Further thoughts on 20 potential Seahawks targets

March 10th, 2020 | Written by Rob Staton

There’s been a bit of time since the combine and I wanted to spend a bit of time talking about a collection of players who either stood out or could be on Seattle’s radar.

Antoine Winfield Jr (S, Minnesota)
There are reportedly some injury concerns with Winfield but everything else screams high draft pick. He ran a 4.45 and jumped a 36 inch vertical. His field drills were among the best by any prospect in Indianapolis:

He had seven interceptions in 2019. I’m not sure the Seahawks will look for a player like this after acquiring Quandre Diggs. However, they’ve placed a high value on production as we saw when they drafted Tedric Thompson despite his moderate physical profile. He’s a superb player with a great attitude and NFL bloodlines and could easily sneak into the first frame or top-45.

Josh Metellus (S, Michigan)
The safety group ended the combine with a flourish. Metellus looked extremely comfortable in backpedal, transition and locating the football:

He was handpicked by John Harbaugh to be one of Michigan’s 2019 captains. He plays with the kind of attitude and personality Seattle tends to like with great tackling consistency and a fierceness in run support. The Seahawks already have a lot of safeties on their roster so we’ll see how keen they are to add more. Metellus just looks like a dude, he moved well at the combine and could be a day three find.

Nick Harris (C, Washington)
Harris had an excellent field drill performance at the combine. Shaun O’Hara and Joe Thomas loved his workout, in particular his mirror drill:

A lot of people picked up on Harris’ struggles at the Senior Bowl in 1v1 drills. Yet when we spoke to Jim Nagy on the podcast, he noted the test is weighted in favour of the defensive linemen. Harris played well during the game and in scrimmages. He has the attitude Seattle likes, the personality that will fit in their culture. He’s athletic and tenacious. Don’t be surprised if the Seahawks like him a lot more than the media and isolate a part of the draft where they’ll target him.

Shane Lemieux (G, Oregon)
Nothing stood out about Lemieux’s testing. His vertical and broad were unspectacular. His three cone and short shuttle were poor. He has short arms (32 1/4). However — I loved his tape. He’s physical, gets after defensive linemen and really takes it to an opponent. He energised the rest of Oregon’s O-line with some highlight-reel blocks, including hip-tossing an Auburn lineman early in the season opener. During field drills I thought he looked fluid, loose and he moved really well — which was surprising considering his agility testing was so off:

He ticks a lot of boxes for Seattle — leadership, run blocking, intelligence. It’ll just be a case of how much they can look beyond a non-ideal physical profile but he looks like a high value mid-round pick.

Cam Akers (RB, Florida State)
Akers had a ‘wow’ workout at the combine. He just looked so quick and sudden. His feet are incredible. They had a new footwork drill where the players had to step in and out of some pads at speed. Akers looked like he was performing ‘riverdance’:

His change of direction and explosion is obvious. He’s right in Seattle’s wheelhouse at 5-10 and 217lbs plus a 35.5 inch vertical. I think he’s going to go earlier than people recognise. The Seahawks need to add a runner and they probably need a runner like this to compliment Chris Carson. Don’t fall off your chair if they take Akers at the back end of round two.

Hunter Bryant (TE, Washington)
The forty yard dash for tight ends is massively overrated. Here are some times to consider:

Rob Gronkowski — 4.68
Hunter Henry — 4.66
T.J. Hockenson — 4.70
Zach Ertz — 4.76
Travis Kelce — 4.61
Will Dissly — 4.87
Jordan Reed — 4.72

Hunter Bryant ran a 4.74 and a lot of people gave up on him there and then. I hope the NFL feels the same way because he has Jordan Reed level potential as a move tight end. There is one test that consistently correlates with quality tight end play and that’s the three cone. We’ve already identified the time Seattle focuses on. They’ve only added tight ends who run faster than a 7.10. Here’s the list above and their three cone times:

Rob Gronkowski — 7.18
Hunter Henry — 7.16
T.J. Hockenson — 7.02
Zach Ertz — 7.08
Travis Kelce — 7.09
Will Dissly — 7.08
Jordan Reed — DNP

Hunter Bryant ran an excellent 7.08. That’s why he’s capable of being an excellent tight end at the next level. That’s why he’s likely to be on Seattle’s radar. In comparison, Cole Kmet ran a 7.44 three cone. They traded for Jacob Hollister a year ago to try and add a move-TE compliment to join Ed Dickson and Will Dissly. They could target Bryant in round two to pair with Greg Olsen and Dissly in 2020.

Hakeem Adeniji (G, Kansas)
During the Senior Bowl I spoke a few times about how impressive Adeniji looked. Then at the combine he was second only to Tristan Wirfs in TEF, showing to be a truly explosive lineman with major upside. The Seahawks love linemen that have played multiple positions. Adeniji has experience at tackle and guard and he’s taken snaps in practise. He’s been extremely durable in his career, he has 34 inch arms, he’s in terrific shape with minimal bad weight. He’s the type of player you bring in and let him get after it. He could be an option in the third or fourth round.

Kyle Dugger (S, Lenoir-Rhyne)
There was a moment where Dugger threatened to gatecrash the first round. He touted the possibility of a 4.3 forty but only delivered a 4.49. He still jumped a 42 inch vertical and an 11-2 broad.

He’s not the most fluid mover. There’s a little bit of stiffness as he changes direction. Dugger is such an alpha though and he has major special teams value. He could be developed to play linebacker or safety. He’s shown tremendous grit to succeed at a small school and even get to the combine. He’s exactly the type of character they love to bring in. His combine testing, however, suggests he needs some work and adjustment. That could temper his stock, making him a more realistic target later than he was recently being projected.

Willie Gay Jr (LB, Mississippi State)
We’ve been talking about Gay Jr since mid-way through the 2018 season. He flashed so many times when studying Jeffery Simmons and Montez Sweat. His 2019 season was a waste for various reasons that’ll need investigating. When he’s actually on the field though — for me he’s a first round talent:

He’s sensational in coverage, he constantly flies around and makes plays. We know the Seahawks target linebackers who either run a sub-4.1 short shuttle or test through the roof overall. Gay Jr is a 149 SPARQ athlete. If he falls due to the 2019 issues, he could provide a mid-round steal. I sense his stock will rise in draft rooms after the combine though.

Jeremy Chinn (S, Southern Illinois)
A year ago Jim Nagy referred to Marquise Blair as a Seahawks type of player when he was discussing the 2019 Senior Bowl. This year, he compared Chinn to Kam Chancellor in terms of physique. You don’t see Bam Bam on tape at all — but Chinn is 6-3, 221lbs and looks an imposing figure. I thought he moved very well for his size during field drills:

He ran a superb 4.45 and jumped a 41 inch vertical plus an 11-6 broad. Nagy has since suggested he could go in round two. That might be a bit rich for the Seahawks but he’s another guy who just looks the part, has tested like a pro and he’s someone coaches will love to try and develop.

Jonathan Taylor (RB, Wisconsin)
There’s very little to say about Taylor that’s new but I had to bring him up again. He has everything the Seahawks look for in terms of size and explosive testing. He’s a terrific character. He says he wants to play for the Seahawks. I think they’d love to have him — but after running a 4.39 it’s hard to see him getting out of round one.

Jabari Zuniga (DE, Florida)
A year ago we were mocking Zuniga at the end of round one to Seattle. Then he chose to return to Florida rather than declare for the draft. His 2019 season was plagued by an ankle injury. That said — he’s basically the only dynamic EDGE who tested at the combine. He ran a 1.61 10-yard split which is good at 264lbs.

He’s explosive and has baseball mitts for hands. He looks the part of a classic defensive end. Every now and again a good pass rusher lasts into round three and everyone wonders how it happened three or four years down the line. That could be Zuniga in this draft. He didn’t have a great Senior Bowl though.

Jonathan Greenard (DE, Florida)
He was a fun player to watch in 2019. There are concerns about a wrist injury. It was also well reported prior to the combine that he wasn’t going to run a great forty (he ran a 4.87). Even so — he had some really good agility testing at 263lbs with a 7.13 three cone and a 4.34 short shuttle. Seattle places great value in those tests. Greenard’s short shuttle is in the same ballpark as Rasheem Green and Sam Hubbard — two players they seemingly liked in 2018. He also has vines for arms (35 inches) and has outstanding character and tenacity. He’s an alpha. He was the emotional leader for Florida. Depending on how you view the injury he could either be a second rounder or a mid-round option who gives you a really good chance to get a quality contributor at a good price.

Matt Peart (T, Connecticut)
I’ve seen the tape and it’s not great. There’s a lot of things he needs to work on. However, the coaches speak very highly of him during interviews. He has experience at right tackle. He’s 6-7, 318lbs and has nearly 37 inch arms. He ran a great 5.06 forty and he scored a 3.08 in TEF. There are traits to work with here as a day three project. If nothing else, he could be a nice swing-tackle option replacing George Fant if he departs.

Cesar Ruiz (C, Michigan)
I was banging the drum for Ruiz throughout the 2019 season and he delivered a tremendous performance at the combine. He’s perfectly sized to play center with extreme explosive traits (3.25 TEF score). He has the +33 inch arms, he ran a 5.08 forty. He looked highly athletic during field drills:

We know the Seahawks like Michigan players. He lost his father at a young age and has had to battle for a NFL career. I can’t believe he gets out of the top-25 in round one. If he does, just draft him.

Isaiah Wilson (T, Georgia)
To me he just screams prototype Seahawks right tackle. He’s massive (6-6, 350lbs) but none of it is bad weight. He looks like a new Terminator, sent back in time to blow up the left side of a defensive line. He finished second only to Tristan Wirfs in weighted TEF — meaning he’s basically the second best combination of size and traits on the O-line in this draft class.

He dominates in the run game and along with Andrew Thomas, helped create the best pair of blind-side pass protectors in college football. The Seahawks will be lucky if he gets to #27.

Jalen Reagor (WR, TCU)
There are so many receivers we could talk about but I feel like we’ve covered the class a lot. I want to re-focus on Reagor. His 4.47 was slower than expected but it’s still in Seattle’s 4.4-or-faster range. It’s his explosive testing that makes the difference for me. His ability to go up and get the football is so evident on tape and his 42 inch vertical totally matches what you see in games. He’s that downfield, chunk play threat Seattle loves and he could be an option at #27 if he lasts that long.

Curtis Weaver (DE, Boise State)
I’ve already written about Weaver in more detail this week so I won’t go over old ground too much. He might not look like a prototype rusher and certainly his lack of length could be a turn-off for Seattle. However — his short shuttle (4.27) at his size (265lbs) is comparable to some of the top pass rushers in the league and his pressure percentage and pass rush win percentage are among the best in the draft. The Seahawks need pure pass rushers and that’s what Weaver is — albeit in unconventional packaging. I think he’s a possible second or third round pick.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB, LSU)
A word of caution — there won’t be a single article between now and April where I don’t take any sniff of an opportunity to write about CEH. Forget the 4.60 forty. He jumped a 39.5 inch vertical and that matters a lot more. He’s a highly explosive, incredibly physical, team-energising runner. The kind Seattle loves in terms of playing style. He’s not their typical type given his lack of size but I can’t remember seeing a more natural route-runner at running back.

The Seahawks need someone who can move the chains and score points. That’s Edwards-Helaire. Whoever gets him will land an absolute gem. For me he’s a top-40 lock but if he lasts beyond that you’re getting a steal.

Raekwon Davis (DT, Alabama)
We’ve talked about Seattle’s long search for their own version of Calais Campbell. It’s still on-going. Davis tested in a very similar way to Campbell at the combine and his ability to stack blockers, play with great leverage despite his size and flash athleticism is freaky and warrants attention. I thought his field work was excellent too. Look how he turned the corner on the final bag below (and remember he’s 6-6 and 311lbs):

A lot of players on this list are ‘grown men’ types. Davis is a physically intimidating presence. The Seahawks have lacked some of that on their D-line since Michael Bennett’s departure and the days of Tony McDaniel eating up the interior. Jarran Reed provides an edge but he missed a chunk of the 2019 season. Davis alongside Reed in 2020 would be a nice look (or Calais Campbell, if the Jags are feeling generous).

There are a lot more players I could add to this list. Austin Jackson is the type of explosive, athletic offensive lineman they like to develop. I think he’s going to go in the top-20. Matt Hennessy and John Simpson both had great combines. Damien Lewis had an explosive workout before getting hurt during drills. There are a whole bunch of receivers we could discuss — including Denzel Mims, K.J. Hamler, Bryan Edwards (who could provide real value and looks like a Seahawk) and Justin Jefferson. Rashard Lawrence played with fire at LSU. And Julian Okwara will be one to monitor when he eventually has his pro-day.

This was simply a collection of players I wanted to talk about today that either enhanced their stock or could be on Seattle’s radar.

There are a several alpha types on the list. That could be a focus for the Seahawks this year. John Schneider famously said a few years ago they want to go back to being the bully. They never truly got back to that. There could be a chance this year.

Elsewhere today, it was confirmed the Seahawks have received comp picks in rounds three, four and six. Meanwhile, they’ve also promoted Dave Canales to passing game coordinator and appointed Austin Davis as quarterbacks coach (per Albert Breer). I interviewed Davis nine years ago when he was at Southern Miss. It’s great to see him enjoy a NFL career both as a player and now as a coach in Seattle.

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123 Responses to “Further thoughts on 20 potential Seahawks targets”

  1. Von says:

    More killer content Rob. Thank you.

    • Rob Staton says:

      My pleasure, glad you liked it.

    • Grant G says:

      Rob, thanks as always for the great content. Especially with everything else going on here in the world that’s stressful, this community is a true respite and I can’t thank you enough.

      That out of the way, sign me up for some combination of Wilson/Jackson; Zuniga/Okwara; Akers/CEH and Hunter Bryant. I love where the value could lie for us in this draft. More BAMFs and game changers, please!

  2. drewdawg11 says:

    I’m salivating, Rob. So many good players who could be available. I think Gay has to be a Seahawk. We are severely lacking an all-around athlete like that at OLB. If Wilson is there, he’s the pick for me. I can’t wait to see what happens next week so we can better understand their needs. Great piece, Rob.

  3. Spencer says:

    I really think they can come away from this draft with starters at multiple positions and some depth at positions where they really need it. There’s some intriguing DL options, although no stars, theres players that could be valuable parts of a rotation. The draft seems to align with the Seahawks needs perfectly except for the lack of high end talent at DE of course.

    • Kyle says:

      This list has me feeling a bit better about draft class options on day 2, especially with the Seahawks having multiple picks in rounds 2-3.

      I have been concerned that other than safety, the draft doesn’t have a lot of depth on the defensive side. But Rob has done a great job uncovering guys that may shine despite being overlooked as top-top prospects.

  4. BobbyK says:

    Could Taylor really last to #27 and could this Wisconsin player destined for stardom really get passed by again, if available, so the team could draft for better need? Seems like it could be TJ Watt all over again.

    • Rob Staton says:

      I think it depends on what they do in FA. If they sort out the pass rush, they’ll have plenty of options at #27.

      Personally I don’t think Taylor will last to #27. Running a 4.39 has probably secured pick #26 to Miami as his floor. I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes top-15 to be honest. Everyone will act surprised but he’s the complete package at RB.

      If they did pass on him at #27 I think it’d be understandable though. They love Carson. More than a lot of fans do I think. And it’s only two years since they took Penny in R1. But it’s clear Taylor wants Seattle as a destination and they will love everything about him. It just depends on FA.

      • Rob Staton says:

        I don’t think you can go wrong with Wilson or Taylor.

        • Mexican Hawk says:

          They are trading back! Haha…Unless a first tier OL is there.

          Great as always Rob, thanks again for all the content.

      • Bigten says:

        It also depends on what kind of back Miami is looking for, and more importantly what they do in FA. Some decent backs hitting the market. They could just end up going with the last great Badger back, Melvin Gordon. Miami and Chiefs are the only two I could see going RB early.

  5. Von says:

    If both Taylor and Wilson are available when the Seahawks are on the clock at #27, who do they take, or do they trade back? I could see a modest trade back with GB to get to 30. I’d guess they’d take Wilson to have a 5th year option and look at Akers later.

    • DJ 1/2 WAY says:

      Great stuff Rob. Thank you.

      With both available it is a tough call. I go Wilson in the first, dline and wr in the 2nd, and Weaver and CEH FROM LSU in the third.

      • DJ 1/2 Way (Sea/PDX) says:

        After thinking about it, those second round picks should be BAP. A guard, DB, Safety, linebacker etc. If Robs favorite Center lasts until then wouldn’t that be sweet. Hail Cesar. Or maybe a TE? Hunting for a difference maker? Whatever John wants.

        So much fun to speculate? So many different possibilities. This is the best site ever.

        Here is a reminder. The Seahawks plan a year ahead, and expect impact results from second year players. They will also handle free agency like there is no draft and cover everything they thinks need to be covered. We all hope there is a plan on both lines. Everything else can be worked out. Health will determine the results next year. The home crowd will be loud all the time even though the offense would like it quite before the snap.

    • GoHawksDani says:

      Wilson 1000000%
      1, starting RB is not a need with Carson and Penny. We don’t have an RT currently
      2, much harder to find quality OTs than RBs
      3, Wilson to me is a better player. 4,39 40 is fun and all but not that important for an RB (unless the run is perfectly blocked you won’t run 20-30-40-50 yards usually). He’s a great athlete, but had plenty of fumbles, we already have that covered with Carson.

      I think in real game scenario it’s highly likely that either CEH, Akers, Gibson, Perine or McFarland will have a much better career than Taylor. Some of them might go R2, but couple of them will go R3-R4-R5.

      I think it’s also highly likely that you won’t find much R3-R5 OTs who’ll have better career than Wilson (if we negate injuries).

      So it’s a no brainer. If you have a plug-n-play starting good OT at #27 you don’t trade back, you pop the champagne and be happy you got lucky.

      If there’s no OT, but there is Ruiz there it’s hard. I might trade back and hope one of them is available later.

      If only Taylor is there, I’d definitely trade back to early R2 and hopefully pick up an R3. If he’s still there at early R3 I’d pick him because the potential and the plus R3 pick remediates the risk of being a bust.
      I got a busty vibe from him. Still has potential to be a game changer and I like him because of his interview, but while he can be a special back, he might just be the sum of Carson and Penny (which is not bad, but I’d pick that guy in R3)

  6. drewdawg11 says:

    Von, in the unlikely case that happens, I’m trading up from round two to get a shot at the other one as well. Those two would work well together. 🙂

  7. Ashish says:

    Great article !!!

  8. Paul Cook says:

    Nice stuff, per usual. You’re spoiling us all.

    I read a blurb by John Clayton where he said that the more time passes, the more he doesn’t think the Hawks will resign Clowney, thinking his price is too steep given his injury history. Hmm…

    Anyway…

    • Rob Staton says:

      He should tell us why.

      Because the situation is no different than it was two weeks ago.

      People just need to let this play out and stop over analysing.

  9. Fonkie says:

    Wilson is the guy I hope we take at 27 if he’s there & we retain the pick.

  10. TJ says:

    Great write up Rob…. You are cranking them out right now. Do you take time to eat or sleep?

    • All I see is 12s says:

      Rob, as always I am so grateful for your work and content. I was curious as to why Yetur Gross-Matos was not on the list. He seems to have so many traits that the Hawks look for. Do you think he’ll be gone before Seattle’s pick? I know that a lot of national writers are projecting him to SEA. I know we will probably Sign someone to play the LEO spot in free agency, but at the same time he just seems like such a natural fit and exactly what we need. Am I off base?

    • Rob Staton says:

      Very little sleep 😴

  11. charlietheunicorn says:

    Nick Harris (C, Washington)
    Somewhere in mid to late second round for Seattle would be a nice get. I liked the added part of him earning his way to the NFL, not being given to him. My crush is Cesar, but I think he will be crowned before Seattle even has a chance to pick at #27, so get the next best guy after a modest trade down for a couple of 2nd and 3rd round picks to help with team depth.

    Antoine Winfield Jr (S, Minnesota)
    Quality depth pick, also early in 2nd round, if they had a trade back or acquire a pick in some type of trade. You then have an air apparent in the wings in 2 years, that can step right in and play ball.

    Willie Gay Jr (LB, Mississippi State)
    I wouldn’t mind seeing him on the roster, maybe give him one year to get up to 100% on the defense and what it means to play in the NFL. Then he could possible fill in for KJ in 2021 or possibly push some other guys off the roster. The explosiveness can’t be taught. I’m not sure where he will go, likely late in 2nd I assume.

    I didn’t see more than 1 WR mentioned, but I also think that is a likely spot they might try to address in 2nd or 3rd round. I really like Chase Claypool, his ability to help in the rushing attack with quality blocking should be viewed as an asset. He also has tremendous side. He also blew up the SPARQ meter, showing he has tremendous explosive traits. Perhaps he will go earlier than I anticipate, but looks like a 2nd or 3rd round target Seattle could get behind.

    • Trevor says:

      I really like those 4 guys too Charlie.

      The will probably be able to get Harris on Day #3 because of his size. If he is there in Rd #4 I would love that pick. I still think they will keep Britt and extend / restructure him if his knee is ok

      Love Winfield and would like to see him compete with Amadi for the dalton spot. I think they have other big needs though they need to address first and he will go earlier than people think.

      Gay Jr really should be a target if his off field stuff checks out. The defense looked slow last year and Gay Jr would instantly help in that area. Love KJ but he has a big cap number for an aging LB so that switch would make a ton of sense emotions aside.

      Claypool is my draft crush and he just seems like such a good fit for the Hawks. He is also a great special teamer and blocker in the run game so he can contribute in other areas from Day #1. I think they would need to use one of thier 2nd round picks on him but it would be worth it IMO.

    • J says:

      I just don’t see Harris as enough of an upgrade on Joey Hunt to make him worth drafting. Maybe throw a sixth rounder at him but that is as early as I’d go.

  12. Doug says:

    I am still kinda sorta hoping we trade up and get Simmons…

  13. Eburgz says:

    Mock (with options) Based on Tony P’s draft projections. https://www.profootballnetwork.com/tony-pauline-2020-nfl-draft-top-300-big-board. Players are drafted in the rounds where Tony projects them.

    R1 DE Yetur Gross Matos / Julian Okwara/ Jabari Zuniga

    R2 OL Isaiah Wilson / Prince Tega-Wenahgo/ Matt Peart

    R2 WR/OW Laviska Shenault / Jalen Reagor / KJ Hamler

    R3 LB Willie Gay / Malik Harrison / Josh Uche

    R4 DL Rashard Lawrence/ Devon Hamilton/ Leki Fotu

    R4 RB Cam Akers/ AJ Dillon /John Kelley

    R5 CB Michael Omejidia/ Reggie
    Robinson/ Lamar Jackson

    R6 OL Damien Lewis/ Michael Onwenu/ Jonah Jackson

    • GoHawksDani says:

      No way Wilson or Prince is there at R2
      Flip R1 and R2 and it’s more reasonable

      Other than that I’m OK with it, although I’m not a fan of Shenault

    • Trevor says:

      Based on Tony’s rankings the Hawks could have the following draft. Just doesn’t seem realistic to me. I like Tony but he seems way off on some of these guys. There is no way all or maybe even any of Chinn, Akers, Hamilton and Cushenberry are available on day #3

      R1 OL Isaiah Wilson

      R2 DE Jabari Zuniga

      R2 WR/OW Chase Claypool

      R3 LB Willie Gay / Josh Uche

      R4 DB Jeremy Chinn

      R4 RB Cam Akers

      R5 C Lloyd Cushenberry

      R6 DT Davon Hamilton

  14. EranUngar says:

    Is it just me or is this the deepest draft class we have seen in a decade?

    It is both a very very deep high quality WR class and a generational draft for OT/OC.

    It really feels like every pick in the first 2 days could bring an impact player.

    I really hope they are done with the DL in FA and JS could go into the draft with a pocket full of picks for a BPA killing.

    For the first time in years it looks like there will be valid 1st round grade picks available at 27 to battle the trade back urge for more picks in this deep class.

    • Rob Staton says:

      It’s deep at a couple of positions but I wouldn’t say deepest in a decade, no. It’s very weak at other positions.

    • Kenny Sloth says:

      Not sure I agree. There’s maybe 17 true first round grades for me depending on a few specific cases and a lot of sharp cliffs at several positions.

      It’s the best OL group in a few years, and there are some small guys at receiver but it’s really actually a thin draft that’s going to require some finesse to get into the right positions imo.

      • EranUngar says:

        Teams have various needs, some at positions we are not interested in.

        It is highly likely that at 27 we will have at least one of the top OL or one of the top WRs available. Two positions the Seahawks should be very interested in if FA goes according to plan.

        When was the last time we had a quality first round pick this late in round 1?

        • Rob Staton says:

          I wouldn’t assume there will be a top WR or OT at #27. I actually think there could be a rush on both positions because the draft is so weak in other areas.

          • EranUngar says:

            My reason is the follows:

            QBs- Burrow, Tagovailoa, Love, Herbert.

            Seconday – Okudah, Henderson, McKinney, Fulton, Delpit, Diggs.

            DL/LB – Young, Simmons, Brown, Kinlaw, Epensa, Murray, Baum.

            Add a possible RB or two and you get almost 20 players possibly picked before 27.

            There are close to 15 offensive linemen and top WRs in this draft group.

            You would need less then 12 players at other positions drafted before 27 to miss out on all of those.

            • Rob Staton says:

              Several of those players aren’t that good and are majorly overrated by the media.

              Essentially the draft is deep at WR and OL with multiple first rounders in both units. But it’s absolutely honking at other positions to dilute the overall quality.

            • dcd2 says:

              I’m not sure all of these guys are first rounders, but a good chunk of them should be.

              I do think that this draft can set up really nicely for us, in that OL/WR/RB are all areas that we could be looking to draft and they are all fairly deep this year.

              Of course last year was deep for DL and that cupboard got absolutely looted in the 1st round. The NFL does place more of a premium at DL than iOL or RB though for example. So guys like Ruiz and Taylor may be there just based on positional value and depth of class.

  15. Ukhawk says:

    Awesome summary of possible targets

    Next question is when will they go…

    How timely:
    https://www.profootballnetwork.com/tony-pauline-2020-nfl-draft-top-300-big-board/

    • Ukhawk says:

      If things go according to Paulines grades, this MUST be the year to trade down or trade that #1 pick for an get DE:

      Robs watchlist /Paulines Projected Round

      Dugger 2
      Ruiz 2
      Winfield 2
      Chinn 4
      Mettelus 6
      Wilson 2-3
      Peart 3
      Lemieuax 4-5
      Adeniji 5-6
      Harris FA
      CEH 2-3
      Akers 4
      Taylor 1 (23)
      Reagor 2
      Bryant 5
      Davis 1
      Zuniga 2
      Greenard 3
      Weaver 2

      • Ukhawk says:

        Vet DE (not Get)

        • Fonkie says:

          If there’s a run on WR & Seattle misses on targets early, what’s the opinions on Lynn Bowden Jr. – Kentucky & what rd does he fit into?

          • JimQ says:

            WR-Brandon Aiyuk didn’t show up on these lists? What is wrong with him? Did he not show enough at the combine? I was under the impression that most here were looking at him as a possibility with a Rd-2 pick. Aiyuk had good production & notable return skills but doesn’t make this list?

      • GoHawksDani says:

        Ruiz might go R1
        Wilson will definitely go earlier than R2-R3. Early R2 is a miracle, late R1 is awesome for us.
        Davis might go a bit later mid R2, even late R2 and I feel a possibility of maaaaybe even R3
        Bryant will likely go earlier, R3 for example

  16. GoHawksDani says:

    Wow….Winfield is soooo bloody flexible. Dugger is cool, Metellus, Chinn are good also, but nowhere near the fluidity of Winfield. But I highly doubt S will be taken before R4. That is probably the most stable position with McDougald, Diggs and Blair (with Amadi also capable of jumping in if a great need arise). So unless they willing to play big nickel a ton there is a very little need for an early safety pick. Metellus might provide some good value in R4 if they want more depth.
    There are some interesting prospects in the list, thank you!

    To me the need priorities before FA and the draft:
    1, passrusher-speed rusher (EDGE/LEO)
    2, starting DT (good run defender with some passrush upside)
    3, DT depth
    4, RT
    5, OG depth
    6, RB depth? (depending on how they view Carson and Penny’s injury this might be more of a starter role)
    7, nickel CB
    8, WR3
    9, TE2 (not necessarily this year, but next year to take over from Olsen)
    10, CB depth/competition
    11, LB depth/competition (maybe take over from KJ or battle it out with Barton/BBK)
    12, FB (a really good FB could help a ton)
    13, backup QB
    14, Safety depth

  17. Trevor says:

    I just reviewed Tony Paulines top 300 ratings. Has anyone looked at his ratings in the past and how accurate they have been. I like some of the stuff he does and I know he is a friend of the blog but he seems way off on some of these guys. I know it is far from an exact science and really hard with 300 names . Just curious if he has a pretty good track record with these ratings.

  18. bigten says:

    How does this scenerio sound:
    Colts sign Rivers in FA, Brady signs back with the Patriots, and Dolphins sign Gordon.
    Dolphins take OL instead of Tua at 5. With Tua still on the board at 13, Dolphins trade 18, 39, and a 3rd to the colts, in order to jump ahead of the bucs. At 18, Colts take a WR, and at 27 Eason is still available and the Chargers having 3 early seconds, trade 34 and 39 for 27 and 59. There is interest from multiple teams, including Pitt and Car who are all interested in moving up to grab Eason ahead of the titans and also with the 5th year option attached. At 34 and 39, we take Isaiah Wilson and Jonathon Taylor. Taylor drops out of First with the Dolphins signing Gordon and Chiefs preferring Swift at 32.

  19. HawkfaninMT says:

    I know Pass Rush must be sorted out first. Continuity and replacement on the OL has to be a priority. TE depth, Slot Corner, Reed/QJeff re-singing/replacement, etc. This comment is not to dismiss any of that, but we explored Diggs so…

    If Dallas has to franchise Dal, and Amari Cooper is available, he could be an interesting target. RW wants superstars and he certainly qualifies. Top 4 draft pedigree, 4 consecutive 1000+ yard seasons with much of coming from Derek Carr. Elite level measurable and traits. Of course there’s the inconsistencies in his career, but that has come and gone for many WRs throughout the early years of their career, especially woth situations he’s been placed in woth regards to coaching and QB play.

    I don’t know what the market will dictate as a price, but a worthwhile discussion possibly?

  20. JUJUS says:

    as we get closer and closer, Im feeling like the idea of taking a center early might be slipping down the line.

    And I have come across another guy for C/G – I had Fallen For Cushenberry but am realizing he wont be the pick based on his stock. But I love the idea of having a shorter center with Extremely Long arms to give them the best chance vs Donald and other DT’s.

    Thats where having another old man 6’3″ with almost 35 inch arms. Check him out

    “Donell Stanley: The only center with 500+ pass-blocking snaps and less than 5 QB pressures allowed.

    The six-year collegiate lineman played in 50 games and started 38 of them with the Gamecocks. According to Pro Football Focus, Stanley allowed a quarterback pressure only five times in over 500 pass-blocking snaps in his career. ”

    “DONELL STANLEY (OC) USC – 6’ 3” – 324# – 10 3/4” hand – 34 5/8” arms – 85 1/8” wingspan
    – 6th year senior who battled wrist/ankle injuries for 2 years. Played/started all IOL positions, 50 games played, 38 starts/23 @OC and was a team captain/leader. Donell has very good movement skills, built in leverage, TREMENDOUS LENGTH, powerful hand strikes, balanced base stance, DEEP STRONG MOBILE ANCHOR, easily gets to 2nd/3rd levels, AGILITY/VISION TO STRIKE/ENGULF/ELIMINATE moving/blitzing targets, uses mobility/technique/length/anchor to DENY INSIDE PRESSURE. Donell needs to improve his hip drive power at the POA, consistent handstrike placement, grip strength. HIGH IMPACT PROSPECT W/ELITE TRAITS.”

    • Cheese22 says:

      Great find. I’m still confused by why guys like this don’t get mentioned more. Measurables are great but there’s a lot of value in just being able to play.

  21. Paul Cook says:

    I know that this is not a political site so forgive me for that, but it does directly relate to sports. Washington governor Jay Inslee recently decided to stop all public gatherings in the state of Washington that exceed 250 people. If this was football season, there’d be no home games at the Clink now. Who it does effect on the sports front are UW sporting events, the Seattle XFL team, and potentially the Seattle Mariners baseball team which start the season in a few weeks time.

    It’s amazing how fast things can change.

    • HawkfaninMT says:

      Annnnd…. NCAA basketball in Spokane March 19-21st. I’ve seen Statewide ban, and also seen just for Snohomish, King and Pierce counties. So we shall see. Given that Spokanes Sacred Heart was one of the quarantine sites it would not be a shock if the games were un-spectated, and/or moved outright. Bit of a crusher to the Spokane economy if they are impacted

    • Group Captain mandrake says:

      I don’t know that we have to worry about crowds at M’s games (insert rim shot). That will be interesting though. Apparently the MLB players union does not want the players to have games in Seattle. Seems odd though, since there are cases popping up around the country. Not sure where they are expecting they WILL be able to have games.

      • Paul Cook says:

        I think we’re inching our way to shutting down sports events in this country. I can’t believe I’m saying that, but I’m hearing mutterings along this line now. At the very least, they will be shutting them down in high risk areas soon (it’s already begun in Seattle), in an attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus.

        Now back to our previous broadcast. 🙂

        • Group Captain Mandrake says:

          I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s already happening all over Europe with soccer. Some leagues/games are being postponed and some are being played in empty stadiums. Arsenal in England had a game postponed today because some of the players came in contact with the owner of a Greek club at the end of February who has since announced he has the virus.

        • TomLPDX says:

          I also heard that Pearl Jam has cancelled their upcoming tour so it’s not just sports.

  22. Rob4q says:

    Wonder if the interest is mutual? I know Bennet was talked about before and we all feel that ship has sailed, but stranger things have happened…

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001105829/article/michael-bennett-would-love-to-end-career-in-seattle

    • Simo says:

      It would be very interesting to know what Pete thinks about Bennett’s comments. On some level I’m sure he loves MB and certainly appreciates what he brought to the team, yet on another level gotta think Pete’s done with him.

      IMO, there’s better options than bringing back Bennett even if he does have a little left in his legs. It’s one thing to be outspoken or an activist, but quite another to criticize your own coach and the team. Would also be concerned how much he has bounced around since he was traded by the Hawks, this is not usually a good sign. This ship has hopefully sailed!

      • Rob4q says:

        Here is the final quote in that article:

        “My time in Seattle was great because I didn’t just grow as a player, I grew as a man, and I grew as an individual. I could never say anything bad about Seattle,” Bennett said. “I feel like Seattle was such a great part of my life. I’m so thankful for the city.”

        • Rob Staton says:

          Bennett (and a few others) should’ve thought about that before they ran themselves out of town.

          The ‘Titanic’ has moved on to the next port.

          • Matt says:

            100%. This team has awesome chemistry – why on earth would we want to bring back one of the guys who started engine fires to sink the ship?

            Makes zero sense to me.

            • Pugs1 says:

              By no means am I pounding the table for Bennett but I do think he could be a cheap add to help the pass rush. Let’s not forget when Russell was taking slings and arrows from teammates. Bennett was one of the few to publicly defend Russ. All I say is never say never!

      • Rob Staton says:

        Pete loved Bennett so much… they paid him to go away.

        • Paul Cook says:

          LOL True. But Pete is a mostly forgiving sort.

          A few alpha egos got a little too big for their britches there, and it was RW’s team once the Beast Mode and LOB era began to ebb.

          • Rob Staton says:

            Well that’s a very generous appraisal of the situation.

            Another interpretation is a group of spoilt babies destroyed what should’ve been a sensational era of Seahawks football and the team was forced to aggressively get rid of them in order to reset.

            Bringing them back now? Doubtful.

  23. Starhawk29 says:

    Thanks for the awesome write up Rob, looking forward to digging into their tape. Most of these guys seem like rd 2 picks (according to you or Pauline), which isn’t surprising. They seem to like the value in that round which is why they often get multiple picks.

    I can’t wait until your next 7 round mock, mostly because I’m curious who you think they’ll take later. Hopefully some of these guys fall and we get a shot at them more than once.

    The big question for me this year is what is the trend they are searching for. Last year it was seemingly character. They chose Amadi (team captain), Blair (head-hunter),and Barton and BBK (good athletes with a lot of starting experience). All of these guys seemed to fall into a mold Pete called “our guys”. What do you think the focus will be this year? Is it pure athleticism? Is it Alpha mentality?

    I don’t expect us to have any idea until free agency, but you’re always ahead on seahawks trends, so I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  24. Simo says:

    It just doesn’t seem like dropping big money on a veteran WR like Cooper (or Green, Anderson, etc) is the best use of their limited resources.

    Russell and the team basically have a #1 (Lockett) and #2 (Metcalf) WR right now. Why not just use a pick to reinforce that position group, and draft one of the young stud receivers? Depending on how high they go, I vote for Reagor, Hamler, or Aiuyk, all of whom have some return capability in addition to their game changing receiving ability.

  25. Sea Mode says:

    🤔 Guess we got all the info we needed from him…? Not sure exactly what his “consultant” role for us entailed, but it seems kind of strange not to retain a guy at least until the draft has passed.

    Neil Stratton
    @InsideTheLeague
    ·46m

    Former #Browns Asst GM Eliot Wolf has joined the #Patriots in a consulting capacity. Wolf left Cleveland in January after two years with the team. The son of former Green Bay GM Ron Wolf, he also spent 14 years w/the #Packers & had an #NFLCombine2020 role w/the #Seahawks.

    • dcd2 says:

      Hoody probably hired him away to bring a copy of our draft board.

    • J says:

      If we didn’t give him the option to leave for a front office job he wouldn’t have signed on as a consultant in the first place.

      • Sea Mode says:

        But it’s not like he’s taken a front office job with the Pats now either. Just another consulting job.

        Either way, it’s obvious his role was not involved enough with us to have any real glimpse of our draft board, otherwise he surely would have been retained, so I’m not worried.

  26. Sea Mode says:

    Keep the mock drafts rolling in!

    Seahawks PR
    @seahawksPR
    · 29m

    The @Seahawks have 8 selections in this year’s draft: Nos.

    27 (Round 1),
    59 (R2),
    64 (R2 from KC),
    101 (R3),
    133 (R4),
    144 (R4),
    162 (R5 from Pit) and
    214 (R6).

    #GoHawks

    • JUJUS says:

      As you wish!

      I did this mock on First pick and then added in my guys for rounds 6-7

      Round 2 Pick 7 (MIA): Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia (A-)
      Round 2 Pick 27: Raekwon Davis, DE/DT, Alabama (A-)
      Round 3 Pick 4 (NYJ): Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington (A)
      Round 3 Pick 13 (DEN): Logan Stenberg, OG, Kentucky (A)
      Round 3 Pick 15 (NYJ): Cam Akers, RB, Florida State (A)
      Round 3 Pick 31 (DEN): Willie Gay, OLB, Mississippi State (A+)
      Round 3 Pick 37 (COMP): Jabari Zuniga, DE/OLB, Florida (A)
      Round 4 Pick 27: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan or Bryan Edwards University of South Carolina
      Round 5 Pick 8: Raequan Williams, DT, Michigan State (A-)
      Round 5 Pick 19 (JAX) Reggie Robinson, CB Tulsa
      Round 6 Pick 10 (JAX) Donnel Stanley C/OG University of South Carolina
      Round 6 Pick 35 (COMP) Azur Kamara DE Kansas: 6-3, 242 lbs., 9.875” hands, 35” arms, 81.25” wingspan, 30” vert, 4.32 shuttle, 7.16 3 cone

      Im going to dream until draft night.

    • dcd2 says:

      No trades. I’ll save my commentary for the final dcd2 Mock. Don’t know if these guys would be available, but a draft like this would make me smile.

      27 (Round 1), Isiah Wilson – OT
      59 (R2), Raekwon Davis – DT
      64 (R2 from KC), Cam Akers – RB
      101 (R3), Jabari Zuniga – DE
      133 (R4), Bryan Edwards – WR
      144 (R4), Devin Asiasi (or Trautman or Hunter Bryant) – TE
      162 (R5 from Pit), John Reid/Amik Robertson – NCB
      214 (R6).Steven Montez – QB

      • JimQ says:

        My latest effort at a Seahawks Mock draft, considering rankings are all over the place from most ranking sites, I’ve used current rankings at drafttek.com and generally only made picks that were well beyond their current rankings in most cases. A few will perhaps go earlier, a few later.

        03/11/2020 — Seahawks picks after comp picks awarded. Seahawks trade pick #27(680) to CINN. for #33(580) & #104(86) & #180(19.4), 680 vs; 685.4 points. Perhaps CINN. will want to pair Burrows with his college WR-Jefferson, who’ll likely go in late round-1. This Mock assumes the Seahawks will mostly fill their needs on DL & pass rusher from the FA ranks. (Rankings) per drafttek.com.

        33—-(Trade)—-OT-Isaiah Wilson(68) –ALT– WR/KR-Jalen Reagor(45)
        59—————-RB-Clyde Edwards-Helaire(63) –ALT– EDGE-Julian Okwara(55)
        64—————-WR/KR-Brandon Aiyuk(72) –ALT– EDGE-Curtis Weaver(77)
        101—(Comp)—-DT-Raekwon Davis(104) –ALT– OG-Logan Stenberg(92)
        104—(Trade)—-EDGE-Alex Highsmith(124) –ALT– SS-Jeremy Chinn(96)
        133—————OLB-Willie Gay(147) –ALT– DT-Rashard Lawrence(139)
        144—(Comp)—-OC-Matt Hennessy(161) –ALT– EDGE- Jonathan Garvin(168)
        162—————CB-Amik Robertson(162) –ALT– CB-Rashad Robinson(341)
        180—(Trade)—-RB/WR/KR-Antonio Gibson(191) –ALT– OG/OT-Saahdiq Charles(251)
        214—(Comp)— WR/RB/KR/QB-Lynn Bowden(219) –ALT– TE-Stephen Sullivan(260).
        UDFA’s-CB(slot)-Kindle Vildor(412), WR-Isaiah Wright(486), OT-Tyre Phillips(282), S-Josh Metellus(387),
        EDGE-Derrek Tuszka(265), EDGE/LB-Tipa Galeai(281).

      • Lewis says:

        I would think Zuniga/Okwara at 64. Akers should last longer (love the pick). Good-looking draft.

    • McZ says:

      (27) traded to Miami for #39 and #70
      39 Julian Okwara, DE, Notre Dame
      59 Matt Hennessy, C, Temple
      64 Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
      70 Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
      (101) traded to Baltimore for #129 and #143
      129 Evan Weaver, LB, Cal
      133 Anthony Gordon, QB, Wazzu
      143 Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
      (144) trade to New England for #196 and 214
      162 AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College
      196 Tanner Muse, S/LB, Clemson
      214 Jon Runyan, OT, Michigan
      215 Gage Cervenka, IOL, Clemson

  27. Sea Mode says:

    Adam Caplan
    @caplannfl
    ·11m

    Former #Browns CB/S T.J. Carrie is expected to visit the #Seahawks this week, source said.

    Carrie started 14 games during his 2 seasons with the #Browns.

    Team is looking to boost their nickel position. They played mostly 3 LBs in nickel last season instead of an extra DB.

  28. D-OZ says:

    Well done Rob!!!! Adeniji is one of my favorite prospect’s, as is Chinn.

  29. EmperorMA says:

    Besides pass rush help, which I absolutely do not count on the draft for past the first 10 picks, I would love to see the ‘Hawks try to land a #1 or #2 WR if one is available at the bottom of the first round. A good, fast WR who can take the top off the defense, high point the ball and be a monster with YAC would free up Lockett to play his natural slot position and would make opponents have to put their #1 CB away from Metcalf, which could really stretch the field for Russ. We can run more no-huddle with another WR, as we seem to do well when we do that.

    I would also love to add a very fast, dangerous RB who can really catch the ball out of the backfield and be a threat to pop off a big gain every time he does so. Russ having a dangerous checkdown target will keep a LB or even a SS near the line of scrimmage, creating more space for the WRs and will help in the hurry-up offense.

    Of course, if a top-tier OT is around when we pick, I would go that way in a heartbeat. Same goes for DL, but I just don’t see either happening.

    We should be able to add quality interior OL and RB help in rounds 2 and 3 and maybe even quality receiver help. A few stud DB and LB developmental prospects should be around, too, as well as special teams standouts.

    I am looking forward to the draft. It’ll be interesting to see what falls to us (or does not) and how it will play out and how JS deals on the trade front.

    27 (R1), Jalen Reagor
    59 (R2), Jabari Zuniga
    64 (R2 from KC), Clyde Edwards-Helaire
    101 (R3), Raekwon Davis
    133 (R4), Willie Gay Jr
    144 (R4), Hakeem Adeniji
    162 (R5 from Pit), Reggie Robinson
    214 (R6). Jack Driscoll

  30. Volume12 says:

    It seems like Seattle is at every pro day where a CB with 32″ arms are at. Could be a safety converted over too. They definitely want to add competition to that room.

    • Sea Mode says:

      Per the tweet I posted above about the Hawks bringing in TJ Carrie for a visit, it looks like we are looking specifically to find a nickel. I imagine they might take one stab at it in FA and another one in the draft.

      TJ Carrie: 5115, 206, 31 7/8 arm, 77 1/8 wing, 9 3/4 hand, 4.45 40yd, 41 vert, 17 bench

  31. Volume12 says:

    Who does Seattle draft from TCU this year?

    • Volume12 says:

      Because they got a guard who is real similar to Phil Haynes and JaMarco Jones IMO.

    • Sea Mode says:

      Did you see this about your guy Gladney?

      Ian Rapoport
      @RapSheet
      ·49m

      #TCU CB Jeff Gladney, a future guest on the RapSheet + Friends podcast, tells me in our interview that he’ll undergo a meniscus trim tomorrow and then be ready in 4-5 weeks. He played with it the entire season and did everything at the Combine. “I got used to the pain.”

  32. Nathan M says:

    Has anyone talked about Oluwole Betiku Jr, DE from Illinois? Late bloomer in college but looks like he has the traits for a LEO including a 1.59 10yd split. Thoughts on his as a mid-late round project, assuming that we address the immediate pass rush needs in FA.

    https://www.profootballnetwork.com/2020-nfl-draft-illinois-pro-day-report/

  33. TomLPDX says:

    Pauline has Leki Fotu forecasted as a 5th round pick. I haven’t seen a lot of discussion about Fotu but I read an article the other day at the Athletic about him and his family and thought he would be a great addition as a big DT and the team as a whole. I’m rooting for him no matter where he ends up, seems like a solid dude.

  34. Gaux Hawks says:

    Last year, within the SDB community, there was a strong belief on how strong this year’s WR crop would be. Any thoughts on next year’s strengths or weaknesses?

    If it’s QB, maybe worth holding on to next year’s R1 pick (higher value?).

  35. Sea Mode says:

    Uh oh… RT market:

    Charles Robinson
    @CharlesRobinson
    ·1h

    #Cowboys’ Byron Jones’ market *starts* at $16-$17 mil per season, according to teams I’ve spoken to. And that’s without factoring in whether it’s an Oklahoma land rush for him. Conservstive market on #Packers RT Bryan Bulaga is projecting to be $12 mil per. RTs about to get paid.

  36. Rob Staton says:

    John Clayton on 710 ESPN last night:

    — Touted a 1.8 10-yard split for a speed rusher as good
    — Then recommended a 4.72-4.8 as a good time for a speed guy in the 40
    — Said AJ ‘Espnarza’ wasn’t a fit
    — He did think Utah Gross Ma-toast would be good though

  37. drewdawg11 says:

    Don’t sleep on Gross Matos. He’s a guy with a lot of talent and upside. Might be a weird fit if we keep Clowney, especially with drafting Collier last year. I think Yetur is vastly superior, but that’s basically admitting a mistake after one season. And they aren’t doing that. Now, if they can’t retain Clowney and they add a LEO type, he’s a great candidate. He’s going to get better and better, I believe.

    • Kingdome1976 says:

      I agree. Matos seems to me to be the pass rusher nobody talks about but will end up being a 10 sack a year type player. I don’t see us taking him but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t.

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