Seattle Seahawks 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 2: 7 Rounds
Seattle Seahawks 2013 NFL Mock Draft
The Seattle Seahawks have broken out of the mold they’ve stuck to in building their team during the Pete Carroll regime. Where in the past Carroll and general manager John Schneider have looked to build with inexpensive free agents and stockpiling draft picks, Seattle has been one of the more aggressive teams in free agency to fill some of their more pressing needs.
By making the blockbuster trade for Percy Harvin, Seattle sent their first round pick this season and one of their seventh round picks to the Minnesota Vikings but they get an elite playmaker in return who can play at wide receiver, running back in certain packages and be a major weapon in the return game. Adding Harvin has had major implications for Seattle’s roster and their subsequent draft strategy after they released running back/kick returner Leon Washington. Will running back now be a priority in April?
But Seattle didn’t stop after making the biggest trade of the offseason. They were active in free agency as well, adding a pair of pass rushing defensive ends in Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, who many considered two of the top three pass rushing free agents this offseason. That duo, along with pass-rush specialist Bruce Irvin, gives Seattle plenty of pressure off the edge. When Chris Clemons returns from his ACL injury, Seattle should have one of the best pass-rush rotations in football. With their need for pass-rushing ends taken care of, where will Seattle use their picks now?
Seattle continues their unpredictable methods in building their roster, but the results can’t be denied. They are looking like a favorite in the NFC next season and still have plenty of picks to add talent in the draft. Where will they turn to continue building towards a Super Bowl appearance?
Let’s break it down with a seven round mock draft for the Seattle Seahawks to try and guess where they’ll head on draft day.
Round 2, Pick 26
Jesse Williams, DT Alabama Crimson Tide
With their pass-rush needs already met, the Seahawks could look to land some help to their interior line to bolster their run defense (or to add depth behind Red Bryant in 2013). The Alabama Crimson Tide allowed just 2.43 rushing yards per attempt last season on their way to a second straight BCS National Championship, and the big body of Jesse Williams was a good reason why. His size, strength and ability to play against the run will make him an excellent addition to Seattle.
Round 3, Pick 25
Jawan Jamison, RB Rutgers Scarlet Knights
With Harvin in and Washington out in Seattle, there’s room on the roster for another reserve running back. Jawan Jamison went down as one of the most productive rushers in the history of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as a strong runner who can make decisive cuts and get up into the hole. Marshawn Lynch can’t take every snap next season, so having a nice change of pace back will help keep Beast Mode fresh down the stretch.
Round 4, Pick 26
Barrett Jones, OL Alabama Crimson Tide
Interior offensive linemen are incredibly valuable to Seattle as their running game is predicated by getting push against the interior of the defense. Barrett Jones helped Alabama win three national titles in his four years there where he played a season at tackle, a season at guard and a season at center and was an All-American all three years. Nobody runs the ball in college football quite like Nick Saban, so a three-time All-American in his system should be a boost to the interior line of Seattle.
Round 5, Pick 5 (From Oakland)
Jordan Poyer, CB Oregon State Beavers
There is a need for a nickel cornerback in Seattle to replace the aging Marcus Trufant, who was brutal at times in late-game passing situations. Jordan Poyer was a ballhawk for the Oregon State Beavers, snagging seven interceptions in his senior season, the most of anyone in the Pac 12. The Beaver corner has some bulking up to do to be able to bump with the big-time receivers in the NFL, but he has good hips and ball skills to come in the nickel and zone coverage situations.
Round 5, Pick 25
Hugh Thornton, OL Illinois Fighting Illini
Seattle struggled with depth along the offensive line last season when injuries forced them to shuffle their guys around. They would love to have enough depth to avoid getting thinned out like that again and getting a mauler like Hugh Thornton of the Illinois Fighting Illini would certainly help them in that regard. Thornton is a strong, tough interior lineman who is always looking to unload on a defensive player and has surprising agility for his size to get to the second level.
Round 6, Pick 26
Zaviar Gooden, OLB Missouri Tigers
While Seattle is looking into bringing back Leroy Hill at outside linebacker (for the right price), but they might consider bringing in a younger option to try out. Zaviar Gooden was a sideline-to-sideline outside linebacker for the Missouri Tigers who showed an excellent ability to drop into coverage. He was an average tackler in college, but he could be useful in third down situations with his pursuit ability and coverage skills.
Round 7, Pick 8 (From Buffalo)
Cory Grissom, DT South Florida Bulls
Another big body to add depth to the defensive tackle position, Cory Grissom of the South Florida Bulls has had some injury issues during his career that might scare some teams away. However, his ability to anchor and win against one-on-one blocks could make him a valuable asset against the run as part of a defensive line rotation.
Round 7, Pick 14 (From New Orleans)
Tharold Simon, CB LSU Tigers
A big corner seems right up the Seahawks alley and Tharold Simon fits that mold. At 6-foot-2, 202 pounds, the LSU Tigers’ DB has elite size and top end speed. He can get caught guessing at times, but has the ability to match up with NFL wide receivers one-on-one. His long arms help him in pass coverage even if he is in recovery and he has a good frame that he uses well against the run.
Round 7, Pick 35 (Comp)
Nick Kasa, TE Colorado Buffaloes
Seattle is always looking to add weapons to its offense and a big pass catching tight end with the ability to block on the edge fits right into what the Seahawks want to do. Nick Kasa was one of the few consistent offensive threats for the Colorado Buffaloes and his toughness and effort shined in a season that was grim during its highest points. He would make a nice complement to Zach Miller and could really grow into a nice option in the passing game with time.
Round 7, Pick 36 (Comp)
Daimion Stafford, S Nebraska Cornhuskers
Adding another piece to a secondary that many predict will become too expensive to keep together much longer is never a bad idea. Daimion Stafford is a little undersized but showed the ability to cover, go after the football in the air and come up against the run adequately while with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Not likely to set the world on fire in his rookie season, but could be a nice addition to the special teams until he learns the ropes in the NFL.