Draft forecast: Six options for the Seahawks at #32

April 1st, 2014 | Written by Rob Staton

Ryan Shazier -- fits the bill as a developmental coaches dream

Having written a couple of mock drafts where a lot of potential Seahawks are off the board before #32, I wanted to highlight some of the players I think will be options with the last pick in round one.

Pete Carroll is on the record as referring to his coaching staff as “developmental coaches”. They look for unique qualities they can enhance and develop. While a lot of other teams think conventionally, the Seahawks are at least willing to consider high-ceiling, gritty prospects who are far from finished products.

It appears their goal is to look at what a player can become and then help him to get there. Obviously the opportunities are broader when you’ve got a prospect with a much higher upside. The names below aren’t being touted much by the media, but that’s OK.

Some national pundits wants to go with what they understand — because that’s how a lot of the teams operate. They want to be able to judge based on what they can see and assess with some degree of surety. They want to rely on what has worked in the past.

Anything foreign or unconventional sets off an alarm.

I don’t think Seattle looks at it that way. In fact I’m convinced they don’t. They’ll consider all of that. But I also think they look for rare qualities — usually a combination of athleticism, size, speed, explosiveness and competitiveness. At the end of the day, it’s easier to take an insane athlete, identify what his peak potential could be and strive to get there than it is to turn an average prospect into a great player.

The thing is — that average player might save another GM’s job. If he plays to a certain level you probably look OK. You didn’t draft a bust. You’re not being ridiculed for a titanic mistake. You got a fairly decent player. Congrats.

The Seahawks front office aren’t concerned by stuff like that. They’ve been trusted by the owner to shoot for the fences. Carroll repeatedly refers to this being the catalyst for his return to the NFL.

And they’re even less likely to be concerned with a Super Bowl trophy tucked away in the cupboard. You can’t even call this a gamble. A gamble would be drafting a raw prospect and hoping for the best.

That isn’t Seattle.

Seattle = development

I’m not trying to suggest I have all the answers. For all I know the names below aren’t on Seattle’s radar at all.

But I think these players are more likely than a lot of the names you’re seeing posted in the media, so here are six suggestions.

I could’ve listed more. I haven’t included the following players because I expect they’ll be off the board by #32: Kelvin Benjamin (WR, Florida State), Odell Beckham Jr (WR, LSU), Aaron Donald (DT, Pittsburgh), Marqise Lee (WR, USC), Mike Evans (WR, Texas A&M).

Donte Moncrief (WR, Ole Miss)
He’s a supreme athlete with a big frame (6-2, 221lbs). There’s so much to work with and develop here. He’s not just a 4.40 runner with a 39.5 inch vertical — he chews up a cushion quickly, drives off the corner and consistently creates separation. He can get deep and challenge a secondary downfield. When he really wants to block — he’s nasty. The challenge will be to get that motor running consistently, because he can be Jermaine Kearse-good as a blocker when he’s at it. He could easily develop into a genuine #1 and he’s got the skills to work as a better YAC threat than we saw in college. The 2012 tape hints at a fantastic NFL receiver. The 2013 tape is frustrating enough that he could be available at #32. Some of it’s on him, most of it’s on Ole Miss’ bizarre offense.

Areas for concern
He needs to do a better job winning 50/50 throws. This is a big one, especially with Seattle’s penchant for taking shots and asking their receivers to high point the football to make contested catches. He’s more than capable of making the necessary improvements so it’s not like you take him off the board or anything. But there are other receivers who are better at this than Moncrief.

Game tape: Donte Moncrief vs LSU

Joel Bitonio (T, Nevada)
Totally underrated. Bitonio compares favourably to all of the top tackles in this class athletically. His 10-yard split of 1.68 is right up there with Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan. He had the third best short shuttle among offensive linemen. His broad and vertical jumps also rank right at the top of the class. His arms are exactly the same length as 6-7 Lewan’s. On tape he comfortably dealt with UCLA’s Anthony Barr, completely held his own against Florida State and demolished several lesser opponents. I agree with Mike Mayock — let him prove he can’t play left tackle. If teams are foolish enough to let him drop — a franchise that already has a proven blind-side blocker can slot him in at left guard. He’s almost identical to Logan Mankins entering the NFL. Blue-collar attitude, zero sense of entitlement.

Areas for concern
I dunno, maybe you don’t think much of his beard? As someone who’s currently in the process of sporting a beard myself (it’s very fashionable for 2014) I’m not even going to try and write something here for the sake of it. Bitonio is a top-20 talent in my book and would be a steal at #32.

Game tape: Joel Bitonio vs Florida State

Cody Latimer (WR, Indiana)
Not the same kind of fluid athlete as Moncrief, but Latimer’s a devilish competitor. The best run blocking receiver in the class without a doubt. He’ll drive defenders out of the way to create running lanes. When he latches out to a smaller corner, it’s over. It’s not just a nice positive to Latimer’s game, it’s a major plus point. You can rely on this guy to put his heart and soul into the ugly side of the game — and that could be huge for a team that loves to run the ball. He benched 23 reps — more than any other wide out at the combine. Then you throw in the way he contests the ball in the air, a 39 inch vertical, incredibly strong hands and 4.4 speed. He’s a wildcard to watch out for at #32. He’s a fighter who can handle physical corners and make explosive plays, plus a reliable target.

Areas for concern
He’s a straight-line runner. He doesn’t eliminate the cushion like Moncrief or Martavis Bryant and a lot of his catches are contested because he fails to create the same level of separation. Latimer can move, but he’s stiff. He’s probably going to be an up-and-down type and the dilemma will be if he can’t win the same 50/50 battles against pro-defensive backs, there’s not much more to his game. But he’s also a reliable and competitive target who makes more than enough ‘wow’ plays to make up for it.

Game tape: Cody Latimer vs Penn State

Ryan Shazier (LB, Ohio State)
Shazier didn’t run at the combine, but he clocked an unofficial 4.36 at his pro-day. Put that alongside a 42 inch vertical and a ridiculous 10.10 broad jump. That’s the definition of explosive. He needs protecting because he has a tendency to get caught in traffic and get washed out of plays. But as a possible WILL in Seattle’s scheme he could become an extreme playmaker — competing in space and just reacting to the football. He’s a four-down player who also carries special teams value and he’s considered by most observers to be a highly competitive player. You can see that in his tackling — he uncoils on contact and sets the tone. He has the range to work in coverage and the untapped potential to be an effective pass rusher.

Areas for concern
How badly does Seattle really need a first round linebacker? Yes, Malcolm Smith and K.J. Wright are free agents next year. But there’s every chance one or both players are re-signed and we’re talking about a seventh and fourth rounder here. What’s stopping Seattle finding mid-to-late round replacements (if necessary) in either the 2014 or 2015 draft? This might be a bit of a luxury pick all things considered, if indeed Shazier did manage to last until #32.

Game tape: Ryan Shazier vs Clemson

Martavis Bryant (WR, Clemson)
The best word to describe Bryant is ‘dynamic’. Speed kills with this guy — he consistently creates separation with solid technique. All Clemson receivers are well coached. Bryant’s head movement and body shape sells the deep route. When he gets the corner turned, he’ll stick his foot in the ground and break off to get open. Tajh Boyd’s inept accuracy wasted many of these moves in 2013, but the sky’s the limit for Bryant if he lands on a team with a good quarterback. He has the potential to glide past cornerbacks, compete for the ball in the air and do a decent job as a blocker. He’s an explosive athlete with major upside. There’s a little Randy Moss to his game.

Areas for concern
Bryant was left out of the 2012 Chick-Fil-A Bowl and told to stay at home by Dabo Sweeney. Faced with the prospect of wasting his career — and with a young child to provide for — the light finally switched on. He knuckled down, started to attend class and finally had an impact. If he continues to work at his craft and be dedicated to football, he can be a fantastic player. But you better do your homework to see if this was a one-year effort with so much on the line.

Game Tape: Martavis Bryant vs Georgia Tech

Brandon Coleman (WR, Rutgers)
It’s impossible to discuss Coleman without first highlighting how miserable the Rutgers passing game has been since Tom Savage opted to transfer. I’m not sure any receiver could sufficiently develop in that system. It’s not an excuse, but it goes some way to describing Coleman’s strangely inconsistent numbers in college. Really it comes down to this — if you’re willing to invest the time and effort to develop this guy, you could end up looking very smart down the line. There just aren’t many 6-6/225lbs humans on the planet who can do what Coleman does (eg run away from defenders for 80-yard touchdowns). Technically he needs work, but he’s big, strong (21 reps), fast (4.56) and possesses a massive catching radius (34 inch arms). He’s a big-time red zone threat who can make chunk plays. He had 10 touchdowns in 2012.

Areas for concern
Technically he requires a lot of work. He has shown the ability to high point the football and make difficult grabs, but he’s also got a lot of mistakes on film. How much of that is down to playing with Gary Nova — and how much is on Coleman? Patience will be key here. If you’re willing to accept you’re not going to get the finished product in year one, you could end up with a Josh Gordon style break out season in year two.

Game tape: Brandon Coleman vs Louisville, Virginia Tech & Cincinnati

53 Responses to “Draft forecast: Six options for the Seahawks at #32”

  1. Michael M. says:

    Good call on the beard Rob. Beards are awesome.

    • Ben2 says:

      Can’t get past the “itchy neck/jawline” phase myself…the retro 1890s look is in, though. Alas, not for me. I’ll just have to admire Bennett’s crazy-man beard!

  2. KyleT says:

    I like this breakdown, I especially like the work you have done on Cody Latimer lately. I think he might be the most Seahawky wide receiver pick in the draft. Wide receiver is a position that is actually kind of odd in terms of Seahawk draft pattern, in general there is such a wide variety of body types and skills, and they tend to find uses for all of them. We know they tend to like bigger guys, but are willing to work with whatever they get. Wide receiver though is not like many of the other positions, where if you look at every player they have drafted there is almost a cookie-cutter player type in terms of athleticism, length, etc.

    WHile in general it’s difficult to predict the Seahawks draft it will be even more fun this year with the expectation that they will take a receiver in round one. I think you’re done a good job of identifying who that receiver might be that narrowing it down from there is probably impossible. Unlike Joel Bitonio who sticks out like a sore thumb in terms of Seahawk draft type.

  3. JC says:

    on whether the Hawks might draft a LB, or a CB for that matter, I think some of the thinking could be about the possibility of post draft trades to fill needs, knowing the team could have 4 compensatory picks in 2015, which can’t be used in trade obviously, but they are fallback picks for trading our own.. And teams that draft a position, if it isn’t a need for them and they get value, could then be looking to move the guys they have at the same position.

  4. pedro says:

    i would rather have telvin smith than ryan shazier. thats just me. telvin is a nuclear warhead in a linebacker’s body. shazier is an athletic freak tho…i kind of think linebackers are the running backs of the defense…you can get great ones in the later rounds, so probably a no go for the hawks. but who knows…they drafted Mr. Michael last year with their first pick when the did not need a RB at all.

    you da man tho, your commentary is a great. i hope bitonio turns out to be a monster on the OL!

    • Ben2 says:

      The hawks did draft a middle linebacker in rd. 2 (which is pretty high) because of superior size/speed combo! And “wow!” In the 2nd 1/2 last season I Wagner was beginning to diagnose plays more quickly/no hesitation which allowed him to run downhill (like ET) toward the ball carrier and it was impressive! This is the “development” aspect we see from our coaching staff.

      • AlaskaHawk says:

        and we are basically picking at the top of round 2. I love Wagner. It is obvious that a good middle linebacker is a must. A good middle linebacker might have have stopped the Gore run that killed us vs San Francisco in that late season game. My recollection is Wagner was out on injuries that game – so it was a guy new to that position.

    • Madmark says:

      I like Telvin Smith but to be honest I think he’s too light at 218lbs to take the punishment at linebacker. I see him as a SS convert to backup Kam. Seattle had a weak side LB on the practice squad in Decemberfrom the 11-17 and dropped him picking up a receiver because of the injuries. Well the brought him back and he’ll be in camp this year. His name is Mike Taylor from Wisconsin 6’1″ 234Lbs. 32″arms, 9 1/4″ hands. This is a tough guy who played injuried last year but had a few surgeries that he didn’t play all of last year and was not drafted because he wouldn’t be ready to play in 2013. Seattle thought enough of him that they guarantee him 5,000 dollars.

  5. Ben2 says:

    Man, Shazier’s numbers are INSANE! Can you imagine the speed on D with Earl, BWags, and Shazier flying around like missiles?

    • James says:

      When is the last time we saw a 6-1, 237 OLB who could run a sub 4.4? And the guy plays all out, impact football. I don’t see how PC & JS can resist that otherworldly athleticism, unless they downgrade significantly for the lack of need at that position.

    • SHawn says:

      Shazier has been my sleeper pick for awhile now. He might not even last to 2, and we dont NEED a LB, but how can we overlook this guy? Incredible range, needs to tackle a little better, but thats Nortons job.

      • pqlqi says:

        we will need a few LBs in the next 2 years…There is absolutely no way we keep Wagner, Wright, Smith, and Irvin… in fact, it’d be surprising if we could keep more than two of them. And we don’t have much depth there in terms of young players – Toomer has looked explosive in a few chances, but hasn’t had enough time to prove commitment to scheme/assignment to the non-insider. Taylor may or may not be healthy enough to play football down the road. It’s really pretty thin and I see an exceptional athlete at LB as a target in on of our first 4 picks. I like Shazier and Smith as athletic prospects, but really haven’t watched tape on them. The Toomer and Smith picks means the FO (as with other positions) is willing to spend a year or two developing a player physically or mentally as needed, and in this context, I think the performance of Kevin Pierre Louis (who looks like a physical hybrid of Smith and Toomer) at the combine and our development program could produce a great MLB or WIL.

  6. Jon says:

    Could Shazier be deathbacker 2.0 with upgraded speed. I am not saying he would replace Kam, but I could see him and Kam switching back and forth completely confusing the offense. Whos the Safety, whos the LB are the blitzing or in coverage. My goodness this would be fun to see. We would have something of a mix between a 4-3-4, 4-4-3, 3-5-3, 3-4-4, 5-3-3, 5-4-2, 4-2-5. there could be so many defensive formations and philosophies that the other teams offense would never know whats up, and we would not even have to tip our hand by personnel. We could hit all of these without putting in a nickle package and loosing the size of players.

    • Ben2 says:

      Amoeba!

      • AlaskaHawk says:

        I’m figuring Irvin could train for Safety too.

        • Kenny Sloth says:

          Quack.

        • Drew says:

          He did play safety in junior college.

          • pqlqi says:

            not really. they wanted to play him at safety based on his physical skills, but he joined the team right before the season and learning the assignments in such a short period of time was not possible so they moved him to DE to get him on the field. By my understanding, he never “learned” to play safety, even if he took a few snaps there.

  7. Austin says:

    I couldn’t help but to imagine them in Seahawks jersey’s when Simon matched up with Moncrief in that tape.

    • James says:

      Moncrief has explosive talent….imagine what he could do catching RWs perfect spirals instead of the Ole Miss QBs wounded-duck knuckle-balls. Must have driven him crazy.

  8. Robert says:

    Rob, thanks again for all the thought and discussion provoking articles! Off-seasons are a very difficult time…LOL. Did some research in response to your article on Cody Latimer He’s very impressive, but I wonder if his upside isn’t fairly similar to Phil Bates, who might make a splash this summer??? I would like to hear your thoughts and anyone else who would like to chime in. I am starting to feel like Martavis Bryant might be VERY high on our board with his height, speed and availability at #32. If we get him, I expect the trainers will add a quick 15 pounds with a diet of mainly sushi smoothies!

    • Rob Staton says:

      To be honest I’ve seen so little of Bates I can’t really offer much of a taken. I suspect if he was of a similar standard he would’ve been more involved by now or at least protected in the way Mayowa was.

    • pqlqi says:

      I don’t think you want to put much weight on Bryant – you wouldn’t do that with Moss. Maybe you want a little more functional power and stability in the legs and core, but he’s a quick twitch flexible athlete who will likely be hampered by bulk – and then you’re better off drafting someone like Latimer or Coleman who already know how to play like BMW.

      I think Bryant’s “development” comes in the form of skills/technique.

      Plus, with Fukushima radiation concentrating in the Pacific food chain, I’d like all our players not to eat too much sushi, unless we are expecting the Marvel/DC effect.

  9. Stuart says:

    Perfect article Rob. I love your analysis and breakdown, not sugar coated, the real deal, good and bad.

    I have a couple of thoughts;

    -Has anyone heard about James Carpenter this off season? I don’t have high expectations for him coming into training camp. If he got serious and worked is a** off to lose some weight and came to camp hungry, our entire view of the OL is different.

    Didn’t Pete say recently that he has already decided on Carp? He must know how the conditioning or lack of is coming along, don’t you think?

    -Martavis Bryant; Based on what Rob said about the end of the 2012 season, I fear the worst for this young man. Once he signs his NFL contract, he may just want to coast, spend money and live large. He may disappoint just like James Carpenter.

    Based on what Rob stated about Bryant, for GM Stuart he is off my board until R-4.

    • David M says:

      I follow him on Instagram and Twitter, and I’ve seen nothing regarding partying or that sort of stuff, which he does have some pics of… So maybe that’s a good sign, that he realizes it’s now or never…

      • Arias says:

        He might realize that now. But given past tendencies will he ease up on the gas and coast once he’s drafted in thinking he’s ‘made it’? That’s the concern I believe Stuart’s articulating and it’s a valid one. I think the team is looking for self motivated, high power guys. If a guy doesn’t show those sorts of qualities to always compete then they’re pretty much history.

        Of course it’s always possible whether someone like Martavis finds success is completely dependent upon the environment he finds himself in. This is where the current Seahawk culture can help keep him focused and motivated. One year of ‘straight and narrow’ might be too little too late to reform a lifetime of entitlement. We’ll see what the brain trust thinks. Did they interview him at the combine? I know they interviewed Coleman.

        • Drew says:

          I don’t think Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin and even our secondary will let a guy like Bryant coast. They’ll all push him the entire way.

        • David M says:

          Sorry, I should have mentioned I was talking about Carpenter

    • Madmark says:

      They said they had made a decision on Carpenter 5th year option. What they didn’t say was if they do it or not. I’m think if you made a decision and your not saying we picked it up. Then I going on the record and saying after next year he’s not going to be back. I just don’t see them coming up with the 4.5 to 5 million dollars for that year. He’ll be here I think as a 2.4 million dollar backup.

  10. James says:

    Rob… this is one of your best-ever posts…very well reasoned and you make your case with convincing evidence. PC & JS were very high on Chris Harper last year, to the point of selecting him over Q Patton. In hindsight, this was obviously a mistake, though Patton has hardly set the world on fire yet, either. But it does tell us a lot about attributes that the Seahawks like in a WR, specifically, Harper was very stout and strong and could (theoretically) wrestle the ball away. What he could not do is separate, he had no quickness or speed, and it is hard to see how Seattle thought he did….but anyway, Moncrief is a lot like Harper in size and strength, though a little taller, but he does have the hops to separate, so that might be a clue that he could be Pete and John’s secret crush?

    The other guy that fits your criteria for elite athleticism is Tuitt, and most of the national mocks show him available in the 32-range?

    I continue to be encouraged (or deluded?) that more than half the national mocks show Benjamin available at #32. We will allow ourselves a dream or two before you bring us back to reality.

    • Rob Staton says:

      I think separation is one of Moncrief’s best traits. He does a great job eating the cushion in off coverage and the breaking to the ball. He can also get deep. As for Tuitt — I’ve gone back and forth with him. Great size, the potential to be a great athlete. He’d fit at the five. I’m just not sure they go in that direction in R1.

  11. Dumbquestions says:

    Just for devil’s advocacy –

    Rob, in the post above:
    “I also think they look for rare qualities — usually a combination of athleticism, size, speed, explosiveness and competitiveness. At the end of the day, it’s easier to take an insane athlete, identify what his peak potential could be and strive to get there than it is to turn an average prospect into a great player.”

    This speaks to the idea of PC/JS being willing to look at rawish prospects with great ability who need coaching. But turn back the clock and tell me the above description could have applied to a certain draft bust:

    Rob, on 4-21-09, referring to Aaron Curry:
    “He was suitably athletic enough to impress at the combine and played college ball with an edge that helped him boost a third round grade from the draft committee as a junior into a top five grade come draft day.”

    I know. PC/JS are smarter than Ruskell. Hindsight – yes. Inexact science – yes. But looking through the lens of the past, would it be fair to say that Curry was “an insane athlete” in 2009? If so, what’s the difference between Curry in 2009 and Shazier in 2014?

    • Rob Staton says:

      I think it comes back to athleticism + tape. There were so many issues with Curry (that we highlighted in 2009) that would put you off drafting him in the top five and giving him $60m. Shazier isn’t flawless but the risk factor at #32 and $1.5m a year is much lower.

  12. EranUngar says:

    Thank you Rob. Looking at that list and knowing some if not most will be there for us to pick puts a smile on my face.

    We have been spending the last few weeks evaluating and concentrating on our 1st (or 2nd) pick and it does look like it could be one to remmeber for years. However, this team did not to get to be what it is by nailing and accumilating first round draft picks. We are who we are because of all that unbelievable talent we found on day 3 and beyond. I have to admit that i know little about possible late round gems but it would be nice to have your thoughts regarding some postential late round picks. I’m sure we’ll see a LB and DE/DT someware probably a S/CB and maybe a second late round OL player if we pick one in the 2nd round.

    So, with all the talk about how deep this class is – who are the possible gems for 4th and 5th rounds?

    • mrpeapants says:

      couldn’t agree more.

      • Rob Staton says:

        It’s something we’ll cover. I don’t just want to throw random names into the mix because late rounders are incredibly hard to project. Who knew about Luke Willson last year for example? I want to provide analysis that might be useful so looking at later round picks will take time.

  13. EranUngar says:

    Ohhh…and one more thing i forgot.

    You said Seattle = Development. I can’t agree more.

    It adds that one element about a player that we really can’t tell from the tapes and the measurments. They want a player that is tough enough to handle the competition and he has to be Coachable. Like TC sais – his guys have to be tough and smart, he’ll teach them the rest.

    That kind of information is why scouts are around talking to college coachs etc. and making sure the players are a good fit for what will be expected from them if they become hawks. Not every player thrives under constant competition and fighting for his place in the team. Some players are very talented but very hard to coach and change. The later the round the more work they will need and picking the ones suitable for it is IMO one of the biggest plus points of this FO.

  14. Ulsterman says:

    Great piece as always Rob. Any chance of a future piece on what tackles or WRs could be there for pick 64. I know that’s much harder to anticipate, but just wondering who you would think is a realistic option there.

  15. Kyle G says:

    Love this article. Hoping Seattle will end up with one of them.

    What do you think of Kevin Pierre Louis out of BC?

    Ran a 4.51, 39 inch vert, and had a broad jump of 10’8. Finished the year with 6 sacks. Looks like a Seattle prospect to me.

    • Rob Staton says:

      Not had a chance to look at his tape yet. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to.

    • Attyla the Hawk says:

      He is a late round/day 3 guy.

      He shows explosive speed. But he just doesn’t know what to do when he gets to point B. He has no affinity for physicality/contact. He looks incredibly lost on the field at times. When he does diagnose a play however, he can make jaw dropping plays. Usually though, those appear to be missed assignment type scenarios where he is left unmolested.

      His numbers are amazing. And I’m sure that will factor in to our grade of him. He is a development guy who has almost no chance of actually being on the active 53 roster as it stands right now. I’m not sure he has the innate feel for the position to succeed. He dances around contact and doesn’t really seek to defend the point of attack at all.

      He’s strictly a development guy. I can’t say how well Seattle regards his ability to improve. I don’t like his aversion to contact or chaos. He is a run to daylight defender. Not something you generally want on that side of the ball.

      Physically, I’m sure he will merit a private workout with Seattle. His tape is very disappointing.

  16. smitty1547 says:

    Great artticle as usual, but now with the 32 pick in the draft the hawks pick none of them, because thats what they do to us in the first round. Still makes for some great reading as this is one of my favorite blogs, also appreciate the fact you can read the comments without a bunch BS, just good insightful thoughts….. and it some cases hopes.

    • xo 1 says:

      Agreed on all counts. At the risk of being that guy, with the Clowney pro day today, and all the talk about how much the Texans want to trade out of the top spot, if the market gets soft, I’m hoping the Seahawk surprise is to swing for the fences, a la the Harvin trade. That is, deal a boat load of picks (this year’s one, this year’s two, and next year’s one?) for the right to pick Clowney. I’m coming around to the belief that he really is that special at a position of very high value. Rather than messing around with a high upside guy this year and a very solid prospect in round two and a very late first round pick next year, add the ultimate athletic freak to the mix at defensive end. Subbing in Clowney for Clem, Denver thought we looked fast last year?

  17. AlaskaHawk says:

    I really like the choices you outlined. I still consider wide receiver to be a great need and would pick one of those two. But you have made a very convincing case for the other positions. I would like another lockdown tackle or two on the team. Last few years the Seahawks have chosen to go late round for offensive line. I can see that changing this year, especially for right tackle. Still it seems like the Seahawks are in the zone when it comes to picking later round secondary and offensive line.

  18. Madmark says:

    Before your article on Moncrief I could get him easily at 64. I had already made up my mind that there will be a very Good OL at 32. I got to stay with what I was thinking to begin with in this draft. I was thinking a Zack Martin but a Joel Bitinio is more a seahawk pick. I’d be in for Bitinio and looking for a WR Moncrief or a Latimer at 64. I think Bowie will move into the RT spot I think its his to lose. Carpenter has 1 year and I pretty sure they let him go. Another reason I say WR at 64 is I truly believe that Jermichael Finnley will be cleared medically and Seattle brings him in to be that possession WR.
    Joel Bitinio T/G
    Donte Moncrief WR
    Ed Stintson DE/DT
    Trai Turner OG
    Antone Exum CB
    Zack Moore DE
    Marquis Flowers SS
    UDFA
    Devon Simmons FS
    Jacarri Jackson WR
    Eric Shultz T/G

  19. Stuart says:

    Rob, would it be possible to ad names of players who are possibilities at 64 just like you did at 32?

    Our community’s addiction is ramping up as the draft approaches. It’s strange with the draft being moved back until May.

    My draft body clock is in full swing (lol).

  20. Madmark says:

    What’s your opinion on the Seahawk’s medical personnel and the way they treat their injured players. I think they have to have a really good staff on hand. I think Anthony McCoy is a true product of we take care of our own. They basically drafted a Simon and Williams to IR for a year to see what they would do healthy and 1 year better physical training and coaching. They made sure Clemons made a full comeback. They sure did have there hand full last year with the offensive line.
    Seattle doesn’t just coach guys up. They work to make the player healthy physically and mentally so all they have to do compete.

  21. Cysco says:

    I just have a feeling Coleman is going to be something special. You can’t teach size and speed. If the Seahawks have a propensity for drafting physically gifted players who have the potential to “tilt the field” , Coleman just seems like the pick.

  22. Kurt says:

    Insightful read. Thanks Rob.