2011 NFL Draft: Every Seattle Seahawks Pick in the NFL Draft
After a year of disappointments and surprises the Seattle Seahawks will have a lot to do in the NFL draft on Thursday at 8 Eastern and 5 Pacific.
The Seahawks have plenty of needs in the upcoming draft and will have to address a lot of them in this draft or things could go south very fast for this franchise.
A couple of needs for the Seahawks are quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive line, defensive line, cornerback and many others.
Here is my complete mock draft for the Seattle Seahawks rounds one through seven.
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Round 7 Pick 242
With the last pick of for the Seahawks I'm predicting they'll draft Noel Devine.
Devine is a running back from West Virginia. He has incredible speed running a 4.39 40 yard dash. But his speed translates well to the football field. With his speed Devine can beat almost any man on the field.
He had a pretty good career at West Virginia but the reason why he is a seventh round projection is because of his size. At 5'7" and 180 pounds he is a tiny running back and could be worn down fast.
But at this late of a pick drafting Devine could be a monster of a pick in a few years if he can stay healthy and could help the running game for the Seahawks.
Round 7 Pick 209
One of the bigger Seahawks needs is anything on offensive line. Jarriel King is a offensive tackle from the University of South Carolina.
King had a turbulent career at South Carolina with many injuries, such as concussion problems and most significantly an irregular heartbeat. King also was arrested at least one time and was suspended multiple times for theft, kidnapping, assault and trespassing.
But during the times he did play King showed potential protecting the quarterback and blocking for the running backs.
At this late of a stage it wouldn't hurt for the Seahawks to take a chance and as we all know coach Pete Carroll doesn't have any trouble drafting or obtaining players with troubled pasts.
Round 6 Pick 173
During Pete Carroll's tenure at USC he had one of the most talented fullbacks in the country, Stanley Havili. Havili's career recently has derailed a bit, because of injuries and suspensions but he can still be very productive in the NFL.
Havili is on the smaller side of the fullback spectrum but is more of a hybrid fullback who can run and catch the ball. He can block but it's not the strongest part of his game and he is more of a playmaker with the ball.
If drafted he could help the offense on passing plays lining up behind the quarterback or as a tight end, he has that good of hands.
Plus Pete Carroll has strong ties with Havili and this could be a match made in heaven.
Round 5 Pick 157
A big play wide receiver in later rounds would benefit the Seahawks greatly. That wide receiver could be Niles Paul from the University of Nebraska.
Paul had a very efficient career at Nebraska averaging almost 20 yards a catch his junior year and then 13 his senior year after switching quarterbacks. But with a decent quarterback Paul could be a nice deep threat.
Paul runs a 4.45 40 and can beat a lot of defensive backs with his quickness and strength. He has nice size at 6'1" 225 pounds and can run block pretty well to.
If drafted by the Seahawks Paul could help the passing game with his strength and quickness.
Round 5 Pick 156
Ricky Elmore would be a nice pass rusher for the Seahawks if drafted by them.
He has a high energy motor that never stops on the field. He registered 11.5 sacks his senior year and was always pressuring the quarterback. Elmore ran a 4.88 40 time and on the field he is very crafty to get to the quarterback.
His run defense is not the best because he plays too tall sometimes but he is naturally an instinctive leader who should be able to get it done in the pros.
Another plus is that he has never missed a game in his collegiate career.
Elmore could really help the Seahawks defense in coming years if drafted.
Round 4 Pick 99
One of the main pieces on the Seahawks defense is linebacker Lofa Tatupu. But Tatupu doesn't really have a solidified back up and has injury problems almost every year.
The solution to that would be Michigan State's Greg Jones.
Jones was an absolute monster in college recording over 100 tackles his sophomore, junior and senior year. He was the leader on defense and he didn't just register tackles, he nine sacks his junior year and showcased his pass rushing ability.
But Jones is more excelled at the run stopping part of the game.
Some weaknesses include playing too high and not being strong enough. But with a decent weight program with the Seahawks Jones should exceed expectations.
The Seahawks could get a very good linebacker in this late round if Greg Jones is still there.
Round 2 Pick 57
The Seahawks cornerbacks are some of the worst in the NFL. Marcus Trufant has lost his step and Kelly Jennings at the most is an average cornerback at times.
Ras-I Dowling should help that situation.
Dowling is from the University of Virginia and is one of the better cornerbacks in the draft. He is one of the larger cornerbacks measuring in at 6'1" and 200 pounds. And even with his size he still runs very well and can cover some of the faster players.
He is a leader on the defense and plays to the whistle every play. His injuries are a concern after playing only five games his senior season.
But if he can avoid injuries Dowling could have a bright future in the NFL with the Seahawks.
Round 1 Pick 25
The Seahawk resurrection starts here. Jake Locker who is a homegrown product from Ferndale, Washington is in my opinion a star in the making.
Locker who went to the University of Washington turned down being a probable number 1 pick last year to being a late first rounder this year to improve himself.
Many people say we should trade down and forget drafting a quarterback this year, but it needs to get done.
Locker with some coaching from Pete Carroll and Matt Hasselbeck (if he stays) will be a franchise quarterback in a couple of years.
And a franchise quarterback is what the Seahawks need exactly. He has an extremely strong arm, but has trouble with his accuracy at times.
Locker also has great mobility running a 4.5 40 at the combine. He can escape from the pocket and thrown on the run, but he does have to be careful of injuries like the ones in his past.
With a hint of coaching and mentoring from Hasselbeck and Carroll, Locker will become the next great quarterback to play for the Seahawks.