Interesting comments from John Schneider today, courtesy of an article by Ian Rapoport. Seattle’s GM indicates he and Pete Carroll have settled at two names for the #12 pick and that they’ll be ready if ‘their guy’ leaves the board before the team’s pick. Rapoport:
“We have to be prepared for other people to come to us,” Schneider told NFL.com. “Either we have to be strong and just sit there and take a really cool player or be able to negotiate in a fast manner with a team trying to get up and just decided whether — say they give you two picks — if those two players base would be worth the guy we’d be giving up.”
Schneider said he is set on two players who will be “very attractive” for his team at 12. He feels like he’ll have a chance to draft at least one, though he wouldn’t offer an identity. What he doesn’t know is if a team will leap ahead of him and nab his guy. He’s ready if that happens, though.
This is the most revealing piece of information we’ve seen so far, if accurate. Schneider admitted yesterday that the misinformation between teams started two weeks ago. However, considering there’s no direct names mentioned here, it’s hard to see how this could be constituted as misleading. The Seahawks may well have settled on two guys at #12 and both players could have a pretty good chance of being on the board when the team picks. When you’re picking that early, you don’t necessarily need a list of ten names. Especially if you have a history of thinking outside of he box.
So who are the two?
Many would speculate on the usual suspects you’ll see littered around the national mock drafts. I still firmly believe it could come down to the two names we’ve stuck with all along – Courtney Upshaw and Melvin Ingram. In that order.
Meanwhile… two members of the SDB community emailed me mock drafts recently and I wanted to get them on the blog before Thursday. Thanks to Clayton Russell and Craig Rosenstein for taking the time to put these together. You can see both projections after the fold.
1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck
The need is a QB and Leader and he has shown he has the smarts to build around.
2. Washington Redskins – Robbert Griffin the III
The Redskins, need a face for the organization and have been lacking leadership for sometime.
3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil
The Vikings could go a variety of directions with this pick but drafting a WR or CB is too high for those spots.
4. Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson
The Browns want Colt or another QB to grow, this helps, especially with no proven back on the roster.
5. Tampa Bay Bucs – Morris Claiborne
The Bucs may have liked Trent R, but Claiborne provides the coverage skills needed in Tampa.
6. St. Louis Rams – Justin Blackmon
The Rams need WR threats to open the running game and Blackmon is their best option
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Melvin Ingram
While I personally think they should draft a WR (Floyd) to help open up the game for Gabbert, Jags go D.
8. Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill
Can the Dolphins front office screw up any further, probably but here is their QB of the future.
9. Carolina Panthers – Quinton Coples
Carolina, cannot see past the fact he is from NC, so they add DE help instead of providing better WR or CB.
10. Buffalo Bills – Luke Kuechly
The Bills add a future leader and tackling machine, can he prevent them from another meltdown?
11. Kansas City Chiefs – Michael Brockers
I could also say DeCastro but I think they pull the switch on the D front.
12. Seattle Seahawks – Courtney Upshaw
Lots of value at LB, Seahawks could trade down and add another 2nd rounder and 3rd next year.
13. Arizona Cardinals – Riley Reiff
Cardinals would like to stop Kolb from getting season ending concussions so they go OL.
14. Dallas Cowboys – Mark Barron
Cowboys want to avoid getting burnt late in games while adding some coverage skills to the secondary.
15. Philadelphia Eagles – Lavonte David
Eagles had problems with their LB corps, they reach a little here but add good prospect.
16. NY Jets – Dontari Poe
Jets want more D for Rex and company and they like what Poe has to offer.
17. Cincinnati Bengals – Dre Kirkpatrick
Bengals looking to shore up secondary that let games get away from them late.
18. San Diego Chargers – Dont’a Hightower
Chargers start rebuilding a D that has taken hits the last few years, Hightower is the key to retooling.
19. Chicago Bears – David Decastro
Bears might want to look hard at Michael Floyd but would like to establish their OL.
20. Tennessee Titans – Michael Floyd
Brings in a legit WR target for Hasselbeck or Locker for years to come, could go Stephon Gilmore.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Lamar Miller
Bengals looking at going another direction, bring in speedster to take over for Benson.
22. Cleveland Browns – Brandon Weeden
Holmgren wants another QB, Weeden offers them options and this is a QB driven league so they grab him.
23. Detroit Lions – Stephon Gilmore
They have concerns at RB, but they have bigger needs stopping opposing WR’s.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Ta’amu Alemeda
OL also could use some help but Pitt has always thrived with run stoppers and Alemeda fits their system.
25. Denver Broncos – Coby Fleener
May go defense here but we know Peyton loves options and Fleener may offer many good years.
26. Houston Texans – Kendall Wright
Offers another WR option for Schaub or Yates. May also look D to replace Williams.
27. New England Pats – Fletcher Cox
Nice spot to land this talent, helps improve defense.
28. Green Bay Packers – Shea McClelin
May provide the pass rush option the Pack needs to once again free C. Matthews, RB other option.
29. Baltimore Ravens – Devon Still
Still adds bulk upfront and can contribute to getting to the QB, a must in Baltimore.
30. SF 49’ers – Stephen Hill
They don’t have great WR’s so they see if they can get one in the draft.
31. New England Pats – Nick Perry
Another Defensive player that can contribute right away.
32. NY Giants – Vinny Curry
Another pass rusher in NY, or they might look at RB or OL.
Seahawks round out:
43. Whitney Mercilus DE
75. Robert Turbin RB
106. Vontaze Burfict ILB
181. Kirk Cousins QB
225. Antonio Allen SS
1. IND – Andrew Luck QB – No explanation needed.
2. WAS (from STL) – Robert Griffin III QB – No explanation needed.
3. MIN – Matt Kalil OT – Despite recent rumors that they’re trying to trade the pick, they come to their senses and go with the third best prospect in the draft.
4. CLE – Trent Richardson RB – This franchise needs an offensive playmaker if they want to start putting up points. Richardson is the draft’s elite offensive playmaker.
5. TB – Morris Claiborne DB – A great corner that will solidify their secondary.
6. STL (from WAS) – Justin Blackmon WR – Try as they might, Tannehill’s rawness will not allow them to extort another team for the second time in the draft. Stuck at
6, they can’t justify passing on Blackmon (even though the media has severely inflated his stock) if they want Bradford to improve.
7. JAX – Quinton Coples DE – Coples possesses the potential to be an elite pass rusher. JAX needs to find impact players if it wants to get back on track.
8. MIA – Ryan Tannehill QB – They could reach for a QB in the second, but the fact that Coples has already left the board convinces them to go with the remaining QB with the highest ceiling.
9. *AZI (from CAR) – Riley Reiff OT – The Cardinals move up to grab a solid addition to their offensive line.
10. BUF – Michael Floyd WR – Robbed of Reiff, they still get a great receiver to improve Fitzpatricks’ offensive weapons (and any argument for them not cutting him after this year).
11. KC – Luke Kuechly LB – His position could push him later into the draft, but Kansas City is the team that can prevent this from happening.
12. **DAL (from SEA) – Dontari Poe DT – Rob Ryan gets a new toy to play with, as he believes he can maximize Poe’s elite potential.
13. CAR (from AZI) – Fletcher Cox DT – A great defensive line prospect that can immediately help their terrible defensive line.
14. SEA (from DAL) – Courtney Upshaw OLB/DE – Exactly what the Seahawks are looking for: someone that can provide a great pass rush opposite of Chris Clemons, but that also won’t be a liability in run defense.
15. PHI – Mark Barron DB – A great playmaker that will give them the best secondary in their pass-first divison (especially with Washington’s addition of RGIII).
16. NYJ – Melvin Ingram OLB/DE – A solid pass rusher that Rex Ryan will be able to use in a lot of different looks.
17. CIN (from OAK) – Kendall Wright WR – A stellar receiver that can stretch the field, him, Green, and Gresham will give Dalton plenty of options.
18. TEN (from SD) – Michael Brockers DT – Great value at this point, the Titans pounce and opt to go defensive line over offensive line.
19. CHI – David DeCastro OG – With Knox at risk of starting the season on the PUP (and maybe even miss the season), they would have loved to get Kendall Wright here to pair with Marshall . However, they still get great value and vastly improve their offensive line.
20. SD (from TEN) – Dre Kirkpatrick DB – Character issues aside, he’s a very solid playmaker that they can convert to safety to fit a hole while minimizing his weaknesses in coverage.
21. CIN – Stephen Gilmore DB – A great cornerback, the Bengals take care of a huge need.
22. CLE – Brandon Weeden QB – Realizing that they won’t win games or sell tickets with Colt McCoy at quarterback, they take their second offensive player of the draft. They will probably also add a receiver in rounds two or three.
23. DET – Jonathan Martin OT – Jeff Backus is getting old and with Stafford’s injury history, they need to make protecting him a priority. Right tackle Gosder Cherilus is also in a contract year and a below average player anyways.
24. PIT – Cordy Glenn OT – They need to protect Ben Roethlisberger better and get a versatile offensive lineman in Glenn.
25. DEN – Doug Martin RB – The consensus second best runningback in the draft, him and McGahee will provide a solid one-two punch at the position. Improving the run game and adding Peyton Manning will drastically improve the Bronco’s offense in terms of both passing and rushing.
26. SEA (from HOU) – Don’t’a Hightower LB – The Seahawks move up to take their second Alabama linebacker of the draft and continue to bolster their defensive identity.
27. NE – Whitney Mercilus DE – By improving their pass rush, the Patriots can cover up the glaring holes in their secondary that were exposed last season.
28. GB – Vinny Curry DE – Another pass rusher will allow for the Packers to maximize the effectiveness of Clay Matthews and, like the Patriots, cover up their less than stellar pass defense from last year.
29. BAL – Stephen Hill WR – They grab another exciting, young receiver as Anquan Boldin has lost a step and is on the decline.
30. SF – Kevin Zeitler OG – Good value, an underrated guard that can help improve their line.
31. NE – Chandler Jones DE – See pick 31. They double up on defensive end in order to try and maximize the success of their pass rush.
32. NYG – Coby Fleener TE – They should be extremely thankful if Fleener lasts this long. It fills a huge need as Ballard may miss all of next season. They should trade up, although I don’t think that they will.
*CAR trades picks 9 and 180 to AZI for picks 13, 80, and 151: AZI gets their talented and much needed tackle by jumping BUF. CAR moves down to a range where they are still likely to get a top defensive line prospect.
**SEA trades picks 12 and 106 to DAL for picks 14 and 81: DAL, salivating over Poe’s elite potential, fears that the Panthers will take him and make a relatively small leap to secure their top ranked DT. SEA views this as a very small risk maneuver considering CAR’s more glaring defensive needs and still gets their man.
***SD trades pick 18 to TEN for picks 20, 115, and 227: TEN can’t believe that Brockers is still available and snatches him up before he can make his way to CHI. SD doesn’t see any prospects that they’re dying for and happily accepts the extra draft picks.
****HOU trades pick 26 to SEA for picks 43, 75 and their 2013 4th rounder: SEA’s small move earlier in the first gives them the leeway to make a move to combine Alabama’s explosive LBs. They still possess picks in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th to grab an RB and some more defensive depth. In an extremely deep WR draft class, Houston still gets two promising WRs to play behind Andre Johnson by selecting Rueben Randle and Alshon Jeffery with picks 43 and 58, while adding picks in the process.