The Seahawks could use some of the fortune that smiled on them in the 2010 draft.
The Seattle Seahawks have eight picks in six different rounds of the 2011 NFL draft. While some mock drafts make assumptions on what players will be available, this version will pull from players that are left based on other mock drafts. The methodology will vary somewhat from round to round, as different mock drafts project varying numbers of rounds.
I discussed team needs in an earlier seven round mock draft. I won't repeat that here, but if you'd like a refresher the preceding link will take you there.
Locker has shown he can throw on the move and extend plays with his legs. But can he progress through NFL reads?
Using a prior article that blended nine different mock drafts, consensus picks were made for each of the first 24 draft slots. Gone was my preferred pick, Jimmy Smith. It seems a little too early for Ras-I Dowling, but not by much.
Jake Locker: The need at the QB position is obvious, and one that Seattle needs to figure out. I fear Locker will actually be gone by this point, though. While options like Ponder or Dalton might be serviceable in the NFL, neither makes me think "this is the QB that will lead a team to a Super Bowl."
Locker could be that guy. The speculation on his accuracy and decision making continue to spin, but he has the potential to be a star franchise QB.
I continue to contend that accuracy is not an issue for Locker. Yes, his completion percentage was lower than Gabbert's, but Locker led him in virtually every other category. Even Locker's yards per attempt was hire despite the variance in completion percentage.
The Huskies had the worst offensive line in the conference, leading to a lot of balls being thrown away and having to throw before plays had time to develop. His numbers were also impacted by dropped passes. Locker also threw the ball down the field, whereas most of Gabbert's completed passes were within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Time and again he'd throw bubble screens or swing passes, even on third and long.
ability to read NFL defenses and go through progressions to find the open receiver.
Jake tucked the ball an ran a lot at UW; he had to with the nature of his offensive line. He won't survive in the NFL doing the same.
If the Seahawks opt to pass on him here, they could be sending a signal that they are less worried about 2011 results, and instead, are looking at the 2012 draft to snag their franchise QB.
Trade Down: Seattle needs draft picks, and there will be several QB-needy teams that will be worried about what Seattle will do here. Again, if Seattle does not see their franchise QB in this draft, they could move down and target a player like Dowling with their new pick. A likely third round pick could be used on the defensive line for a player like Drake Nevis.
Miles Austin, DT North Carolina: Austin likely would have been a top 15 choice had he not missed the 2010 season, and if not for character concerns. He might be a potential pick if Seattle uses the preceding idea.
Defensive End: Cameron Heyward and Adrian Clayborn are both on the board. Both of them have big question marks around their performance in 2010 though. They lacked consistency, which is a huge issue for a Seahawk team that was up and down all season.
Offensive Line: Many fans want to take the best offensive lineman available. This is a short-sighted goal that could set the franchise back even further. This is the same kind of reasoning that led to Chris Spencer instead of Logan Mankins...we need a center, so take the best one regardless of whomever else is available. There will be a solid guard available in round two and Seattle needs to wait and get better value there.
Available in at least two of three major mock drafts (Mel Kiper, Walter Football, and Draft Countdown).
Hudson is a solid, talented guard that looks to be every good as Mike Pouncey less the twin brother pedigree. He has the versatility to play center, and his size may actually make that his best position in the NFL. He also played some OT as a four year starter.
Hudson is solid in the middle, and moves extremely well for a 6'2" 300 pound lineman. He can get outside or downfield quickly, even if he does leave his feet at times.
He is built for a zone blocking scheme, but also has enough nastiness in him to pound his opposition. Hudson and Unger would provide a powerful pop in the interior, and either guy could fill in at center.
Should Seattle draft Hudson, I will be calling him "The Cook" (short order cook is too wordy), as he dishes up pancakes on the field like few others. Watch the video, and if you aren't going to the fridge for syrup, then you simply don't like carbs.
Seattle will be looking at the offensive or defensive line here unless an upper tier QB makes an appearance.
Ben Ijalana, 6'4", 317 lbs. is very tempting here as well. He has the skill to be a first round draft pick, but he played against lesser competition in college. GMs might be hesitant to draft a lineman that hasn't played against top competition, but at the FCS he was simply insurmountable. He didn't let defenders get close to the quarterback, and in the 2010 semi-final game he took on two rushers and stopped them both in their tracks. If Hudson is off the board, Ijalana is a solid pick.
Ijalana offers a little more flexibility to grow into a RT if needed, but Seattle needs to place top talent on their offensive line. If Hudson
Jurrell Casey, DT USC is a possibility but this is likely way to early to make this selection. Also, there is no reason to take a backup/depth option at DT when a starting OG is sitting there. With the latest development on Judge Nelson ending the lockout, at least temporarily, don't expect Brandon Mebane to be leaving via free agency.
Casey would give Seattle a solid pass rush threat from the middle of the defensive line.
Seattle holds the second pick of round four. The requirement was the player couldn't have been drafted in the first three rounds of two of three mock drafts.
Casey is an explosive menace at the line of scrimmage. He gets off the ball very quickly, can split between blockers, and should not be this far down mock draft lists. But he is, which is incredible news for Seattle. He will be a solid pass rusher from the middle, which is something Seattle didn't have in 2010.
There are concerns that Casey isn't big enough or strong enough to be a solid run-stopper. He also isn't a fit in a 3-4 system, which is why he could drop to round four.
If Casey is on the board...none. I don't see Drake Nevis falling this far, but he would also be a solid selection.
If Seattle did end up taking Austin earlier, look for them to target a CB here:
Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado
The shortage of credible mock drafts with more than three rounds makes this a difficult task. The player had to be available at this point in one of the two mocks on Walter Football.
Shorts is a scoring machine, with 63 TDs in his career, and is being mocked from the start of the fifth to the start of the seventh round. If available here, he would provide a new twist to Seattle's receiving corps. He had three 1,000 yards seasons as a QB converted to a WR in Division III football.
Shorts ran a solid 4.50 40 at the combine, which garnered some attention. Then he dropped that to 4.35 and 4.45 at his pro day...outside, with a side-wind on wet field turf. While I originally had Shorts in round seven, these performances have moved him into fifth-round consideration.
Shorts would open up the field for the Seahawks. He has the height, strength and speed Carroll wants in his receivers, and could eventually work into a No. 1 WR in the NFL.
Ronald Johnson, WR USC: He is available in Round on Walt's draft board, and would fit well in the group of Seattle receivers. This would be a tough decision for Carroll and Schneider. Johnson is a safer pick, but Shorts has more potential upside.
Owen Marecic, FB, Stanford: They aren't likely to get Marecic here, but if he is available they should certainly snatch him up!
Seattle needs another option to go with Kam Chancellor in the backfield. This could be a little early for Johnson, but he could be gone before our pick in the sixth. He could also be available in the seventh round; there are really no "elite" safeties in this draft, but there are a slew of talented SS options that should be solid NFL talent.
Johnson makes sense here because he has a great football IQ that helps him make quick reads and decisions, and he has solid lines to the ball. He is a fierce hitter at 212 pounds that can help in the run game or stick with defenders and get interceptions.
Johnson is extremely athletic and could make for a dangerous tandem with Earl Thomas.
Seattle needs to address the safety and FB positions with their next two picks.
Stanley Havili, FB USC
Ahmad Black, SS, Florida
It is hard to get too excited about Stanley Havili as a run blocker, but he would be good out of the backfield. He'll need to work on strength and blocking skills if he's going to be a complete blocker. If Seattle can get Marecic in the fifth round they will be much better off at the FB position.
If Seattle did manage to get Marecic in the fifth round, look for Seattle to target a SS in this spot.
Herzlich separates Kaepernick and the ball...
Herzlich has solid, but not elite, physical tools to go with a solid work ethic, character and toughness...as demonstrated by a fight with cancer during his college career. He would have already been gone if not for the prior health issues.
Seattle may look at additional depth or projects for both lines.
Regardless of Seattle's intentions on their starting QB, they need to draft and develop a backup option as well. There will be several options here, and one of them will likely end up being available as an undrafted FA as well.
Enderle is the kind of QB that teams would be salivating over if he came from a major school. Instead, he has spent the last four years starting and putting up impressive numbers for that state school in Idaho. No, I’m not referring to Boise State…that’s a city. I’m talking about Idaho, as in the University of...
Idaho operates in a pro-style office, and Enderle ran it well. They typically set up with one RB and three receivers. They like to throw to the TE, hit the slot on bubble screens, and Enderle wasn’t afraid to air it out. He’s a smart QB with solid work ethic, and he knows how to take control at the line of scrimmage.
Enderle has shown the ability to throw with touch and apply solid zip on the ball when needed. He was solid in short and intermediate passes, but has room to improve on timing passes. Continued...
Nate Williams, SS, Washington: If Seattle doesn't get Jeron Johnson or another SS, look for them to go this route.
Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware: Devlin lost a lot of credibility at his pro day; he showed up late and was out of sync. This likely turned the Seahawks off enough that they grab Enderle.