By trading Rob Sims to the Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks effectively destroyed their chances of drafting Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy in the upcoming draft with pick number 6. How? Well, we know Bradford is the first pick by the Rams. The Lions, who pick 2nd, can't trade out of that spot (they've tried) and must choose between a DT or a left tackle to protect Matt Stafford. While most (unimaginative) draft mocks feature the Lions selecting the House of Spears out of Nebraska to fortify their d-line, the smart choice would have been Russell Okung, left tackle from Okie State. Stafford is about a 75 million dollar investment and the face of the Lions franchise for years to come. He is their best shot at reclaiming ancient past glory. So, do people really think they would allow poor left guard play and an aging Jeff Backus to man the left side of the offensive line again this year and give up their customary double digit sacks from that side, when the result of such sacks led to a dislocated shoulder last year, among other ailments? The smart money was on Okung being the pick at 2, and sliding Backus into the left guard position, where he would be an upgrade over last year's servicemen and less apt to being turnstiled like he is on the edge.
The Buccaneers would have chosen a DT at pick number 3, probably Suh. The teams at picks 4 and 5, Washington and Kansas City, play 3-4 defenses that Gerald McCoy doesn't fit. Which means, at pick 6, the Seattle Seahawks happily would've selected Gerald McCoy, because no one's trading up to 4 or 5 to take him. So, by trading Sims to Detroit and letting them plug him in at left guard, the Lions can afford to take the dominant Suh and take a prospective left tackle later in the draft since Sims will help stop the bleeding on their left side, allowing Backus and a chipping tight end or running back to handle the left edge. And yet, that's not the worst news...
There is a worst case scenario that the Seahawks must be dreading, and it is this: there are 5 players that are head-and-shoulders above the rest that make up the cream of this year's draft crop. Those players are S Bradford, N Suh, G McCoy, R Okung, and E Berry. Bradford is all but signed at pick 1. Now, Suh is going to be the 2nd pick. McCoy will go 3 to Tampa Bay. The Redskins will protect McNabb with Okung at 4. The question mark now is KC at 5. Atlanta's GM Thomas Dimitroff recently blabbed to a reporter about a conversation he had with KC GM Scott Pioli while watching Eric Berry at Berry's pro day. Pioli told Dimitroff he didn't like taking safeties that high, meaning pick 5. Well, if he changes his mind because the uber-athletic Berry shows the ability to cover slot receivers on film, which he does quite well, then Seattle is left to pick a player that is not even close to worth pick number 6 money. Probably a left tackle like midget-arms Bulaga or Trent Williams, who didn't play like the 6th pick in the draft last year at Oklahoma but looks really good traversing monkey bars and jumping rope.
This will of course lead to more subpar quarterback protection, leading to more turnovers, more losses piling up, and it's grounhog day all over again for this fledgling franchise.
So prepare yourself, fellow Seahawk fan, to be haunted by the ghost of none other than Rob friggin' Sims for years and years to come.