Friday morning draft links

March 11th, 2011 | Written by Rob Staton

Will Brinson reports nine teams have organised a private work out with Auburn quarterback Cam Newton – including the Seahawks.

Mike Mayock runs down the prospects he grades in the late first round. With the Seahawks picking 25th overall, these are the guys Mayock expects to go in that range.

And here’s Mayock’s 17-24. He has Jake Locker at #20 and Cam Newton at #21.

Mayock and Charles Davis talk about the key pro-days that took place this week at Auburn and Alabama.

Rob Rang has news from the Miami pro-day which was cut short due to poor weather conditions.

Jimmy Smith’s stock took the jump I expected before the combine, but seems to have dropped again as reported character concerns linger in the background. Everything I saw from Smith in 2010 suggested he had elite potential. Here’s his combine work out.

Marvin Austin raised a few eye brows with his combine performance – here’s why.

Dan Kelly has a nice piece on the ‘Pete Carroll offense’. I’d recommend checking out Kelly’s blog, it’s new and definitely worth adding to your regular reading.

Another new Seahawks blog that has become a daily staple for me is Brandon Adams’ ’17 Power’. He follows up his recent piece on the Patriot’s much discussed draft policy with a look at how Bill Belichick would handle the Seahawks this off season.

Brian Baldinger has a top-ten mock draft. Gabe Carimi will not be a top ten pick.

Todd McShay has a few thoughts on Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft for ESPN:

Cameron Jordan – meet Jordan Cameron:

11 Responses to “Friday morning draft links”

  1. Dan says:

    Thanks for linking to my blog! Rob, as for Gabe Carimi, I’m racking my brain to try to remember if you’ve had the Hawks taking an Offensive Tackle in round one in any of your mocks and can’t really remember. If he’s available at #25, is he your first choice if you’re the Hawks? (assuming Tyron Smith is gone?)

    Also, you’ve probably answered this before, but do you ever do multiple round mocks or is that just way too speculative?

    • Rob says:

      No problem Dan, you have a great blog.

      I’ll be honest – I’m not a big fan of Seattle drafting Carimi in R1. I have a pretty defined position on right tackles. Generally they are guys deemed not athletic enough with sufficient lateral agility to play the blind side. We can talk about run blocking and strength, but essentially if these guys were good enough pass blockers they’d be nailed on left tackles. That kind of player is always available outside of round one. When you throw in the fact that the right tackle protects the QB’s viewing lane and gets a lot of tight end support, I just really struggle to justify any RT prospect in round one.

      Of course you can have exceptions. Philly are stocked with incredible play making talent. If they draft Carimi, they can almost justify it as a pure RT. Not many other teams can and I don’t include Seattle as a team that can get away with drafting Carimi’s when they have so many other premium needs. When a James Carpenter or a Joseph Barksdale are there in the mid-late rounds, I can’t get behind Carimi in R1 and they trying to fill other needs at QB, CB, DL, WR, OG later on.

      On Carimi specifically – maybe I’ve caught him on bad days, but he’s just been abused by good college speed rushers. Look at the article below on the four mid-range prospects and watch the Chris Carter video. Carimi’s wearing #68.

      The only two tackles I can justify taking at #25 are Tyron Smith and Derek Sherrod. Smith has elite potential and won’t be at #25, but he can be an elite RT and a ridiculously good option at LT if Okung goes down. Sherrod likewise is capable of playing both spots. But even then, I just struggle to justify a right tackle in round one with so much depth on the defensive line in this class, some good corners and obviously the possibility of drafting a young quarterback.

      Regarding multiple round mocks – I did a second round projection throughout April last year. It’s lilkely I’ll do the same this time round. It’s almost impossible to project the 20-32 picks let alone the second round, so it becomes very speculative. Any projections after that I wouldn’t want to put out there because I couldn’t do it justice.

      • Matt says:

        Amen Rob. I’ve been wondering how so many people have been behind the idea of Carimi or Ponder to the Hawks. Pass on both for me and there’s not hesitation on either.

        • Dan says:

          Yeah, that makes a lot of sense RE: right tackles. I think Cable has a history of molding mid to late round guys into good linemen too so it other positions of need would have more value.

          as for Ponder: im just not on his bandwagon. I think they’d get more value picking a guy with more upside and sticking with a veteran for a year or three. I do, however, like Mallett. I was watching him off and on all year, and the only reason I would tune in to Arkansas games was to see him play. Never would I have thought that he’d be projected so low. Anyway, it will be fun to see where he ends up because I think he’ll be successful. I wouldn’t be against the Hawks picking him.

          RE: multiple round projections: I hear you, anything outside the 1st round is pure guesswork and mostly just for fun or to hear yourself talk.

  2. Ben says:

    If we drafted Pouncey with the #25 (before a FA period), do you think that Gallery would still be a big target? An Okung-Gallery-Unger/Spencer-Pouncey-Andrews/Willis/???? line would be pretty impressive, but it seems like a pretty big investment in the OL and you don’t typically draft your RG in the 1st.

  3. Alex says:

    I will just note that the Pete Carroll offense noted there sounds a lot like the Air Coryell offense that Norv Turner runs except you add in bootlegs and play actions. Run to set up the pass is NOT the WCO.

    • Kip says:

      I’m mostly in agreement. A WCO doesn’t open up the pass with the run, they open up the run with the pass. But then again, WCO teams typically run ZBS and run the ball very often. In 2005 for example, despite the great numbers Hasselbeck put up, Seattle had the most run heavy offense in the NFL.