This week, Lamar Jackson took the college football world by storm, the Seahawks pulled out a narrow 12-10 victory over the Dolphins and we look at week two draft risers including Florida’s impressive linebacker Alex Anzalone.
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Here’s this weeks podcast, looking at week one of the college football season. We also look ahead to the Seahawks’ game against Miami and offer some NFL predictions. Earlier this week I published an article on Field Gulls looking at players that impressed in college over the weekend and who could be a first round prospect. Check it out here.
— What the Vikings will do without Teddy Bridgewater
— Trevone Boykin
— The offensive line situation
— The play of the Seahawks running backs, including Troymaine Pope, Alex Collins, and Christine Michael
— Why Alabama football has dominated college football
— Who to watch this season as the 2016 college football year kicks off
— Who to follow for the 2017 NFL Draft
Don’t forget to check out today’s final mock draft — but here’s the final pre-draft podcast.
A couple of other quick points…
Russell Okung, James Carpenter, Bruce Irvin. The Seahawks have been comfortable with their first round picks only lasting one contract.
That doesn’t mean they want these guys to only stay 4-5 years and move on — but it also doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be 10-year starters either.
The Seahawks are in the middle of a Championship window that might only last another 3-4 years. Getting impact players to try and win a Championship now is the key.
A guy who comes in, helps make that happen and then signs somewhere else isn’t a problem (especially with the comp pick system).
How does that impact this draft? Well when people talk about Bronson Kaufusi’s age (25) — if he’s only playing for Seattle for four years it doesn’t really matter.
And it’s worth noting Russell Wilson was 24 in 2012. I’m not 100% all-in on Kaufusi being a Seahawk — but he could be a wildcard for them after trading down. Check out his tape vs Utah.
Meanwhile Mike Mayock has put together his first and only mock draft. He pairs the Seahawks with A’Shawn Robinson, who they probably won’t draft because he’s a marginal athlete, not a pass rusher and his motor runs too hot and cold.
The interesting thing though is like Louis Riddick’s mock earlier in the week — all of Seattle’s VMAC visitors are on the board. Jonathan Bullard, Vernon Butler, Kevin Dodd, Germain Ifedi, Reggie Ragland, Chris Jones, Derrick Henry. Kaufusi and Noah Spence are also available.
Again — this screams trade down.
This week Kenneth and I talk about Russell Okung, yesterday’s seven-round Seahawks mock and we take some Twitter questions. Check it out…
Also today — the Seahawks were heavily involved in Connor McGovern’s pro-day workout at Missouri:
— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) March 23, 2016
#Mizzou OG Connor McGovern now talking with scouts from the Seahawks.
— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) March 23, 2016
This isn’t a big surprise. If there are two players that might be ‘can’t leave the draft without’ types for the Seahawks — it could be McGovern and Tyler Ervin.
Three teams brought assistant coaches who put offensive linemen Boehm and McGovern through a lengthy series of position drills: Patriots OL coach Dante Scarnecchia, Colts assistant OL coach Joe Gilbert, Seahawks assistant OL coach Brennan Carroll and Bengals offensive quality control coach Robert Couch. The Seahawks and Chiefs were among a few teams that had multiple representatives on hand.
Here’s another video featuring Tyler Ervin I noticed last night:
Meanwhile John Schneider had an interesting quote at the owners meeting regarding Seattle’s O-line:
“Besides three or four offensive lines throughout the league, it’s a concern for everybody. So you are constantly working at it. There is a reason we are converting defensive linemen to offensive linemen. There is really a shortage of talent at this point in the league.”
It’s further evidence they’ll once again be looking for major upside with their offensive line picks. There’s a real shortage of unique athletes playing O-line in college. This is why it’s easy to assume the likes of McGovern, Germain Ifedi and Le’Raven Clark could be on their radar. It’s also why they might look to convert Michigan State’s Joel Heath to the offense.
Finally, this Tweet is worth noting:
Ogbah struggles redirect so you've gotta value end holds point to like Emmanuel. Hawks covet a Michael Bennett type https://t.co/3cND5TDJAg
— NFL_DRAFT_Bites (@NFLDraftBites) March 23, 2016
This isn’t the first time someone has mentioned that the Seahawks want to add another Michael Bennett type to their roster. Not to replace Bennett, mind, but someone who can play end and still move inside for the key downs.
Rather than a pure edge or interior run stuffer — a DE that can move inside appears to be their main desire on the D-line.