2011 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle Seahawks' 7-Round Prediction
The NFL draft is key to every team's success.
Pete Carroll's had a very solid draft last year, grabbing impact players multiple times.
The NFL combine has come and passed, and players are jockeying for draft positions.
The 'Hawks have multiple needs in the secondary and offensive line, and can build on the momentum from last year's playoff run.
So, here is a seven-round mock draft for the Seahawks.
Round 1, Pick 25: CB Brandon Harris
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If Brandon Harris was in last year's draft, he would have most likely been a top-15 pick and one of the first corners taken.
With the depth at the top of the CB class, Harris could be a great value pick at 25 for the Seahawks.
Seattle could use a legitimate corner to put alongside safety Earl Thomas.
The secondary was consistently beaten on many plays. and a high pick should be spent there.
Round 2, Pick 57: QB Ryan Mallett
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Ryan Mallett will certainly fall on draft day, especially with his major character issues.
Mallett refused to answer questions about his past and came off as arrogant in most interviews, according to sources.
Quarterbacks are expected to be leaders, so they cannot get away with question marks like players at others positions can.
Mallett could be the best quarterback in the draft. His arm strength is elite and was accurate enough in the tough SEC.
Round 4, Pick 98: OT James Carpenter
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Carpenter is mocked from as early as the second to as late as the fifth round.
Carpenter has good quickness and is very good in pass protection, but average in run blocking.
The 6'4'', 320-pound tackle can play guard as well, but can be a great bookend tackle with last year's first round pick, Russell Okung.
Round 5, Pick 153: SS Jeron Johnson
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The 'Hawks desperately need additions in the secondary.
Current strong safety Lawyer Milloy is one of the worst pass defending safeties in the league. He has almost no speed or range at this point in his career.
Earl Thomas would benefit from a solid strong safety.
Johnson recorded 82 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble at Boise State. He also ran a 4.53 second 40-yard dash time and performed well in the combine drills.
He could replace Milloy as the starter.
Round 5, Pick 154: DE Greg Romeus
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Romeus was flat-out horrible to open this season, and did not look ready. Then he had back surgery, which is an even bigger concern.
In his junior year, Romeus showed flashes of dominance with eight sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
He was projected to go in the second round before the college season.
The 6'6',' 270-pound Romeus could be a steal in the fifth round and could be a starter the down the line for the Seahawks.
Round 6, Pick 167: OG Lee Ziemba
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There must be multiple additions to the offensive line.
Ziemba is a mauler in run blocking and adequate enough in pass blocking. Keep in mind, it's not always easy blocking for a mobile quarterback.
He struggled somewhat in the Senior Bowl, but the 6'6'' 320 pound Ziemba could replace the injury-prone Chris Spencer.
Round 7, Pick 198: WR Ronald Johnson
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Ronald Johnson is a 6'0", 188-pound speedster from the University of Southern California.
Carroll finally takes one of his "old guys" at USC.
Johnson caught 64 balls from Matt Barkley for 692 yards and eight touchdowns. These numbers suggest that he is a possession receiver, but Johnson can also beat you deep.
He could be another option for whomever is quarterbacking the team.