Seahawks fans waited on pins and needles last night, Day 1 of the increasingly-long NFL Draft, but to no avail as John Schneider traded out of the first round yet again. Luckily for the ‘Hawks, the first round of the draft set up just about as well as they possibly could have hoped, with offensive skill position players dominating the early portion of the night. This left a plethora of quality players on the board for Day 2, on which the Seahawks now hold six (!) selections. With a better idea of where/how many picks Seattle will be making for the rest of the draft, here is what I could come up with for a fresh new set of predictions based on Coach Carroll’s famed #SeahawksDraftClues.
Buckle up, ‘Hawks fans, tonight is about to be quite the ride.
Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
To the surprise of many, Lamp remains on the board as we enter round two. The Green Bay Packers are the only team standing between Seattle snagging potentially the best offensive lineman in the entire class when all is said and done. They’ve reportedly liked Lamp for quite some time, so it’s time to see if the rumors are legit. If not Lamp, local product Kevin King or Chidobe Awuzie could be the pick.
Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
It was going to take a trade up from 58 to get Jones regardless, and now Seattle has the draft capital to make it happen. Jones would stand to add another lethal weapon to Russell Wilson’s arsenal.
Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
If the Seahawks opt to pass on Kevin King, expect Colorado’s Ahkello Witherspoon to be their next secondary target. Witherspoon’s length, athleticism, and ball skills should provide an immediate impact in the Legion of Boom.
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh
James Conner is a cancer survivor who wears #24 because of modeling his game after the recently-departed Marshawn Lynch. Need I give Seahawks fans any more reason to root for the kid to be a part of the Seattle backfield?
Delano Hill, S, Michigan
Seattle is looking for a versatile in-the-box, downhill safety and Hill has the skillset necessary to provide that.
Brandon Wilson, CB, Houston
A captain of the Houston defense, Wilson possesses elite athleticism and could see some time as a gadget player in the run and return game, as the Seahawks previously worked him out as a running back.
Antony Auclair, TE, Laval (Canada)
In a deep tight end class, one of the biggest sleepers comes from our friendly neighbors to the north in Canada. The Seahawks have shown interest in Auclair during the draft process, and he could go a lot earlier than people are expecting due to his big upside.
Adams is a versatile pass rusher off the edge with a basketball background. If Seattle feels he’ll be able to take on bigger blockers at the next level, he could be a solid mid-round selection.
Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
A hugely productive receiver at Georgia State, Davis is the kind of freak athlete that could be a big time player on special teams as he adjusts to facing upper-echelon talent. Heck, maybe he could even play a bit of safety?
Jake Elliott, K, Memphis
Blair Walsh being your starting kicker to enter the 2017 season isn’t exactly a comforting thought, so if the Seahawks opt to take a kicker, look for Elliott (or possibly Zane Gonzalez) to be their guy.
Skyler Howard, QB, West Virginia
Sticking with the former WVU gunslinger, who wears #3 and happens to have a bit of Russell Wilson to his game.
11 picks in total, though I’d expect them to fluctuate a bit in terms of where guys will get selected when all is said and done:
As far as backups for those particular choices, here’s a list of players that are also likely on Seattle’s board and whom they would feel comfortable picking in the event of any surprises occurring ahead of them:
Deatrich Wise, Jr.