2011 NFL Draft: Predicting the Seattle Seahawks
The NFL Draft is where each team has the opportunity make themselves into a contender. After a surprising season last year, we are once again back at the draft. With the NFL Draft only hours away, here is how I see the Seahawks going with their seven draft picks. Last year the Seahawks drafted an offensive lineman with their first pick, will they do the same in 2011?
Round 1 Pick 25
While Locker will probably be long gone by this point, he would undoubtedly be the preferred pick for Seattle.
Probable Pick: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
Now for the realistic pick. The Seahawks need a quarterback, whether that be Matt Hasselback or not, and Mallett is a solid choice.
Fall Back: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
Another position of need is cornerback. Worse case scenario if Mallett and Locker are both gone, the Seahawks fill another void by drafting Williams.
Round 2 Pick 57
Ideal Pick: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
Another pick that has almost no chance. But if Paea falls on draft day, Seattle can’t let him get past their 2nd round pick.
Probable Pick: Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU
The 6' 6", 350-pound tackle out of TCU is a solid choice for Seattle in their second pick. He fills a major issue for the team, and is a reliable pick.
Fall Back: Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida
Well, if the above tackle is gone, there’s no shame in taking a different one. Gilbert is a legitimate back-up pick.
Round 4 Pick 98 (from New England
Ideal Pick: Brandon Bair, DT/DE, Oregon
If Seattle gets lucky, Bair will fall down the draft board to the 4th round and wind up with the Seahawks. This senior out of Oregon is a stud.
Probable Pick: Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU
Sheppard is the likely direction Seattle will go for their 4th round pick. Sheppard is a force at inside linebacker, and would be a good back up in the NFL.
Fall Back: Kristopher O’Dowd, OT, USC
But, if worse comes to worse, the Seahawks can keep working on their offensive line by drafting O’Dowd out of USC.
Round 5 Pick 153
Ideal Pick: Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon
While the wide receiver position is not a major concern for the Seahawks, Maehl is a top-tier talent. He’s a possession receiver with surprising speed.
Probable Pick: Chykie Brown, CB, Texas
However, cornerback is an issue for the Seahawks. Chykie Brown can battle with Walter Thurmond and the other young corners for a starting spot.
Fall Back: Austin Pettis, CB, Boise State
As is pretty common in this list, the fallback is just another player at the same position. Pettis is very underrated and can work his way into a starting role faster than you would think.
Round 5 Pick 155 (From Baltimore)
Ideal Pick: Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama
Quarterback is an obvious area of need for Seattle, and if McElroy is available, then he can be a solid backup. The guy knows how to win.
Probable Pick: Ian Williams, DT, Notre Dame
A load in defensive-line, Williams could be the plug inside that the Seahawks have been looking for.
Fall Back: Cortez Allen, CB, Citadel
If the other choices are gone, then Seattle can settle on this speedy corner out of the Citadel.
Round 6 Pick 168 (from Detroit)
Ideal Pick: Cortez Allen, CB, Citadel
Well, assuming that the Seahawks didn’t have to settle on him in the 5th round, they can hope to get him in the 6th round.
Probable Pick: Bryant Browning, OG, Ohio State
From “The” Ohio State University, this giant has been a solid lineman for the Buckeyes and now takes his talent to the National Football League.
Fall Back: Darrin Walls, CB, Notre Dame
He’s projected to either go in the 6th or 7th round, but Seattle would be happy to get him.
Round 7 Pick 217
Ideal Pick: David Carter, DT, UCLA
Projected to go in the 6th round by most draft experts, but if Carter is still available the Seahawks should not let him slip by.
Probable Pick: Julian Vandervelde, OG, Iowa
Guard is another area for improvement for the Seahawks. Vandervelde is versatile enough to play a multitude of different offensive line positions.
Fall Back: TJ Yates, QB, North Carolina
I feel like a broken record, but Seattle needs a quarterback. If Yates is still available, then there is no shame in the Seahawks taking him with their last pick.