By Daniel Schmelzer @D_Schmelzer on April 7, 2014
John Schneider, Pete Carroll and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks' staff have done an incredible job of landing and developing elite level players late in the draft. Richard Sherman (5th rd. 2011), Kam Chancellor (5th rd. 2010) and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith (7th rd. 2011) were all last day picks that became huge parts of the Seahawks' Super Bowl run. Seattle is obviously a team to watch on day 3, so who will they target in the 2014 NFL Draft?
Colt Lyerla would be a potential first-round pick if it were not for off-the-field issues and very serious character concerns. He has incredible athleticism that makes him a very intriguing prospect. Not only is Lyerla very fast and quick, but he has great burst in an out of his cuts. He also has impressive strength and leaping ability. There is no denying Lyerla's skill, but his character concerns are real and make him a risky pick.
With few holes on the roster, I imagine that the Seahawks will dip into this deep WR class at some point in the draft. His talent is raw, but Brandon Coleman is type of WR that Seattle lacks on the outside. His size alone (6-foot-6, 225-pounds) gives you plenty to dream on. He has decent speed, but he is not going to blow you away. Coleman has huge upside, but the risk is certainly there as well.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif out of McGill University in Canada is one of the most interesting prospects in this draft. Duvernay-Tardif is an incredibly gifted athlete with very impressive speed and quickness for a man his size (6-foot-5, 321-pounds). LDT is as raw as they come. He has a lot of work to do before he is ready for the NFL, but he has elite-level upside. LDT would be a very interesting project for the Seahawks.
With 12 sacks and 20.5 TFL, Shaquil Barrett was the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year last season. While it is fair to wonder about his lower level of competition, Barrett is a very intriguing draft prospect. He shows huge upside against the run and is already a very good pass rusher. Barrett has sneaky quickness and athleticism, and I think he could bring plenty of versatility to the Seahawks' defense.
The Seahawks have needs at RT and both guard positions. Wesley Johnson is an interesting prospect who could potentially help out at either (or both) positions. Johnson has good quickness and athleticism for an offensive lineman, and he has adequate strength. Johnson is a polished player who could help Seattle right away and should be an obvious target on Day 3 of the draft.
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