NFL Draft: Potential first round targets for the Seahawks

Gym-rat Melvin Gordon will almost certainly interest the Seahawks

What I considered making this list:

1. It’s about more than SPARQ
The Seahawks love difference-making athleticism, but it’s not the be-all and end-all. Bruce Irvin is a stunning athlete but he was also the best pass rusher in college football in 2010 (he had a good season in 2011 too). Bobby Wagner was productive and so was Russell Wilson. Earl Thomas had eight interceptions in 2009 for Texas. More recently, Paul Richardson had a 1343-yard season for Colorado — including ten touchdowns. Yes — they want the best athletes. But there needs to be a level of production to back up the potential.

2. They need to fit in
Before the last draft Pete Carroll and John Schneider talked about finding players that can survive in Seattle’s ultra-competitive locker room. A potential defensive prospect has to mesh with the big personalities on this team. A receiver has to be comfortable competing against the LOB every day. Character, self-confidence and competitiveness has to be part of the make-up here. Shy and retiring won’t cut it.

Running backs
Whether it’s retirement or just time to move on, Marshawn Lynch’s days in Seattle (sadly) appear numbered. This will leave a big hole in the running game. Unlike a lot of other teams that treat the position as an afterthought, the Seahawks want to dominate in the run game. They’ve had a superstar playing the position during Pete Carroll’s first five seasons in Seattle — they’d probably like another X-Factor player to lead the rushing attack going forward. It’s a good class for running backs with three stand-outs.

Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin)
There’s every chance he’s a top-15 pick and therefore out of reach for the Seahawks. If he lasts, it could be a no-brainer. He’s a totally different player to Lynch but ticks all the required boxes: he’s a fantastic athlete and gym rat, he has major production (Heisman finalist) and a competitive, team-friendly personality. You can imagine him shadowing Russell Wilson, working identical hours. A lot of teams will grade Gordon in the top 15-20 but need and positional value could keep him on the board. It’s a long-shot to think he’d be there for the Seahawks but he’s also the type of player you can build around. You can imagine John Schneider really liking him. Enough to move up? Maybe.

Production: 2336 rushing yards in 2014, 29 total touchdowns

Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia)
In terms of pure talent Gurley would be among the top five players in the draft. He won’t go that early because of a nasty ACL injury towards the end of the college season. He probably won’t work out pre-draft and the fierce nature of the position plus an injury history might put some teams off. One of two things will happen in April: a team in the teens will take a punt on his obvious potential or a really good team in the 20’s or 30’s is going to get a rehab project for the ages. If the Seahawks were willing to play the long-game with Gurley they could end up with another superstar to replace Lynch. He’s a 230lbs home-run hitter who returns kick-offs for TD’s, explodes through running lanes, knows how to break a tackle and work into the passing game. You might not get an immediate return due to the injury, but when he’s healthy — Gurley’s a beast. He commands respect from his team mates. Business like personality, speaks with ingrained self-belief.

Production: 911 rushing yards in just six games, 10 total touchdowns

Tevin Coleman (RB, Indiana)
Coleman deserves as much attention as the other two, especially after a fanastic season for the Hoosiers. Everything you read about him is positive — he’s loved by the Indiana coaches. He had a close family upbringing and stayed in contact with his Pee-Wee coaches. He was born three months premature and given a 20% chance of living. He’s a humble, respectable individual. On the field he’s electric — a terrific one cut and go runner. He has the size to work up the middle but he’s at his best finding a crease and exploding. Intense competitor on the field and throws his body around in pass protection. Always seems to fall forward. He should go in the top-40 and whoever gets him will land a productive runner for the next few years. It’ll be interesting to see how he does at the combine but he looks athletic and he ticks all the boxes in terms of competitiveness and character.

Production: 2036 rushing yards in 2014, 15 total touchdowns

Wide receivers
Even after drafting Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood in 2014, the Seahawks stand to add another option to their passing game in the off-season. They’ve lost Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice in the last few months. They have a lot of similar receivers in terms of size, frame and speed. They don’t have a player with Harvin’s explosive ability or Rice’s size. For that reason there’s every chance they’ll consider another early pick here. Ideally they’d grab a big target — but the options are limited. Michigan’s Devin Funchess looks the part but he’s not a self motivator and needs to be pushed. He’s also inconsistent catching the ball and never lived up to expectations.

Kevin White (WR, West Virginia)
He ticks all the boxes with his on-field play. White high points the football naturally with terrific catching technique. He’s a physical receiver who competes for the ball in the air. He’s shown he can be a red zone threat and a reliable third-down target. He’s not a burner but he can run away from speedy cornerbacks on shorter routes exploiting YAC. His team mates really respect him at WVU and have taken on his “Easy” catchphrase after making a big play. Turned his career around after a tough start in the JUCO’s. Has a little Larry Fitzgerald to his game even if he doesn’t look as imposing physically. Could easily go in the top-20 but he’s also a one-year wonder and there’s some depth at receiver again this year.

Production: 1318 receiving yards in 2014, nine touchdowns

Sammie Coates (WR, Auburn)
A candidate to be the best athlete at the combine, Coates is just a rare combination of muscle and speed. He made #1 in Bruce Feldman’s annual ‘freaks’ list for 2015. He’s also a humble individual who befriended a young cancer sufferer and spends a considerable amount of his free time with her. On the field he’s inconsistent — he drops too many passes and doesn’t have major production in a run-heavy scheme. I suspect Seattle is willing to look beyond production if you make the most of your limited chances — that’s why they drafted Kevin Norwood. Coates isn’t anywhere near as efficient as Norwood but he did make some key plays in big games against Alabama and LSU. Essentially he’s a big-time threat downfield and has the size to play the Sidney Rice role. Major SPARQ candidate.

Production: 23.90 YPC, three of his four big-play touchdowns occurred when Auburn trailed

D’haquille ‘Duke’ Williams (WR, Auburn)
Coates’ team mate at Auburn is a very different player — perhaps the type Seattle has lacked. He just looks like a #1 receiver with similar size to Dez Bryant. Big hands, long arms, great size. Williams has only played one season with the Tigers and already looks like a stud. He’s just a very naturally gifted player who will, one day, be a very effective NFL receiver. He was the unquestioned leader at his old JUCO team and he plays with an edge. He wouldn’t have any trouble surviving Seattle’s fierce locker room. He’d provide a red zone threat and another option over the middle/working the seam. He might need some seasoning — it’s tough to go from the JUCO’s to the NFL after just one year in the SEC. But he’s such a natural pass-catcher you wouldn’t bet against an early impact. The sky’s the limit for Williams.

Production: 730 yards and five touchdowns in ten games on a run-heavy offense

Pass rushers
After extending Cliff Avril’s contract they might steer clear of a high pick at defensive end. Depth is the key really and there’s enough talent to wait until the middle rounds. They could even bring in a Brian Orakpo or Jabaal Sheard in free agency, depending on how much cap room is left. Even so — this is a terrific class for pass rushers. Not all fit Seattle’s penchant for length, explosive speed (eg 1.50 ten yard split) and production. The ones that do could be on the radar.

Eli Harold (DE, Virginia)
He’s a project with major upside. When you watch Harold on tape there’s a lot to work on. He has a ton of snaps where he struggles to have an impact. But then he’ll fly around the edge at warp-speed to make a splash play. His get off is potentially elite. He looks like he’ll run an outstanding ten yard split and he appears to have enough length to interest Seattle. Hand placement can be improved and you wonder if he’ll be able to win using just speed but the upside is clear to see. What I like most about Harold, aside from the athleticism, is his personality. He’s incredibly mature. Lost his mother at a young age and made Virginia coach Mike London a father-figure. Speaks with tremendous passion and heart. You want to root for him.

Production: 14.5 TFL’s in 2014 plus seven sacks

Shawn Oakman (DE, Baylor)
What isn’t Seahawky about a 6-8, 285lbs defensive linemen who is the heart and soul of his team and plays loose and ferocious at the same time? Oakman has battled adversity, poverty and disappointment to become the leader of the Baylor Bears. His back-story is fascinating and his athletic potential is outstanding. If he declares he too could be one of the stars of the combine. He carries minimal body fat — he’s 6-8 and pure muscle. He plays with great upper body strength. He’s not the most agile as you’d expect but his straight-line speed is fine. He’s different in a good way. He could be special. The Seahawks like ‘special’ difference makers. There aren’t many human beings like this. He does struggle to get off blocks but you see his power and length every snap. He could develop into a more athletic Calais Campbell.

Production: 18.5 TFL’s in 2014 plus 10 sacks

Bud Dupree (DE, Kentucky)
I think Dupree could be a top-15 pick but others have him in the late first. He doesn’t have great length and that could be an issue. Everything else about his game is so ‘Seattle’. He’s a big time leader, a disruptive pass rusher with tremendous athleticism. He could play defensive end and outside linebacker. He flies to the ball and constantly makes plays. You have to account for his presence every snap. Technically he’s assured and he’s primed to make a quick impact at the next level. It’s impossible not to admire Dupree and he’ll have a long and successful NFL career wherever he ends up. His coaches love him and he’s dragged a struggling program towards relevance in the SEC this season. Very mature and accomplished.

Production: One pick-six, 12.5 TFL’s, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, five QB hurries and a blocked kick in 2014

Other positions
I’ve listed three possible needs above but there’s every chance they just take one of the better players on their board. This is a good enough team to not have to go after specific needs, especially when you have 10-11 picks and a track record of finding starters in the later rounds.

Shaq Thompson (LB, Washington)
Incredible range. It’d be fun to consider how the Seahawks would use him in their defense. He could do some rushing off the edge, he could line up in any of the linebacker spots. They could use him as a roaming safety similar to Deone Bucannon. Could they use him to cover a specific target? He could even take some snaps at running back and be a special teams demon. He’s a playmaker and a great athlete — the type creative coaches (like Pete Carroll) love to get their hands on. In many ways it’d be interesting to see Thompson game-planned into different roles instead of being used as an orthodox outsider linebacker.

Production: 456 rushing yards (two TD’s), three fumble returns for touchdowns, a pick-six, two TFL’s and a sack

T.J. Clemmings (T, Pittsburgh)
A converted defensive linemen with plenty of upside. He admits he had a rough first year after the switch but settled into the right tackle spot in 2014. Honest, talented and room to develop. A lack of experience will concern some in a relatively good tackle class — especially considering he didn’t cover the blind side. I’m not convinced Seattle will spend yet another high pick on the offensive line but with Russell Okung’s contract nearing it’s conclusion and Justin Britt struggling a bit they could consider it. I think an extension for Okung and patience with Britt is more likely, but we’ll see. After Stanford’s Andrus Peat, Clemmings is the most intriguing tackle in the class for me.

Production: Pitt ranked 16th nationally for rushing yards, with Clemmings leading the way

Eddie Goldman (DT, Florida State) & Malcom Brown (DT, Texas)
I think the Seahawks are happy to use the second-wave free agent market and middle rounds to go after interior defensive linemen. I think it’d take a really special talent (such as Aaron Donald) to force their hand. I’m not convinced we’ll see them take a first round defensive tackle in 2015. The two players that might fit are former 5-star recruits Goldman and Brown. Goldman in particular is a tremendous athlete with genuine power in the running game. He could rise into the top-ten with a good off-season. Brown is no less impressive and also excels against both the run and pass. I’d expect both to be off the board before Seattle’s pick.

Production: Goldman — eight TFL’s and four sacks, Brown — 12.5 TFL’s and 6.5 sacks


  1. Steen

    Notice he said it’s *NOT* all about SPARQ. Hopefully the dorks that think they’ve deduced the FO’s personnel philosophy can get that through their heads. Football skills matter.

    • Rob Staton

      They certainly do matter.

      • Steen

        Any worry about Gordon’s number of carries for his career?

        • Rob Staton

          No — he only 20 carries in 2011, 62 in 2012 and then 206 in 2013. He didn’t have a large bulk of carries and become the feature back until this year.

    • Jarhead

      Ha! Dorks… Classic. That is why I have remarked about my hatred for the phrase SPARQ demon and what it entails. We have had enough picks like Michael- lets get some more Wrights, Chancellors, and even Jordan Hills (Gee whiz who say THAT coming)- great football players who are pretty good athletes, NOT great athletes who are pretty okay football players. While leadership is a great quality- Wilson, Thomas and Sherman are going to be here for a LOOONG time. We don’t need locker room leaders. Give me guys who can get into the system and produce within the scheme we have. Versatile players who can produce even when not playing in their natural position. There seem to be some versatile skill set players in this draft- I hope we can get a guy who contributes in more than one facet of the game whether it be offense or defense

      • Austin

        Michael hasn’t seen enough playing time to judge him so unfavorably. I don’t agree with the Michael doesn’t have a chance to develop into an elite RB sentiment. We don’t have a large enough sample size to judge because he is stuck behind Lynch.

  2. Cysco

    amazing piece Rob. (as always) Gotta say that my enjoyment of the NFL has greatly increased since discovering your blog a few years ago. You put in a crazy amount of effort on this site. Just wanted to say, it’s appreciated.

    Green-Beckham? Curious why he didn’t make your list. Do you think he won’t declare or do you think his off-field stuff will cause him to be crossed off the list?

    Of the players on the list, I gotta admit I get most excited about the D-line prospects. Being in Texas, I’ve seen a good deal of Oakman. As they say, you can’t coach size. And that dude has it to spare. He’s a bit raw, but I really believe his personality is one that makes him very coachable. I think he could thrive in the right environment. Beyond that, Bud Dupree is one of my favorite prospects in the entire draft.

    All that said, if I’m getting my pick of anyone on the list. I’m taking Gurley. I’m a sucker for the home run swing and you don’t get much more of a home run than Gurley. As you’ve said before, he “could” be a generational talent. This team can afford a miss, but if they hit on Gurley, watch out. I’d take the risk.

    • Ho Lee Chit

      I would plan for replacements for Okung and Lynch who both have another year but large contracts. It is about the only way we keep most of the team together. Bailey is playing well at LT and there are a bunch of LT prospects. I suspect we will take a LT in the first two rounds and look for a trade for Okung. Gurley is an interesting gamble. We would probably need to use our first round pick on him should he even be available. Hopefully, they check out the knee and he does not turn into LaMichael James. In the third I would look for a bulldozing OG like Tre Jackson. With 7 WR;s on the roster it is difficult to sell me on the idea we will use another early pick on a WR, again. Especially, since they seem to be no bigger or faster than the guys we have. Duron Carter, the 6-5 FA from the CFL, seems like the more likely acquisition at the WR position. A DT would also be a welcome addition. Mebane, McDaniel and Kevin Williams are getting a little age and a younger rotation tackle could make the squad since it appears Jessie Williams is not working out.

      • Ed

        I have been saying for a year now to trade Okung and Unger. They hardly play and make good money. However, Rob really thinks they stay.

        1st TE (Funchess)
        2nd OL/DT
        3rd DT/OL

        • Rob Staton

          It’s not just that I think they’ll stay Ed, when is the last time a center was traded? And Okung is too valuable to move just to replace in rounds two or three.

          • Ed

            Zuttah played center (but can play all spots), but I see your point. There is always hoping. So assuming they both are Hawks next year, wouldn’t this year be a good to get some new OL, not just for depth but starters the next year? I can’t see Okung and Unger making it past 2015 season.


            1st TE Funchess (Michigan)
            2nd OT Drango (Baylor)
            3rd DT Wright (Auburn)
            4th OG Miller (Louisville)

            • Rob Staton

              I think they’ll re-sign Okung and don’t see any need to move on from Unger. Even with his injuries they’ve managed the situation well with Lemuel JP. Just keep both.

              • Jarhead

                You don’t think Bailey at least needs to be tried out before we lock up Okung? Okung is perennially injured and well his performance is certainly not so great that he can’t be replaced? Bailey looked pretty good and we are not a high volume passing team- so maybe we can replace Okung in-house with another gem?

                • Rob Staton

                  In fairness to Okung he’s played in 13 games this season (and should make it 14 on Sunday). His most injury hit year was last season when he played 8 times in the regular season. In 2012 he had 15 games, 12 in 2011. I’m not sure it’s worth abandoning a good left tackle for the sake of that record. It plays into the contract negotiations for sure, but not enough to cut ties.

                  • Volume 12

                    Have to agree with ya there Rob. I wonder though, is C Patrick Lewis a better fit behind Unger going forward? Seems like he might end up being a good backup, with higher upside than LJP, who is no slouch by any means.

                    • Rob Staton

                      I think the coaching’s good enough to feel like whoever steps in can perform. It happens every time. Bailey, LJP, Lewis — these guys always step up. That’s on Cable IMO. We’re lucky to have him.

                • Arias

                  It seems like the reason they can’t figure out who to start at center this week is because it’s a pick your poison situation. Lewis does well against the run but sucks in pass pro, giving up 4 qb pressures last Sunday including the only sack of the game. For any offensive lineman that’s a bad day but for a center especially, that’s just horrendous. The previous 3 games LJP had done fine in pass pro, but was especially terrible in the run game culminating in that second SF game when he got mauled by niners nose tackle Quinton Dial all game. I’m sure that played into the reasons for deciding to go with Lewis against Arizona. Plus Lewis didn’t play too badly in the first Arizona game. If there could be a composite of Lewis against the run and LJP pass blocking that player could probably be a pretty good backup. But right now I can understand the major dilemma on which of them to start against the rams. I wonder who’s getting the reps.

    • Rob Staton

      For the time being I’m assuming DGB won’t declare. If he does, he’d certainly be on the list.

  3. seaspunj

    Of the RB listed which is the better pass protector to pick up the blitz?

    I see Lynch block so well and respect that part of his game to protect Wilson.

    • Rob Staton


  4. Alaska Norm

    Did anyone hear Petes radio show this AM. He was pretty brutal on Baily. Pretty much said he was eating his way out of a job. Makes you wonder if he will be around if he can not stay in better shape. Petes usually pretty good at not publicly berating his players but that’s twice I have heard him dress down Baily this year. Tough love? Maybe they will look at OT early.

    • redzone086

      Also sounded like Luke owns the TE starting job from Miller and that Lynch has stomach issues all the time before games and that Lynch wouldn’t be around after this year on his Tuesday press conference.

    • Germpod

      Alaska Norm, which radio show was it? I would like to find the podcast of it.

      • Alaska Norm

        It was on 710 ESPN seattle. There is an ap with podcasts avail. The Brock and Danny show.

        • Germpod


        • Arias

          I listened to the podcast on dated on the 22nd but it didn’t sound like what you heard. His weight was mentioned but it was brought up as an aside after praising his demeanor and smarts from a question from Brock. It didn’t really sound “brutal” to me. I didn’t hear anything that seemed to insinuate it being lynch’s last year either. Can you confirm this is what you heard?

          • redzone086

            I was referring to his Tuesday press co nference before practice on the seahawks website.

            • Arias

              Hmm. Yeah I checked that out as well but didn’t get that vibe from Pete at all about Marshawn. Also missed any thing about Bailey “reading himself out of a job”. All I heard was praise about Bailey.

              • Jarhead

                I agree with Arias. I just sounded like Pete had talked to him about his playing weight and would prefer if he played at 320 instead of 350. It hardly seemed to be that he was saying Bailey was too fat to be on the team…

    • Rob Staton

      Even if Bailey eats his way out of Seattle, I’m not sure it means spending a first round pick to replace him.

      • peter

        I didn’t hear the broadcast and I could see the concern with Bailey getting out of shape at his size but two things…well three…

        1. With the hawks constant musical chairs on the line Carrol/Cable would have to be total idiots to be down on Bailey too much considering how well he plays without consistent snaps…I have to assume the weight thing is a concern but more like “hey man don’t lose your chance in the off season to do big things by getting out of shape.”

        2. And 3. Personally there is no top shelf LT talent in this draft to be considering with a high draft pick, to me there’s barely any mid range talent that’s better than what the hawks have at any spot. I can see fifth round picks for backups …and with that point Okung’s final year is basically paid since its guaranteed. I hope the hawks always play the best on the line but even if its not Okung there’s no sense in cutting him they already have him locked up.

      • Alaska Norm

        I agree. Probably not the first round but I can see them investing a couple of the early mid round picks on the o-line. My point above is that Pete has released other players for not dedicating the off season to fitness. Bowie was an example of that last year. I have heard him mention Bailys size a few times this winter. Even in jest you can tell he is not thrilled with the dedication. Just saying, the Seahawks may be looking for competition on the o line and may go there earlier then we think.

        • peter

          I definitely think they make some picks, gilliam and Scott prove they weren’t entirely set at the line. And I hope a talent like Bailey mixes in some cardio to come to camp fit next year. I know you’re a proponent of the trenches so for me if they picked something ridiculous like 3 d linemen in rounds 1-3 id be stoked…just yet with the caveat of tons of pro days/senior bowls, etc….to go I don’t see any olinemen early…definitely competition later.

        • Ho Lee Chit

          I am sure Carroll is sending Bailey the tough love message. He wants him on the same diet Carpenter went on last year. If Okung was a lock to return, why would Pete care about Bailey’s fitness? I expect Bailey to be back next year and 20 pounds lighter.

          I am looking at T J Clemmings, Ronnie Stanley, Ty Sambrailo, Spenceer Drango and Jake Fisher as all candidates for the late first to second round at offensive tackle. They would certainly be less expensive than Okung. If we trade Okung, we could get a first round pick and perhaps end up with Gurley or Danny Shelton.

          • Rob Staton

            We wouldn’t get a first round pick for Okung and shouldn’t be looking to trade him anyway.

          • Arias

            No one is going to give us a first round pick for the one year left on okung’s contract.

            Why would Pete care about Bailey’s fitness if okung were to return? Is that even a real question? Because it doesn’t really cut it as a rhetorical one. Let me ask you, why WOULDN’T Pete care about Bailey’s fitness irrespective of anything regarding okung? You saw what happened when Bowie showed up fat and out of shape to camp this year. He gets injured on one of the first plays on the first day. If you don’t take care of your body in the off season, you’re far more prone to injury when camp starts, and it also makes it that much harder to drop the weight while maintaining strength to perform once camp starts. Bailey is a proven backup at more than just left tackle. He’s filled in for carp when he missed games, they probably feel comfortable plugging him in at either guard out tackle in as pinch. Maybe they have plans to replace carp with Bailey. It defies logic to think that the reason why Pete is concerned with Bailey’s fitness is because he has plays to use him in place of okung next year. Bailey is pushing 350+ pounds, why WOULDN’T Pete want his player to be at his optimum playing weight?

        • Rob Staton

          I’m not convinced they’ll be spending more on the OL. They’ve pumped so much stock there. I think they’re comfortable with the guys they have and their ability to find depth later on.

  5. SunPathPaul

    Gordon seems like a great choice. With all the extra draft picks – comp picks – why not trade up and grab a phenomenal RB!!!

    Give me Melvin Gordon!!!! The Seahawks’ FLASH!!

    • redzone086

      Sounds perfect

    • CD

      Big Ten RB’s scare me, Bell is having a good year in Pitt, but so many of them get picked early just to become part of a rotation (not good enough to be the #1 back) or just flame out. 1st round Big Ten RB picks over the last 12 years;

      Beanie Wells
      Larry Johnson
      Chris Perry
      Rashad Mendenhall
      TJ Duckett
      Laurence Maroney

      I am not saying there isn’t talent, just saying that Big Ten backs are often overrated. Would like to see Bell and a few more show they can do it over a longer period of time before I put a lot of stock in a Big Ten RB.

      • redzone086

        What conference can you not saying that about?

      • AndrewP

        The reason to me is pretty simple: they get ridden to the ground in the B16. They come into the league with 500 carries getting hammered by future NFL players, and by the time they get to the league, there’s not a whole lot left in the tanks. Most of the guys on that list actually had a good season or two, but by year 3-4, their bodies were done.

        This is why I for one would not spend a 1st RDer on Gordon or Coleman. Gurley? Maybe… But with the ACL he has concerns of his own. 2nd RDer on one of the above guys, sure. But RD 1, not for me.

        I know the Hawks don’t have a lot of holes to fill, and the RB position is vital to this team, but I just think the resources can be better spent than a guy who likely only has 2-3 elite years in him at the absolute most.

        • Rob Staton

          If volume of carries is an issue — here’s the yearly totals for Gordon and Coleman:

          Gordon: 20 carries (2011), 62 carries (2012), 206 carries (2013), 309 carries (2014)

          Coleman: 51 carries (2012), 131 carries (2013), 270 carries (2014)

          Monte Ball in comparison had: 98 carries (2009), 163 carries (2010), 307 carries (2011), 356 carries (2012).

          Ball had 924 carries. In comparison, Gordon had 597 and Coleman 452. There’s a considerable difference there. Plus Gordon had a lot of his yards racing outside to the perimeter. He runs at nearly 8 YPC.

          • AndrewP

            No matter your running style, that’s still a lot of mass eventually riding you to the ground a lot of times.

            Btw, am I the only one that find Ball’s #s gross. Like, the college pitcher being ‘asked’ to throw 150 pitches one day then 75 two days later, dispicable, or is it just me?

  6. matt509

    Give me Duke Williams RD1 and Jay Ajayi RD 2 and i’ll be happy. Ajayi won’t replace Lynch but he could be a new big back that could ease the loss of Lynch if needed. CMike is our explosive change of pace back. As much as I like Gordon I think we go elsewhere RD1 with the chance of grabbing a back RD2. I really like Duke Williams and think he could be huge for Wilson.

    I think some may want to say we now have Luke Willson so we don’t need that big target anymore. Im not sure I would go there because 1) He hasn’t proven to be consistent 2) It takes away the need for a TE threat, but we still need that every down big target threat and not just subpackages.

    I am confident in what coach Cable is teaching his players. I trust him picking guys in rounds 6-7 that he can develop. We have most of the defense locked up long term. It really sets up well for us to help our future of the offense. It’ll be interesting to see if we decide to go a different route on offense if we part ways with Lynch. Do we grab two WR to help Wilson? Do we go get another power back or add even more speed at RB?

    • Michael (CLT)

      Ajayi. Right on!

  7. CC

    When you pick at 32 two years in a row, there is a good chance a lot of these guys will be gone :o) It is hard to know which way they will go since we don’t see what the depth looks at practice – and I think we may learn a bit more during the playoffs. If PRich and Willson play well, maybe that takes away from some of the need to look at WR or TE early on.

    Kearse injured – does that open things up for Norwood? The O line looked pretty good on Sunday with Unger and Okung out – will the back ups play good enough so we don’t have to go OT in round one?

    I figure they’ll go DT in the first, unless some phenomenal athlete falls.

    • Rob Staton

      My take on DT is I’m just not sure they’ll ever go DT that early. All of their picks in that area have been in the mid rounds. They’ve been able to plug in modest free agents and find guys like Clinton McDonald. It’s a tough position to be athletic, productive and a real difference maker (unless you’re Aaron Donald or Sheldon Richardson).

    • Ho Lee Chit

      You’re very right CC. Even after free agency and the combine, we still have no idea who each team may select. It is pretty much a guessing game. With 7 WR’s and 5 TE’s on the roster, it will take someone pretty special just to make the 53 man roster. I could see them looking for a KR/PR skill set since we seem weak in the return game. This seems like a stong group of OL/DL guys and we have some big contracts coming due for renewal. Marshawn’s replacement is always mentioned but I just do not see how you move on from him while he is still producing given how beloved he is in Seattle. Schneider likes to trade back. This might be the year we trade back into 2016 given the volume of picks we will have. If you can upgrade a 2015 4th to a 3rd in 2016, I think you have to do that. In some cases Schneider may even offer a player to clear a roster spot for somebody new. It could be an exciting year of roster building because Schneider has a history of never going into the draft with any significant areas of need. The only thing I am certain of is that I am not smart enough to guess what he will do.

  8. CC

    Interesting pick up to the practice squad today – an Arena league WR Douglas McNeil – 6’3″ 200 pounds, he runs a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash and has a 36-inch vertical leap. He’s got long arms and is awesome at catching the ball at its highest point.

    Now the tape on him from the Arena league has some great catches – he skies up for that ball.

    Always churning the roster – certainly worth a look, but if somehow this guy can translate to the NFL…

    • redzone086

      That kid does high point that ball.nicely.

      • redzone086

        Verbal low stance for a receiver. They picked him over Austin Pettis.

  9. rowdy

    Gorden, most explosive player in the draft, tilts the field.
    Gurley, nothing he doesn’t do very well/elite
    Coleman, the more you see the more you like, his combine intrigues me the most.
    Dupree, bad mother fucker, top 10 pick. No chance.
    White, I see glimpses of fits in him, looks like a fighter.
    Thompson, I’m may be biased, 4-3/nickel? No one will know. Versatility, ball hawk, speed= Pete Carroll
    Oakman, imagine what pete/Bennett could do with him? We could have a 300 pound Bennett and Bennett lined up together in a couple years.

    Any of these guys would be awesome. Gurley and coleman are the only ones I think have a chance to be there though. Gorden is my favorite but Gurley/coleman seem built for are system, Gurley for any system really.

    DT/OLINE are to hard to judge even with full game film (which I don’t have) for me. Rob, you obviously put in the time and effort, and are just as good If not better then most draft experts. Non seahawks fans should read your site.

  10. EranUngar

    Great work Rob as always.

    With the latest contracts, it seems that most of the defense are here to stay. However, Avril works best when he is with Bennett on his side. We have not found a proper Replacment for Clem. I believe a pass rusher will be very high on our list. Certainly one of the first 2-3 picks.

    In spite of what was posted about Britt, I see him as a good long term RT. His run blocking is good and his pass blocking will improve. However, with the injury situation on the OL hampering us for a 2nd year and Carp, Okung contracts – I think this will be another major need. I see 2 OL picks, one of them in the top 3 rounds.

    The RB hunt depends on Lynch. If he stays it’s a back burnner issue, if he doesn’t it’s a top priority.

    As for the search for a big target, I do not believe it’ll be a first round pick. At best it’ll be a 2-3rd pick and only if the talent is too good to resist. I think the offense found it’s balance. It’s not about that one leading threat, it’s about an assorment of weapons from RW’s and Lynch’s legs to a solid list of targets that will all return next year. The offense will not change to rely on a “primery” target. It will rely on RW’s ability to pick the right target and to buy the time for someone to get open.

    Other then the LOS needs (both D and O), i think we’ll see a lot BPA picks.

    • Cysco

      I’d agree with you about the RB hunt getting put on the back burner if Lynch stays, with one exception. Gurley.

      Even if Lynch stays it’s probably a good bet that next year would be his last. If that case Gurley becomes even more interesting because you can redshirt him next season and let him ease into the role so that he becomes the feature back in 2016 when Lynch is gone. In many ways Lynch staying one year and drafting Gurley could be the greatest scenario.

  11. Nathan

    Merry Xmas to hawk fans from Sydney, Australia.

    Thanks for all your efforts on here Rob.

    I look forward to reading about how this team can grow and get better.

    • Rob Staton

      Thanks Nathan!

  12. UKhawk

    Wholeheartedly agree we want a difference maker at a key position in the 1st. Further concur pick should also be based not only on impact but difficulty of filling/upgrading the spot hence agree on RB, WR or Pass Rusher. Loving the list so far. But what about adding any below prospects and, if not, would love to hear why?

    Louisville WR DeVante Parker, WR, 6-3, 209, Sr., 4.45. (Red zone, TD machine)

    Florida DE Dante Fowler Jr., 6-3, 266, Jr., 4.84 (Likely gone)
    LSU DE Danielle Hunter, 6-6, 240, Jr., 4.68
    Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd, 6-3, 230, rSo., 4.73
    Louisville DE/OLB Lorenzo Mauldin, 6-4, 243, Sr., 4.73
    Missouri DE Markus Golden, 6-3, 260, Sr., 4.72
    Utah DE Nate Orchard, 6-4, 255, Sr., 4.76

    As a fallback I believe OL should be next if above your prospects are gone. Based on 1) soon having to a $100M QB, 2) potentially not having the best back for yards post-contact, 3) OL pending FA, 4) repetitive OL injuries & 5) amount cap locked up on defense. Question is which OL is the most Seahawky who might be available? Love to hear thoughts on:

    Iowa OT Brandon Scherff, 6-5, 315, rSr., 4.93
    Stanford OT Andrus Peat, 6-6, 312, Jr.,
    LSU OT Lael Collins, 6-5, 315, Sr., 5.12:
    Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley, 6-6, 318, rSo., 5.16
    Florida State OL Cameron Erving, 6-5, 308, rSr., 5.16
    Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings, 6-5, 305, rSr., 5.05

    • James

      I like the idea of taking Markus Golden at 32 rather then spending 7+ a year on Jabal Sheard. Ive viewed them as similar players throughout the year but am not positive thats a good comparison.

    • Rob Staton

      Fowler — top ten for me.
      Hunter — more potential than production. Looks shocking on tape at times. Great size and athleticism but can’t buy into the hype based on the tape.
      Floyd — not a fan. Needs to return to Georgia and I think he will.
      Mauldin — not crazy about him.
      Golden — huge fan but does he have the length and burst (10 yd split)?
      Orchard — mid rounder IMO
      Scherff — better at guard than tackle. Don’t expect this team to draft a guard in R1.
      Collins — love him. Will be long gone IMO.
      Peat — top ten if he declares.
      Stanley — don’t see them going RT in round one
      Erving — best at center and they have Unger.
      Clemmings — big fan and he is included even if I think it’s unlikely.

      • Ukhawk

        Thx rob. I only would like to add Parker if he slips and Golden as I agree with you & James on him as an option. Think Hunter & Floyd have the athleticism but are raw. Not as high on Coates or Duke. Like Scherff alongside Clemmings, Collins as I think he is SPARQy and an impact player

  13. Phil

    Rob- just wishing you and your family and the readers of your blog a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and happy New Year.

    Go ‘hawks!

    • Rob Staton

      Thanks Phil!

  14. RoyGoesTheDynamite

    I think my dream draft would be something like:
    PICK POS Player Alternate
    Round 1 LDE Mario Edwards Jr. (FSU) Arick Armstead (ORE)
    Round 2 WR Dorial Green-Beckham (OK) Ty Montgomery (STAN)
    Round 3 G Nate Orchard (LDE-Utah) Laken Tomlinson (DUKE)
    Round 4 G/T Jarvis Harrison (TAMU) Ty Sambrailo (CSU)

  15. Ed

    Pierre-Paul (might take a one year deal to get back on track)

    1st TE Funchess (Michigan)
    2nd OT Drango (Baylor)
    3rd DT Wright (Auburn)
    4th OG Miller (Louisville)

  16. Brad B

    I love Melvin Gordon as much or more than the next, I think he’s going to come into the league and become one of the best running backs from the start. However, I absolutely don’t think the hawks would take him even if he miraculously made it to us in the first round. First and foremost Seahawks running backs have to bring a great toughness to the running game. You hear it over and over again how Marshawn brings toughness to the entire team when he runs ball. I don’t think Melvin Gordon can bring that element and John and Pete wouldn’t take him because he can’t bring that core aspect to the team. Also, I know a lot of people are scared of the thought of Christine Michael and Robert Turbin taking over for Marshawn Lynch, but I think John and Pete believe they are the future for this team. Personally I’m a believer in Christine Michael. I’ve always said he reminds me of a young Frank Gore. I think it’s foolish to go around looking for the next Marshawn Lynch, he’s an extremely unique player that can’t be recreated.

    • SunPathPaul

      I agree! Michael looks powerful and explosive… He just needs a chance.

      He gets nuts and outspoken on the field, and I like that!

      He is like a thoroughbred horse that NEEDS to RUN!!!
      set him FREE!

      • John_s

        He had some nice runs but it was evident that there are definitely parts of his game he needs to improve. 1) fumbles 2). Jump stop in the hole 3) blitz pickup. In the first quarter he blocked to the oline’s right when the bitzer was coming from the left.

        I could see why they don’t fully trust him

  17. BamBam

    Hello Rob and all Merry Christmas!
    Long time reader and fan, your work is some of the best I read anywhere Rob head and shoulders above the competition by far.
    I just wanted to say if Gurley falls to us he is a must take the more tape I watch on him the better he looks with modern medicine an injury like his is not what it was a few years ago and he is to good to pass on. here is hoping he can fall to the Hawks!!!!

    • Rob Staton

      Thanks BamBam!

  18. Volume 12

    Merry Christmas everyone! I like Gurley, but not as much as Gordon. Gordon barely has any tread on his tires, he’s just too dynamic. I can’t see Gurley holding up to a beating in the NFL. He’s gonna be a guy we always wonder ‘what if?’ If Gordon is there when Seattle picks you almost have to take him. Lynch or no Lynch. He’s the perfect ZBS/one-cut system style runner. He checks every box, plus JS has been snooping around Wisconsin as well as inside their film room. Could be looking at one of the o-lineman, but it’s gotta be Gordon. As for Tevin Coleman, yeah he has the background or character you like and production, but his style is so similar to C-Mike’s. They guy never switches the ball to his left. Jay Ajayi is a better more complete back. A sleeper to keep an eye on is Utah’s HB Devontae Booker. This kid’s got speed, size, picks up blitzes well, and like Ajayi has great hands.

    I’m with Roy as well. There’s something very appealing about Stanford WR Ty Montgomery. Cordarrelle Patterson 2.0? Yeah, he’s inconsistent, has some bad drops, and struggles in his route running. But he’s another dynamo. Fantastic kick/punt returner, (PC loves to flip the field) he’s extremely physical, a good run blocker, great at YAC, has got the speed, the physical build, he turns into a RB when the ball’s in his hands. Last year was a phenomenal year for him, this year, however he did struggle, but his QB is awful and he’s been banged up, but I think he fits in an offense that runs the ball the majority of the time. Has a great work ethic, great character, he’s got swag and confidence, his head coach loves him. He could be a gadget/deep play threat. He’s raw, I know, but so much potential.

    • Matt

      Volume 12- I agree fully on Montgomery. He reminds me of a 6’2″ Golden Tate coming out of college, who took a couple years to develop as a WR, possessing great YAC ability while looking a bit raw. Our return game, both punts and kicks, have been severely lacking this year, and Ty would fix that in a heart beat. He should be there at the end of round 2, and with our roster so stacked I think we could use a pick to solve our suspect return game. We play the field position game an awful lot, and Ty is capable of flipping the field consistently. He’s definitely a player to watch when the combine comes around!

      • Rob Staton

        I think the things Seattle loved about Tate — lightening speed (4.42), his fantastic ability to high point the football, his competitiveness and huge production (won the Biletnikoff). I’m not sure Montgomery is a direct comparison when we consider those aspects of Tate’s game at Notre Dame.

        • Volume 12

          I’m guessing Matt is comparing Montgomery to Tate in terms of his development, his punt/kick return ability, and the fact they both turn into a HB with the ball in their hands. I do see some Tate in that regard, but a little more of Cordarrelle Patterson. I have a feeling teams and GM’s are going to really like Montgomery when they get look at his body and after he lights up the combine. He would definitely improve the field position battle that Seattle loves to play so much instantly.

          • Matt

            Yep that’s exactly what I was poorly trying to get across Volume12, thanks. The Patterson comparison is apt too. I just see Montgomery as more of an oversized Tate, who we clearly have missed this season. Him coming from a run first program in Stanford is a major plus as well. Montgomery would upgrade Walters spot as a return man, with big upside as a playmaker on offense.

            • Jim Q

              IMO- Walters roster spot should be the most upgradeable on the team. A guy I’m watching carefully (he recently broke Jordy Nelson’s receiving record at K-State. WR-Tyler Lockett, Kansas St., 5-10.5/175, 4.35 (low)-to-4.46(avg) /40. (10-yd split will be very fast). Currently ranked as a late 3-rd to late 4-th rd prospect. He needs to beef-up a little but the kid has some nice moves. He’s one to keep an eye on at the combine for the SPARQ guys.

              Career #’s – (46-games) – 236 receptions for 3546-yds (15.02/avg) & 27-TD’s.
              +22-rushes for 192-yds,& 0 TD;s, 8.72-yds avg.
              +30-punt returns for 447-yds, & 2-TD’s, 14.9-yds avg.
              +71-kickoff returns for 2152-yds!!!!!, & 4-TD;s, 30.31-yds avg.

              2014: (12-games) 94-rec. for 1351-yds, 14.53-avg & 9-TD;s – (with 7-100-yd games)
              19-punt returns for 361-yds (19.0-avg) & 2-TD’s (#1 in FBS)
              12-kickoff returns for 318-yds (21.2-avg) & 0-Td’s
              —All purpose offense: 130-plays/2047-yds, 15.7 avg/play, 170.6 avg/game.

              2013: (12-games) 81-receptions for 1262-yds, 15.6-avg & 11-TD’s – (with
              5-100 & 2-200-yd games)
              2-punt returns for 4-yds (2.0-avg) & 0-TD;s
              22-kickoff returns for 583-yds (26.50-avg) & 0-TD’s (#17 in FBS)
              –All purpose offense: 107-plays/1859-yds, 17.4 avg per play, 154.9 avg/game

              2012: (13-games) 44-receptions for 682-yds, 15.6-avg & 4-TD’s – (1-100-yd game)
              3-punt returns for 44-yds (14.67-avg) & 0-TD’s
              21-kickoff returns for 688-yds (32.76-avg) & 2-TD’s (#4 in FBS)
              –All purpose Total offense: 75-plays for 1479-yds, 19.7 avg, 113.8 avg/game.

              2011: (9-games) 18-receptions for 246-yds, 13.7-avg per catch & 3-TD’s – (1-100-yd game)
              6-punt returns for 38-yds (6.33-avg), 0-TD’s
              16-kickoff returns for 563-yds (35.19-avg), 2-TD’s (#1 in FBS)
              —All purpose offense: 50-plays for 957-yds, 19.1 avg/play, 106.3 avg/game.


  19. Steve

    I thought Turbin looked great. I would feel ok going into a season as Turbo and CMike as our main backs.

  20. peter

    Happy holidays Rob! To you and yours I hope the day was great….

    To all the rest from Jarhead, Alaska norm, adog, volume 12, Cysco, and everyone else..Arias….nice work on keeping this possibly the best ‘hawks blog around and honestly one of the best football communities around. Cheers!

  21. Stewart

    Rob, I like the idea of taking a flyer on Gurley if he’s THAT talented, but how is this different than Marcus Lattimore? I don’t know enough about either guy to make a comparison, but wasn’t Lattimore a 1st round talent with a terrible knee injury, who then went in the 4th rd, and ultimately never recovered? Or is Gurley so much of an upgrade over Lattimore (when both are healthy) that you would seriously consider a 1st round pick on Gurley anyway?

    • John_s

      The biggest differences are that Gurley tore his ACL only. For Lattimore this was his second ACL in as many years and with the second ACL he tore all of his ligaments not just the ACL.

    • Rob Staton

      Lattimore’s injury was more than a standard torn ACL. It’s the most horrific leg injury I’ve ever seen — I don’t really want to see one that would be considered worse. He tore everything in the knee and broke his leg in several places. It’s amazing, quite frankly, he was able to run on the leg again let alone consider a pro-football career.

      Gurley’s injury should easily heal giving him the chance to continue playing without any side effects.

  22. TJ

    Watch the Todd Gurley highlight video and tell me that his TD run vs. Alabama at about 1:18 is not a Lynch-type run. He simply refused to be denied!

  23. bigDhawk

    Health permitting, we are probably winning the Owl again this year, which means we will pick 32 again, which means we will likely trade back into the second round again, which means not much point in talking about a first round pick. Merry Christmas!

    • John_s

      In normal years, yes that may be the case but the Seahawls are going to have a boatload of picks already due to the compensatory picks. If a team offers a future 1 then I could see them doing that or if a team offers a 2 and 3. But otherwise I think Seattle keeps the pick. It’s outside of their MO but if Seattle sees a guy they want and there are a couple of teams ahead of them who could take that player I could see them trading up within reason because of the fact that they will have all of the draft picks.

    • Alaska Norm

      Possibly. But a lot of the players we are talking about nmay slide to early round 2 where we will pick. And we would have another 3-4 pick which is as almost as fun to speculate on as the first round. That’s the zone that Pete and co have built the team on.

  24. KyleT

    A few guys not mentioned I could see the hawks taking first.

    Preston Smith – watching his tape, he plays much bigger then he actually is. This guy could be that well rounded 1 gap 3-technique in the base defense, playing the 5 in heavy sets, and may offer an upgrade over Hill as a nickel interior rusher. He’s currently projected 3-4, but he may be 1-2 by spring

    Tony Lippet – This guy is the prototypical big, strong hands catcher to move the chains and help increase our red zone td%, who will be available when we pick because he’s not a burner. He doesn’t grade as high as Kevin White, but there’s no way White is available when we pick.

    I do think there is a good chance we trade up a few spots if a guy like Brown/Goldman is still there in the low 20’s (unlikely), I also don’t think the middle of the draft is particularly sexy yet, though this could just be the pre-combine take. We could uncover many small school complete players and raw athletes with upside post combine to make the glut of 4th round picks e have more attractive to hold vs deal.

    • Rob Staton

      I like Preston Smith but not in the first. Lippet is very skinny — again, not a bad suggestion for Seattle but the first seems a bit early.

      I’m going to stand my point on DT’s — I just imagine that unless they’re special Seattle isn’t likely to take one in the first round.

  25. Volume 12

    Kyle, hands down agree with you on DL Preston Smith. Love this kid, he’s one of the more underrated draft prospects at this point. Seattle will draft a DL like this, why else would they sign DL David King? He’s a ‘Seahawky’ type 3-tech at 6’6, 270 lb., plays highly motivated having just had a daughter, plays with a high motor, and how’s this for production? 68 tackles, 11.5 TFL’s, 7 sacks, 3 PBU, 2 INT’s, 1 TD. One guy who I absolutely love is Penn St DT Anthony Zettell. He’s a Jr. and probably isn’t coming out, but he lead his team in sacks, interceptions, and TFL’s.

    WR Tony Lippett is not that big. He’s listed at 190 lb., and I’d be shocked if that’s his combine weight. I actually like Lippett as a CB better than a WR. He’s by no means a bad WR, he is somewhat intriguing though.

    Rob, anyway Virginia DE-LEO Eli Harold is around when Seattle picks if they keep their first round pick? I’ve been checking this kid out and was absolutely floored. His athleticism, his physical build (at age 21 he’s already built like Chris Clemons), production, and his background. He could of played for any SEC school he wanted, hell almost every school in the country wanted him. Your right, how could you not root for him? Not only did he lose his mother at age 16, but 2 years before he lost his nephew who died of a heart attack on the basketball court playing for Old Dominion. Imagine at age 16 having to carry your recently deceased mother out of the house into a van? His brother raised him, who himself was a big-time former cocaine dealer and did prison time, was a team captain at the U.S Army All-American bowl, he’s from Virginia Beach (which is no suburb, like a lot of these guys are from), which we know has produced some pretty good players. He’s got a good bloodline, his nephew is James Madison OLB Sage Harold, who by the way is pretty damn good himself. A main reason he choose Virginia (over Florida), was the ‘family’ atmosphere. And you gotta love his motto… ‘Never settle for 2nd best.’ Is there a more Seahawk type LEO in this draft? His story is almost destined for success.

    • KyleT

      Tony Lippet is 6’3, has big strong hands, and makes contested catches. I didn’t mean big from a weight stand point

    • Rob Staton

      Harold’s is an amazing story. That combined with the production and athleticism makes him a very possible candidate for Seattle, but he should rise through this process.

  26. Volume 12

    For all the proponents of Seattle taking an OL in the draft, just saw that Utah OL Jeremiah Poutasi is declaring. He’s played LT at Utah, but is a much more natural fit at LG. To me he’s a poor man’s version of Mike Iupati. He’s got ‘Seahawk’ written all over him. Has quick feet, is a mauler, described by his coaches as a ‘dancing bear,’ and has a big/cocky personality to boot. He was planning on going to Oregon, which is one of the most athletic OL’s in the country, making Poutasi a good ZBS fit. I don’t think Seattle is going OL in the 1st or 2nd, but this kid would be a fantastic pick in the 3rd or 4th Rd. Could replace Carp and give some competition/depth to Britt. I think Seattle goes OL at least twice in this draft. 1 or 2 picks anywhere from the 3rd-4th and possibly even later on to give Cable his yearly project. Keep on eye on this kid.

    A sleeper or another one to monitor is Northern Iowa’s OL Jack Rummels. I’ve heard Rummels lives in the weight room. He’s a no nonsense, tough as nails, versatile OL. ‘Country strong’ is a term I’ve heard used to describe him.

    • Ho Lee Chit

      6-5, 308, Cameron Erving is another intriguing pick. This kid started on the D Line before moving to offense where he had 22 starts at LT protecting Jameis Winston. They moved him to Center mid season and he dominated in the trenches, manhandling NT’s, blocking on the run and getting out to the second level in the FSU ZBS. He can play all five positions on the Seahawk line right now. I could see him being a versatile backup for Unger. He might be available in the second round. He would be very talent depth for our O Line.

  27. Alaska Norm

    I don’t think he will slide to Seattle but Shaq T would be a blast to watch terrorize offenses for the next five years. He would be one of those players without a true position but could be an impact in several roles. Rob kind of laid out the roles he could play but any other thoughts about picking this kid up if he does slide? Not a real need but probably the best athlete in the draft. Top three anyways.

    • KyleT

      I don’t see how another LB makes the team right now. With us signing KJ long term, KPL and Coyle still there behind Irvin, Wright and Wagner. How does Thompson even get on the field as part of the back 7?

    • Ho Lee Chit

      He could slide right into Malcom Smiths spot on the roster. I don’t know where we would find playing time for all of this talent. Yeah, we probably have greater needs elsewhere. I wouldn’t use a 1st round pick on a LB and he will definitely be gone early.

      • Volume 12

        Isn’t KPL eventually sliding into Malcolm Smith’s spot? The question of ‘how does Thompson even got on the field?’, that’s kind of what makes this possibility so enticing, as a fan, and I’d imagine, for PC. Rob makes a great comparison in how Arizona uses Bucannon. AlaskaNorm said it, how fun it would be to watch this guy impacting games from all angles.

  28. Jason

    Any thoughts on Ty Montgomery? I have seen a few mocks have the hawks drafting him in the 2nd round.

    • Rob Staton

      He’s a bit hit and miss. Flashes of real playmaking talent but also some inconsistency.

  29. David

    I will admit. never watched any of his games. but what do you think of Maxx Williams TE from U Minn? 6’4 250 lbs and will only be 21 when the season starts.

    • Rob Staton

      Just put a new post up about Williams, check it out.

  30. John_s

    Found this on Matt Millers twitter, looks like Maxx Williams, TE from Minnesota is going to enter the draft. He is the guy I want for the Seahawks. I know that Luke Willson had a nice game, but he’s still unreliable as a reciever. Maxx is as complete a TE that has come out in the last couple years IMO.

    • Volume 12

      David, John is right TE Maxx Williams is the most complete TE to come out in a few years. This kid is fantastic! Best TE in the country being only a R-SO. He’s a great run blocker, intense, competitive, has good size, his whole family are athletes. He’s a great fit for Seattle, both schematically and locker room wise. I’d suspect they’ll have him highly ranked. He’s got a little Gronk to his game both from a skill set point of view and his personality. If were talking ‘big’ target for Seattle he’s the best fit. Could you imagine Maxx Williams and Luke Wilson together? Exciting, right? He’s got that ‘special’ quality they look for in all their prospects. Would love Maxx as our first round pick if he’s there.

      Sorry to change the subject, but how about Arizona St DL Marcus Hardison? Watching this bowl game, Hardison has nearly impacted all of Duke’s offensive snaps. He moves all up and down the line, great first step, athletic as hell for his size (6’4, 285-290 lbs.), former JUCO guy. He’s mainly rushing from DE, but is a DT. Plays the 5-tech like Red with Bennett’s quickness and versatility. He’d be a great mid to late round guy. Other than another pass rusher and a run stuffing DT to eventually replace Kevin Williams, they need another DL like this. Very interested in Hardison.

    • Rob Staton

      Just put a new post up about this.

  31. Elliottatk

    Hi Rob long time reader but first time commenting here, do you think the Seahawks would go after Josh Gordon? He was just released from the Browns for violating team policy, he obviously has some off feild issues but id say it would be worth the risk.

    • Rob Staton

      Hey Elliottatk thanks for reading,

      I believe the Browns just suspended him, which actually means he won’t play enough games to accrue an actual season — delaying his path to free agency by another year. If Seattle wanted Gordon they’d have to trade for him. It’s hard to imagine they’d go after a guy with all these issues, especially in the aftermath of the Harvin fiasco.

      • Volume 12


        • Nathan

          I wonder if the Brown trade him for a draft pick.

          Reports are that he didn’t make much of an effort to learn the playbook while suspended.

          Sounds like the relationship is strained in Cleveland.

          Any chance we trade up and relieve Cleveland of 1 of their first rounders?

          Get a real difference maker for next year.

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