Updated mock draft: 31st December

December 31st, 2013 | Written by Rob Staton

Here’s an interesting angle for the 2014 draft.

Jadeveon Clowney is the best defensive physical specimen to enter the NFL since Mario Williams and Julius Peppers.

The one thing all three have in common?

Houston owned the #1 overall pick when they all turned pro.

In 2002 the Texans were an expansion franchise and passed on Peppers to take David Carr.

You can see the thought process. They felt they needed a quarterback to launch the team. In hindsight it was a big mistake. Carr flopped with no supporting cast and a bad offensive line. Peppers is an eight-time Pro-Bowler with 119 career sacks.

In 2006 they passed on two quarterbacks — Vince Young and Matt Leinart — plus Reggie Bush, to take Williams. This time the plan worked.

Now they face a familiar dilemma.

Once again they need a quarterback. It’s why they ended up with the #1 pick in the first place. They already have without question the best defensive player in the NFL in J.J. Watt. There’s enough playmaking talent on the offense — including an elite running back and two excellent receivers.

Better playcalling, better schemes and a new quarterback and Houston could quickly get back into contention in a weak AFC South.

They’re bringing in Penn State’s Bill O’Brien to replace Gary Kubiak. The next task will be to get a quarterback.

And this is where the situation gets complicated.

If they like Teddy Bridgewater (or Johnny Manziel) enough, they’ll just make that pick. Often with time, teams will talk themselves into liking a quarterback. There’s every chance that happens here.

At the back of their minds though will be the lingering presence of Clowney.

Put him alongside Watt, and you could be looking at an outrageous superstar double-act.

When Clowney gets to the combine — assuming he works out — he’ll put on a masterclass. That’s when people will remember what all the fuss was about at the start of the year. He really is the kind of rare physical talent that only comes around 2-3 times in a decade.

The Texans need a quarterback, but they don’t need to invest in the wrong one for the sake of it.

They might be able to do a deal for a veteran, just like Kansas City a year ago. What is Jay Cutler’s future in Chicago? That’s the big question. How easy would it be to do a deal there, if the Bears are even interested? Would the #33 pick and a high 2015 selection be enough? It’d be comparable to the Alex Smith trade.

Alternatively can they find an option in round two? Whether that’s A.J. McCarron or Brett Hundley or whoever.

I think it’d be wrong to just assume Houston will just take a quarterback first overall and that’s that. Clowney has to be in play. And if there’s any doubt about Bridgewater, they need to take him and try to turn the #33 pick into a quarterback, even if it involves a trade.

One other note before we get into it — the Rams are already making it known they want to deal the #2 pick. They’ll struggle to get the treasure-trove they received from Washington in the RGIII deal, but I can definitely see interest emerging.

Either Clowney or Bridgewater is going to be there when they’re on the clock. Someone is going to pick up the phone. So although Bridgewater is at #2 here, I fully expect St. Louis to make a trade. This isn’t me projecting Bridgewater to the Rams. I just don’t think he’s special enough to expect he’ll be any better than the already average Sam Bradford.

So here we go.

And Happy New Year.

#1 Jadeveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina)
Take Clowney at #1, put him next to J.J. Watt and enjoy. Do whatever it takes to turn the #33 pick into a QB you can win with.
#2 Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Louisville)
I don’t expect the Rams to draft Bridgewater. But I do expect someone to trade into this slot for the top QB or Clowney.
#3 Anthony Barr (DE, UCLA)
Gus Bradley could use a great edge rusher. I have my doubts about Barr, but physically he has a ton of upside.
#4 Johnny Manziel (QB, Texas A&M)
If they really do have a lot of interest in Manziel, they might as well take him here.
#5 Sammy Watkins (WR, Clemson)
He could shoot up boards by the combine. Oakland also needs a quarterback and should target one at the top of round two.
#6 Jake Matthews (T, Texas A&M)
The type of player Atlanta typically goes for. They need a tackle. Matthews might be better suited on the right side.
#7 Greg Robinson (T, Auburn)
Fantastic prospect. Elite athletic qualities. Looks like a complete stud. He’s a better prospect than Matthews for me.
#8 Blake Bortles (QB, UCF)
What are they going to do next at quarterback? They wasted a pick on Ponder, brought in Cassel and then signed Freeman. Shambles.
#9 Mike Evans (WR, Texas A&M)
The more I watch Evans, the more convinced I am he’s a top ten pick and a true #1 receiver.
#10 Marqise Lee (WR, USC)
Just a really good, competitive football player. Would look great alongside Megatron.
#11 Cyrus Kouandjio (T, Alabama)
Kouandjio and Robinson are the top two tackles for me. If he lasts this long it’d be a steal.
#12 Antonio Richardson (T, Tennessee)
Massive tackle prospect with a ton of potential. If he finds a level of consistency, he could be another Anthony Davis.
#13 Tyler Lewan (T, Michigan)
Solid if unspectacular tackle prospect. Just a good, honest football player.
#14 Ra’Shede Hageman (DT, Minnesota)
He will dominate at the Senior Bowl and secure a place in the top-20 next May.
#15 Darqueze Dennard (CB, Michigan State)
The best corner in a very average class.
#16 Khalil Mack (LB, Buffalo)
I’m not completely sold on Mack, but the Ravens have a lot of needs including adding another pass rusher.
#17 Louis Nix (DT, Notre Dame)
He’s not dominated in 2013 and it’s a concern. Has he added too much bad weight?
#18 Eric Ebron (TE, North Carolina)
Modern day tight end. Would provide a much needed weapon for the Jets offense.
#19 Cedric Ogbuehi (T, Texas A&M)
Reports say he’ll stay at A&M for another year. If he chooses to declare he’ll likely be a first rounder.
#20 Cameron Erving (T, Florida State)
Converted defensive lineman. Having a good year. One to coach up and mould into a competent left tackle.
#21 C.J. Mosley (LB, Alabama)
Green Bay’s defense badly needs an upgrade. Mosley would be a nice presence at inside linebacker.
#22 Justin Gilbert (CB, Oklahoma State
He’s had a productive year. I’ve only seen one of his games but came away impressed
#23 Brent Urban (DE, Virginia)
Chip Kelly likes defenders with length and speed.
#24 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S, Alabama)
Is he a first round pick? Possibly. The Chiefs don’t have any glaring needs.
#25 Bradley Roby (CB, Ohio State)
Roby didn’t have a great 2013 season but I’m a believer.
#26 Odell Beckham Jr (WR, LSU)
Could provide a dynamic double threat with Josh Gordon.
#27 Xavier Su’a-Filo (G, UCLA)
Big upside prospect with his best years ahead.
#28 Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE, Washington)
Big, orthodox tight end. Could go in round one, but it wouldn’t be a shock if he dropped into the second.
#29 Kelvin Benjamin (WR, Florida State)
I’m not a huge fan. Too inconsistent. But he’s the big bodied wide out Carolina currently lacks.
#30 Zack Martin (T/G, Notre Dame)
I really, really like this guy. He can play tackle in the NFL for me. Top-20 grade.
#31 Brandon Coleman (WR, Rutgers)
Forget the numbers and concentrate on the upside. He could be another Josh Gordon. See the video at the top of the article.
#32 La’el Collins (G, LSU)
I think he’ll end up at guard in the NFL, despite playing tackle this year.

62 Responses to “Updated mock draft: 31st December”

  1. Attyla the Hawk says:

    I’d have to think that there are just a handful of players Seattle will scuttle a draft day trade for (and I’m talking realistic options — not Clowney falls to 32 fantasy options).

    Hageman I believe will be one. His physical measurables will be too enticing for our FO to resist.

    Richardson/Erving are the OT prospects I suspect we’ll treasure most. Athletic OTs that can swing to LT in case of Okung injury.

    Evans would be the wideout I think they’ll stop the presses for.

    Cyril Richardson could be one of those. Dude is just freakishly strong and very agile. He really is a good blend of Warmack and Cooper. I’m higher on him than most. In terms of unique ability though, I believe he stands out in the interior. I like him better for Seattle than I did Warmack last year, but less than Cooper. For our team, I think his talents fit nearly perfectly. Power and mobility. Clearly his positional value works against him.

    Outside of those guys, I’m not sure there are many other players we’d feel compelled to take. Coleman has physical upside, but this is a draft that even if it stacks up like this mock, has 5 more 6’3″ or taller outside receivers left on the board. This is a no trade mock, so I can see the value. I can also see them trading back 10 spots and hoping Coleman is still there. While feeling satisfied that the risk of losing him is lessened since there are a lot of alternatives in that same mold in that same range of the draft.

    Agreed on the logic of the pick. He’s probably one of those ‘pockets of talent’ that Schneider refers to at draft time. Could still be our first selection even if we trade back.

    • KyleT says:

      This is actually very close to my thoughts on what’s likely as well. Either way its pretty exciting the possibilities of what position group we upgrade. I think I would be personally most excited about getting Brandon Coleman or Hageman. Realistically Hageman is probably who I want most given my love affair with this defense we have built. It’s going to be so important to win the trenches arms race in the NFC west over the next few years!

  2. Stuart says:

    Good points Rob, Clowney will be #1. As the Houston GM, I would make a play for QB Kirk Cousins. He is young, has pro experience and has done very well in his limited appearances. You know what you have in Cousins where a college QB is less certain how they will adapt to the NFL.

    Houston does a deal similar to KC did last year for Alex Smith. Houston trades #33 this year and a 2nd or 3rd next year. Also, Cousins is younger than Jay Cutler and he is way cheaper in terms of cap hits, long-term planning not short term fix. Of course, as we know, many GM’s only care about short term fixes to save their jobs…

    Nice way to start my day with a fresh mock from Rob. Happy New Year to you and your family.

    • Emperor_MA says:

      I’d think with Cousins’ last couple of games, that second-round pick at #33 alone should easily land him with the Texans if that’s the way they want to go. That’s an upgrade for the ‘Skins over what they gave for him and I just don’t think his market is going to be very hot.

      He really did look very pedestrian in his last two starts, with a guy like Matt Flynn looking more effective.

    • Phil says:

      Another option for Houston’s QB need could be a trade for Matt Barkley. His NFL career has gotten off to a rocky start, but many folks on this blog thought he was going to be the Seahawks’ QB of the future before RW came on the scene. In any event, I agree with the idea that there aren’t any QBs in this year’s draft that I’d want to use a first-round pick on. Instead, I’d look for a trade to pick up an existing NFL backup.

  3. Matt says:

    Mike Evans seems like a player that can make an immediate impact, but Brandon Coleman has more potential. He kinda reminds me of Brandon Marshall. I guess it just comes down to who you like, Brandon marshall or Vincent Jackson.

  4. JW says:

    How do you compare Hageman to Sheldon Richardson, Kawaan Short, Shariff Floyd, and Sylvester Williams?

    • Rob Staton says:

      Richardson was always on a different level for me. He should’ve gone in the top three last year. I still don’t know how he lasted as long as he did. I would put Hageman ahead of the others on that list.

      • JW says:

        Thanks. We see him the same, it seems. I was shocked Sheldon and Star lasted as they did last year. Short is having a nice rookie season but I suspect a lot of that is the teammates around him.

  5. Madmark says:

    my short list 1) Ra Shede Hageman The best DT prospect in draft, my opinion.
    2) Austin Seferian-Jenkins A giant among men
    3) Cyril Richardson Road grader
    4) Kelvin Benjamin unlimited potential
    My first 3 picks will probably be gone but if 1 of them is here I’ll take him. I’m really leaning towards Richardson slipping because he’s a guard but if he can step in and play that potition for 5 years I can actually get rid of James and solitify that left side of the offensive line.
    If the first 3 are gone, why not bring a Kelvin Benjamin in to this program for 5 years. It took Tate a good 2 years to learn and they didn’t have a RW at that time. If we win the Superbowl I believe he might mature faster so he can earn his.

    • Rob Staton says:

      The big issue I have with Richardson for Seattle is his ill fit in the ZBS. In a man scheme he has some value, big body and at his best with everything in front of him. If he has to move then he struggles.

      With Benjamin, I just can’t trust him. Too many insane drops, too many mental errors. A nice big body with so much potential, but he plays at his own speed. Plus, he’ll be 23 as a rookie because he had to re-sit two grades in school. So he’s coming up on his peak years at a time when he’ll need to develop and grow. Not a major issue, but it’s there.

  6. CC says:

    The more I’ve seen of receivers like AJ Green, Megatron, even Dez – we really need to get that big receiver who can fly down the field, and go up high. Our current guys are just fine – no complaints, but we need what Sidney Rice once was. The other thoughts are TE or OL. I know that ASJ has had an off year, but he can block and has good hands. The other rounds we can get the DT and fill in some holes. I really think we need to get a big target for RW. Let’s hope Percy can play all playoff games – it should make a difference!

  7. Big Balls Pete says:

    Hey wait, we lose the Superbowl?

  8. Eli says:

    For me the elephant in the room is the Seahawks’ safety depth. Right now I think it’s the most troublesome spot on the roster. An injury to Earl Thomas in the playoffs would be more catastrophic than an injury to RW, IMO. There’s just no way that Chris Maragos could fill in for Earl without a drastic drop off. I don’t think we could play 3 deep or cover 1, which are pretty much the only coverages we run.

    I think we have to draft a FS in the first 4 rounds. Plus I think Maragos makes a couple million so it’d help our cap situation as well. Anyone else have the safety concern?

    • Rob Staton says:

      It’s not so much a concern IMO because we get into a situation where you can’t have great depth everywhere. The drop off from Wilson to Jackson, Okung to McQuistan, Thomas to Maragos… all major impacts there. But that’s the NFL really. It’ll be difficult to find anyone who can suitably back up Thomas where there isn’t a drop off. But sure, it’s an area where they could maybe use a little extra depth. But they seem to like Shead for that role.

    • Chris says:

      Problem is there’s not going to be a safety that can “replace” Earl’s role that would still be a backup. Seahawks would just have to change their defensive scheme, which would indeed suck. The whole scheme is basically built around Earl Thomas’s range and instincts, but he’s almost irreplaceable, at least with anything less than a 1st round pick.

    • JamesP says:

      I agree. I’ve felt certain for the last 2 drafts that they’d try and find a raw but speedy FS maybe at the start of Day 3 to bring in and back up Thomas (I think it was Duke Williams last year who I thought would be a good bet). Thomas is so integral to the style of defense we want to run that an injury would mean, as you say, having to go back to the drawing board schematically. Maybe this year.

  9. KyleT says:

    After watching that video of Coleman I’m a little disappointed he made so little catches high pointing the football or really extending his hands. It looks like he has solid speed and runs good routes, but it’s kind of annoying to see someone that big not extending his hands to make catches. There is a pretty big gap between him and Mike Evans it seems

    • Rob Staton says:

      It’s the main area he can really improve. But it’s possible. It’ll also help having a quarterback who consistently throws a catchable football.

      • KyleT says:

        Do we really need a tall fast receiver that catches with his body vs a guy that is more physical and can be more of a possession receiver?

        What do you think of a guy like Donte Moncrief or Davante Adams? Boldin is only 6’1 so its not like the guy needs to be huge, but he needs to play huge as a 3rd down or red zone target. I’m not sure Coleman is an upgrade over any receiver on our roster. I think I would trust Baldwin to come down with a jump ball over Coleman.

        • pqlqi says:

          so Coleman will never improve?

          Come on… yeah, he’s got some flaws, but our coaching staff is pretty exceptional at developing players. You are pretty much never drafting a WR at the end of the first round who is going to step in and be a top 10 guy from day 1 – those players go in the top 5.

          • KyleT says:

            I think we wold sacrifice speed for these talents actually. I don’t think I’m describing a top 10 kind of receiver, but one that emphasizes possession/3rd down/red zone over speed. We don’t need a home run threat…we have those guys. Coleman looks like that guy. If he compares to Gordon then that’s still a different need.

        • Rob Staton says:

          I’m not crazy about Moncrief or Adams. I think Coleman has limitless upside and with good coaching could develop into another Josh Gordon.

    • Chris says:

      Doesn’t really seem to be a guy that “goes and gets” the ball. If he was more physical in attacking the ball and had better hands, he’d probably be a top 10 guy and we wouldn’t need to talk about him. For a really late 1st round pick though, he’s still going to be on the short list of possibilities I’d think.

  10. Burner says:

    I agree we need a WR in the first round. But I’d rather take Brandin Cooks. I think he is going to have a huge pro career. But is he a PC/JC 1st round pick?

    • Rob Staton says:

      Cooks is a smaller guy and I think we have that base covered. Baldwin, Harvin and Tate are all the same size-ish as Cooks (5-10/5-11). Seattle needs a big body in there.

  11. Stuart says:

    Burner, tell us about Brandin Cooks.

  12. Layne says:

    Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday that Harvin will practice this week and “has a chance” to play for Seattle going forward.

    “He would do anything to play,” Carroll said. “He’s at a place where he has a chance.”

    Harvin had a little message himself, tweeting that it’s “go time” and he’ll see everyone “in 2 weeks.

    And to all the haters who tried to kick when I was down … Can’t express how much fuel u added to my fire …”

  13. House says:

    Rob,

    Your mock has the ground work for SEA to trade back a few picks and get their guy still… I see a team like OAK or JAC back into the 1st to leapfrog HOU @ #33.

  14. Rob Staton says:

    Johnny Manziel tearing it up tonight.

    Teams will be watching this and falling in love.

    • Colin says:

      He had a very good game. Interesting to see where he ends up, but I believe as long as he stays out of trouble there is no way he’ll make it out of round 1. Someone will roll the dice.

  15. CC says:

    Hey maybe you guys already saw this, but somehow I missed it –

    http://vimeo.com/77108374

    Rain City Redemption part 3 start of the 2012 season – really cool to watch. It looks like there is part 2 maybe even3 for 2012 – this one through the NE game. Wow how far the Seahawks have come.

  16. AndrewP says:

    Rob- How much did Mr. Evans immature blow ups and relative lack of productivity in his last game impact your opinion of where you think he will/should land?

  17. Don says:

    I watched this video of Coleman several times hoping he would show some signs that he can use his 6’4 height to his advantage. Honestly, I am not that impressed. He dropped a couple of easy passes, buy I know every WR does that.

    That video show 3 games Coleman played in, the good and bad, so we can gauge his true talent.

    Compare that with the HIGHLIGHT video of Allen Robinson.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1go3MU9Cou4

    It isn’t a far comparison because it only shows the good. But look at the elusiveness Robinson has for a 6′-3 guy, and he goes up and catches it at the highpoint. Almost has the same sklill set of Cordelle Patterson, but without the 4.3 speed. This guy would look great next to Tate and Harvin.

    I like Coleman, I just want to see him make some high point catches.

    • AndrewP says:

      I want the best of both worlds in RDs 1/2, I want a combo of: A specimen of a TE that can solidly block but also win said jump balls and be a great redzone threat (ASJ?) and then a big, strong WR that isn’t ‘elite’ b/c he doesn’t have ‘breakaway speed’, but dammit, he just makes plays over and over again b/c he is bigger, stronger and smoother than the DBs he’s going up against (Robinson)…

      Any takers?

      • oz says:

        I would love it if ASJ fell to Seattle. There is a lot of TE needy teams ahead of us though. This class is loaded with 6-3 receivers. Hoffman had a heck of a game against the Huskies and he could last until the 3rd or 4th round. The kid from Boise State is pretty good too. I think Colman may slide down some into the second round. If ASJ is gone look for Seattle to trade back.

    • dave crockett says:

      It’s difficult to overstate how unbelievably crappy Rutgers’ QB situation is, and frankly, the overall offense. It’s just hard to judge under the circumstances. I’m not saying Coleman is flawless. He just looks like he hasn’t been coached, and doesn’t have a QB that is dependable.

  18. Phil says:

    After watching UCLA beat up on VT, I’m still a bigger fan of Jordan Zumwalt than Anthony Barr. Barr has all the athleticism you could want in a pass rusher, but Zumwalt has better instincts and is just a good-old-fashioned, smash-you-in-the-mouth LB. If he flashes at the combine, I think he could move into the first round.

  19. oz says:

    What did you think of that dirt-bag offensive line of UCLA, Rob? Three Freshman.

  20. Phil says:

    My wife and I decided that we would treat each other to tickets to the Seahawks vs. Rams game for Xmas, so we flew from the east coast to see our second Seahawks game of the year (we were in Charlotte for the opener).

    No doubt in my mind that the Seahawks need to focus on improving the offense — WR and OL, particularly. But, at the same time, they have the challenge of trying to keep some of their existing key offensive contributors (e.g.g., Tate, Baldwin) who they don’t want to lose to free agency. With this challenge in mind, I can see them going DT/DE in the first round just so they can avoid paying big $$$ to Mebane and/ or Bryant and instead using their $$$ to pay Tate and/or Baldwin. On the flip side, if Mebane continues to play like he did against the Rams, I don’t see how you can not keep him. I guess the Seahawks are lucky to be facing this challenge. Not many teams have as many young, talented players who are going to demand big $$$ in the coming years.

  21. Mylegacy says:

    Rob – love your work have a Great New Year!

    My problem with this draft is that I KNOW the offensive line has been the weak link of an otherwise dominate team – unfortunately – because of the injuries (including the lingering type that Unger has been playing with) I really don’t who should go and who should stay…it’s drivin’ me nuts (more nuts than my usual agitated state).

    IF – Harvin is actually healthy in 2014 – is a “big bodied” WR still a bigger need than the OLine? And if so – might Rice on a re-worked contract solve that and let us concentrate on the OLine in the draft? Do snow drops, crocuses or bluebells come up first in the spring?

    So many questions – so few answers…

    • Rob Staton says:

      For me the two biggest needs will end up being OT and WR. That’s assuming they re-sign Bennett.

      My thinking here is there’s a chance Tate can’t be re-signed. The market for receivers in free agency is insane, they consistently get overpaid. There are teams out there who will have a young QB and cap room to burn as a consequence — and I can see them going after Tate. If he isn’t re-signed by the market opening, he’ll likely be gone I think.

      Rice has to be cut for salary saving — I’m not sure he re-does his deal and besides, the ACL injury is a killer there. He’s been relatively injury prone in his career too. I wouldn’t want to rely on Rice and Harvin staying healthy.

      So receiver could become a big need and I think Wilson will benefit so much from a true #1, big bodied receiver.

      But with Giacomini also likely to move on for cost purposes, right tackle also becomes a need unless Bowie is the future there. And he might be. But I think this is such a deep draft at OT it’s an area that could be filled in rounds 2-3. But some would argue the same can be said at receiver.

  22. David M says:

    what do you guys hunk of Colt Lyerla. Amazing TE but bad kid off the field. do you think PC/JS would take him late round and try and get him fixed? he is a beast of a TE but with the off field troubles, I’m not sure its worth the chance, but if they think they can straighten him out, he would be a huge pickup for cheep money

    • David M says:

      Ment to say, ** think of Colt Lyerla

      • CC says:

        He’s fast that is for sure – I wonder if Petey has a history with him? Did he scout him for USC? If he has some connection with the kid, I could see them taking him late or signing him as an UDFA. But the whole weed thing with Thurmond this year may cause the FO to think long and hard about him even if he has talent.

  23. Rock says:

    Unbelievable! You call Kelvin Benjamin ‘inconsistent’ for 50 receptions for 1000 yards and yet you have been all over Brandon Coleman like a cheap suit for 2 years. Coleman has a 3rd round grade and will probably drop due to inconsistent hands and an inability to get separation from average college DB’s. Because he is a long strider that takes time to get up to speed he is limited to working the outside in the NFL. He is an impressive physical specimen but so are a lot of college guys. He just does not produce. The great ones do not lack for targets to convert into big plays. Coleman is not better than Jermaine Kearse or Richardo Lockette. Richard Sherman would eat him alive in training camp and ensure he spends the year on the practice squad.

  24. An says:

    Hi,

    The seahawks probably will be drafting in the 30s slot for the first round 2014 draft. If the mock draft having the Seahawks drafing Coleman. If that’s the case, is it better to trade our 1st for Josh Gordon & conditional 4 or 5th? He’s a proven player and it seem like the Browns FO wants a 1st for him. Harvin will probably take over Tate (free agent) in 2014, Josh Gordon & Sidney if he comes back after cap release. Baldwin will come back at market value. I would said 4 wideouts at that caliber will probably be top 3-4 groups in the NFL for the next 2-3 years. In the 2nd round, we can draft for OL and then some late round steals by JS & co.

    • Rob Staton says:

      The problem with Gordon is he’s one strike away from a career suspension.

      • CC says:

        Same for Thurmond – will make you wonder how many more times the FO will take a high risk player. Maybe trade down to the second for someone who wants to pop back up and grab a player and get a third rounder is probably a better play.

  25. AlaskaHawk says:

    Manziel had a heck of a good game last night. It made me change my opinion of him. I thought he had accuracy problems, and maybe he still does. What I didn’t see before is his leadership and scrambling ability. He is an exciting young quarterback. Not sure how it will all translate to pros, he could get lucky and be chosen by the Rams. That would be scary pairing his big pay ability with their good team.

    Didn’t see much play from Evans, Manziel was relying on other receivers,

    The Duke running back would be a good mid to late round choice as a small fast change of pace back. He had some major yardage and can catch the ball. Also there was a good receiver on the Duke team, I should have written some names down.

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      So that would be Jamison Crowder as potential 1-2 nd round WR (12 rec for 163 yds, 1 td), Josh Snead as 4-6 rd RB (17 carries for 104 yards, 3 catches 21 yards, 2 TD), Travis Labhart as 4-6 round WR (3 tds),

  26. David M says:

    whats everyone’s take on Arthur Lynch form Georgia? seems like a good TE that would fit in well with our system. although he is not a huge target like ASJ, he would pair very well Willson if we let go of Miller for Cap space. he is projected 3rd round, but we don’t have 3rd round pick, but PC/JS might trade up to get him. or at least i like him haha

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      I think I saw him drop a key pass late in the game. I was more impressed with Nebraskas defense. Should be some draft picks in mid to late rounds there. That waa great throw from the end zone for a 99 yard touchdown. Rb Gurley with Georgia was a real workhorse, he seems a little slow to go pro but it may have been the grass field.

      Stanford’s Rector just made a good catch, Gaffney finishes with a Td. Rose Bowl rules!

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  28. Trenchtown says:

    Jay Cutler is a free agent this offseason so the Texans are a possible landing spot. However cutting Schaub only saves 4 million and results in 10 million in dead money. The only real cut candidates to save cap room are Daniel Manning and Owen Daniels. Additionally, JJ Watt is a UFA after 2014 so getting him signed to an extension is a must this offseason. I’m not sure Houston can go big at quarterback next year anyway. I say draft Clowney and draft a QB in the second round.

  29. Curt says:

    Watched the video on Colman and to be honest I agree with some of the comments here about not high pointing the ball. Thought his best catches were over the middle. He doesn’t pass the eye test with me.
    Living here in Florida I have seen Benjamin many times (really a Gator fan but…. we need a real coach) and he just makes things happen. I love his play making ability but I have to defer to your analysis over mine. Are you taking into account the QB’s involved? One being the heisman winner and the other just so so?
    When watching Benjamin during the games he seems (to my amateur eye) like the difference maker and just stands out in the game. He always seemed to get separation and wanted the ball more. I know from your comments your not high on him and have done much more research than I but I personally think he would take the Seahawk receivers to the next level.
    Thanks for this awesome Seahawk Blog and keep up the fantastic work. St. Louis scares the crap out of me with all the high draft pics (RG3) but at the same time Pete & John are very good at finding great players that they can coach up.

    • Rob Staton says:

      High pointing the football better is the main thing Coleman needs to work on. My opinion on him comes down to this — there aren’t many 6-6 receivers at 220lbs who can run away from defensive backs. He is a ball of clay who for the last two seasons has played with one of the worst college QB’s in the NCAA. Not an excuse for some of his errors, but a reason for believing at the next level he can be a much better player with coaching and a proper quarterback.

      Benjamin drives be crazy. This is a guy who on one play catches the ball, breaks through three tackles and runs in a 40-yard touchdown. This is a guy who has the most ideal physical frame you’ll ever find on a wide out. And for every brilliant play he makes, there’s the lousiest drop you’ll ever see to go along with it. That Florida game was the definitive KB performance. A couple of great TD’s, and two or three atrocious drops. He has the Heisman winner throwing dimes into his palms uncovered and he’s dropping the football in the flat. He makes more mental mistakes than I’ve seen from any player in college in 2013. He plays at his own pace.

      If you can light a fire under him and cut out the errors, he could be elite. But it’s a huge ‘if’.