With both the Senior Bowl and Combine in the books, we’ve reached a perfect time for an updated mock draft. As usual, we’ll go pick by pick to make sure we discuss each pick thoroughly enough, and as usual, we’re assuming I’m the GM, so I’m not making picks based off who I actually think will go where, but rather who I’d take with the slot. And no, no trade scenarios because they’re infinite.
Here’s a quick rundown of our draft so far: no. 1 Houston Texans (Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina), no. 2 St. Louis Rams (Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M), no. 3 Jacksonville Jaguars (Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville), no. 4 Cleveland Browns (Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M), no. 5 Oakland Raiders (Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn), no. 6 Atlanta Falcons (Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan), no. 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson), no. 8 Minnesota Vikings (Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State), no. 9 Buffalo Bills (Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo), no. 10 Detroit Lions (Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M), no. 11 Tennessee Titans (Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA), no. 12 New York Giants (C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama), no. 13 St. Louis Rams (Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama), no. 14 Chicago Bears (Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri). no. 15 Pittsburgh Steelers (Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State), no. 16 Dallas Cowboys (Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt), no. 17 Baltimore Ravens (Eric Ebron, TE, UNC), no. 18 New York Jets (Marqise Lee, WR, USC), no. 19 Miami Dolphins (Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame), no. 20 Arizona Cardinals (Ra’Shede Hageman, DT/DE, Minnesota), no. 21 Green Bay Packers (Lous Nix, NT, Notre Dame), no. 22 Philadelphia Eagles (Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn), no. 23 Kansas City Chiefs (Odell Beckham, WR, LSU), no. 24 Cincinnati Bengals (Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State), no. 25 San Diego Chargers (Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State), no. 26 Browns (Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State), no. 27 New Orleans Saints (Jason Verrett, CB, TCU), no. 28 Carolina Panthers (Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama), no. 29 New England Patriots (Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State), no. 30 San Francisco 49ers (Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State) and no. 31 Denver Broncos (Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska). With the 32nd pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, who do the Seattle Seahawks select?
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia.
Moses is a perfect fit for us on the right side opposite of LT Russell Okung. We let our starter from last years championship squad, Breno Giacomini, walk during free agency, so we have a hole on the right side.
Moses has experience playing on both left and right sides from his days in college, and has the skill set to play either side at the next level. He’s solid in pass protection, with a good kick step and long arms to keep defensive ends at bay. He’s got surprisingly nimble feet for his considerable size and has good lateral quickness for moving down the line and working up to the second level. He has good lower body strength for his impressive drive blocking and usually plays with a good pad level.
With Moses and Okung as my bookend tackles, I feel much more confident about the long term protection of star QB Russell Wilson, and if anything, our 4th ranked rushing attack should actually improve.
Considering how well we’ve drafted the last few years, there’s not many holes on our roster outside of a starting RT. I thought long and hard about WR Davante Adams (Fresno State) with this pick, and he’d be an interesting complement to both Doug Baldwin and Percy Harvin, particularly with the latter constantly battling injuries. Still, we all know how deep this WR class is, so I’m not forced to take one in the first round.
CB Jean-Baptiste, who I just took for the Broncos with the pick before this, will be a tremendous candidate for us in the real draft. This is about the range he’ll go, and he’s eerily similar to our star CB Richard Sherman. CB is not at all a need for us, but he’s certainly worth the risk with his immense upside.