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Seattle Seahawks 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 1: 7 Rounds

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Seattle Seahawks 2013 NFL Mock Draft

Pete Carroll
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The Seattle Seahawks have shown a great ability in recent years in finding exceptional talent in the NFL Draft. Last season, the Seahawks found serious star power with their first three picks in Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson. That star-power helped propel them to a wild card berth and a playoff win over the Washington Redskins.

But they aren’t exactly where they want to be yet. There is still plenty of room to improve the team and as Seattle has shown, the draft is an excellent place to find new pieces to improve the team. They will head into the 2013 NFL Draft with their eyes set on some specific areas of their team so that they can take the next step towards the Super Bowl in 2013.

Where will they start? Will they try and find some pass-rushing help to help offset the loss of Chris Clemons? Will they add depth to their secondary? Is another weapon for Wilson and the passing game on their radar? Or will the offensive line see some fresh faces added to it?

Seattle is known to fly by their own rules when it comes to drafting, so they can be the most difficult team to forecast. Many of their moves seem to come out of nowhere, baffling many observers, but their success rate can’t be denied.

We don’t lay any kind of claim to inside knowledge of what Seattle’s decision-makers, but we’ll give it our best shot. Here’s the first of several mock drafts in the lead-up to April’s draft for the Seattle Seahawks.

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Round 1: Pick 25

Demontre Moore
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Damontre Moore, DE Texas A&M Aggies

Damontre Moore was a disruptive force for the Texas A&M Aggies during a spectacular junior season. His 85 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks prompted him to skip his senior season and come out for the draft. When the season ended, he was pegged a sure-fire top five pick which would have made him out of reach for Seattle.

But after a disappointing run of workouts at the NFL Combine and Texas A&M pro-day, Moore has seen his stock plummet. Other teams’ trepidation could be Seattle’s gain, however, as Moore would fill a huge need for the Seahawks as an elite pass rushing end. Pete Carroll isn’t necessarily scared away by a few bad workouts and will jump on the opportunity if he likes what he sees on tape.

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Round 2: Pick 26

Kyle Long
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Kyle Long, OG Oregon Ducks

You can never have too many quality offensive linemen, especially when your offense is keyed off a strong running game like Seattle’s. The Seahawks ran into trouble last season when they were forced to overcome injuries in their interior line. Kyle Long was a beast on the interior for the Oregon Ducks last season, and would have returned for another season if he had been granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA.

Long is big, strong and an experienced run blocker. At 6-foot-6, he’s got the size to possibly move out to tackle in a pinch. If needed, he can be plugged in across the line to lean on defensive linemen to open up holes for Marshawn Lynch in the running game. He’s a bit of a project, but he’s got a sky-high ceiling to be an elite offensive lineman.

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Round 3: Pick 25

David Amerson
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David Amerson, CB NC State Wolfpack

The Seahawks have two of the best man-to-man cover corners in the NFL in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. They struggled, however, when they had to go to nickel and dime packages, particularly late in games. Adding a young corner to their roster would add some much-needed depth in the secondary and solidify their late-game coverage.

David Amerson was a ballhawk for the NC State Wolfpack over the last two seasons and can bring his exceptional ball skills to Seattle next season. He’s a bit on the leaner side, so he can bulk up as he provides valuable contributions in the nickel before eventually taking over in more base defensive alignments.

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Round 4: Pick 26

EJ Manuel
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EJ Manuel, QB Florida State Seminoles

The Seahawks have a backup quarterback in Matt Flynn that costs more than they’d like and who doesn’t mesh with the playing style of their starter Russell Wilson. Carroll wants a backup who brings some of the same athleticism and mobility that Wilson has brought to Seattle’s offense in 2012. Their answer may be EJ Manuel of the Florida State Seminoles.

Manuel was a playmaker for the Seminoles both on the ground and in the air. He has the athleticism to run the read-option that the Seahawks started using more as the season went along. With his ability to run and his accuracy on the run, Manuel would more readily be able to step in for Wilson in case of injury without forcing the offense to change its philosophy.

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Round 5: Pick 5 (From Oakland)

Eric Reid
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Eric Reid, S LSU Tigers

The Seahawks could use an upgrade at the safety position to help solidify the coverage over the top. As good as Kam Chancellor was last season against the run and the massive hits he laid on receivers down the field, he could be a liability in pass coverage. Adding a ball-hawk over the top would add some much-needed stability in their pass coverage.

Eric Reid has shown a smooth, playmaking ability while he roamed center field for the LSU Tigers. Last season, he made 92 tackles with two interceptions and seven passes defended. He plays better away from the line of scrimmage so he could provide an upgrade in passing situations.

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Round 5: Pick 25

Kwame Geathers
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Kwame Geathers, DT Georgia Bulldogs

Seattle’s defense was one of the strengths of the team last season, but they had issues up the middle against the run early in games. Part of the problem was injuries to Red Bryant that hobbled him for most of last season, so adding depth to the defensive line up the middle would be a good idea to help keep their defense strong from the inside out.

The Georgia Bulldogs were one of the strongest defenses in the SEC, particularly up the middle. Kwame Geathers and his massive 6-foot5, 350-pound frame were a big reason why. He’s strong at the point of attack and takes on double teams with authority. The Seahawks need a gap-stuffer on the line and Geathers could be just that.

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Round 6: Pick 26

Joe Kruger
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Joe Kruger, DE Utah Utes

The “little” brother of free agent outside linebacker Paul Kruger, Joe Kruger decided to skip his senior season with the Utah Utes to enter the NFL Draft. He possesses unique size for the defensive end position at 6-foot-7 and is still raw in terms of his playmaking ability. His core strength makes him strong on the edge against the run, but he still has some work to do on his pass-rushing.

The Seahawks could use him to platoon on the defensive line against run-situations. While Chris Clemons recovers from his ACL surgery, Seattle will need to use several bodies to replace his production. They have some pass-rush specialists already on the roster (with another likely drafted this year), so they could use some added muscle against the run.

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Round 7: Pick 8 (From Buffalo)

Jeff Baca
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Jeff Baca, OG UCLA Bruins

What was that about not ever having enough offensive linemen? With the amount that Seattle relies on the power running game, they could always use some added depth in their front lines. Jeff Baca has great size for an interior lineman and opened up holes last season for Doak Walker Award finalist Johnathan Franklin.

Baca likely won’t be called on to start too often, but he can add some nice depth to the interior line where Seattle was hurt by injuries last season. Having another big, strong body ready to plug in when needed will give Seattle some insurance for their running game in 2013.

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Round 7: Pick 14 (From New Orleans)

Dennis Johnson
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Dennis Johnson, RB Arkansas Razorbacks

The Arkansas Razorbacks didn’t have quite the season they were hoping for, but running back Dennis Johnson used his senior season well to raise his draft stock. He led the team last season in rushing, carrying the ball 137 times for 757 yards with eight rushing touchdowns.

Seattle could always use another playmaker and they can always use a change of pace back for Lynch. Johnson is a tough runner who makes decisive cuts and can get something even without a big hole opened up. He’s also shown a toughness in pass protection that could make him a solid back on any down.

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Round 7: Pick 25

Sean Porter
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Sean Porter, OLB Texas A&M Aggies

There will be a need to add depth the linebacker position in Seattle for next season, and the Seahawks could add a nice option with their final pick in this draft. Sean Porter was the fifth leading tackler for Texas A&M in 2012 and will be a nice complementary piece at the next level in a backup and special teams role.

Porter made 66 tackles last season, including 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks, but also showed ability against the pass with one interception and four passes defended. While he grows into an NFL linebacker, he’ll be able to contribute on special teams and be a solid addition to the defense.