Andrew Perloff at SI.com published a top-24 projection which excludes the playoff teams. He has Blaine Gabbert going first overall to Carolina – something that shouldn’t be ruled out. Perloff: “Quarterbacks have gone No. 1 overall eight out of the past 10 years. CAA, which represents Gabbert, has represented seven of the past eight overall No. 1 picks. Despite playing in a spread offense at Missouri, Gabbert is the top-rated quarterback and is the kind of player Carolina could sell to its fans.”
Walter Cherepinsky has a four round mock draft available at WalterFootball.com. Brandon Harris is Seattle’s choice in round one, followed by Rodney Hudson with the 57th pick. Both are solid projections.
Chad Reuter and Rob Rang have updated mocks on CBS Sportsline. Reuter throws a new name into the ring for Seattle – Corey Liuget a defensive tackle from Illinois. Reuter: “His Texas Bowl performance should convince scouts to bring his strength and quickness on board early in the draft.”
Larry McDaniel Jr at Pro Prospects has the Seahawks taking an old Pete Carroll favorite – Tyron Smith (OT, USC). In my opinion, Smith is undoubtedly the best offensive lineman available in this class and due to the premium nature of the position should secure a place in the top-15 picks – possibly even the top ten. I’m not convinced Seattle will draft a right tackle this early (and Jimmy Smith is available here – you know what I think of him) – but it’s another name to discuss nonetheless.
NE Patriots Draft is a team related draft blog I frequently visit for reference. It’s a great site worth checking out and there’s some very interesting picks here. The Seahawks take Cameron Heyward (DE, Ohio State) at #25. I’m not convinced he’s a great scheme fit because he’d have to play the 5-technique role used by Red Bryant. He gives up considerable size to RB but also hasn’t proven to be a consistent pass rush threat during the last two years to compensate.
SideLion Report is another team draft site worth visiting. The Seahawks take Ryan Kerrigan (DE, Purdue) - someone I wouldn’t rule out if the team is prepared to draft a LEO rusher in the first round.
I’ll be updating my own mock draft after the deadline passes for underclassmen to declare on Saturday with some substantial changes so stay tuned for that.