Written by Kip Earlywine
(Before you read any further, be sure to scroll down and check out my post explaining why Bruce Irvin wasn’t a reach at #15 if you haven’t already.)
Considering that we whiffed on the easiest part of the draft, I don’t know if there is much hope for projecting things going forward. Oh well. As they say, “nothing ventured nothing gained.”
Vinny Curry in round two? A commenter in my initial reaction thread made an interesting claim. I have no idea if there is any substance to it. In fact, I’d probably put the odds against any rumors having much substance right now. But what he said was still interesting just the same. He claimed that Vinny Curry was the other pass rusher that really interested Seattle. I find that interesting because like Rob, I’ve long felt that Curry was one of the draft’s most overlooked pass rushers. I’d go so far as to say that Vinny Curry is the closest thing you will find in this draft to a young Chris Clemons. In terms of size and physique they are very similar, and both have similar quickness and pass rush repertoire. Or to put it another way, Vinny Curry is the kind of complete pass rusher that Nick Perry wishes he could be.
Now, I don’t think Curry will last to #43. Even if he gets close, the Bills are probably going to have some interest in him, and that might be as far as he gets. But forget about pesky things like probabilities and for just a few minutes let’s talk about possibilities instead.
If (for argument’s sake) it’s true that Seattle holds Vinny Curry in high (1st round) regard, then obviously they’d find him to be a terrific value at #43. And while the team already added Bruce Irvin in round one, Bruce Irvin isn’t just here to replace Chris Clemons, he’s here to compliment Chris Clemons. There’s a problem though. Chris Clemons is 30 years old and turns 31 in October. He’s also a free agent to be after this next season. If Clemons is indeed a goner after 2012, then Seattle could end up back to square one with the pass rush, and that’s even if Bruce Irvin pans out.
Seattle doesn’t have to add another pass rusher this year. They can hope that one of Dexter Davis or Jameson Konz pans out as Seattle’s future second pass rusher. But if a pass rusher they have graded in the first round is sitting there at #43, whether it’s Vinny Curry or Courtney Upshaw or Andre Branch, will they pass on that? I wonder. This front office has to be prepared to draft a quarterback early next year if their current experiment doesn’t pan out. Having a big need at pass rusher for the second year in a row would be an unwanted distraction.
Any “out of left field” picks possible? Certainly. This front office is fairly transparent in their methods, but their picks have remained very difficult to pin down beforehand. I’ve been thinking for a while that Seattle’s second round pick is the “wildcard” in this year’s deck. While I strongly believe that running back and linebacker will remain priorities in this draft, the #43 pick is likely going to have a few options available with first round talent at a variety of positions. It’s a great place in this draft for the Seahawks to simply scoop up the best talent available. With this being a deep draft for both running backs and linebackers, Seattle could probably get away with putting off those needs one more round, especially since they picked up that extra 4th rounder. Don’t be completely shocked if they make another surprise pick at #43. It also wouldn’t surprise me if they traded down again, as this is a very deep draft that will pump out quality players for many rounds to come.
Some of the players I’ll be keeping an eye on tomorrow:
Reuben Randle. Seattle is deep at receiver, but they lack starting quality players. Randle carries a 1st round grade for some.
Stephen Hill. Was all the pre-draft hype just that?
Alshon Jeffery. I know Jeffrey isn’t fast, but he does a lot of things very well.
Mohamed Sanu. Yet another fringe first round option that could become a value pick.
Coby Fleener. I think he’ll reunite with Andrew Luck in Indianapolis, but considering that Fleener’s stock appeared to be falling in the final weeks of the draft’s run-up, it wouldn’t completely shock me if he made it to our pick. The Seahawks don’t really have a second tight end that’s proven right now, so Fleener has some appeal, even if his blocking skills have drawn a few harsh reviews.
Dwayne Allen. The Seahawks are nothing if unconventional at evaluating players. It wouldn’t shock me if Fleener wasn’t their top tight end.
Orson Charles. same deal.
Jonathan Martin. Martin isn’t an elite talent, but he’s a very good talent and I’m frankly blown away that he escaped the first round. He’ll likely be the first pick of the second round (St. Louis), but as of now, he’s still a possibility. Seattle is a longshot to add a lineman this early, but Martin deserved to go top ten in the minds of some, and Seattle’s situation on the line is far from settled. Right now an awful lot of this team’s success is hinging on Breno Giacomini, a lot more than I’m comfortable with (and I like the guy). Russell Okung is injury cursed until he proves otherwise. And James Carpenter’s injury health is concerning as well (he’s not expected to fully recover until the 2013 season).
Mike Adams. Another value at offensive tackle.
Cordy Glenn. Yet another value at offensive tackle. Where were options like these last year when it counted?
Peter Konz. Seattle doesn’t need a center, but Konz is such a good talent that it might be worth finding a way for him on the roster alongside Max Unger in the interior.
Kelechi Osemele. Another quality interior line option.
Amini Silatolu. Raw but talented. Just the kind of player the Seahawks like.
Brock Osweiler. I’d rather not, personally.
Kirk Cousins. Please no.
Russell Wilson. After seeing Irvin go in the first, nothing would surprise me at this point.
Lamar Miller. To me, Miller is the best non-Richardson back in the draft.
LaMichael James. A great change of pace option with under-rated strength, interior rushing ability, and toughness. May possibly have every down potential.
Chris Polk. Don’t be shocked if he goes round two. A team like the Packer’s could have some interest.
Robert Turbin. Could be worth keeping an eye on in round three.
Bernard Pierce. same deal.
Brandon Thompson. One of the best pass rushing defensive tackles in the draft.
Devon Still. A fringe first round prospect, he could fall even further in a crowded field of DTs.
Jerel Worthy. Worthy is a hot and cold player, but when he’s on, he’s dominant.
Kendall Reyes. Another good option at DT.
Courtney Upshaw. I’d love to get Upshaw at #43. What a fun defense that would be, with Irvin, Clemons, and Upshaw shuffling all over the front seven.
Vinny Curry. Chris Clemons 2.0.
Andre Branch. I’m not as impressed by Branch as most, but he’s got long arms and knows how to use them.
Ronnell Lewis. Lewis feels like a long shot, but he’s one of my favorite SAM linebacker options in the draft.
Zach Brown. I don’t know what to believe right now, but whether or not our source was right about Brown, you have to admit that Brown does fit the profile of a Pete Carroll pick.
Mychal Kendricks. Maybe I’m crazy, but it feels like everyone is sleeping on Kendricks’ stock suddenly. Could he be a possibility in round three?
Bobby Wagner. I find him to be “meh”, but even I’ll admit that Wagner seems like exactly the kind of linebacker Pete wants manning the middle of his defense.
Sean Spence. A playmaker who makes mistakes.
Lavonte David. I doubt David makes it to us. But man, if he does and the Seahawks aren’t all over it, it better be for a damn good reason.
Janoris Jenkins. Seattle doesn’t really need a corner that badly, and Jenkins has serious character concerns, but he’s also seriously talented. To me he’s a top 10 pick in terms of talent.
George Iloka. Iloka’s a stud. I doubt Seattle would draft him in rounds two or three, but I’ll still be watching him hoping that he’ll still be around tomorrow.