Seahawks Draft Blog Mock Draft
By Rob Staton
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FIRST ROUND – Updated 29th April
#1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jameis Winston (QB, Florida State)
The big question is whether the Buccs trade back into the first for a left tackle. It’ll only cost a later round pick.
#2 Tennessee Titans — Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon)
A couple of weeks ago it seemed nailed on this pick would be traded. Instead Tennessee faces a situation where they end up taking Mariota.
#3 Jacksonville Jaguars — Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama)
They ranked sixth in the league for sacks last season. Gus Bradley can manufacture a pass rush. They need to build around Blake Bortles.
#4 Oakland Raiders — Leonard Williams (DE, USC)
With Cooper off the board this could be an easy choice. Keep building up the defensive front and take a receiver at the top of round two.
#Washington Redskins — Dante Fowler Jr (DE, Florida)
Cornerback is a big need and they could move into the teens before looking at Byron Jones, Marcus Peters or Kevin Johnson. If they stay here, Fowler Jr should be the guy.
#6 New York Jets — Brandon Scherff (T, Iowa)
They’ve brought in Brandon Marshall and the defense is based around strong secondary play not outside linebackers. Improving the O-line might be the priority.
#7 Chicago Bears — Kevin White (WR, West Virginia)
If Kevin White falls to this spot they can snap him up and concentrate on defense in round two.
#8 Atlanta Falcons — Bud Dupree (LB, Kentucky)
Dupree could fill the Bruce Irvin role for Dan Quinn. An athletic linebacker who lines up at the LOS on passing downs.
#9 New York Giants — Andrus Peat (T, Stanford)
A prototype left tackle on tape. He doesn’t have a classic body shape but he looked the part at Stanford.
#10 St. Louis Rams — Ereck Flowers (T, Miami)
He’s very underrated. Flowers is nasty — he drives people off the line. He’s big and physical. He’s a better prospect than Anthony Davis was in 2010.
#11 Minnesota Vikings — Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan State)
The Bengals drafted multiple first round corners for Mike Zimmer and the Vikings could use a similar approach. Waynes is a nice fit for the scheme.
#12 Cleveland Browns — Devante Parker (WR, Louisville)
Cleveland’s offense looks like a sorry mess. If they can’t trade up for Mariota, what is plan B? Surely they’d have to consider one of the receivers here?
#13 New Orleans Saints — Vic Beasley (DE, Clemson)
Beasley’s still on the board and the Saints need a pass rusher. Perfect fit.
#14 Miami Dolphins — Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia)
They seem to want an impact player on offense. Gurley is one of the best players in the draft — a top-ten pick without the ACL injury. He could still go in that range.
#15 San Francisco 49ers — Arik Armstead (DT, Oregon)
There’s still a big question mark over whether Justin Smith will retire. Even if he continues, it’s probably only for one more year.
#16 Houston Texans — Breshad Perriman (WR, UCF)
They moved on from Andre Johnson. Perriman isn’t the same sure-handed, reliable target. But there’s a physical comparison at least.
#17 San Diego Chargers — Danny Shelton (DT, Washington)
Melvin Gordon will be tempting but Shelton fills a vital need for the Chargers at nose tackle.
#18 Kansas City Chiefs — La’el Collins (T, LSU)
The top four receivers are off the board so they look elsewhere. O-line is just as much of a need. Collins can play guard or tackle.
#19 Cleveland Browns — Malcom Brown (DT, Texas)
After taking a receiver at #12 they know they need to bolster their defensive line. Brown is a terrific prospect.
#20 Philadelphia Eagles — Damarious Randall (S, Arizona State)
He’s the fast riser in this class. Randall has a nose for the ball and the athleticism to become a rangy free safety.
#21 Cincinnati Bengals — Jake Fisher (T, Oregon)
Fisher’s strong combine and legit upside makes him a tantalising prospect. The word is Cincy are keen.
#22 Pittsburgh Steelers — Kevin Johnson (CB, Wake Forest)
There’s a feeling Pittsburgh will go corner here. They’ve avoided character red flags in round one over the last few years.
#23 Detroit Lions — Cameron Erving (C, Florida State)
It’s a big need and Erving is just a really solid, multi-year starter at center.
#24 Arizona Cardinals — Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin)
Run to the podium time. Gordon isn’t just a dynamic runner — he’s a heart and soul type who sets the tone during the week.
#25 Carolina Panthers — Nelson Agholor (WR, USC)
They have to find a tackle but value wins out here. Agholor perfectly compliments Kelvin Benjamin and provides a safety net for Cam Newton.
#26 Baltimore Ravens — Marcus Peters (CB, Washington)
Peters would be a fine addition for the Ravens. This is an ideal fit for player and team. Tough, skilled and ready to make an impact.
#27 Dallas Cowboys — Benardrick McKinney (LB, Mississippi State)
With Peters off the board and Shane Ray falling out of the first round, McKinney comes into play. He’s similar physically to Rolando McClain.
#28 Denver Broncos — Cedric Ogbuehi (T, Texas A&M)
The offensive line is likely to be the priority and Ogbuehi is expected to find a home in the late first round.
#29 Indianapolis Colts — Landon Collins (S, Alabama)
The Colts need to keep improving on defense and Collins is good value here. An instant starter who can hit and cover.
#30 Green Bay Packers — Eric Rowe (CB, Utah)
They could move down with teams looking to get a tackle or Phillip Dorsett. If they stay put — inside linebacker or cornerback appears to be the target.
#31 New Orleans Saints — Preston Smith (DE, Mississippi State)
Smith adds further power and speed to New Orleans’ new front alongside Vic Beasley.
#32 New England Patriots — Eddie Goldman (DT, Florida State)
Arguably FSU’s best player in 2014. Capable of rushing the passer but particularly stout against the run.
#33 Tennessee Titans — T.J. Clemmings (T, Pittsburgh)
Clemmings has enormous potential as a right tackle. Protect Marcus Mariota and get a running back to pound the rock later on.
#34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers — D.J. Humphries (T, Florida)
The Buccs could consider moving back into the first round to get a tackle. They need to protect Jameis Winston.
#35 Oakland Raiders — Phillip Dorsett (WR, Miami)
They went after Randall Cobb and Dorsett is a similar type of player. They could move into round one to make sure they get him.
#36 Jacksonville Jaguars — Eli Harold (DE, Virginia)
They get their LEO rusher to work the edge with this pick. Harold has massive potential.
#37 New York Jets — Shane Ray (DE, Missouri)
Somebody will stop the fall eventually. Ray isn’t the perfect scheme fit for New York but he gets after the quarterback.
#38 Washington Redskins — Byron Jones (CB, Connecticut)
Jones has the potential to go so much earlier than this. Flawless character, insane athleticism. What a steal for the Redskins.
#39 Chicago Bears — Eric Kendricks (LB, UCLA)
A really solid pick as they look to build a new defense. Kendricks makes tackles and flies around.
#40 New York Giants — Mario Edwards Jr (DE, Florida State)
The Giants move him inside to the three technique and address a big need.
#41 St. Louis Rams — A.J. Cann (G, South Carolina)
The Rams have needs at every offensive line position. Cann fills a hole inside.
#42 Atlanta Falcons — Laken Tomlinson (G, Duke)
The Falcons need help at guard. Tomlinson is a high character, hard working player with plenty of upside.
#43 Cleveland Browns — Denzel Perryman (LB, Miami)
Not the biggest or fastest player but he brings a high level of intensity and can start immediately.
#44 New Orleans Saints — Stephone Anthony (LB, Clemson)
Another defensive need filled. The Saints become even stronger up the middle with the addition of Anthony.
#45 Minnesota Vikings — Grady Jarrett (DT, Clemson)
He flies into the backfield like a three-technique but he’s stout enough to be a nose. Really fun player to watch.
#46 San Francisco 49ers — Dorial Green-Beckham (WR, Missouri)
The top linebackers are off the board. They could and probably should move up for one in this scenario. If not, DGB faces the LOB twice a year.
#47 Miami Dolphins — Donovan Smith (T, Penn State)
He starts at guard but could eventually move outside to tackle.
#48 San Diego Chargers — Ameer Abdullah (RB, Nebraska)
Sparky running back who can be a threat in the passing game. It’s a nice match with San Diego’s offense.
#49 Kansas City Chiefs — Devin Smith (WR, Ohio State)
There’s some DeSean Jackson to his game. Andy Reid puts him next to Jeremy Maclin and tries to find a spark in the passing game.
#50 Buffalo Bills — Ty Sambrailo (T, Colorado State)
The Bills need to keep adding to their offensive line. Sambrailo is versatile and can cover a number of different positions.
#51 Houston Texans — Jordan Phillips (DT, Oklahoma)
This feels very low for a huge athletic mountain. If he lasts this long the Texans won’t believe their luck.
#52 Philadelphia Eagles — Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona State)
They still have a need at the position and Strong could provide an outside threat for Chip Kelly.
#53 Cincinnati Bengals — Tyler Lockett (WR, Kansas State)
They like these smaller receivers. Lockett was a production machine in college, he has terrific character and he’s a kick returner.
#54 Detroit Lions — Tevin Coleman (RB, Indiana)
He’s athletic enough to compliment what they already have. A true home-run hitter.
#55 Arizona Cardinals — Nate Orchard (DE, Utah)
The Cardinals reach a little bit to fill a need. Orchard isn’t quick but he’s technically adept.
#56 Pittsburgh Steelers — Henry Anderson (DT, Stanford)
Great length and a superb combine. He can be more than just a great run stopper at the next level.
#57 Carolina Panthers — Ronald Darby (CB, Florida State)
The options at tackle are all gone so they take a corner instead.
#58 Baltimore Ravens — Carl Davis (DT, Iowa)
They need some size up front after trading away Haltoi Ngata.
#59 Denver Broncos — Paul Dawson (LB, TCU)
He had a poor combine but on tape he just makes plays. The Broncos have a need at inside linebacker.
#60 Dallas Cowboys — T.J. Yeldon (RB, Alabama)
Physically he compares well to DeMarco Murray.
#61 Indianapolis Colts — Jalen Collins (CB, LSU)
Could he fall further than this? Sure. A broken foot, lack of starts and some off-field flags could lead to a fall.
#62 Green Bay Packers — Maxx Williams (TE, Minnesota)
He just seems like a great fit. Plays tough, reliable, safe hands, slightly cocky attitude.
#63 Seattle Seahawks — Mitch Morse (C, Missouri)
Doesn’t get beat and has almost identical size to Max Unger — Seattle fills the hole at center.
#64 New England Patriots — Devin Funchess (WR, Michigan)
He can play as a hybrid receiver/joker TE for the Patriots.