2014 NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks’ Early Seven-Round Mock
Seattle Seahawks' Seven-Round Mock
Even while enjoying a 9-1 start to their 2013 campaign, it’s never too early for the Seattle Seahawks to start looking towards the offseason and the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. Several spots on their roster could use an upgrade or extra depth, and there’s no better way to make the necessary upgrades than the draft.
Of those areas needing improvement, one of the biggest is the offensive line. Throughout the 2013 campaign, the offensive line has struggled to keep quarterback Russell Wilson clean and out of harm’s way. Although injuries have been a big part of the problem, the fact that the Seahawks lack considerable depth is reason enough to warrant a couple of draft picks along the front five.
The Seahawks still need help elsewhere, though. With injuries and a lack of starting-caliber talent at wide receiver, the passing game could use a boost moving forward. Although their linebacking corps is solid, the Seahawks could also use some extra depth heading into 2014. Tight end is also a concern, especially in terms of depth. The biggest issue is the line, though, where Seattle would be wise to use numerous picks.
Either way, the Seahawks need to make the most of their draft picks in May. The 2014 NFL Draft will offer Seattle an opportunity to keep their roster fresh while filling the few holes that have presented themselves through the first half of the 2013 season.
With that in mind, here’s a look at what the Seahawks could choose to do with their seven current draft picks when the 2014 NFL Draft finally rolls around.
1st Round: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
One of the Seahawks’ biggest concerns this season has been the offensive line. All year long, Wilson has been forced to run for his life as the blocking consistently breaks down. In order to fix that, they need to go offensive line at least twice during the draft. Ogbuehi is an under-the-radar prospect who has been overshadowed at Texas A&M. Still, he’s extremely athletic with outstanding power as a run and pass blocker. Ogbuehi is raw and needs some polish in terms of technique, but has the tools to be a legitimate starter in the NFL.
2nd Round: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Especially with Sidney Rice questionable to be back with the Seahawks in 2014, they could be looking to add another big, physical wide receiver to the mix. Moncrief is exactly that, and seems to be a solid fit for the Seattle offense. Not only is he big, but he has the speed to make big plays down the field. Time after time, he hauls in deep passes and picks up big YAC yards. He’s also a solid run blocker, which will work well for the Seahawks and their ground-and-pound offensive approach.
4th Round: Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
While the Seahawks appear set at all three linebacker spots, they haven’t been getting the run support from K.J. Wright that you’d expect from an established stud. He’s struggled mightily against the run this year, which is why adding a player like Smith couldn’t hurt. Throughout his career at FSU, Smith has excelled as a run stuffer, showing great instincts when stepping up and filling holes. He’s still raw as a cover man and inconsistent as a pass rusher, but his run support is definitely worth a fourth-rounder.
5th Round (via OAK): Jon Halapio, G, Florida
The biggest offensive focus in Seattle is the run game. What better fit for the Seahawks than a dominant, powerful guard who excels at opening big holes as a run blocker? Halapio has spent most of his career at Florida creating running lanes for a plethora of talented backs, and could continue the trend while blocking for Marshawn Lynch. If the Seahawks want to get even better at pounding defenses into submission, Halapio would be a great pick.
5th Round: Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU
Last year, Hoffman was considered one of the top receiver prospects heading into the offseason. Unfortunately, injuries and offensive struggles have forced him to fall out of favor. Still, there’s no denying that the physical tools are there. Hoffman is a big, strong receiver with reliable hands and the speed to stretch the field. He’s also elusive after the catch, but doesn’t have that extra burst in the open field. If he does well in interviews – seems a bit selfish – the Seahawks could afford to take a flier.
6th Round: Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas
The Seahawks have always been fans of physical cornerbacks. While Byndom isn’t an exact fit for their cornerback mold, he’s a flier worth taking for a team that doesn’t have a ton of holes to fill this upcoming offseason. While only 6’0’’, 180 pounds, Byndom is a physical cover man who never shies away from contact. He steps up against the run and is willing to take on bigger runners. His coverage skills need more work, but he’s a project who could develop into quality depth for Seattle.
7th Round: Kaneakua Friel, TE, BYU
A big, lumbering tight end with sneaky receiving abilities, Friel has been used largely as a blocker during his time at BYU. Although he often lines up in the slot, he’s routinely called upon to run block, which he excels at. He isn’t an overpowering blocker, but uses good footwork to keep himself in front of defenders. With Zach Miller an unreliable starter and Luke Willson still developing, adding Friel as depth will definitely help the Seahawks moving forward.