tapp, the physical condition of Pat Kerney and the complete failure of Lawrence Jackson has left Seattle extremely thin at the position. With all of the positional needs of the team they can't afford to be that desperate.
In my opinion Everson Griffen is a second round pick and after Lawrence Jackson I would think twice before selecting him high in the round.
Offensive Tackle 6'6" 295
Charles Brown is a tremendous athlete and would be a great fit in the Seahawks zone blocking scheme. The Morris trophy winner has become and excellent blindside pass blocker and while his run blocking needs work the scheme could excellerate his growth by utilizing his talents.
Left tackle may be the most pressing concern for the Seattle Seahawks. The unfortunate thing for Seattle's chances of landing Brown they will need to either trade back from pick 14 or trade up from pick 60. I think Brown becomes a good value for Seattle at any point after pick 20.
Wide Receiver 6'1" 190 lbs
There are a lot of positive about Damian Williams. He has good size, speed, runs solid routes and has the ability to return kicks. He is not a spectacular player or physical specimen but he is a solid performer.
Seattle is weak at the receiver position both in depth and talent. If Williams is available at pick 60 I think the team should consider taking wide out.
Guard/Center 6'4" 285 lbs
Byers is a versatile and seasoned linemen. He has good foot work, above average intelligence and a great work ethic. Byers is a bit of a risk due to an extensive injury history.
The Seahawks where a nightmare up front on offense last year and it wouldn't be a bad idea to take multiple linemen in this draft. If the Seahawks can get a good value on Byers he might be a worthy risk. Most experts have Byers as a third to forth round pick but I wouldn't take Byers to early. If he falls to the end of the forth or later he would be worth a look.
Running Back 6' 200 lbs
McKnight came to USC with all the expectations in the world but only showed flashes of his potential. He possesses great speed but lacks ideal size for a feature back. The cliche is to compare him to Reggie Bush because they possess similar size and skills but it is not a great comparison.
The fit for McKnight in Seattle stops with his familiarity with Pete Carroll. Joe would not be a good compliment to Justin Forsett who has a similar skill set. Beyond that I think his draft stock and Seattle's lack of a third round pick make him a bad value for the team. I would be very surprised to see him in a Seahawks uniform next season.
Running Back 5'11" 210 lbs
It is hard not to like a guy who had his life saved by his own neck muscles. To say Stafon Johnson is tough would be a vast understatement. Johnson is a solid back who occasionally got lost in the shuffle in a crowded USC back field. A positive of most USC backs is that there are so many of them that they usually still have fresh legs when they leave the program.
I think Johnson is a interesting prospect for the Seahawks who would have to be careful of his inflated value due to his new found celebrity status and name recognition. If Johnson still is available in the seventh round or as a rookie free agent he would be a player I would be willing to take a flyer on if the team hasn't drafted a running back in the draft already.
Tight End 6'5" 255 lbs
The mercurial tight end final lived up to his lofty potential last season. McCoy is big and physical player who does have good blocking skills.
While I do believe the Seahawks need another tigh end, in praticular one who can block, I can not advocate taking one as high as the pick it would take to get McCoy. Like most of these USC players, value is the key and if they fall to a point where the value is to good to pass I won't complain if they are taken.
Corner Back 6'1" 185
Thomas is the definition of solid. He has good size, speed and skills. He is not spectacular at anything but he is also not a liability either.
The Seahawks could use size and depth at corner and I wouldn't be surprise if they used a day three pick on a corner. Thomas will not excite anyone but he is potentially a piece that could help.
The rest are a solid group of potential late round picks and rookie free agents. Look for Pete Carroll and John Schnieder to try and sign anyone on this list who slips through the cracks and does not get drafted.
Will Harris- Saftey
Josh Pinkard- Saftey
Averell Spicer- D-Tackle
Luther Brown- Linebacker
Alex Parsons- O-Line
CJ Gable- Running Back
Garrett Green- Wide Receiver
Nick Howell- O-Line