Seahawks Draft Blog Mock Draft

By Rob Staton

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FIRST ROUND – Updated 16th April

#1 Jadeveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina)
It all comes back to this — how do you stop J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney? You can’t.
#2 Khalil Mack (LB, Buffalo)
I can see the Rams getting very creative on defense. Imagine having to deal with Mack blitzing at linebacker with Long and Quinn rushing the edge.
#3 Johnny Manziel (QB, Texas A&M)
Gus Bradley wants competitive, gritty players. Manziel won’t be everyone’s favourite but I can see the Jags falling over themselves to draft him.
#4 Greg Robinson (T, Auburn)
Just take the best player on the board. Robinson would dominate at right tackle or guard. Make the offensive line your identity and run the ball.
#5 Sammy Watkins (QB, Clemson)
Having thrown their lot in with Matt Schaub, they’re duty bound to at least give him one good receiver to throw to.
#6 Jake Matthews (T, Texas A&M)
If the Falcons stay put and the board falls like this, Matthews makes a ton of sense. They need to protect Matt Ryan.
#7 Mike Evans (WR, Texas A&M)
Josh McCown had Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey last year. If they’ve signed McCown to start, give him Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans this year.
#8 Blake Bortles (QB, UCF)
Their biggest need is quarterback. Rick Spielman has to get this right after the Christian Ponder fiasco.
#9 Taylor Lewan (T, Michigan)
The addition of Mike Williams gives Buffalo some breathing space to add another offensive lineman at #9.
#10 Aaron Donald (DT, Pittsburgh)
Nick Fairley hasn’t worked out and they didn’t even take up the fifth year option on his contract. Defensive tackle isn’t a major need, but Donald is too good to fall too far.
#11 Marqise Lee (WR, USC)
Tremendous character, personality, enthusiasm and passion for the game. Lee is also a terrific playmaker. Just draft him.
#12 Eric Ebron (TE, North Carolina)
Finding more targets for Eli Manning has to be a priority. Getting a big man who can work the seam is vital.
#13 Zack Martin (T, Notre Dame)
Martin is a classy player who can start at tackle or guard. The Rams need to bolster their offensive line, but they can afford to wait until #13.
#14 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S, Alabama)
They’ve added Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen up front, now they need to improve the secondary.
#15 Odell Beckham Jr (WR, LSU)
Receiver is a big need for the Steelers. They need someone who can come in and have a quick impact. Out of all the WR’s in this class, Beckham Jr is best served to hit the ground running.
#16 Anthony Barr (DE, UCLA)
I wouldn’t draft Barr this early, but the Cowboys are stuck without moving up or down. After bringing in Henry Melton, they need an edge rusher. They have no alternative.
#17 Bradley Roby (CB, Ohio State)
If you can coach Roby up, he can become a fantastic player. This would be a good spot and corner depth is a need for the Ravens.
#18 Kelvin Benjamin (WR, Florida State)
The Jets need a beast on offense. They need someone who can develop into a true #1 receiver. They need more than just Eric Decker and potentially Sidney Rice.
#19 Morgan Moses (T, Virginia)
Miami needs to keep repairing its offensive line. Branden Albert is a good start. Why not add a bookend here with Moses slotting in at right tackle?
#20 Ra’Shede Hageman (DT, Minnesota)
They don’t have a lot of remaining needs — apart from finding a long term answer at quarterback. Even so, Hageman is a value pick at this point. They can add a developmental QB later.
#21 Ryan Shazier (LB, Ohio State)
Incredible player. Runs like a deer and hits like a sledgehammer. The crazy thing is he only scratched the surface of his potential at Ohio State.
#22 Brandin Cooks (WR, Oregon State)
Chip Kelly loves his PAC-12 guys. Having cut DeSean Jackson and with the defensive options limited here — Cooks makes sense. And in terms of character, he’s the polar opposite of DJax.
#23 Calvin Pryor (S, Louisville)
With the receivers leaving the board early the Chiefs might look at safety in a scenario like this. Pryor would be a nice compliment to Eric Berry.
#24 Darqueze Dennard (CB, Michigan State)
Physical corner who loves to blitz. Very coachable. Can step in and have a quick impact. Solid player.
#25 Louis Nix (DT, Notre Dame)
They need to bring in a nose tackle. Nix isn’t Dontari Poe or B.J. Raji in terms of athleticism, but he can hold the point and absorb blockers.
#26 Derek Carr (QB, Fresno State)
There’s a lot of talk about Carr and the Browns — so I’m going for the ‘no smoke without fire’ approach here. Twitter loves Teddy Bridgewater, but Carr might have the higher upside.
#27 Joel Bitonio (T, Nevada)
They never sorted the left tackle position last year and Bitonio could get a shot there. They also pump a lot of investment into their guards — so he could kick inside too. Fantastic player.
#28 Donte Moncrief (WR, Ole Miss)
I’m not sure how Carolina has allowed a situation to occur where they’re suddenly desperate at receiver and the offensive line.
#29 C.J. Mosley (LB, Alabama)
This could be a good spot for a team trading back into the first. New England have gone after Alabama linebackers in the past and could use Mosley inside.
#30 Demarcus Lawrence (DE, Boise State)
Aldon Smith forty — 4.74 with a 1.66 10-yard split. Demarcus Lawrence forty — 4.80 with a 1.62 10-yard split. Smith’s crazy off-field situation could force the 49ers’ hand here.
#31 Chris Borland (LB, Wisconsin)
Denver needs a tone setter. A leader. A guy who flies around. This would be a smart move. You want this guy on your team.
#32 Cody Latimer (WR, Indiana)
High points the ball, 4.3/4.4 speed, strong hands and a great run blocker. It won’t be any surprise if the Seahawks snatch Latimer here if he’s still on the board.

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