It’s almost that time of year, when owners, coaches, general managers, and the rest of the front office lock themselves in a room and heavily debate which players to draft to improve the team. This room is called the “War Room” for a reason. Everyone in this room is heavily opinionated and has become attached to a prospect that they don’t believe the team can do without.
In this segment, we will put ourselves in the war room and go over the picks we believe teams need to make when they’re on the clock. We’ll cover all 32 teams, but today’s segment is dedicated to the: Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle’s most obvious need in this draft is a quarterback. Charlie Whitehurst is waiting in the wings, but there are few who would argue that Whitehurst is the clear-cut future of this franchise from the most important position on the field. Matt Hasselbeck is expected back and using the 25th overall selection on a quarterback is a move almost everybody expects from Seattle.
I understand that there’s a stable of running backs in Seattle, but I’m not too confident in the bunch to serve as a long-term solution in the backfield. Running back could be a surprise target of the Seahawks on Day Two. A receiver could also be an early target, while the offensive line could also be a target throughout this draft.
Defensively for Seattle, the secondary is the most urgent need. Cornerbacks Kennard Cox and Roy Lewis have resigned, but Kelly Jennings is still a free agent that many expect to sign elsewhere. If quarterback is not the pick at #25, cornerback is the likely alternative. Strong safety is another area of need in the secondary. Meanwhile, finding a pass rusher at defensive end should be a target for Seattle at some point in this draft.
Seattle Seahawks Mock Draft
Round 1 (#25): Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada Wolf Pack: In our latest mock draft (in which Jayson Braddock and I dictate what we believe teams should do rather than what they will do), we have Kaepernick at #15 to Miami and Gabbert #25 to Seattle. We obviously love Kaepernick and in reality Gabbert will likely be gone at this point with Kaepernick possibly still available. He isn’t a guy likely to come in and start from day one, but Seattle isn’t in immediate need of a quarterback with Hasselbeck and Whitehurst still on the roster. Kaepernick could emerge as one of the best picks in this draft, especially if he’s given time to develop.
Round 2 (#57) Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia Cavaliers: With Jennings expected to leave via free agency, Seattle will need to find a replacement. Dowling has had injury concerns (he missed most of 2010 with injuries), but he’s a first round talent when he’s on the field and he’s looked good in pre-draft workouts. At 6’2 he has good size to match up well with NFL receivers.
Round 4 (#99) from New England Patriots via Denver Broncos: John Moffitt, G/C, Wisconsin: Max Unger was drafted in 2009 out of Oregon and could play either guard or center for the Seahawks next season. Moffitt could player either position as well, giving Seattle some wiggle room on the interior of the line.
Round 5 (#156): Thomas Keiser, DE/OLB, Stanford Cardinal: Finding an effective pass rusher could be a goal for Seattle at some point in this draft. Defensive end could be an earlier target as well depending on how the chips fall. Keiser recorded six sacks in 2008, nine in 2009 and five in 2010.
Round 5 (#157) from Baltimore Ravens: Cecil Shorts III, WR, Mount Union: Help at receiver is another likely late round target for the Seahawks.
Round 6 (#173) from Detroit Lions: Jarriel King, OT, South Carolina Gamecocks: I wouldn’t be surprised to see Seattle target a few offensive linemen in this draft.
Round 7 (#209) from Cleveland Browns: Carl Johnson, G/T, Florida Gators: Somebody will give Johnson a chance to make the team. Another offensive lineman to bolster the line.
Round 7 (#228): Nate Williams, SS, Washington Huskies: Washington collected 105 tackles four sacks in 2010. He’s a leader on the field who could emerge as a steal late in the draft.
Round 7 (#244) compensatory pick: Wes Bynum, K, Auburn Tigers: Seattle could look for a kicker to take them into the future with Olindo Mare a free agent.
That’s how it played out in our Mock of the Seattle Seahawks “War Room”.
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