The 40’s have been run, agility tested, and now we stand to have a better idea of just how the 2017 NFL Draft will play out. We’ll have even more info once Pro Day’s across the country are completed but, for now, here’s a look at just who the Seattle Seahawks may have their eye on as draft day draws nearer.
Though I think Seattle will undoubtedly explore the trade market both before and on draft day, here’s a mock based solely on where their current picks stand:
1st Round – #26 overall
Kevin King, CB, Washington
Perhaps nobody in the secondary group of Combine performers made themselves as much money as local Washington standout Kevin King. With a blazing 4.43 40, 39.5″ vertical and 6.56 3-cone time has vaulted him into legitimate first-round contention. Though King is a bit light for his height (6’3″), a corner with this size and agility is rarely seen and could wind up being Seattle’s eventual replacement for Richard Sherman. Pete Carroll is close with Huskies head coach Chris Petersen, and with a need in the secondary and UW having multiple stellar DB prospects, Carroll will have all the information he needs to decide which player is best suited for their system.
Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
2nd Round – #58 overall
Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
I’ve mentioned several times on this website as a potential Seattle target and so far there hasn’t really been anything to dissuade me of that notion. Watkins was one of the key members of Clemson’s college football powerhouse over the past two seasons and could be a rotational player in pass-rushing situations, showing great length (34 5/8″ arm length) and overall athleticism to chase down quarterbacks.
Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
Tanoh Kpassagnon, DT, Villanova
3rd Round – #90 overall
Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama
Pete Carroll has mentioned several times throughout the offseason about the club’s desire to get younger and more depth at linebacker and there’s no better place to look than a school that has churned out all sorts of talent at the position in recent years. It seems clear that Seattle is keen on a number of Alabama prospects, evidenced by the fact they Carroll, the team’s LB and DL coach, area scout Ed Dodds, and director of player personnel Scott Fitterer to the Crimson Tide’s pro day.
Anderson doesn’t necessarily fit the athletic profile of a Bobby Wagner or KJ Wright, but it’s undeniable that Anderson plays with a violence and edge, and is overall extremely impressive in interviews. Anderson could immediately be plugged in at the SAM position, giving Seattle what would be one of the best linebacking units in football.
Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
Derek Rivers, EDGE, Youngstown State
Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
3rd Round – #102 overall
Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
Though there were rumors of Seattle addressing the receiving corps with the addition of former Raven Kamar Aiken, it’s more likely that the Seahawks will look to the draft.
I’ve mentioned Taylor before in my mock drafts, as he’s one of my favorite receivers in this class, and his addition would be a good way to add depth for the impending free agency of Paul Richardson and possible cut of Jermaine Kearse after next season.
Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois
Ethan Pocic, OL, LSU
3rd Round – #106 overall
Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo
With the departure of Luke Willson and upcoming free agency of Jimmy Graham next season, Seattle will likely address the tight end position with one or two selections on draft day. Toledo’s Michael Roberts is a massive target with good short-area quickness, who has the potential to be a valuable player at the next level. Though he only has one season of major production at a smaller school, Roberts has the physical tools to be developed into a productive blocker and receiving threat, particularly on third down and in the red zone, where he was especially stellar last season for the Rockets. The Seahawks reportedly met with Roberts at the Shrine Game, which has been a source of many draft picks in recent years.
D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
Blake Jarwin, TE, Oklahoma State
Isaac Asiata, OG, Utah
6th Round – #210 overall
Carroll Phillips, EDGE, Illinois
Another player who has seemingly been on Seattle’s radar for some time is Illinois DE/LB Carroll Phillips. The Seahawks reportedly had a formal interview at the Senior Bowl and despite not being very big, he has the speed and quickness necessary to play at the next level. Phillips could be utilized on special teams and pass rushing situations while he further develops, perhaps moving into a role similar to Cassius Marsh next season.
As a disclaimer, I find it highly unlikely that Seattle is content to wait 104 picks between this selection and their previous one, so expect some draft day dealin’ from John Schneider to fill out more of their picks more evenly.
John Johnson, CB/S, Boston College
James Conner, RB, Pitt
Jessamen Dunker, OG, Tennessee State
7th Round – #226 overall
Chris Carson, RB, Oklahoma State
The Seahawks have been rumored to be kicking the tires on a number of veteran free agent RB’s, but they could deem them too expensive and instead look to create more competition at the position through the draft. The club has scouted Oklahoma State heavily in the past year, and although DT Vincent Taylor and TE Blake Jarwin are also fits, one under-the-radar name is running back Chris Carson.
Seattle was present at the Cowboys’ recent Pro Day, with Seahawks personnel even being in charge of the RB drills for the day. Carson opened some eyes at the Combine with his performance, testing as the 3rd-best back athletically via Zach Whitman’s SPARQ ratings. Carson is an upright, physical runner who seems to enjoy delivering punishing blows to defensive backs who attempt to tackle him. The Seahawks seem intent on running the ball more next season and Carson would present a nice complement to Rawls, Prosise and Alex Collins.
Michael Rector, WR, Stanford
Chase Roullier, OG, Wyoming
Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
Thanks for reading, I look forward to putting out at least a couple more mocks before the Draft is finally here!