Mock draft: second round projection

February 16th, 2019 | Written by Rob Staton

For round one, click here.

The mock

#33 Arizona — Kaleb McGary (T, Washington)
#34 Indianapolis — Deandre Baker (CB, Georgia)
#35 Oakland — Byron Murphy (CB, Washington)
#36 San Francisco — Johnathan Abram (S, Mississippi State)
#37 New York Giants — David Edwards (T, Wisconsin)
#38 Jacksonville — Kaden Smith (TE, Stanford)
#39 Tampa Bay — Trayvon Mullen (CB, Clemson)
#40 TRADE Seattle — D.K. Metcalf (WR, Ole Miss)
#41 Denver — Taylor Rapp (S, Washington)
#42 TRADE Pittsburgh — Jeffery Simmons (DT, Mississippi State)
#43 Detroit — L.J. Collier (DE, TCU)
#44 Green Bay — Terry McLaurin (WR, Ohio State)
#45 Atlanta — D’Andre Walker (EDGE, Georgia)
#46 Washington — Daniel Jones (QB, Duke)
#47 Carolina — Deionte Thompson (S, Alabama)
#48 Miami — Dalton Risner (T, Kansas State)
#49 Cleveland — J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (WR, Stanford)
#50 Minnesota — Tevon Coney (LB, Notre Dame)
#51 Jordan Kunaszyk (LB, California)
#52 Pittsburgh — A.J. Brown (WR, Ole Miss)
#53 Philadelphia — Riley Ridley (WR, Georgia)
#54 Houston — Noah Fant (TE, Iowa)
#55 Houston — Chuma Edoga (T, USC)
#56 New England — Zach Allen (DE, Boston College)
#57 Philadelphia — Rodney Anderson (RB, Oklahoma)
#58 Dallas — Jerry Tillery (DT, Notre Dame)
#59 Indianapolis — Khalen Saunders (DT, Western Illinois)
#60 Los Angeles Chargers — Renell Wren (DT, Arizona State)
#61 Kansas City — Elgton Jenkins (C, Mississippi State)
#62 New Orleans — Brian Burns (EDGE, Florida State)
#63 Kansas City — Damien Harris (RB, Alabama)
#64 New England — Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (S, Florida)

The picks explained

#33 Arizona — Kaleb McGary (T, Washington)
The Cardinals need O-line help and McGary’s stock is rising after a great combine.

#34 Indianapolis — Deandre Baker (CB, Georgia)
Baker is gritty but needs to track the ball better.

#35 Oakland — Byron Murphy (CB, Washington)
Murphy is great value here.

#36 San Francisco — Johnathan Abram (S, Mississippi State)
Abram is tough and physical and can help set the tone for the Niners.

#37 New York Giants — David Edwards (T, Wisconsin)
After taking a quarterback in round one, the Giants grab a starting right tackle.

#38 Jacksonville — Kaden Smith (TE, Stanford)
The Jaguars pursued TE’s a year ago and didn’t find a solution.

#39 Tampa Bay — Trayvon Mullen (CB, Clemson)
Cornerback is a need for the Buccs. Mullen had a great Championship game.

#40 TRADE Seattle — D.K. Metcalf (WR, Ole Miss)
The Seahawks love traits and massive upside.

#41 Denver — Taylor Rapp (S, Washington)
The Broncos need a physical, agile safety and this is a great fit.

#42 TRADE Pittsburgh — Jeffery Simmons (DT, Mississippi State)
The 49ers get this pick from the Bengals in the Kyler Murray trade, then send it to the Steelers for Antonio Brown.

#43 Detroit — L.J. Collier (DE, TCU)
Collier is a fantastic talent and he’s rising after the Senior Bowl.

#44 Green Bay — Terry McLaurin (WR, Ohio State)
His stock will rise even higher after the combine.

#45 Atlanta — D’Andre Walker (EDGE, Georgia)
He plays the run well and can get after the quarterback.

#46 Washington — Daniel Jones (QB, Duke)
Jones is a level down from the top-three quarterbacks in the draft.

#47 Carolina — Deionte Thompson (S, Alabama)
Even after extending Eric Reid’s contract, safety is a need for the Panthers.

#48 Miami — Dalton Risner (T, Kansas State)
This is a bit high for me but some people think Risner will land in this range.

#49 Cleveland — J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (WR, Stanford)
I haven’t seen a better receiver when it comes to boxing out DB’s.

#50 Minnesota — Tevon Coney (LB, Notre Dame)
They might lose Anthony Barr in free agency.

#51 Jordan Kunaszyk (LB, California)
He’s a good fit in the Patriots-style defense that Mike Vrabel uses.

#52 Pittsburgh — A.J. Brown (WR, Ole Miss)
The Steelers are very good at finding value at wide receiver.

#53 Philadelphia — Riley Ridley (WR, Georgia)
He’s competitive and the bloodlines will boost his stock.

#54 Houston — Noah Fant (TE, Iowa)
He has an outstanding physical profile but is he more than just a great athlete?

#55 Houston — Chuma Edoga (T, USC)
He had a great Senior Bowl and could be set for a major rise.

#56 New England — Zach Allen (DE, Boston College)
A disappointing Senior Bowl drops him into the late second round.

#57 Philadelphia — Rodney Anderson (RB, Oklahoma)
He would’ve been a top-25 pick without the knee injury.

#58 Dallas — Jerry Tillery (DT, Notre Dame)
Tillery could replace the departing David Irving.

#59 Indianapolis — Khalen Saunders (DT, Western Illinois)
The latest guy the Colts draft and a year later everyone says it was a huge steal.

#60 Los Angeles Chargers — Renell Wren (DT, Arizona State)
He’s inconsistent but will have a strong combine performance.

#61 Kansas City — Elgton Jenkins (C, Mississippi State)
He’s a big, powerful center who struggles a bit against quickness.

#62 New Orleans — Brian Burns (EDGE, Florida State)
If he really is 225-230lbs how do you justify taking him earlier than this?

#63 Kansas City — Damien Harris (RB, Alabama)
This would be great value and a great fit.

#64 New England — Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (S, Florida)
He could play nickel corner or safety.

The trade explained

#42 San Francisco (via Cincinnati) to the Steelers for Antonio Brown
In round one we had the Bengals trading up to #2 to select Kyler Murray. As part of the deal, the 49ers collected Cincy’s second round pick (#42). In this projection, San Francisco sends that pick to the Steelers for wide receiver Antonio Brown.

What about the Seahawks?

I have reservations about D.K. Metcalf. A lot of draft analysts, writers and bloggers are enamoured with his potential. I get that. He’s an incredible combination of size, speed and athleticism. Some have linked him to Josh Gordon and physically it’s not a bad comparison. There aren’t many human’s on the planet like Metcalf.

On the field he looks like a developmental prospect. When he gets into stride and can run go-routes he builds up speed to create separation. He also does a good job creating a free-release and avoiding contact early in the route. However, his routes are occasionally lackadaisical and he had a high number of concentration drops.

He ran a severely limited route-tree at Ole Miss and he doesn’t box-out like J.J. Arcega-Whiteside or compete for the ball in the air like you’d expect for a player with his frame.

There’s also the neck injury. He’ll need to be thoroughly checked out at the combine. Is he a one-contract player who, not unfairly, doesn’t want to risk permanent injury? Or does he see a long career and is he determined to be the best in the league (which he could be with his profile)?

If you draft him you’re banking on major potential. You use him immediately as a downfield threat and match-up weapon. Over time you hope he can turn into the #1 receiver he could be with the frame and athleticism. He’ll need work, though.

The reason I have the Seahawks taking him is because they never settle on mediocre athletes in round one or with their first pick. There’s always something unique about the guy they select first. They’re prepared to gamble on upside. And Pete Carroll has been searching for a dynamic big receiver for a long time.

That’s the projection in this mock. There are multiple other possibilities too. This is a wide open draft for the Seahawks with plenty of positional options with their first pick. Free agency and the combine will give us a clearer indication of what they might do. If this were to occur with their first pick, I would think Will Grier (QB, West Virginia) and a defensive linemen could be the targets in round three.

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69 Responses to “Mock draft: second round projection”

  1. Sea Mode says:

    It definitely would be a pick right up their alley for sure. BTW, Metcalf just turned 21 about 2 months ago. Can’t believe he looks like that at such a young age.

    Anyway, re-posting this since I figure it’s one of the useful things we can do as we wait for the combine.

    Who are the notable younger and older prospects in the draft? Sometimes we talk about prospects with traits we like, but who are more raw and therefore need development in order to contribute at the next level. It makes a difference, especially in those cases, if they are significantly younger or older than the median. Just one more element to factor in.

    Note that quite a few players’ DOB are missing from the database I am working off of, so this list is not at all complete. All ages are as of the opening day of the 2019 regular season (5 Sept. 2019):

    —OFFENSE—

    QB
    Ryan Finley: 24 years, 8 months, 10 days

    Kyler Murray: 22 years, 0 months, 29 days
    Jordan Ta’amu: 21 years, 8 months, 26 days

    RB
    Marquis Young: 24 years, 6 months, 25 days

    Elijah Holyfield: 21 years, 9 months, 6 days
    Josh Jacobs: 21 years, 6 months, 25 days
    Benny Snell Jr.: 21 years, 6 months, 10 days

    WR
    Anthony Johnson: 24 years, 7 months, 7 days
    Terry McLaurin: 24 years, 4 months, 21 days
    Ron’Quavion Tarver: 24 years, 0 months, 10 days

    Antoine Wesley: 21 years, 10 months, 14 days
    D.K. Metcalf: 21 years, 8 months, 22 days
    Kelvin Harmon: 21 years, 8 months, 20 days
    N’Keal Harry: 21 years, 8 months, 19 days
    Lil’Jordan Humphrey: 21 years, 4 months, 17 days
    Greg Dortch: 21 years, 3 months, 7 days

    TE
    Trevon Wesco: 23 years, 11 months, 24 days

    T.J. Hockenson: 22 years, 2 months, 2 days
    Noah Fant: 21 years, 9 months, 16 days
    Irv Smith Jr.: 21 years, 0 months, 27 days

    OL
    Kaleb McGary: 24 years, 6 months, 14 days
    Paul Adams: 24 years, 3 months, 19 days
    Dalton Risner: 24 years, 1 months, 23 days

    Ethan Greenidge: 21 years, 11 months, 26 days
    Connor McGovern: 21 years, 10 months, 2 days
    Greg Little: 21 years, 10 months, 1 days
    Jonah Williams: 21 years, 9 months, 19 days
    Jawaan Taylor: 21 years, 9 months, 11 days
    Michael Jordan: 21 years, 7 months, 11 days
    Tyler Roemer: 21 years, 5 months, 30 days
    Nate Herbig: 21 years, 1 months, 26 days

    —DEFENSE—

    DT
    Kevin Wilkins: 24 years, 4 months, 26 days
    Demarcus Christmas: 24 years, 2 months, 1 days
    Gerald Willis III: 24 years, 0 months, 13 days

    Jeffery Simmons: 22 years, 1 months, 8 days
    Zach Allen: 22 years, 0 months, 16 days
    Dexter Lawrence: 21 years, 9 months, 24 days
    Ed Oliver: 21 years, 8 months, 24 days
    Quinnen Williams: 21 years, 8 months, 16 days

    EDGE
    Corbin Kaufusi: 26 years, 4 months, 24 days
    Chase Winovich: 24 years, 4 months, 16 days
    Jordan Brailford: 23 years, 10 months, 27 days
    Jaylon Ferguson: 23 years, 8 months, 22 days

    Jonathan Ledbetter:21 years, 11 months, 24 days
    Nick Bosa: 21 years, 10 months, 13 days
    Rashan Gary: 21 years, 9 months, 2 days
    Brian Burns: 21 years, 4 months, 13 days

    LB (missing tons)
    Drew Lewis: 23 years, 11 months, 29 days
    Kendall Joseph: 23 years, 9 months, 17 days
    Terrill Hanks: 23 years, 8 months, 29 days

    Ulysees Gilbert III: 22 years, 0 months, 27 days

    CB (once again, barely any info)
    Jamal Peters: 22 years, 8 months, 14 days
    Deandre Baker: 22 years, 0 months, 1 days
    Greedy Williams: 21 years, 9 months, 2 days

    S
    John Battle: 24 years, 0 months, 15 days

    Taylor Rapp: 21 years, 8 months, 14 days
    Amani Hooker: 21 years, 2 months, 22 days

    I’ve saved the format, so I’ll be able to run this again if more data comes in at the Combine.

  2. Sea Mode says:

    Look at what the draft season lull is doing to people…! 😵💫 Go watch some AAF or something, guys!

    Jonah Tuls
    @JonahTulsNFL

    Same here. Ferrell and Wilkins are high 2’s and Lawrence is a 3

    Jon Ledyard
    @LedyardNFLDraft

    I didn’t end up with Round 1 grades on any of the Clemson “probable top 10 pick” defensive linemen…guess we’ll see how it plays out

    11:16 AM – 15 Feb 2019

    • Rob Staton says:

      My goodness.

      That is a horrific take.

    • Trevor says:

      That is laughable. How do some of these call themselves draft pundits. What is he watching?

      • Rob Staton says:

        Because at the end of the day, we’re all just a bunch of amateur bloggers. You can call yourself the Chief Operating officer or a National Scout for your blog if you want. But who are you trying to kid? At the end of the day, none of us really know anything. We just do our best to pass the time until the draft.

  3. Sea Mode says:

    For those interested in AAF, Ourlads has depth charts up and full pro football history for each player.

    https://www.ourlads.com/aaf-depth-charts/depth-charts.aspx

  4. Sea Mode says:

    👀

    Michael Dogbe
    @mdogbe14

    🙏🏿

    PFF College
    @PFF_College

    Michael Dogbe led all AAC interior defenders with 39 total QB pressures this season.

    1:39 PM – 15 Feb 2019

    https://twitter.com/mdogbe14/status/1096524362608304128

  5. Volume12 says:

    In before the ‘no way. Seattle only needs little tiny receivers. RW works better with them crowd’

    • GoHawksDani says:

      But it’s true… RW is not a huge jump-ball lover. He’s risk-averse. He wants the WR to have separation. Yeah…Big dude, who can outrun defenders and has good route running skills and quick as Lockett? Gimme that! But you won’t find a guy like that outside of top10 picks.
      So yeah…a questionable receiving skills, slow, but a big guy. I don’t think we need that. Graham is a pretty good receiver. And he’s not that slow. And still that project was a bust.
      We have Brown, Darboh, Turner and maybe Moore (although he’s only 6-0). We had McEvoy.
      OK, Kearse is 6-1, but he’s not a prototypical big WR. He won with good route running most of the time.
      We had Kasen Williams (6-2). We had Kevin Norwood, Ricardo Lockette, Braylon Edwards.
      And yeah, Sidney Rice was a classic big WR. But he was the only WR who had real success with RW.
      I don’t think Russ hates the bigger guys because he’s jealous of their height or some stupid theory. But if you’re big, you still need to be able to create separation, be fast, be quick, have good hands and run great routes.
      You won’t get a guy like that in the second round

  6. Volume12 says:

    Trent Richardson is so damn slow. lmao

  7. Alex says:

    Byron Murphy won’t last that long. That’s off by at least 10 picks. Noah Fant is likewise undervalued here.

    • Stix says:

      Easily could fall out of the first round. Only reason he would go in (late) round 1 is due to a weak crop at the position this year.

    • Rob Staton says:

      Next time email me your picks in advance and I’ll make sure to get the mock right…

      • Hawktalker#1 says:

        Agreed

        The only way to get the mock right is to get everyone else’s opinions factored in.
        Otherwise we’re only left with you’re wrong mock.
        And what value is that? Hahaha

  8. Elmer says:

    I really like the idea of the Hawks taking a WR early and Metcalf looks like he has high potential. Why do you believe that Metcalf would be selected with McLaurin still available?

    • Kenny Sloth says:

      It’s about time we took another stab at integrating a big bodied target.

      Our WR corps can’t get comfortable!

      Hopefully we also picked up a promising FA defender in this scenario.

      Wouldn’t mind someone like Renell Wren to push our iDL as well.

      I just want hungry players this year to be honest

    • Rob Staton says:

      In this scenario I went with the idea of getting a freaky big target

      • AlaskaHawk says:

        I am excited about him. But you said he had some drops? Seems like the Seahawks have tried and cut several players that had his size but were dropping the ball. Who was the free agent wide receiver they started with last season, was that Marshall? I had high hopes for him. Anyway, that could be an issue, I want a wide receiver with sticky fingers.

  9. Volume12 says:

    Seattle is gonna love Rashan Gary. Ideal PC prospect. If he’s there they’ll take him.

  10. Volume12 says:

    I like this guy as a day 3 option for Seattle.

    Nevada’s Malik Reed (6’1-6’2, 240-250 lbs.) Long, raw, plays fast, smooth mover, good 1st step, flexible, high motor, UOH needs to improve and a lot of wasted motion with him, but the kind of project worth taking a shot on. Good EDGE player, but an even better of-ball LB and will be a great STer.

    2018 stats: 77 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 8 QB sacks, 4 FF (25 TFL & 16 sacks in past 2 seasons)

    Malik Reed vs Fresno St. (2018):
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AsEnikQZwhU

  11. Volume12 says:

    Just me, or does anyone else see Tyrone Crawford in LJ Collier? Him, A’Shawn Robinson, ‘Snacks’ Harrison, and Da’Shawn Hand would make up a helluva unit in Motown in this scenario.

  12. Josh says:

    I’m liking the idea of more offensive pieces drafted higher, I like the idea of drafting a potential game changer at wide out. Metcalf has tons of potential. I wouldn’t mind an offensive linemen at 40 either. Maybe a Tight end? I’m really interested to see how deep the defensive line class is after the combine and pro days.

  13. Josh says:

    Also, I can’t help but drool a bit with Simmons still on the board when they pick at 40. He is a freak as well. An injured freak but Athletic freak nonetheless.

  14. JJ says:

    With McKenzie going to Miami look at them as a potential trading partner. Schneider did a lot of trades with the Raiders.

  15. C-Dog says:

    Great looking R2.

    I do see Seattle possibly going WR with that first pick, or even TE, and I completely can see them deciding upon major upside over maybe more immediate polish. I think third downs might be the area Carroll more wants to see improvement.

    I can see them going veteran at DT that can play both 1T and 3T and veteran at edge rusher and then let the draft come to them after a few trade backs.

    I think I read somewhere that the Vikings are supposedly into Grier. Not sure if he makes it beyond their R2 pick, but Seattle might take a shining to Finley or Thorson in the third.

    • Rob Staton says:

      Working out Grier’s range is very tricky. Could easily see him in R2. Could see Seattle thinking that way too. But equally could see him being there in R3.

      • C-Dog says:

        Yeah, I agree. The whole QB situation in this draft feels confounding to me. I keep thinking that a number of them will likely race off the board rounds one and two because of the dearth and the amount of QB needy teams, but I can also see the case for punting into 2020, as well. It kind of has me thinking that maybe the teams that draft a lot of these guys would already have a firm QB1 in place and they are just looking for a development project with a possible eye to the future. New England, Seattle, Minnesota, New Orleans, Carolina, and other teams like that.

      • McZ says:

        Btw, there are three teams perceived to be in the market for a QB… Chargers, Pats and Saints. Also not sure Will Grier lasts to R3. His game manager style screams Rivers.

  16. Sea Mode says:

    Bradley Roby is a FA… the one that got away? Or would y’all rather keep Coleman if we’re gonna pay someone?

    I’m watching Rock Ya-Sin very closely. If he runs anything close to 4.4, he could be in play with our first pick after a trade down. He’s got the attitude and all the measureables.

    I know PC said we don’t have any huge holes, but slot CB might be the closest thing we do have to one depending on how things play out with Coleman.

    Kalan Reed is the only other small CB on the roster. 4.49 runner and explosive. Mr. Irrelevant 2016.

  17. charlietheunicorn says:

    Rob, you came around on Metcalf! 😀

    • Rob Staton says:

      My position on Metcalf hasn’t changed. But I’m willing to mock players to Seattle that aren’t my red hot favourites.

      • charlietheunicorn says:

        Not for the exact same reasons, but it feels like the Paul Richardson draft to me.
        Not a position that they were expected to draft, but they did…. and Richardson had a productive tenure with Seattle. They also doubled up on WR that draft and added to the OL. I keep thinking this is the way it might play out in 2019…. let FA fill in the defense and use draft for offense (except perhaps 1 LB or 1 DL).

  18. Dale Roberts says:

    It seems like just yesterday you were high on an offensive lineman name Conner McGovern. What do you think of this draft’s version?

    • Rob Staton says:

      I haven’t watched his stuff yet

    • McZ says:

      McGovern is the type of mid-/late-round OL guy the Seahawks could be targetting under Solari. Does one thing exceptionally well (run blocking), while being no complete dork in other areas. Lots of football IQ, which could make a team accustomed to this like the Pats bite earlier.

      Currently, I tend to think we will loose either Fluker or Sweezy in FA, and McGovern would be a day 1 plugin at RG, while being viable at C or LG too.

  19. Dale Roberts says:

    If the draft fell this way I’d bet big odds on them trading to later in the 2nd round given the level of talent still on the board. I hope you do a 3rd round because unearthing the undiscovered gems is the most interesting part of the draft.

  20. Darnell says:

    I think Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is going to find himself in the top 50, especially if he runs in the low 4.5s. A nice versatile athlete to help deal with the quality offenses out there.

  21. Ben says:

    Nice mock Rob. Although I understand why you selected Metcalf for the Hawks but if the draft fell like this I’d prefer the 5 players selected after #40. Just my opinion. Love the stuff you do and am always excited when you post something new.

    Also love that you have McGary as high as you do. This guy could sneak into the first round easily. He did a pre-combine workout yesterday at FSP & had the following numbers:
    320.4 pounds
    35.5-inch vertical jump
    5.00 40
    4.61 20-yard shuttle

    Not sure any OL has had that high of a vert at 320 lbs ever. The other numbers would be in the top 7-8 of OL in 2018 draft.

    • Sea Mode says:

      That would tie the record for the highest vert. by a 320+ lbs. OL in Combine history, currently set by Alex Barron (6’7″, 320, 35.5 vert) back in 2005. He went R1P19 to St. Louis Rams.

      Interestingly, the only ones to come anywhere close to that in the past 8 years are Germain Ifedi in 2016, who jumped 32.5″ at 6’6″, 324 lbs, and Donovan Smith in 2015, who jumped 32″ at 6’6″, 338 lbs.! Smith went R2P34 to the Buccaneers.

      • Ben says:

        It will be interesting to watch and see if McGary can replicate or even improve those numbers at the actual combine and/or at his pro day. Word is he wants to get the vert up to 38”. That would be insane for a guy his size.

  22. Dale Roberts says:

    We all know the Seahawks are trading out of the first round. But wait… not so fast. What’s the list of players the Hawks would have to take if they were to fall (assuming they couldn’t trade for picks of significantly more value than the draft table suggests)?

    Here’s my list:
    Q. Williams
    Bosa
    White
    Gary
    Allen
    Ferrell
    Hockenson
    Wilkins
    Oliver
    Taylor
    D. Jones
    Murray
    Lawrence

    What’s your?

  23. McZ says:

    The poor pal loosing his job over picking McLaurin at #44…

  24. Noah says:

    Do you think that Taylor Rapp could fit into Seattle’s defense if we draft him. Will there be any chance of him sliding down the board on draft day or will he probably go in the early 2nd round like you predicted

  25. Matt says:

    Metcalf feels like a “welp, Seattle wasting another high round pick.” I’d much prefer someone like Greg Dortch, later on. If there is one thing I don’t trust, it’s WRs with elite traits that never dominated college. I feel the same about a Rashan Gary. How can you be that physically amazing and not produce very well in college? It only gets harder in the NFL.

    Metcalf seems like Ifedi. Not a very good player but looks like he should be a stud, physically. I know you are not endorsing the pick, but to your point, it would be a very Seahawks-like move and explains why we are in our current predicament as a team.

    • Dale Roberts says:

      Baltimore has a tradition of whiffing on high pick WRs. The new GM says he learned something from Ozzie Newsome… receivers have to be able to actually catch the ball.

  26. Lenny says:

    Rob,

    What are your thoughts on Germaine Pratt? He is one of the faster linebackers that are listed in the class and was one of the best players on NC State’s defense (he was a team captain too). Ken Norton is notorious for wanting speed at the LB position and, outside of KJ Wright who was special for his length and football IQ, they had leaned toward guys with 40 yard dash times with explosive vertical and broad jump. Supposedly Pratt is known for his sideline to sideline to sideline speed, size at 6’2″ 240 pounds, and is supposedly timing in the 4.5s. His coach even called him one of the smartest defensive players he has ever coached and teammates say that he watches hours of film and knows exactly what plays they’re going to run in practice. Also was the leading tackler in every single NC State game this year and leading tackler in the ACC. His highlight tape is super Seahawky!

    https://youtu.be/W8RGHWjMCc0

    • Rob Staton says:

      There were things I liked on tape. His speed shows up well. I thought his ability to read and react was good. Blew up a couple of screens. Tough, physical. Certainly one to monitor.

  27. GoHawksDani says:

    I would absolutely hate this pick.
    This guy has questionable hands and mediocre speed (compared to some of the other prospects). It would be a total bust. Russ doesn’t play that well with bigger guys. None of his recent receivers was the classic big guy (Baldwin, Lockett, Kearse, Tate). In recent years, Graham was the closest to a true big bodied receiver, and that was a schematic struggle.
    And this dude is a joke with his uber-pumped-up muscles. He looks like an LB rather than a WR. If you lift that much you also lose some of your more subtle movements. You just can’t turn a body like that swiftly.
    I would be really pissed if they’d take him…especially when McLaurin, Simmons, Saunders, Wren, Burns, Collier, Walker still up on the board. I think these guys are either safer, has more upside, more pro-ready, or all of these.

  28. Dan says:

    I see that Rob Rang has mocked FS Adderley to the Hawks at #21. If the Seahawks cover 3 preference on defense requires a rangy center fielder to be successful, then I think this pick makes sense to me. But I see unlike most, you don’t even have Adderley in your top 64. Why not?

    • Rob Staton says:

      Because I don’t think he’s as good as some other people do. For me he’s a mid round pick at best. And when the Senior Bowl TE’s were beating him in coverage fairly easily, I’m shocked people are still touting him for R1.

      I think we know better than this by now. Seattle has only drafted ONE defensive back early. Earl Thomas. A player who had eight interceptions in a single season before he turned pro as a RS SOPH. A guy who oozed class and, for me, was far better than the guy who went eight picks earlier (despite both ET and Eric Berry having great careers).

      The idea that after nine years they’d take a non spectacular athlete from Delaware in round one to replace ET is way beyond comprehension. He’s not a bad player. He made some great plays and has a nice highlight reel. But he isn’t the rangey, single high safety everyone seems to think he is.

      Plus I think if you listen carefully to PC they like their safety’s more than the fans and media. That doesn’t mean they won’t draft a great one early. This is a rotten safety class though.

  29. Eburgz says:

    Wow. Really surprised to read all the negativity towards a Metcalf pick at 40. The guy is a freak and many consider him the top WR prospect in the draft class. The guy drops some passes but he also catches some crazy ones. McLaurin drops some balls too folks.

    Muscular guys can still have great quickness and flexibility. The whole “muscle bound” thing is mostly just a myth skinny guys tell themselves and others, unless your jacked like Ronnie Coleman. His physique shows he has crazy genetics and work ethic, it isn’t a bad thing. He’s gonna run a 4.4 and broad jump 11 feet at the combine, not many guys on the planet that have his combination of size/strength/speed. Depending on how the medicals are I think he would be a steal at 40. The drops can be cleaned up I think.