Seahawks 2013 Mock Draft: Final 7-Round Predictions for Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks come into the 2013 NFL draft without a ton of needs. They did a great job addressing a few areas of concerns in free agency and picked up one of the most electrifying wide receivers in the entire league in Percy Harvin in a trade with Minnesota.
It didn't come without a cost.
Seattle surrendered three draft picks, including its first rounder today, for Harvin. This means that general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll will be sitting around the war room with very little to do during the first day of the draft.
That being said, the 2013 draft is about as deep as any in recent history. This seems to indicate that the Seahawks will find tremendous value when they go on the clock tomorrow and Saturday.
Today's article will give you Bleacher Report's final full seven-round Seahawks mock draft. I will be basing this mock on team needs and how I view specific players as they relate to Seattle's scheme.
2nd Round, 56th Pick
Khaseem Greene, Linebacker, Rutgers
One of the very few needs the Seattle Seahawks have at this point is at weak-side linebacker. LeRoy Hill will not be returning after a couple disappointing seasons and a couple more off-field incidents.
Seattle boasts one of the best young linebacker tandems in the NFL with Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. Why not go out there and get a running mate for them that will be able to help dominate opposing offenses in the NFC West for the next decade?
Greene is one of the most underrated defensive players in the entire draft class.
He is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker that possesses the best coverage skills of any linebacker in the draft. In addition, Greene fits extremely will in Seattle's blitz packages.
Bleacher Report's Chris Roling filed a scouting report on Greene earlier this week:
Greene has the stunning athleticism that will allow him to be a solid linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. Ideally, he'll be fit for only the weak-side position thanks to his quality coverage skills and familiarity with defending the pass.
That description pretty much fits what Seattle would be looking for on Day 2.
3rd Round, 87th Pick
Travis Kelce, Tight End, Cincinnati
In terms of talent and skill set, Kelce is a first-round prospect. At 6'5" and 255 pounds, the Cincinnati product would create a ton of mismatches for Russell Wilson in the passing game. His build would also give the Seahawks a true red-zone threat between the hashes.
While this isn't necessarily a need with Zach Miller on the roster, teams in a position like Seattle is in can go value over need in the middle rounds. As I noted before, Kelce has first-round talent.
The primary reason that Kelce would fall to the end of the third round is issues with character and off-field behavior.
He was suspended for an entire season for violating unknown team rules, which is a major red flag for franchises around the league (via NFL.com).
4th Round, 123rd Pick
Michael Buchanan, Defensive End, Illinois
If this were to happen, I am pretty sure that John Schneider and Pete Carroll would reenact this awkward scene from I Love You, Man.
Buchanon fits the mold of the Bruce Irvin-type edge pass rusher that Seattle shocked the football world by selecting in the first round last April. At 250 pounds, he might have to add a bit of bulk in order to be able to handle the rigors of being a down lineman in the NFL.
He has excellent burst off the line and utilizes great technique as well as a vast repertoire of pass-rush moves to get to the quarterback on a consistent basis.
The Illinois product put up 20.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks over the last two seasons in the Big 10. As you already know, he was going up against top-tier offensive lineman during that span.
5th Round, 138th Pick
Xavier Nixon, Offensive Tackle, Florida
According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Breno Giacomini ranked 61st among offensive tackles in pass protection last season. That really isn't going to get it done opposite Russell Okung in protection of Russell Wilson.
While Nixon is not anywhere near an immediate starting tackle, he has a ton of upside for a fifth-round pick. The Florida product started 33 games in four seasons. In addition, his performance on tape against elite competition such as Florida State and Louisiana State suggests that Nixon should be able to find a role as a starting right tackle in the NFL.
Bleacher Report's Alex Dunlap filed the following scouting report on Nixon last week:
He's a big, long and generally athletic tackle. However, Nixon currently lacks the requisite upper-body strength and functional balance to play at a high level in the NFL. While Nixon may "grow into" his frame and become the play-in, play-out force he has shown flashes of, it likely won't be happening right off the bat.
Dunlap goes on to suggest that Nixon represents mid-fourth round talent. The value and upside is definitely here. It's all about him putting it all together and becoming a bit more consistent.
5th Round, 158th Pick
Duke Williams, Safety, Nevada
Seattle seems pretty set at the safety position with studs. Both Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are among the top-five players at their positions.
For his part, Chancellor just signed a much deserved four-year, $28 million contract extension earlier this week (via ESPN-Seattle).
This doesn't mean that the Seahawks doesn't need depth along the back end of their defense. Neither Jeron Johnson or Chris Maragos seem like adequate replacements in a pinch should one of Seattle's Pro Bow-caliber safeties go down.
As a pure strong safety, Williams is one of the better in-the-box mid-round prospects. He will stick his nose in there in the run game and is relentless in blitzing. Two things that Seattle's scheme calls for.
6th Round, 194th Pick
Ace Sanders, Wide Receiver, South Carolina
When a playoff team picks this late in the draft it looks to fill areas that lack depth. While Seattle did obtain Percy Harvin earlier in the offseason, it's receiving group likely goes about about four deep right now.
Once Russell Wilson gains more experience and Seattle opens up its offense a bit more, which will likely happen this upcoming season, it will need to accumulate more depth at wide receiver.
Sanders is a jack-of-all-trades wide receiver. He is among the best pure punt returners in the entire draft class, which could take some burden away from Harvin as he attempts to acclimate himself to a new team and a new quarterback.
In addition, Sanders has a great set of hands. According to Stats.com, the South Carolina product did not drop a single pass in 73 targets this past season. That's one way to get on the good side of Seattle's coaching staff.
Solid value at a position Seattle could use more depth.
7th Round, 220th Pick
Ricky Wagner, Offensive Line, Wisconsin
It wasn't too long ago that Wagner was considered an early-round pick. He has since fallen from grace after scouts watched more game film.
The offensive line prospect figures to be tasked with being an extra blocker in jumbo packages and can rotate between the inside and the outside.
In my opinion, he translates more inside as a guard than at tackle and that's where I am projecting him with this pick. That being said, there is a reason why Wagner is a seventh-round prospect in my mind, he lacks the true power and grit to take on NFL-caliber defenders. This needs to be rectified if he ever wants to have a productive career.
7th Round, 231st Pick
Jasper Collins, Wide Receiver, Mount Union
Why not another wide receiver? At this point in the draft, Seattle is likely picking practice squad players and training camp fodder.
Collins comes from the same small-school program that produced Cecil Shorts, who had a breakout campaign for the Jacksonville Jaguars this past season.
He comes from a spread offense at Mt. Union and can line up in the slot. He fits perfectly into Seattle's quick-strike scheme as well. Again, when drafting this late it's about getting someone that versatile and can make an impact in different ways. Collins is a head of the proverbial curve when it comes to this.
7th Round, 241st Pick
Zac Stacy, Running Back, Vanderbilt
Even after selecting one of my favorite small-school prospects in the form of Robert Turbin last April, Seattle could use a project third-string running back.
Stacy averaged nearly six yards per rush against SEC competition last season. You don't put up those types of numbers without being a darn good football player.
While the Vanderbilt product is smallish at 5'8", his 216-pound frame brings a lot of toughness to the table on the field. He won't break long runs down the field and is pretty much an inside runner.
7th Round, 242nd Pick
Mike Edwards, Cornerback, Hawaii
Here the Seattle Seahawks look for a slot corner project who could eventually replace the recently acquired Antoine Winfield.
This coupled with the fact that he surprisingly declared for the 2013 NFL draft with a year of eligibility leaves a lot of unanswered questions.
On the field, Edwards could be a real steal here. At 5'10", he is a perfect slot guy in Seattle's blitzing scheme. He doesn't have an issue with getting in the box against the run and will go after the quarterback.
A high upside pick in the late seventh.
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