So here we are. The final mock draft. I’m sending this one off to the Huddle Report. They allow trades, but I want to keep it simple for the final projection.
By the way, don’t forget to keep it here tomorrow. I’ll be taking part in a live Google Hangout throughout day one of the draft (starting at around 4:30pm PST). For more details click here.
I’ve included a full second round plus picks for Seattle in rounds 3-7. At #56 I’ve gone for one of the few players I think they’ll consider at defensive tackle in round two. Jesse Williams is highly rated by some, while others (Mayock) gave him a third round grade. I can see why he’d fall. He has a top-heavy frame which will concern some teams. He’s completely one-dimensional as a pure run-stopper. He gets banged up. There’s also fairly good depth at his position and demand probably isn’t going to match supply. So he could drop. Also, I can definitely picture a tattoo’d 300lbs Aussie sat between Pete Carroll and John Schneider.
If you want alternatives, I still believe they’ll consider Quinton Patton if he lasts. Ditto Khaseem Greene. I wouldn’t be shocked if they found an offensive tackle they liked enough to draft in that range, but I think it’s more likely to be a later round pick. Christine Michael is an exciting proposition, even if it’s only to spell Marshawn Lynch and return some kicks.
Before we get into it, how about this little corker. Tyrann Mathieu announced today he was hosting a celebratory draft party. To take place after the first round. The poster advertising the part refers to Mathieu as a ‘first round pick’. If you were planning on attending, unfortunately it is now cancelled. Apparently someone got the message to Mathieu it probably wasn’t a great idea. It might not be the most ridiculous thing you hear this year, but it’s probably in the top five.
I’m not sure what is worse. The fact Mathieu’s people thought he’d go in round one and therefore felt it was necessary to organise a party for Thursday evening. Or that Mathieu allowed this to happen in his name. More than anyone he should be keeping his head down this week. Hosting a party at a nightclub in New York should be last thing on his mind. The negative reaction and subsequent cancellation says it all. What were his representatives thinking?
Anyway, onto the mock. It’s been fun. Let’s do this again some time.
|#1 Eric Fisher (T, Central Michigan)
Jay Glazer says he believes Fisher goes #1. He doesn’t put out bad information.
|#2 Luke Joeckel (T, Texas A&M)
If Joeckel lasts to #2, I can understand why Jacksonville makes this pick. Even if he plays right tackle.
|#3 Sharrif Floyd (DT, Florida)
This will be a long rebuild.
|#4 Lane Johnson (T, Oklahoma)
Philly’s line was a mess last year. Johnson looks like a smart fit in Chip Kelly’s offense.
|#5 Ziggy Ansah (DE, BYU)
Plenty of options here for Detroit.
|#6 Dee Milliner (CB, Alabama)
I still think this is Cleveland’s favourite.
|#7 Dion Jordan (DE, Oregon)
With the tackles off the board they have to turn to defense. Jordan would be a nice consolation.
|#8 Matt Barkley (QB, USC)
Rumour has it this pick will come down to Barkley or Ryan Nassib.
|#9 Tavon Austin (WR, West Virginia)
They need a spark on offense.
|#10 Jonathan Cooper (G, North Carolina)
A lot of people say this will be a guard, despite the addition of Andy Levitre.
|#11 D.J. Fluker (T, Alabama)
There’s a buzz around this guy going into the draft.
|#12 Tyler Eifert (TE, Notre Dame)
If they trade for Branden Albert, this could be considered the final piece of an offensive rebuild.
|#13 Barkevious Mingo (DE, LSU)
They could be tempted by a quarterback. Mingo would provide a needed edge rusher, however.
|#14 Sheldon Richardson (DT, Missouri)
Fantastic pick for Carolina if this happens. Watch out for Atlanta trading up.
|#15 Star Lotuelei (DT, Utah)
Can play the nose or five technique.
|#16 Chance Warmack (G, Alabama)
Tough to pass on this guy here.
|#17 Jarvis Jones (OLB, Georgia)
He could sink in a bad way, but he is the prototype fit at outside linebacker in Pittsburgh’s scheme.
|#18 Kenny Vaccaro (S, Texas)
Fills a need.
|#19 Tank Carradine (DE, Florida State)
Looked good in his work out this week. Recovering well from an ACL injury.
|#20 Justin Pugh (G, Syracuse)
Getting rave reviews and this is a big need.
|#21 Eric Reid (S, LSU)
Speculation suggests a few teams have a round one grade on Reid.
|#22 Alec Ogletree (LB, Georgia)
They need a linebacker and Jeff Fisher’s never been afraid of a challenge.
|#23 D.J. Hayden (CB, Houston)
Leslie Fraser would approve this pick you’d imagine.
|#24 Desmond Trufant (CB, Washington)
They’ve been looking at the corners.
|#25 Sylvester Williams (DT, North Carolina)
Age is the only thing holding him back.
|#26 Datone Jones (DE, UCLA)
It’s easy to forget just how much San Francisco abused Green Bay’s defense in the playoffs.
|#27 Justin Hunter (WR, Tennessee)
Receiver looks like a strong option here.
|#28 Bjoern Werner (DE, Florida State)
Not a flashy player and could fall as a consequence.
|#29 Xavier Rhodes (CB, Florida State)
They’ll surely consider a cornerback here?
|#30 Jamar Taylor (CB, Boise State)
Will they move up to get Dion Jordan, Dee Milliner or Sheldon Richardson?
|#31 Matt Elam (S, Florida)
Hard-hitting safety, would look good in this defense.
|#32 Manti Te’o (LB, Notre Dame)
Big shoes to fill.
#33 Jacksonville – Ryan Nassib (QB, Syracuse)
#34 San Francisco – Margus Hunt (DE, SMU)
#35 Philadelphia – Blidi Wreh-Wilson (CB, Connecticut)
#36 Detroit – Terron Armstead (T, Arkansas Pine-Bluff)
#37 Cincinnati – Jonathan Franklin (RB, UCLA)
#38 Arizona – Kyle Long (G, Oregon)
#39 New York Jets – Geno Smith (QB, West Virginia)
#40 Tennessee – Darius Slay (CB, Mississippi State)
#41 Buffalo – Robert Woods (WR, USC)
#42 Miami – Johnthan Banks (CB, Mississippi State)
#43 Tampa Bay – Zach Ertz (TE, Stanford)
#44 Carolina – Cordarrelle Patterson (WR, Tennessee)
#45 San Diego – Jonathan Cyprien (S, Florida International)
#46 St. Louis – Eddie Lacy (RB, Alabama)
#47 Dallas – Kawann Short (DT, Purdue)
#48 Pittsburgh – Quinton Patton (WR, Louisiana Tech)
#49 New York Giants – Menelik Watson (T, Florida State)
#50 Chicago – Arthur Brown (LB, Kansas State)
#51 Washington – D.J. Swearinger (S, South Carolina)
#52 Minnesota – Keenan Allen (WR, California)
#53 Cincinnati – Khaseem Greene (LB, Rutgers)
#54 Kansas City – Kevin Minter (LB, LSU)
#55 Green Bay – DeAndre Hopkins (WR, Clemson)
#56 Seattle – Jesse Williams (DT, Alabama)
#57 Houston – Larry Warford (G, Kentucky)
#58 Denver – Christine Michael (RB, Texas A&M)
#59 New England – Brian Winters (G, Kansas State)
#60 Atlanta – Johnathan Hankins (DT, Ohio State)
#61 San Francisco – Gavin Escobar (TE, San Diego State)
#62 Baltimore – Corey Lemonier (DE, Auburn)
Other Seahawks picks: R3 – RB Denard Robinson, R4 – TE Nick Kasa, R5- T Luke Marquardt, R5 – S Duke Williams, R6 – DT Stefan Charles, R7 – RB Jeremy Wright, R7 – WR/CB Russell Shepard, R7 – TE Michael Williams R7 – QB B.J. Daniels