By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
Mock drafts. The mainstay of football media in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft. Hundreds of journalists guessing who will take who and when. It’s a monumental job that, traditionally, most get very wrong. The inconsistency of NFL general managers and coaches make this a difficult task, and Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll are some of the most unpredictable in the league.
Go ahead and ask a Seahawks fan who they think Seattle will take in first round. Doesn’t matter the year, you will get the same reaction – a laugh. With the exception of 2016 when they took offensive tackle Germain Ifedi, the Seahawks have traded out of their first round pick every year since 2012.
Both Schneider and Carroll covet having a lot of draft picks. They have become masters at finding good value in the mid rounds, and in this year’s draft, they don’t have many. Seattle currently holds a first round pick, but then has nothing again until the fourth round. Most teams would be happy with eight picks, but its because of where those picks lie that I can see Seattle trading out of that first round.
“But the offensive line!” fans yell. Lets look at that. Since 2010, Seattle has taken 17 offensive lineman in the draft. The fact that veteran offensive tackle Duane Brown will be back for his second year in Seattle, the addition of guard D.J. Fluker, plus basketball player turned tight end turned offensive tackle George Fant returning after missing the entire 2016 season due to injury, I’m not sold that the Seahawks will lean toward adding to the OL in the first round. Especially if they feel they are just looking for depth.
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So if not the offensive line, then where? With all the upheaval that came in this offseason, I think defense is on many fans minds, and it may be on the front office’s minds too. Many mocks currently have Seattle taking a cornerback, particularly Josh Jackson out of Iowa, and a safety. With S Kam Chancellor a question mark due to his injury, the contract situation with S Earl Thomas, and the departure of CB Richard Sherman, it makes sense for Schneider and Carroll to go this route. It seems to be time for a changing of the guard in Seattle’s famed Legion of Boom, and this might be the draft to do it in.
And then there is running back. Now I warn you, don’t mention this idea to Seattle fans. They will not react well. Unless the heavens open and the miracles of all miracles happen, letting RB Saquon Barkley fall to 18, I don’t see a first round running back.
So what can we expect from Seattle in the draft? Personally, I expect them to trade back, but staying in the first round, adding a 2nd or 3rd rounder. Who will they pick. Your guess is as good as mine. One thing is for sure, whoever gets it right on their mock deserves a serious prize.
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