Hawk Mock: Round-by-Round Draft Targets

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With just three days remaining before the NFL Draft officially commences, the Seattle Seahawks are in a good position to add significant depth for the upcoming season. Rumors are swirling for just about every team in the league, but for now we’ll break down five of the potential ‘Hawks targets in each round, including UDFA.

Round 1

KING

Desmond King, CB/S, Iowa

Though some of the former Hawkeye star’s measurables don’t stack up to Seattle’s previous draft tendencies, King’s on-field production and elite athleticism could be tip the scale in his favor come draft day. Another positive? King was one of the most productive return men in the Big Ten last season.

Justin Evans, S , Texas A&M

Evans is another rangy safety whose ability to find the ball and lay a hit on opposing receivers is reminiscent of Earl Thomas. Evans has been rumored to be a target of several teams late in round one, and Seattle could certainly be one of them.

Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky

I’d imagine that the Seahawks have long coveted a player like Forrest Lamp (as well as Garrett Bolles) but I find it highly unlikely Lamp makes it to 26, meaning they would have to trade up to snag him. The Dolphins have been a rumored destination for the former Hilltopper this week, so it seems likely that Seattle would have to get at least in front of them at pick 22.

Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC

Jackson has been one of the most electrifying athletes in college football over the past three seasons and despite falling short in the height-arm length combo, Pete Carroll would certainly be able to find a spot on the field for him. Carroll was present for two Pro Day’s this year (Alabama and USC), with Cam Robinson of the Crimson Tide rumored to be one target. Perhaps Carroll’s other Pro Day trip was to check in on the ultra-talented Jackson.

Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston

Bowser has seen his draft stock climb quite a bit since the end of the season, and his remarkable athleticism and basketball background could make an enticing late-round target.


Round 2

MOTON

Taylor Moton, OL, Western Michigan

John Schneider took in a Broncos’ practice early in the 2016 season, and he very well could have had his eye on Taylor Moton. Moton played right tackle for Western Michigan last season, but also has experience playing guard. His versatility and tenacity in the run game could make him a viable target, depending on how fast offensive linemen are flying off the board in an overall weak class.

Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina

DraftAnalyst’s Tony Pauline has reported that the Seahawks have serious interest in Jones, a guy who has been for quite a helium ride since the end of last season. He also mentions that it’s unlikely Jones reaches pick 58, but if he gets to the 50’s, Seattle could certainly move up to get him.

Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan

If Seattle lacks the draft capital to grab Zay Jones, Michigan’s Amara Darboh could be a nice consolation prize. Darboh didn’t have the flashiest numbers last season due to the Wolverines’ inconsistent quarterback play, but his agility and well-rounded game would make him an excellent complement to the rest of Seattle’s receiving corps.

Fabian Moreau, CB/S, UCLA

No one is quite sure how far Moreau will fall on draft day, but had he not injured himself at the Bruins’ Pro Day, he’d quite possibly be a first-round pick. I’ve been high on Moreau for a number of months and he’d be a good pickup if the Seahawks are confident in his long-term medicals.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

Depending on how the wide receivers come off the board, former five-star recruit and Trojan star JuJu Smith-Schuster could be another Seattle target in the second round. Though he doesn’t posses top-flight speed, Smith-Schuster has reliable hands and a degree of physicality that will make him a solid NFL player.


Round 3

HALL

Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M

Myles Garrett gets all the hype, but his counterpart on the Aggies’ defensive line is pretty darn good in his own right. He’s relatively new to playing with his hand on the ground, but Hall was an outstanding tester at the Combine and whatever team is able to unlock his full potential will get a player who’s very capable of posting a few 10-sack seasons down the line.

Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky

I’ve been a huge fan of Taywan Taylor for quite some time and since the season ended, he’s done nothing but help his draft stock. He took an official 30 visit to Seattle earlier this month and with Paul Richardson slated to hit free agency next season, Taylor would be a great potential replacement.

Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State

Vincent Taylor is a massive human being with good pass rushing instincts and a penchant for blocking kicks. Pairing him with Jarran Reed in the middle of the Seahawks’ defensive line could very well induce nightmares for opposing quarterbacks.

Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado

6’3″ corners with speed and ball skills are usually mocked to Seattle and with the Seahawks already showing interest in Witherspoon, it makes all the sense in the world.

Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson

Another productive interior pass rusher, Watkins has the size, length, and motor to be a valuable piece in Seattle’s defensive front.


Round 4

HODGES

Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech

Huge, athletic tight end in the mold of Jimmy Graham who could become a dangerous red zone weapon in Seattle’s offense.

Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina

Big wideout with top-end deep speed. Hollins would also serve as a valuable contributor on special teams if selected here.

Jessamen Dunker, OL, Tennessee State

The Seahawks have done a bit of homework on Tennessee State this season and the former Florida Gator, Dunker, could very well be one of their targets.

Deatrich Wise Jr., DE/DT, Arkansas

Wise is the son of former Seahawk first-round pick Deatrich Wise, Sr., and possesses the same type of unique size and length, combine with athleticism, that Seattle covets on the interior of their line.

James Conner, RB, Pitt

Pete Carroll has mentioned the desire for a bigger back and Conner could be a long-term solution with the recently-acquired Eddie Lacy on a one-year “prove it” deal.


Round 5

COLE

Dylan Cole, LB, Missouri State

Cole was one of the most athletic testers in the entire draft class and could see plenty of playing time on special teams while he develops.

Cole Hikutini, TE, Louisville

Seattle will likely add at least one tight end in this class and Hikutini is a great receiving threat who has slid down draft boards a bit due to injury and not being able to participate fully in postseason scouting showcases.

Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee

Dobbs will probably go significantly earlier than this, but I think he could definitely be one of Seattle’s top quarterback targets in an exceptionally weak class for the position.

Chad Williams, WR, Grambling

Williams has received attention from a plethora of teams in the draft process, including taking an official 30 visit with the Seahawks earlier this month. Williams makes sense in this range if Seattle’s other preferred targets are already off the board.

Javancy Jones, LB, Jackson State

Jones has generated a good deal of interest from Seattle throughout the draft process and could be a good candidate at SAM linebacker in the future.


Round 6

KELLY

Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss

Kelly has visited with Seattle during the draft process and despite his off-field issues, nobody enjoys giving players a second or third chance like Pete Carroll.

Joe Williams, RB, Utah

Continuing the “second chance” portion of the draft, the Seahawks could snag the ultra-talented Williams if they’re confident his retirement last season isn’t indicative of his commitment to football in the future.

Keion Adams, EDGE, Western Michigan

An athletic (albeit undersized) pass rusher with a basketball background screams potential Seattle Seahawk.

Dylan Donahue, EDGE, West Georgia

Donahue worked out in front of ‘Hawks scouts during his Pro Day and he could be a nice replacement on special teams and as a situational pass rusher with Cassius Marsh potentially nearing the end of his Seattle tenure.

Prescott Line, FB, Michigan State

The Seahawks seem intent on committing to the run in 2017, particularly between the tackles, and Prescott Line is the most fullback-sounding prospect of this entire draft.


Round 7

Jehu Chesson, Godwin Igwebuike

Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan

Chesson has great size and athleticism, but likely dealt with some nagging injury problems throughout 2016 that slowed his production. I’d imagine that the Seahawks would be more than happy with landing Darboh or Chesson in this draft.

Chris Carson, RB, Oklahoma State

Carson was one of the most impressive performers at the Combine and the Seahawks were there to work him out at the Cowboys’ Pro Day. If they pass on a running back in the first two days, Carson could be a target in round seven.

Jacob Hollister, TE, Wyoming

Another athletic pass-catching tight end to help ease the transition if both Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson are no longer Seahawks come 2018.

Xavier Coleman, CB, Portland State

A potential nickel corner, Coleman has received interest from Seattle at the Vikings’ Pro Day and also took an official visit to the VMAC.

Steven Wroblewski, TE, Southern Utah

Another big, under-the-radar tight end who posted some absurd agility numbers. At 6’7″, Wroblewski would be a developmental prospect with massive upside.


Thanks for reading and I look forward to providing even more content throughout the course of the week!

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