Seattle Seahawks 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition
Seattle Seahawks 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition
After winning the Super Bowl in 2014, the Seattle Seahawks will look to avoid what the Baltimore Ravens experienced last year: the Super Bowl hangover. With free agency likely to strip the Seahawks of most of their good players, the team will have to continue what they do, which is find players that fit their scheme. While being the hunters in 2013, the team will have to handle being the hunted in 2014. That being said, for the Seahawks to repeat as Super Bowl champions in 2014, here's how they need to approach the 2014 draft.
Defensively, the Seahawks will have plenty of tough decisions to make this offseason. Key players like Red Bryant and Chris Clemons are likely to be released, and free agents like Michael Bennett and Walter Thurmond are expected to get big money in free agency. Offensively, the Seahawks will have to address their receiving corps with Sidney Rice already released and both Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin scheduled for free agency.
This year, the Seahawks will go into the draft with the usual seven picks as well as an undetermined amount of compensatory picks. Given the draft philosophy of GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks will not hesitate to select the best player available regardless of position needs. Given their current draft situation, I will attempt to put together a mock draft for the Seattle Seahawks as if the draft were today.
The 2014 NFL Draft for the Seahawks essentially started last season when the Seahawks traded their first-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for receiver Percy Harvin. Given his contributions last year, the Seahawks are happy with that decision. The Seahawks do, however, get an additional fifth-round pick after trading Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders.
Here now is my full seven-round mock draft for the Seattle Seahawks if the event took place today.
1st Round: Antonio Richardson, OL, Tennnessee
Seattle's offensive tackles last year were hurt for a majority of the season last year, and without them the Seahawks' offense struggled mightily. With right tackle Breno Giacomini up for free agency and not likely to come back a replacement is necessary, and the player who would best fit the Seahawks is Tennessee's Antonio Richardson.
Richardson has all the tools to start immediately on the right side but also has the ability to play on the left. He can be groomed to be the next left tackle should Russell Okung not stay healthy.
2nd Round: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Seattle's offense took a step backward this season without a healthy Sidney Rice at wide receiver and no Percy Harvin to make up the difference before his Super Bowl performance. Now they go into an offseason where Tate will be a free agent and Baldwin is a restricted free agent. The Seahawks need an injection of young talent at receiver and a big receiver who can be a good target for Russell Wilson.
Wide receiver Donte Moncrief would solve all that. Moncrief is 6-foot-2, and without an elite quarterback throwing him the ball, he excelled as a Rebel. He's a good athlete who has the necessary height but also has the speed to get vertical and blow by defenders.
4th Round: Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia
Tight end is a position of need for the Seahawks whether they think so or not. The Seahawks did not get much production from players like Zach Miller and Luke Willson last season, and an upgrade is necessary. Also, Anthony McCoy was lost last year due to a torn ACL, and this was his second time where he was on season-ending injured reserve.
With a tight end like Georgia's Arthur Lynch, the team gets an experienced player who has excelled in the toughest conference in America. Lynch is not the prototypical athlete at tight end, but he has good hands, is a good blocker and with some development has the potential to start for the Seahawks should they select him.
5th Round: Jay Bromley, DL, Syracuse
The Seahawks' defensive line is the deepest and most talented unit on the roster. With Bryant likely gone along with Clemons as a cap casualty, a player like Syracuse's Jay Bromley could fill plenty of different positions on that line. Bromley had production inside with 10 sacks last season for the Orange.
While Bromley is a defensive tackle, don't be surprised to see the Seahawks trying to convert him into a Bryant-like player -- an edge defender who is a better run-stuffer than a pass-rusher. Bromley also won't have to start right away due to Seattle's depth and will be groomed to contribute down the road.
5th Round: Aaron Colvin, DB, Oklahoma
You can never have enough cornerbacks in the NFL. With the passing game being so prevalent in recent years, the ability to cover is essential. With the Legion of Boom likely losing Thurmond to free agency and Brandon Browner likely to be suspended for all of next season, a prospect like Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin would fit the Seahawks' scheme nicely.
With the Seahawks already having plenty of good corners in Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane as well as another developmental player in Tharold Simon, Colvin wouldn't have to play right away. He will have plenty of time to recover from a torn ACL that he suffered in this year's Senior Bowl.
6th Round: John Urschel, OL, Penn State
The Seahawks' interior offensive line struggled last year with injuries and inconsistent play from guards James Carpenter, Paul McQuistan and J.R. Sweezy. McQuistan is scheduled for free agency, and Sweezy regressed after a breakout 2012 campaign. I fully expect both Carpenter and Sweezy to get back to normal in 2014, but a prospect like Penn State's John Urschel would be an effective replacement should either falter.
Urschel has the versatility to play both center and guard, a must for today's offensive linemen. He is already well-schooled playing in a pro-style scheme with new Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien in Happy Valley.
7th Round: Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina
The Seahawks already have Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson and are set at the position for a very long time. However, with Tarvaris Jackson scheduled for free agency and likely too expensive to keep, a player like South Carolina's Connor Shaw would be a good prospect as a backup or third-string QB.
Shaw was a winner in college and excelled in the toughest conference in the nation in the SEC. Last season, Shaw had 24 touchdowns to just one interception for the 11-2 Gamecocks and played tough while hurt and performed in the clutch.