Two-round mock draft: Free agency edition

Future Cleveland Browns quarterback?

#1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jameis Winston (QB, Florida State)
Winston reportedly met with Roger Goodell last week. Not so discretely, it seems all parties are preparing to introduce him as the #1 pick.

#2 **TRADE** Cleveland Browns — Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon)
The Browns have done absolutely nothing in free agency to lift the spirits of a desperate fan base. It’s clear Manziel is a bust. They need some hope, something to build around. Here they trade the #12, #19 and a future pick in 2016 to the Titans to make Mariota the future.

#3 Jacksonville Jaguars — Dante Fowler Jr (DE, Florida)
They’ve beefed up the interior and have their version of the 5-tech in Jared Odrick. Chris Clemons is their best edge rusher and he’s 34 this year. Fowler is the top of the class here — a genuine playmaker. Gus Bradley will love his energy.

#4 Oakland Raiders — Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama)
Cooper vs White. Cooper gets the nod because he’s a little more adept at getting open in the short game and technically he’s extremely polished as a route runner. He’s the most natural looking receiver to enter the league since A.J. Green.

#5 Washington Redskins — Vic Beasley (DE, Clemson)
They’ve bolstered the interior with a cluster of big bodies (Knighton, Paea, Jean-Francois). Now they need an edge rusher to replace Brian Orakpo. Beasley had an insane combine and has a chance to emulate Von Miller coming into the league.

#6 New York Jets — Kevin White (WR, West Virginia)
With Revis and Cromartie back in New York, they’re set up to run Todd Bowles’ scheme. Remember, he didn’t have a fantastic edge rusher in Arizona either. They have enough D-line talent to succeed. Attention should turn to the offense. Yes they have Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker — but they need more.

#7 Chicago Bears — Randy Gregory (OLB, Nebraska)
Vic Fangio relaunched the San Francisco defense when they drafted Aldon Smith. Gregory has similar upside to Smith without any of the off-field drama. He’s far from the finished product but Fangio is a fantastic coach. They need a proper 3-4 outside backer more than anything.

#8 Atlanta Falcons — Leonard Williams (DE, USC)
In my early mocks I had Williams falling a bit and I’m going back to it. He’s a very accomplished player but what is his best fit at the next level? He is not close to the same type of athlete as J.J. Watt who lasted until pick #11. I don’t see a top-three lock.

#9 New York Giants — Bud Dupree (OLB, Kentucky)
No team has brought in more free agents than the Giants so far. They haven’t really added anything major to the defensive line, however. Dupree could be their answer to Bruce Irvin — playing the WILL and moving down to the LOS to rush the edge. Dupree has the range and athleticism to make it work.

#10 St. Louis Rams — Brandon Scherff (T, Iowa)
Personally I prefer Ereck Flowers. Scherff is more athletic and just looks like the type of guy you’d expect Jeff Fisher to covet. After all the moves in free agency, O-line is the big need for the Rams. This could end up being a lock.

#11 Minnesota Vikings — Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan State)
A superb combine performance has Waynes pushing towards the top ten. This could launch a rush on the position in round one. Minnesota traded for Mike Wallace today, taking away the need to go with Devante Parker here. They need to keep re-building the defense for Mike Zimmer.

#12 Tennessee Titans — Danny Shelton (DT, Washington)
After re-signing Derrick Morgan and adding Brian Orakpo today, the Titans are starting to put together a competent defense. Putting Shelton next to Jurrell Casey just screams Dick Le Beau. Tennessee’s defense will be tough to beat with this double-act leading the way.

#13 New Orleans Saints — Shane Ray (DE, Missouri)
There are many different opinions on Ray’s stock and no real consensus on where he’ll go. That could be the same in several war-rooms too. What is his best fit? Can he play in the 4-3? Can you deal with a lack of true size/length? Eventually he’ll come off the board.

#14 Miami Dolphins — DeVante Parker (WR, Louisville)
They’ve added some pieces to the offense in Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron. Jarvis Landry had a great rookie campaign. They do lack a true #1 receiver though. If they’re going for it this year, giving Ryan Tannehill as many weapons as possible is a must.

#15 San Francisco 49ers — Arik Armstead (DE, Oregon)
This looks like the early stages of a rebuild. Armstead has incredible size and would be an immediate starter/replacement for Justin Smith. They need to start working on the defense after losing so many key players. It starts up front.

#16 Houston Texans — Eddie Goldman (DT, Florida State)
Brilliant personality and probably FSU’s best player in 2014. He has the size to play the nose, he’s a superb run-defender and he still offers plenty as a pass rusher. Simply a brilliant talent, rich in potential and set for a nice career. Former 5-star recruit.

#17 San Diego Chargers — Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin)
They’re in win-now mode and lost Ryan Mathews to the Eagles. They need to keep adding X-factor players to take the strain away from Philip Rivers. Gordon will be a much coveted player — he’s a playmaker with incredible character and work ethic.

#18 Kansas City Chiefs — D.J. Humphries (T, Florida)
They’ve addressed the need at receiver with Jeremy Maclin and now they can be a bit more flexible here. Eric Fisher has been a flop so far and is better suited at right tackle. Humphries has left tackle-mobility and major upside.

#19 Tennessee Titans — Jalen Collins (CB, LSU)
Collins is long, talented and filled with potential. It’s no exaggeration to say he has the potential to be a leading corner in the NFL. I’d take him ahead of Waynes. This would be a fantastic pick for the Titans.

#20 Philadelphia Eagles — Marcus Peters (CB, Washington)
Chip Kelly’s love affair with former Pac-12 players continues. The Eagles added Byron Maxwell but he needs a partner in crime. Walter Thurmond will cover the slot. If this is an attempt to mimic the Seahawks, Peters is a perfect fit with his physical style and press-man skills.

#21 Cincinnati Bengals — Malcom Brown (DT, Texas)
Another former 5-star recruit with major potential. His stock would be much higher if Texas hadn’t fallen away as a national contender. Lives in the backfield — he’s an absolute terror. Put him next to Geno Atkins and enjoy.

#22 Pittsburgh Steelers — Landon Collins (S, Alabama)
Eventually the day will come when they need to replace Troy Polamalu. That day feels like it’s close. Collins is physical, rangy and loves to hit. He’d have some big shoes to fill, but he’s the same style of safety.

#23 Detroit Lions — La’el Collins (T, LSU)
A lot of the top defensive tackles are off the board so they go in a different direction. Collins can play tackle or guard. He looked in superb shape at the combine. He could go earlier than this.

#24 Arizona Cardinals — Eli Harold (DE, Virginia)
They’ve missed out on Brian Orakpo to the Titans and haven’t really filled that edge-rush hole. Harold is the definition of ‘pissed off for greatness’ and would be a classic fit in the Cardinals’ sparky defense.

#25 Carolina Panthers — Andrus Peat (T, Stanford)
He looks like a prototype on tape but at the combine his body shape was pretty strange — enormous lower body, smaller upper body. It could put some teams off. If he falls, Carolina will pounce on the value here.

#26 Baltimore Ravens — Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia)
They’ve re-signed Justin Forsett on a modest deal. They can now add Gurley, redshirt him and dominate the AFC North from 2016.

#27 Dallas Cowboys — Byron Jones (CB, Connecticut)
This has to be a defensive pick surely? Jones’ stunning combine should push him into the first frame. Dallas can take a player at pretty much any position on defense and you can make a case to justify it.

#28 Denver Broncos — Ereck Flowers (T, Miami)
I’m a big fan of Flowers and think he could go a lot earlier than this. Whether you move him inside to guard or start him at right tackle — he plays with a mean edge, drives defenders off the line in the running game and just gets the job done.

#29 Indianapolis Colts — T.J. Clemmings (T, Pittsburgh)
He has incredible upside and for that reason could go in the top-20 easily. And yet he’s such a work in progress. He might not offer much as a rookie. The Colts ideally go defense here but can they afford to pass on value like this? He’s worth a shot. Great character too.

#30 Green Bay Packers — Stephone Anthony (LB, Clemson)
His stock has exploded after a good combine and even better pro-day. The Packers need to add a centerpiece at the heart of their defense. They can’t afford to get cute if they want Anthony and might just take him here — or after a small trade out of the first round.

#31 New Orleans Saints — Jordan Phillips (DT, Oklahoma)
After taking an edge rusher at #13 they add a nose tackle to anchor their 3-4 defense. This really depends on the health of Phillips’ back. He has the athleticism and power to be a special player if it all clicks at the next level.

#32 New England Patriots — Kevin Johnson (CB, Wake Forest)
There’s a bit of a drop after Johnson so the Pats — in desperate need of talent at cornerback — have to consider this. How do you lose Revis and Browner in one off-season and not think about the position here?

Round two

#33 Tennessee Titans — Breshad Perriman (WR, USF)
#34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jake Fisher (T, Oregon)
#35 Oakland Raiders — Carl Davis (DT, Iowa)
#36 Jacksonville Jaguars — Erick Kendricks (LB, UCLA)
#37 New York Jets — Bendarick McKinney (LB, Mississippi State)
#38 Washington Redskins — Ronald Darby (CB, Florida State)
#39 Chicago Bears — Owa Odighizuwa (DE, UCLA)
#40 New York Giants — Preston Smith (DE, Mississippi State)
#41 St. Louis Rams — Cameron Erving (C, Florida State)
#42 Atlanta Falcons — Phillip Dorsett (WR, Miami)
#43 Cleveland Browns — Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona State)
#44 New Orleans Saints — Devin Funchess (WR, Michigan)
#45 Minnesota Vikings — Paul Dawson (LB, TCU)
#46 San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Perryman (LB, Miami)
#47 Miami Dolphins — Shaq Thompson (LB/S, Washington)
#48 San Diego Chargers — Grady Jarrett (DT, Clemson)
#49 Kansas City Chiefs — Nelson Agholor (WR, USC)
#50 Buffalo Bills — A.J. Cann (G, South Carolina)
#51 Houston Texans — Maxx Williams (TE, Minnesota)
#52 Philadelphia Eagles — Devin Smith (WR, Ohio State)
#53 Cincinnati Bengals — Tyler Lockett (WR, Kansas State)
#54 Detroit Lions — Michael Bennett (DT, Ohio State)
#55 Arizona Cardinals — T.J. Yeldon (RB, Alabama)
#56 Pittsburgh Steelers — Steven Nelson (CB, Oregon State)
#57 Carolina Panthers — Dorial Green-Beckham (WR, Missouri)
#58 Baltimore Ravens — Henry Anderson (DE, Stanford)
#59 Denver Broncos — Tevin Coleman (RB, Indiana)
#60 Dallas Cowboys — Jay Ajayi (RB, Boise State)
#61 Indianapolis Colts — Eric Rowe (CB, Utah)
#62 Green Bay Packers — P.J. Williams (CB, Florida State)
#63 Seattle Seahawks — Ty Sambrailo (T/G, Colorado State)
#64 New England Patriots — Sammie Coates (WR, Auburn)

A quick thought on Seattle’s pick. I suspect we’ll see a lot of receivers come off the board at the start of day two meaning the options are fairly limited at #63. You’re not likely to trade up and give away valuable mid-round picks — not this year anyway. With Tyler Lockett and Henry Anderson off the board it was pretty simple to take Ty Sambrailo here. It’s probably a round early for most teams — but the Seahawks won’t care. He’s an ideal scheme fit. Tom Cable combines a zone blocking scheme with size for the power running game. Sambrailo has nimble feet and great mobility — plus the size to fill the enormous hole left by James Carpenter. It’s a great fit.

Having addressed the key needs on offense (dynamic big target) and defense (cornerback) the next big issue is the offensive line. They’ve lost two starters (Carpenter & Max Unger) and need to be proactive here. Sambrailo offers a day one starter at guard. The Seahawks seem to like tackle converts — he ticks that box too.

I suspect Tyler Lockett will be highly desirable as a possible kick-returner and contributor to the passing game. He’s off the board at #53 to Cincinnati. There’s good enough depth at the position to wait until rounds 3-4, where they could target Tre McBride.


  1. Bez

    Not bad this time Rob.

    I’m high on Leonard Williams and think he goes top 5 but you make an interesting case for him to fall.

    Melvin Gordon to the Chargers is a good call, Tom Telesco hasn’t made any strong moves for a RB in Free Agency so drafting one in either Round 1 or 2 is likely. If we don’t take Gordon in the 1st, Ajayi in the 2nd is a good bet.

    I don’t expect us to take a DT early though. Telesco says he is happy with Lissemore and Carrethers for the moment. Either we take a guard to finish off the OLine or a WR if we keep missing out in FA. Royal left and we missed out on Cobb and Andre Johnson. Dorial Green-Beckham could be an option in the 2nd or Parker in the 1st if he falls to #17.

    Just my thoughts.

    • Bez

      Also, one more thing.

      You are the 1st guy I have seen to mock Beasley so high as going at 5. I fully agree.
      His stock is on the up and someone will fall in love with his explosive potential. Top 6 pick for sure.

      • Bob Dole

        I’ve seen Vic top 5 plenty. I think he goes 3 to the jags.

  2. Bjammin

    Nice rob. Sounds good to me.

  3. Bez

    One more thing.

    You are the 1st guy I have seen to mock Beasley so high at 5. I fully agree.
    Someone will fall in love with his explosive potential.
    Top 6 pick for sure.

  4. Volume 12

    Great mock Rob. Love the 2 round edition. No info on the 2nd round selections? That’s alright man.

    I’d for one be very happy with this pick. I’m high on Ty Sambrailo myself as well. He’s such a fantastic athlete and so smooth. Plus that attitude/personality and look are very ‘Seahawky.’ He’s also full of potential. I suspect you may be right that Seattle will target OL early because it is the glaring hole right now. IMO he’s just scratching the surface. And as you said, it may be a round early, but does Seattle care? I think not. He was a guy that was getting 1st round buzz earlier in the year too.

  5. bobbyk

    The more I look at a guy like Ali Marpet, the more I like him. I know he’s a DIII guy, but he more than held his own against SEC, Big 10, etc. type of players. He’s obviously not as NFL ready but seems to have the talent to have more upside than many of the safer OL too. Granted, the Seahawks are in “win now” mode to a degree – especially need OL help now in this upcoming year – but Schneider always talks about how he prides himself in keeping an eye on the future, too. If it’s anything like last year, Sambrailo will be a Britt type of pick (older rookie to plug in by being more NFL ready now), but you never know.

    If Lockett is there, do you think they take him and go OL in the third?

    • Volume 12

      SD St OL Terry Poole is another guy they could take if they don’t go OG with the first selection. But LG does seem to be the big hole. C Patrick Lewis was good filling in, while ‘Pig’ Bailey could end up like Michael Bowie. I hope not and I don’t think he will, but IF he does, they could be screwed.

    • Rob Staton

      “If Lockett is there, do you think they take him and go OL in the third?”

      Very possible, but the bigger need is guard and that could be a difference maker.

      • d nice

        Nice job getting this dialed in, Rob.

        On the punt return duties, in addition to C.Williams we also signed Will blackmon who has x number of career punt returns yardage. If he sticks around could he be the defensive version of Bryan Walters. Full time returner and emergency back-up at corner.

        • Michael (CLT)

          Excellent point on Blackmon for kick returner.

      • RobHawk

        Rob, I just found your blog. Very interesting and well done. In looking at depth of the Seahawks, am I missing something or are we incredibly short at DE? And with rotational DE O’brien Schofield gone, is there not a big need on the D-line as well. Is there a chance of a key pass rusher in the 2nd and a OT/G in the 3rd? Is it your feeling that there is a tremendous talent advantage with Sambrailo versus someone in the 3rd? Most mocks I have seen have him a mid to late 3rd rounder.

        • Rob Staton

          Welcome aboard. They definitely require some extra depth at DT/DE which is why they’ve met with Rubin today and Spencer yesterday. I would expect a veteran signing or two there over the next few weeks. They certainly need to replace Schofield and possibly Kevin Williams. They will get Cassius Marsh back.

          I really like Sambrailo’s fit in Seattle’s scheme — mobility and footwork for the ZBS, athleticism but great size for the power run and tackle experience (Seattle likes that). I’m not married to the pick and there are other very accomplished guards or tackle converts to be had later. But Sambrailo could be a key day one starter IMO.

    • redzone086

      Marpet is getting plenty of love. Dinner with colt breakfast with the Brown’s… Sure riser from his major upside and views of him being a power run scheme fit.

      • Madmark

        I like Marpet and I think he goes in the mid 3rd round. I wouldn’t mind moving up a little to get him and add some depth to an OL that has a hard time staying healthy. Then he’d could get a year to adjust and compete for starting spot with some coaching. I really have a good feeling about this guy becoming a good player.

  6. Volume 12

    This is the guy I brought up yesterday. He’s a late round, under the radar type. Seattle attended his pro day.

    Buffalo DT Kristjan Sokoli-6’5, 290 lbs. I really like this guy. Great work ethic, versatile, a leader, great athlete, a ‘war daddy’ in the weight room, and I love his personality. Seems like he’d fit right in. I’d take him at the end of round 5.

    Here’s the link. It’s not highlights, just a glimpse of his character.

  7. sdcoug

    Anyone else work down the list with growing anticipation of who we might take at 31….and then, ‘oh…right…Jimmy Graham.’? Hahaha.

    I see the Cowboys making a move for Gurley. DMC is obviously a placeholder (if a red shirt year is needed), and it just feels like a Jerry pick

  8. Greg haugsven

    I want me some Chris Conley later in the draft. He looks like a Seahawk type of guy. Seems more that a combine champ. Some receivers these days get stuck in run heavy offenses. He should fit right in

    • Volume 12

      He’s definitely an option. I have to wonder how he’d hold up against the LOB every day and all summer long though.

    • Lil'stink

      I like Waller more, although it’s hard to deny Conley’s athleticism.

      • Dawgma

        The thing I like with Conley is he has the potential to be an absolute steal. He could be a legit #1 WR found in Rd 5+. He obviously needs work, but with Graham on the roster we can give him that time and supposedly he’s a hard worker and team leader type.

        • Steele1324

          Conley is possibly my favorite WR, the profile of a #1 and great measurables, and I am afraid he has already gotten a lot of notice. They may have to go for him way sooner than rd. 5. Grab him and McBride, and the Hawks WR will be really scary.

      • BrianH is reporting 31 teams were present at Waller’s pro day. Clearly the cat is oiut if the bag.

        • CERyle34

          DeAndre Smelter and Shaq Mason are still more touted prospects though.

    • Forrest

      Chris Conley, Kenny Bell, Tre McBride, and Darren Waller are the WRs I’m looking at. Any one or two of those would make me happy.

      • Steele1324

        Yes. Those are my four top names as well.

      • SunPathPaul

        Chris Conley seems very cerebral too. I feel he would fit well with Russell and Jimmy.
        If we could grab Tyler Lockett with his return skills, AND land Conley, I feel we would be Rich at WR!

  9. kevin mullen

    LaConfora mentioned that Washington is a player for Mariota should Tennesee be open to a trade, which Tennesee is very high on Leonard Williams.

    • Rob Staton

      It would seem like an odd trade to me, unless someone was serious about moving up to #4. If Tenn wants Williams they take him and JAX + OAK probably won’t take Mariota.

      • kevin mullen

        To be fair, he mentioned that Tennesee is geared to draft a QB as shown from their offseason but according to “whispers” they’d love to get Williams with a possible trade down to Washinton and a stop gap veteran QB.

        Jim Rome mentioned that it’s obvious that RG3 wasn’t Jay’s “guy” so there’s a large rift between the two and it’s becoming apparently clear that the writing is on the wall for RG3.

        Both topics mentioned on Mitch in the Morning and Jim Rome Show today. Good stuff.

      • Steele1324

        Are we sure the Browns don’t give Manziel another shot?

        • SunPathPaul

          Would Washington maybe trade RG3 to Tennessee to move from 5 to 2 for Mariota???

          Would Tennessee want RG3 as their QB? a new start for the guy with potential?

          Can’t wait for April 30th!!!

        • Rob Staton

          I think it’s unlikely.

  10. Greg haugsven

    Make his ass tougher…have chancellor lay a couple licks on him and toughen him up

    • drewjov11

      You don’t want to kill the rookie right out of the gate… He has a family, man.

      • Greg haugsven

        Yeah, the LOB…lol

  11. Bollie

    Rob nice mock with some interesting ideas. I don’t see Williams lasting till #8 but the rest of draft makes a ton of sense.

    I am glad someone else is on Anthony in the 1st. I really hop GB don’t get him because I feel they are our main threat in the NFC and LB was a weak spot for them. When I watch his tape he looks like a guy who could be pro bowl quality sideline to sideline LB like Bobby Wagner really quickly.

    Also Peters to Phil just seems like a lock if he is still on the board.

  12. Bollie

    Only downside to the Graham trade is that the mocks are not as much fun.

    Did I read earlier that you had interviewed Hodges out of Harvard? What is the deal with him? I thought he looked like a perfect pick with one of our 4th rounders but now am hearing things about his stock dropping.

    • Volume 12

      I agree. I can’t wait for that interview. Only Rob would have the inside scoop on this dude. I thought he had ‘Seahawk’ written all over him and maybe he still does, but your right man, this is definitely one of the weirder things going on draft wise.

    • Rob Staton

      We’re planning to do a piece so stay tuned. Got a few different things lined up. One for next week pretty exciting.

      • Colin

        It never fails to amaze how Peter King can be such a water boy for some teams.

    • Steele1324

      Without Graham, the mocks would be a struggle. It is tough as it is!

      • SunPathPaul

        Are we really bummed about losing our first pick at number 31??

        OMG! If we knew what we know now about Jimmy Graham, he would never EveR fall to #31!!

        I’ll take the lack of anticipation for the #1 catching TE in the NFL… Boom

        • Attyla the Hawk

          I don’t think you’re reading that right.

          I read it as kudos for taking it into the second round. The first round is hard enough.

  13. Onur

    What do you think about Chris Myers as Unger’s replacement?

    He helped Texans’ 5th ranked running game and never missed a game last 8 seasons.2-time Pro-Bowler. He will be cheap i think.At least he gives us experience at OL.

    • Rob Staton

      He’s only 286lbs — Seattle does run the ZBS but appears to want size for the power running game too. He could be set to re-join Kubiak in Denver. I wouldn’t be against the move and he was a cap casualty so it ticks that box. But he might be a bit undersized for SEA.

    • Ho Lee Chit

      Myers is 33 years old. I doubt they displace Patrick Lewis with someone that might have only 1 year left in the tank. He made $7M last year. I don’t know how cheap he would be.

      Pete Carroll and John Schneider both went on radio and praised the backup OL’s on the roster. They specifically mentioned Keavon Milton, a 300lb TE turned OT and Nate Isles a 350lb OG. While they believe in ‘Always Compete’ they certainly have not been in any hurry to go out and sign additional OL’s in free agency. They knew Carpenter would not be back. They examined closely the impact of trading Unger before they made the trade for Graham. I think it is telling that they have made NO MOVE THIS WEEK TO SIGN ANY OFFENSIVE LINEMEN. They have cap space. They don’t act desperate and we know Schneider never goes into the draft with glaring weaknesses. They will add to the depth in the draft but I think they are very happy with what they have.

      • AlaskaHawk

        I’m hopeful that some of the practice squad guys turn out to be starters. It seems odd to say I would like better run blocking when the Seahawks have done so well at running. I just think most of that is due to Lynch and his strength. The line has been average and had a hard time gaining short yardage when needed. So a 350# guard sounds interesting. Hopefully there will be real competition this year. I would like them to draft a center and left tackle/guard. It would provide a good mix of future players.

  14. kevin mullen

    I would personally love to see us take a skilled position; say CB, WR, or DE with our 2nd round pick (should we not drop down further). I think rounds 4-5 should be the Tom Cable rounds as he can have his smorgasbord of OLine picks.

  15. CharlieTheUnicorn

    It pains me, that Seattle doesn’t have a 1st round pick. Now the first day of the draft will not be as fun as it could have been…. unless they make a trade into the 1st round!!!!

    • Rob Staton

      Just think… when it gets to pick #31 the guy taken will not be as good as Jimmy Graham.

      I thought the 2013 draft if anything was pretty enjoyable. No anxiety about a Seahawks pick. Just pure entertainment.

      • CharlieTheUnicorn

        I agree. Graham is an immediate impact player. The way this off-season has been going… draft day could be crazy…. #2 pick could cause chaos in the draft, depending who/if they pick.

      • Bryan C

        The drafts in which the Seahawks don’t have 1st round pick are still fun to watch, especially seeing who the Vikings take so we can pilfer them in a few years to allow the player the chance to win a Super Bowl ring.

      • Bob Dole

        I actually really enjoyed the percy trade first round. Just got to sit back with a beer and enjoy the picks.

  16. CharlieTheUnicorn

    Could the Titans and Redskins swing a deal by swapping 1st round picks, QB on each team and a few other draft picks. Honestly, if Washington gave RG3 + 1st rounder + 3rd rounder + 5th in 2016, for the Titan #1 and a #4…. they should do the deal

    • SunPathPaul

      It might be a possibility…I agree.

      Would you rather have MAriota, or RG3? That’s the question here…

  17. nolan

    Rob excellent work next time maybe instead of doing the little blurb about the first rounders could you do it for the 2nd rounders since thouse are the guys the hawks will be more likely picking from and we know less about. Btw saw you got picked up by the PI excellent work as always

    • Rob Staton

      Fair point on the second round — I will seek to do a blurb for those picks too next time.

      • nolan

        Thanks Rob your site is the best check it two or three times a day

        • Rob Staton

          Thanks man

      • RobHawk

        Thanks for the Round 2 mock. With so many of the Hawks picks later, I would love to see your 3rd round projections to see who may be left in the 4th round where we have multiple picks.
        Your thoughts on Chris Conley as an early 4th pick?

        • Rob Staton

          I’d be very much on board with Conley in that range. I will do a second 7-round Seahawks mock soon.

  18. Lil'stink

    Jarrett at #48? Dang. I’m still hoping he drops, that teams pass on him because of his size or scheme/fit.

  19. CHawk Talker Eric

    Not that I put too much stock in what he says, but Matt Millen has Sambrailo’s stock dropping based on a more extensive review of his game tape. Not sure what he’s talking about but maybe Sambrailo could be had in R3.

    He also has DGB’s stock rising based on a great pro day. I’d love to see a WR-needy team take DGB in R1 or high R2, leaving one of Agholor, Lockett, Smith available.

    This draft is extremely deep in OL prospects. JS and PC have both mentioned this. That and a shortage of cap space are the reasons SEA haven’t made a OL play in FA.

    • CharlieTheUnicorn

      If there is justice, DGB would be drafted by the 49ers in the first round. The dumpster fire would be burning very brightly in the Santa Clara offices.

      It kills me that the Seahawks have NO SHOT at getting Phillip Dorsett at their current draft position.

    • sdcoug

      yeah, Matt Millen and Charlie Casserly are two guys who were not that adept at the GM role, yet keep getting paid by networks as a mouthpiece for how teams should go about constructing their teams or evaluate prospects. Always makes me laugh

  20. rowdy

    Rob, as a draft blogger how does it feel to have the team you cover consistently trade their 1st round pick? Without your site there would be very little to read about the hawks draft. Thanks man!

    • Bollie

      I know I was thinking about that as well Rob and hopefully we will be at 32 for the 2016 draft looking to trade down again. Any team ever go 4 years without a 1st rounder. Unlike most sites you spend a lot of time on the mid round gems and lots of commenters on the site do a well which makes it a great read for a seahawks fan

      • AlaskaHawk

        Exponentially harder to guess the mid round picks! Good luck Rob.
        I’m sure enjoying your blog.

      • Martin

        I personally like talking about the mid to late round guys. That’s where the team makes its money. Sure the first round guys get all the glamor but I like looking for the diamond in the rough.

        • rowdy

          As do I and probably everyone else here. It makes the job so much harder though I’m just appreciative of rob for putting the hours it takes to do what he does. I tell draft fans of all teams to come here for the best in depth look at prospects. Props to the people Who comment as well, you guys really push this site over the top.

          • Coug1990

            Not only this, but Rob is so level-headed. Rob does not think he has all the answers. Most analysts act like their analysis are fact, not opinion.

            • Rob Staton

              I can definitely confirm I don’t have all the answers. Unless the question is, “Would you like a pizza?”. Then I do have the correct answer.

        • Volume 12

          Feel the same way my man. I love the draft in general. Love watching, scouting, debating prospects. I’m just a fan of the game itself and I do follow and like other teams, so even if we don’t have a 1st rounder, I’m still captivated.

          Your right. The mid rounds are the ‘money maker’ so to speak with this team. I enjoy those as much as the top 100.

    • Rob Staton

      As long as they keep making Super Bowls… I’m happy 🙂

  21. DC

    If we manage to sign Wiz or Starks that could change our 2nd round pick. Ty would be fine by me.

    I’m getting more & more excited about Marcus Hardison, DT from Arizona State at #63. He’s broad, long (33.5″ arms) and produced “53 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and six turnovers (three forced fumbles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery). ” Those are things our coaches like!

    We still NEED one more pass rusher, preferably two. Marcus could help Hill & Bennett work the inside and I’d feel a lot better about our pass rushing depth.

    • Michael (CLT)

      I like Marcus a ton too. I wonder if he has the love for the game. I see it, but that may be “wanting” to see it.

      • OZ

        He’s legit. I like him a at #63.

    • redzone086

      Troy Biermann would make a good addition for de depth.

  22. redzone086

    Rob what do you think about Waller doing workouts at the TE position as reported?

    • redzone086

      Thanks rob

  23. redzone086

    What do we think of trading a 5th or 6th rd pick for Cardelle Paterson? Vikings picked up Wallace for a 5th. Could be Sydney 2.0

    • Volume 12

      I’d rather just draft Stanford WR/R Ty Montgomery. Same type of player, but Montgomery is highly intelligent unlike Patterson.

      • Ben

        But unlike Patterson, Montgomery has no upside at receiver. He has maybe the worst hands that I’ve ever seen. Granted, Patterson’s are no great shakes either, but they’re better than Montgomery’s.

        • Volume 12

          True. But they are the same type of player and you could get a Montgomery with the 5th round pick it would take to get Patterson. But, with the way Seattle drafts in the mid rounds, I’m not sure I’d even give up a 5th for him.

  24. Volume 12

    Rob, I know we’ve discussed him a little bit before but not a whole lot. What do you think of Florida St WR Rashad Greene? Could he be an option in the 3rd round?

    I know you like WR Tre McBride, as do I, but hypothetically if he’s gone.

    • Rob Staton

      For Seattle I’d say unlikely (mostly because he’d be one of the first off the board in R3) but I like Greene in R2-3 for a team looking for a really solid slot/safety net receiver.

  25. Volume 12

    This Mario Alford is catching my eye too. He’s kind of freaky. His arm length is identical to P-Rich’s and he’s 5 inches shorter! Being only 5’8 his broad jump was over 10 feet and had a 34′ inch vertical! I can only imagine what that would be if he was just 6’0. He was timed at his pro day today or yesterday at 4.3 something. If we’re looking for returners with explosive traits then this guy should be monitored. Also had some fantastic production this year too.

    Sorry, Steele. I know he’s another ‘Smurf’ but these guys play chippy and want to prove their height doesn’t matter. ‘Little man syndrome/complex.’

    • Volume 12

      Scratch that guys. He ran a 4.28! He tied UAB’s WR JJ Nelson from the combine.

      One scout compared him to T.Y. Hilton and said if he plays in the right offense he might be impossible to cover on crossing/slant routes. And even said he thinks at his size he could play outside.

      We know how much Seattle is enamored with speed.

      • Volume 12

        I keep responding to my own comments! LOL.

        This kid is special. I got Goosebumps watching these highlights. Maybe because I’m a die hard hip hop fan and the music is perfect for these highlights, but you guys have to check him out. I know they’re from YouTube, but damn man.

        Every catch in this clip is impressive, and there’s some really bad throws. Imagine this guy in Seattle’s offense with RW throwing him the ball and getting it to him in space. 65 rec, 945 yes., 11 TDs!

        Here’s the link. Don’t miss out:

        • CHawk Talker Eric

          He go 0-100, real quick
          He be on that ball, ain’t no bullshit
          He don’t feel that, no not even a little bit
          Oh Lord, he knows himself, he knows his worth
          His actions been louder than his words
          How he so high, but still so down to earth
          If he wanna do it he can do it on CLink turf
          Oh Lord he’s rookie and a vet
          Shoutout to JS to go try and get

          • Volume 12

            That’s damn good CHAWK. Did you use some of the lyrics from the song and then add your own? Didn’t know you were a fan of hip hop. And by the way, your said lyrics actually sum up his highlights and him as a person perfectly.

            In all seriousness though, What do you think? Impressed?

            • CHawk Talker Eric

              Yeah, I’m a pretty rabid hip hopper. That’s the song playing in the YT highlight vid (“0-100”). The lyrics are Drake’s, with a word or two replaced to make it my own (and for profanity reasons).

              Yes, I like Super (fast) Mario. He’s as fast as any prospect I’ve seen. Hit him in stride (like on several crossing routes shown in the vid) and he’s gone. Nice hands as well. And then there’s the KR skills. He’s unlike any WR currently on roster, including PRich.

        • Martin

          Thanks V12, I had personally dismissed him because he was so small. After watching the highlights I think he would fit in nicely to the roll that they were hoping to put Percy Harvin in. I especially liked the hitch screen at 2:40 mark. We already do a version of that, but there’s no one on the roster with that suddenness that Mario has. I think he might be a better reciever than Percy is too. I like him he is added to my list of reciever targets. Which now makes 3. McBride, Waller and now Super Mario.

          • Bollie

            Nice pick Volumbe 12. He would be a great fit in the slot with us and give us that burner we are missing while P Rich is on the shelf.

            Martin if Agholor is off the board. The 3 WR you mention Mcbride, Waller and Alford would be my picks as well. Add in Smelter from G-Tech as an UDFA project on the practice squad and I think our WR corps go from a weakness to strength in the next couple of years.

            • drewjov11

              I was talking to a friend a couple of months back about our horrible return game and now this kid at WVU would be worth a pick just on returns alone. Let’s face it, we need a guy like this to tilt the field for our offense, and keep the defense on long fields. It’s incredible how far we went last season with such a bad return game. He could definitely solve that issue. Also. You can line him up all over the place and use him a little like you used Percy. Fly sweeps, in the backfield, the slot. He’s someone you can’t sleep on.

            • Martin

              I really like Smelter’s run after the catch ability. I think he is one of the more difficult prospects to tackle after the catch. I think it was McShay that tweeted about it. So yes I like him as a UDFA.

            • Martin

              Not sure if anyone will see this as its a few days old now but was just surfing nfl page and found where Gil Brandt classified Waller as a draft steal. He is reporting that 31 teams showed up to GT pro day. Some being WR coaches. He also gave Smelter’s measurements 6’2″ 227lbs 11 1/8″ hands 33″ arms. Hasn’t ran yet because he is still recovering from an ACL tear in November.

        • John_s

          I like him. Pencil him as our returner and let him ease in to the offense.

        • Ishmael

          Oh man… I LOVE him. Can’t coach speed like that. 10.7 100m as a teenager. They are serious, serious, wheels. Moves so smoothly.

          You could put together some absolutely obnoxious package plays with him and Graham. Will definitely have to watch some more tape.

        • Rik

          Man he is fast! And he doesn’t play small either. Lots of contested passes that he has to fight for in the tape. He seems strong for his size, with good concentration. Be a big difference in our return game. I wouldn’t have to grit my teeth through fair catch after fair catch, and Russell wouldn’t be starting on the 12 yard line every series.

          • Volume 12

            Thanks for the feedback guys. He just grabs your attention doesn’t he?

            Everyone of you guys brought up great points about how to use him or what our return game could be with this kid back there. He could be used exactly like WR Percy Harvin. That speed is so smooth and it’s like he hits the turbo button in a video game,

            He’s also highly mature having gone to the Georgia military academy, because his grades weren’t good enough. Well they were, but a program like Alabama that was high on him, didn’t want to wait for test scores. He’s a ‘yes sir, no sir’ type kid, but with a ton of confidence as you can see on the 1st few seconds of the vid.

            Yes, he’s small, but he sure doesn’t show it nor play like it.

            Rob, what do you think buddy?

            • Jim Q

              IMO, there are 2 very different kick returner positions. In my mind, kickoff returns are far less in importance than punt returns because the majority of kickoffs result in a touchback and automatic 20-yard field position anyway. Just because a particular player has speed & reliable hands doesn’t make him an automatic “kick returner”.

              Punt returning is an extremely difficult job, to track the ball & make sure you catch it, look for blocking and a lane to run to & all the while you have to dodge the entire opposing team running fast as bats in hell right at you, not many players can excel with that situation. IMO, the Seahawks “NEED” is for a punt returner & much less so a kickoff returner. A good case in point………..

              WR-Mario Alford, W. Virginia (in his “short” 2 year career)
              Receiving: 65/945, 14.54 avg, 11-TD’s (not bad, but many WR’s are better.)
              Punt Returns: 2/-11, -5.50 avg, 0-TD’s (at least Walters fair caught a lot.)
              K O returns: 26/743, 28.58 avg, 2-TD’s (not bad, there are better options.)
              Receiving: 27/552, 20.44 avg, 2-TD’s (meh.)
              Punt returns: 1/-2, -2.00 avg, 0-TD’s (NOT a punt returner & it is obvious.)
              K O returns: 11/229, 20.82 avg, 0-TD’s (meh.)

              • Volume 12

                Interesting that you don’t consider him a punt returned, but all the scouts that attended W. Virginia’s pro day said they like him as a punt and kick returner. He might not have great punt return stats, but he has the skill set for it. BJ Daniels never returned punts in college and is the front runner right now for that job.

                Who’s a better option? And please don’t say Tyler Lockett, Justin Hardy, or Ty Montgomery. I’d be absolutely shocked if Seattle targets a river purely for return skills. Alford is more than just a returner. Fastest guy in the draft other than UAB’s JJ Nelson.

                • Jim Q

                  Punt returners, 2014 stats:
                  WR-Ty Montgomery, 12/238, 19.83/avg, 2-TD’s, rank: Rd-3/4, medical ?’s, drops, (I don’t want him) 1-yr at Punt ret., 4 at KO ret.

                  WR-Tyler Lockett, 21/401, 19.14/avg, 2-TD’s, rank: Rd-2/3, also prolific WR #’s, 4-yrs at punt/KO ret. (FBS-2014: #1 PR, #5 receiver)

                  WR-Nelson Agholor, 19/197, 10.37/avg, 0-TD, Rank: Rd-2 prolific WR #’s 2-yrs Punt ret, 3-yrs KO ret.

                  WR-Jameson Crowder, 22/280, 12.73/avg, 2-TD’s, rank: Rd-5/6-ish, 4-yrs at punt/KO ret

                  WR-Andre Debose, 23/323, 14.04/avg, 1-TD, rank: Rd7/UDFA, 4-yrs at punt/KO ret

                  WR-Jamarcus JJ Nelson, 26/277, 10.65/avg, 0-TD’s, rank: Rd-7/UDFA, 4-yrs at punt/KO ret., @ 156-lbs?

                  RB-Marcus Murphy, 27/281, 10.41/avg, 1-TD, Rank: Rd-7/UDFA, 4-yrs as a punt/KO specialist

                  WR-Christion Jones, 19/152, 8.00/avg, 0-TD’s, Rank: Rd-7/UDFA, 4-yrs at punt/KO ret (not too well at KO returner however)

                  ……and there are several others (w/small schools included).

                  • Volume 12

                    The only guys that are attractive on that list are Agholor and Lockett who will more than likely be gone before Seattle picks a WR I’m assuming in the 3rd or 4th round.

                    Crowder was really awful during the Senior bowl and combine.

                    Andre Debose is a flat-out diva.

                    So, that leaves JJ Nelson who I really like, but your right. 156-160 pounds is tiny. He’s very intriguing though and a flat-out athlete. Mizzou’s Marcus Murphy is exciting and a guy I could see them getting as an UDFA as well as Alabama’s Christian Jones.

                    I like Mario Alford because his KR average is actually better than any of theses guys listed. He’s a dynamic weapon and has a unique build, but that speed is so attractive. 4.28-4.33. Seattle is missing this type of weapon. Whereas the other guys are just KR/PR, and if using Bryan Walters during the play-oops and regular season is any indication, it would seem Seattle wants more than just return man. I think they want field-tilting/explosive weapon WITH return skills.

                  • CHawk Talker Eric

                    @ V12 the draft is deep enough at OL to go WR early and OG/C later. It would be hard to pass on Agholor if he’s available in R2 (or Smith/Dorsett). Not sure I’d say the same about Lockett – he’s more of a R3 prospect to me.

                    Also, KR/PR is one position where, given similar athletic ability, smaller size can be beneficial. It’s harder to catch a smaller target in space.

                  • Ho Lee Chit

                    Don’t forget about Will Blackmon. He returns punts and kicks.

                  • Jim Q

                    “”Interesting that you don’t consider him a punt returned, but all the scouts that attended W. Virginia’s pro day said they like him as a punt and kick returner.””

                    I’m sorry, if you think 3 punt returns for minus 13 yards in 2 years of college play makes him a good punt returner. As I initially said above, a punt returner is a big need and I’d hope they can draft a guy that has both experience & production as a punt returner.

                    As far as kick off returns, I see that as a lesser need than PR and Alford would indeed be above average as a KR, but there are still a lot of guys as good or better while also contributing in the non kick game. FYI: under the heading of “national” lists the leaders in both KR & PR, take a look for yourself.

                • Old but Slow

                  Yowza! He fast.

                  • Volume 12

                    CHAWK, I absolutely agree about the OL position being probably the deepest position group. But, right now the O-line is the ‘glaring weakness.’ I’ve wondered myself if they’ll wait on the O-line position and target a Terry Poole in the 4th.

                    I too would take Agholor if he was on he board. IMO he might just be the most pro ready of all the receivers in this draft. Dorsett won’t be there. WR Devin Smith is appealing too.

                    I’m with you about the KR/PR position. I find JJ Nelson extremely interesting, but his weight is worrisome. Now if he bulks up another 15 pounds or so, then I’d pull the trigger on this kid in the 4th or 5th, and I could see Seattle taking him as is. He’s one of the most thought-provoking/intriguing players.

                  • CHawk Talker Eric

                    Actually V12 I was thinking of Alford when I said small is good for a KR/PR.

                    Alford may be small, but at 180# he’s not slight. Also your point about his 31.25″ arms – disproportionately long for someone only 5’8″ – same thing for his hands at 9.375″.

                    I wonder if they go OL early, will he be available in R4? If he is, would you take him there or wait?

            • Rob Staton

              I’ll check him out tonight.

              • JW

                I wonder what Minny would take for Patterson. He’s been a bust for them at WR, but he’s spectacular in the return game.

                I doubt they’re ready to cut bait on him just yet, but I bet they’re close.

    • Steele1324

      I don’t mind a great smurf—as long as they get the other types as well, and as long as they bring something that Baldwin doesn’t have.

      • Volume 12

        But they do have other types of WRs.

        A ‘big’ receiver in ‘Hardball’ Matthews, Jimmy Graham is a combo TE-WR, a possession WR in Kearse, a deep threat in P-Rich, ADB is a classic slot/clutch receiver, Lockett is a ST receiver, Norwood is a possession receiver, McNeil is a ‘big’ body. And Luke Willson is a speed TE, Anthony McCoy is a blocking TE, and Cooper Helfet is a versatile TE with ST skills.

        So by looking at that, what are they missing? IMO it’s the dynamic, versatile offensive weapon, that they can use on fly sweeps, bubble/tunnel screens, all the underneath stuff.

        But, I could be the only one that thinks so. I guess it’s just how do we interpret what they need when looking at the kind of receivers already on the roster.

        • Volume 12

          CHAWK, I see what your saying. I was a little confused to be honest.

          Your right about his length and hand size. It’s unique for a 5’8, 180 pound receiver. He’s also got the frame to add another 4-5 pounds and not lose any of his speed, but the way he plays, that’s not a concern to me.

          I think he will be there in round 4, that’s one reason I brought him up. I’d absolutely take him there using the comp pick. He’s a sleeper. If WR Kevin White hadn’t been there this year or put up the numbers he did, ‘Super’ Mario would be getting some considerable buzz right now. He’s a high character, mature, hard working, explosive athlete, with elite speed.

          W. Virginia takes troubled players, JUCO guys, guys that other programs may have been put off by because of their attitude or whatever it may be, so I think he’d fit right in to the culture/locker room atmosphere that Seattle has going on.

  26. j

    As I was reading through the mock, the anticipation was building for the Seahawks pick at 31 – then about midway through I realized we had traded it.

    Looking at pro-days, WSUs Isiah Myers registered a 38.5 inch vertical and a 10’8 broad at his yesterday. The vertical would have been 8th at the combine and the broad jump would have been 5th(among WR). I pay attention because we pay attention to those as markers of lower body explosiveness.

    No info on his times or length measurements on the interwebs as of yet. But those jumping numbers are good. Probably a UDFA but depending on the 40 he could crack the late rounds. 6’0, 189 WR that caught 78 passes for 972 yards and 12 TDs in the air raid last year. Known more as a smooth route runner than physically gifted.

    Anyone seen any tape on this guy?

    • Volume 12

      I live in Washington state so I see my fair share of Wazzu and U-DUB games. He’s a good player. Might be a product of Leach’s system. IDK why they didn’t post the times or measurements though.

      Your right, he may a guy to monitor as an UDFA. He’s not a bad player by any means.

      • CHawk Talker Eric

        Word is Xavier Cooper had a very nice prop day workout. I can honestly say he’s one Coug I’d like to see in a Seahawk uni.

        However, his stock is rising and he’ll likely be long gone.

      • sdcoug

        I don’t have any type of statistical analysis or film breakdown, but I watch every wazzu game. Myers was never the flashy recruit or kid with can’t-miss credentials or measurements. He just slowly and quietly climbed the WR ranks when everyone would only talk about all the other guys in the air raid. By last season, he was probably our best receiver (even with V. Mayle) but still didn’t get much pub. Just one of those players that always seems to be open.

        Kind of reminds me of another former Coug, Brandon Gibson, who never flashed yet has carved himself a nice pro career being that steady, if unspectacular, option teams need. I expect he’ll get that UDFA shot somewhere and wouldn’t be surprised to see him hang on

  27. David

    Hi Rob – great work as usual. With Devin Smith going #52 to the Eagles, what do you think it would take to trade up into that area of the draft? I really hope we could get Devin to complete our wideout options now we have Jimmy. Then spend the rest of the draft working on the lines.

    • Rob Staton

      I think it would take the third unfortunately. At least a couple of fourth’s. There’s a lot of value in R2 but it’s even better in R3-4 so I’d be wary of trading up.

      • David

        Thanks for replying Rob. Damn, that’s a bit too much – though if we’d got the 4th from the Jets for Harvin I’d have pulled that trade immediately.

  28. John_s

    Shaq Mason had a good showing at the Ga Tech pro days. Here are his numbers that I got out of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

    40. Vert broad. 3 cone. 20 shuttle. Bench
    S. Mason 4.89 32 9’2” 7.53 4.57 25

    • OZ

      A lot of people are high on Mason. Good Player. Kind of going under the radar.

    • Volume 12

      I saw the same thing yesterday John and was pretty impressed with those numbers to say the least. Because he’s uniquely built. He’s not like most or your yearly C prospect. Those measurements and numbers with his bowling ball esque size is eye opening.

      I like Shaq Mason as well. Oz is right, he’s flying under the radar right now and could be a steal in the mid rounds.

  29. OZ

    I have been watching tape of Kenny Bell. Love his game. Very good field vision, knows how to separate and find soft spots in coverage.Good hands catcher and excellent return ability. Like his size.

    • Volume 12

      Yeah, he’s a fantastic player. So much grit and swag, plus those run blocking skills are amazing. Have you gotten around to the crack-back block he laid on someone? It’s reminiscent of Godeln Tate’s on Sean Lee 3 years ago.

      Bell is one of my favorite receivers in this class. He just seems like he’s already a Seahawks with hos style of play and character.

  30. dean

    hey rob with the lack of seahawky CB in this draft what about George Farmer as a 7th R draft or UDFA and switch him to CB. at his pro day he ran 4:35 at 6’1 and 216 .special team player ??

    • CHawk Talker Eric

      Nothing wrong with the idea. But Farmer’s problem isn’t bad hands, it’s staying healthy. He’s a good WR/KR when he’s on the field.

    • Rob Staton

      Very intriguing prospect Dean. One to monitor for sure.

  31. realrhino2

    I like it, but feel you/we may be doing it again. “Seahawky” guys in our minds getting moved up the mock. Lockett at 53? My guess is he’ll be around early 4th. I wouldn’t want him. Better WR options that could also handle PR/KR, IMO.

    • CharlieTheUnicorn

      I agree somewhat…. I think mid/late round 3 is sweet spot where he will go. If a team thinks he has big upside, then he might go earlier, but I’ve not heard of him as being a high upside WR… more a solid WR and exceptional KR/PR.

  32. David

    hes probably just messing with us hawks fans..maybe?

    I have a feeling I know where @GregJennings might end up ….— Will Blackmon (@willblackmon) March 14, 2015

    • Steele1324

      I like the idea of a veteran WR on the field, to set an example, to lead. Jennings would be good, if he is not expensive.

      On the other hand, that would run the risk of too many guys and too few roster spots. I have to remind myself, because I forget, that Matthews, Norwood, McNeil must certainly be getting their opportunities this offseason. Them, and rookies. P-Rich, what will they do about him? IR/PUP? Who is the odd guy out? Kearse.

      • Volume 12

        Norwood and McNeil. Neither one plays ST, aren’t very good run blockers, and are already 25 or 26.

        But, keep in mind that it may go from a 53 man roster to 55 this season.

  33. David Ess


    I have a feeling I know where @GregJennings might end up ….— Will Blackmon (@willblackmon) March 14, 2015

  34. Turp

    Sorry if you’ve mentioned this already, but what are the chances Tre McBride goes in the 2nd? Will he slip to the 3rd due to being from a small school?

    • Rob Staton

      I think given the depth at receiver and the small school background his peak is probably round three. I like his chances of making it in the league wherever he goes.

  35. Steele1324

    I think Dallas in rd. 1 will go for Gurley, with Murray gone.

    • Steele1324

      But they just signed Darren McFadden. If they are expected McF to be great, they will be disappointed.

      • sdcoug

        that’s what I mentioned earlier. I totally see Dallas making a move for Gurley. If he is ready, DMC helps ease the transition. IF he needs more time or a redshirt, DMC (and randell, etc) act as a short-term placeholder. Just feels like a Jerry pick

  36. Volume 12

    All these WRs will be gone by the time Seattle is on the clock in the 3rd round, if they don’t take one in the 2nd. And surely won’t be there at the end of round 4.

    W. Virginia WR Kevin White, Louisville WR DeVante Parker, Alabama WR Amari Cooper, UCF’s Breshad Perriman, Arizona St WR Jaelen Strong, Michigan WR Devin Funchess, Oklahoma WR DGB, K-St WR Tyler Lockett, Florida St WR Rashad Greene, E. Carolina WR Justin Hardy, Miami WR Phillip Dorsett, USC WR Nelson Agholor, Ohio St WR Devin Smith, Auburn WR Sammie Coates, William & Mary WR Tre McBride.

    And if Seattle does wait until the end of round 4 before adding a receiver then IMO we can include Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller, he’s redundant in my mind side we’ve added Jimmy Graham, and Georgia WR Chris Conley, and possibly even Nebraska WR Kenny Bell.

    My point is that we may have to start turning our attention to some other receivers.This is why I highlighted W. Virginia WR/R ‘Super’ Mario Alford. Now of course nothing is set in stone and this is only hypothetical, and I’m 100% certain that not all of these names will be gone, but what if they are?

    • Steele1324

      I would expect them to get at least one WR before the end of rd. 4. I hope they get two.

    • Steele1324

      Like smurfs? How about JJ Nelson?
      Even faster than Super Mario. Runs a 4.28 40, track athlete, super returner. Imagine Bevell bubble screens to him.

      • Volume 12

        He’s an interesting guy. But he only weighs a 160 some odd pounds if I’m not mistaken.

        • Steele1324

          Yes. If you go smurf, really go smurf!

    • realrhino2

      I’d guess that of the guys you mentioned, Lockett, Greene, Hardy, and at least one of McBride, Funchess and DGB will still be available at our pick in the 3rd.

      I’m not nearly as worried about the receiving corps now. We made the Superbowl with basically Baldwin and Kearse. We added Graham and just need to move the chains. I’d like an upgrade, but I’m not going to be overly concerned if it’s Lockett instead of Agholor or Smith instead of Dorsett, etc. Seem pretty fungible in that range.

      • Volume 12

        I failed to get that point across. Out of all those names, there’s still others to choose from. Personally I’d benthrilled if they add for example, W. Virginia WR Mario Alford and USC WR George Farmer.

  37. CharlieTheUnicorn

    Would you give up a 6th or 7th for C Patterson, since he might be on the trading block?
    This would fit the Viking player to Seahawks quota for 2015 as well 🙂

    • redzone086

      That’s what I mentioned above. Seems , like a good fit has a first round option but low capital to get.

  38. Volume 12

    Draft notes:

    1. Why did Seattle work-out and interview UCLA LB Eric Kendricks? Are they planning on not re-signing B-Wagz? Could they move Bruce back to the LEO spot, flip KJ over to the SAM LB position, make Kendricks the WILL LB and have KPL take over the Malcolm Smith role (‘6th man’/ST ace)? I find this interesting.

    2. Before Seattle signed CBs Will Blackmon and Cary Williams, I think it was Ho Lee Chit who said that PC/JS were probably scouring the playgrounds of L.A. for their next developmental corner. I brought up UNLV CB Tajh Hasson in response who is in fact from South L.A. I can’t find his arms length or wingspan, but check out these pro day numbers. This kid is an amazing athlete.

    UNLV CB Tajh Hasson-6’0, 198 lb., 4.46 & 4.49 40 yard dash, 37 1/2′ inch vertical, 10’9’ foot broad jump, 4.35 20 yard shuttle, 7.25 3 cone, and put up 21 reps on the bench press. WOW!

    3. What about Montana’s DE Zach Wagennman as a potential LEO prospect? Seattle did attend his pro day. He’s a fiery/intense competitor, with good length, a great motor, high football IQ, great work ethic, and was a team captain.

    • Ho Lee Chit

      1. I realize that most probably think Kendricks is a solid first round guy along with about 50 other names I have heard. Some believe Kendricks belongs in the second round. Remember Schneider only has 16 names with first round grades. The Seahawks badly need a MLB because when Wagner was out it showed. KJ did his best but our run defense was suspect for a couple weeks without Wagner. Of course, taking him at #63 would go against the narrative that we need yet another 2nd round WR.

      2. You have a good memory. Tajh Hasson might be one of those late round UDFA stories I love to read. I saw PC talking to a 7th grader with a pretty good back pedal near the swing set.

      One item that has not been discussed on this board is that Will Blackmon is actually a very fine PR/KR guy. He has done it for his entire career very successfully. This could change our need for a returner.

      3. I liked Wagennman better with the long hair. He runs easily but the time is a bit slow. I think his 40 is the only thing holding him back. He was productive in college. Sacking the QB is a skill we need not a necessarily a track star.

      By the way, I think your projection of 15 WR’s in the first two rounds is a bit high. After last years load, I doubt more than 10 go before the end of R2 . . . but who knows.

      • Volume 12

        1. Good points. But a back-up MLB with the 2nd round selection, if that’s what they end up doing? I guess we’ve seen stranger things happen. I just thought it was interesting. I wonder where they have ‘Diggy’ Odighizuwa ranked. They worked him out extensively and seem to really like him. I’d love it if that was our first overall selection. It seems odd that they’d even spend that much time with ‘Diggy’ if they thought they had no shot at him.

        2. LOL. He’d be a very solid 6th-7th round or UDFA pick up. Personally I think he’d be a good nickel/slot guy with the ability to play outside in a pinch. I can’t find his arm length or wingspan though.

        3. I did too. That’s why I brought him up, because other than that 40 time, he would appear to check all the other boxes.

        It was actually the first 3 rounds. Your probably right about the number being too high, but it was posed as a hypothetical question.

        • Steele1324

          Wagenmann is a good effort/motor type but too slow, I think.

    • Rob Staton

      “Why did Seattle work-out and interview UCLA LB Eric Kendricks?”

      Could be an early target for one of SF, STL or ARI. San Fran needs to replace Willis. Would be a good fit. Perhaps a bit of early scouting by Seattle, although I suspect they’d LOVE Kendricks’ play and athleticism.

      • Steele1324

        I doubt they will let Wagner go anywhere. Just can’t see that happening.

      • Volume 12

        Hmmm. Never really thought of that aspect.

        One reason I brought it up is because of the fact that Kendricks is such a good athlete and playmaker. And does seem like a prototypical Seattle LB.

        Rob, let’s just say he is their selection with the 63rd pick, how do you envision they’d use him?

        • Rob Staton

          I think it’d be a luxury. He could play the MIKE or WILL in Seattle, just a fantastic all-action linebacker. The one guy he often gets compared to is Willis. He’s not as fast or athletic, but they play with the same intensity. Won’t be a shock at all if he ends up with the Niners.

  39. Ehurd1021

    I know a lot of people keep writing off the 2015 draft at CB. I recently posted about a kid out of Towson CB Tye Smith – 6’0″, 32″ arm*, 4.6 40 yard dash, 36.5 inch vert. He has all the measureables that Seattle covets and he has great tape. Interested to hear what you guys think.

    Highlights –

    • Steele1324

      I like Tye Smith a lot. He might be raw, but good potential and likely available in the later rounds. The 4.6 40 might keep him from more notice.

  40. Ed

    Rob, it has been reported the Browns tried to trade Cameron for Harvin. If so, why wouldn’t we have taken that trade, since it was talked about they tried to trade for him?

    • Rob Staton

      I think maybe it’s damage limitations from within the Browns and they’re using the local media to get the message out there. They were kind of used in that Miami deal, they know the approach SEA made for Cameron was leaked. “Oh yeah, we tried to trade him.” Considering the Seahawks actually did trade Harvin for a sixth rounder — I think if the Seahawks were offered that straight deal by Cleveland it would’ve been done.

  41. CharlieTheUnicorn

    Linebacker Shaq Riddick (6-5 7/8, 244) transferred to West Virginia from Gardner-Webb before last season. He spent four seasons with Gardner-Webb, but was eligible to play for the Mountaineers because he had graduated. He ran the 40 in 4.65 and 4.67 seconds. He had a 36-inch vertical and 10-4 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.28 seconds and had a three-cone drill time of 6.80 seconds. He also put up 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. His best position will probably be as a pass rusher with his hand on the ground. He was worked out as a linebacker and also as a defensive end, but he probably has a better chance of being a pass rusher than a guy dropping into space at the next level. ~

    Has anyone taken a look at this guy…. nice size and speed combo.

    • Volume 12

      He’s extremely raw, but loaded with upside and potential, What was his 10 hard split and arm length?

      W. Virginia always has unique/elite athletes that are of interest to me,

      • CHawk Talker Eric

        I think his 40 time was 4.59s with a 1.57 split. His 3-cone is reported as 6.67s. Everything else is as listed. A very impressive display.

        From Rotoworld:
        “West Virginia EDGE Shaq Riddick shined at the school’s pro day on Friday.
        Riddick stands 6’6/244 lbs and recorded a 4.59 forty (1.57 10 yard split), 36″ vertical jump, 10’4″ broad jump, 4.28 short shuttle and 6.67 3-cone. These results are very similar to Randy Gregory’s, but almost 10 pounds heavier. We aren’t saying they are equal prospects, but this kind of athleticism and size combination could push him above the other prospects in his group. Mar. 14 – 10:22 am et”

  42. bigDhawk

    Rob – bit late to the party here but I notice you don’t have Ameer Abdullah mocked in your top 64. Where do you see him going and do you think he would be a good option at 63 for us as a returner if nothing else? He is a heck of an athlete and the value seems pretty good at the end of the second round with him still sitting there.

    • Steele1324

      Would the Hawks use #63 on special teams? Don’t think so, nor do I see them taking a RB at that spot, with so many other needs. As a back, I am not a fan of Abdullah. Kind of awkward, reminds me a lot of Stevan Ridley in running style. Undersized and more a change of pace rather than a feature back.

      • bigDhawk

        The reason I ask is because of Lockett, whom Rob mentions below. Even though there were questions about Locket’s ability to contribute as a receiver, there was talk of drafting him at 63 as mostly a return specialist. If that’s the case then Abdullah would be the better choice of the two in my estimation.

    • Rob Staton

      I see him as a R3 level player. I like him but think it’d be a bit of a luxury just to take him as a return man. The best option this early as a return specialist would be Tyler Lockett if he’s still on the board — I would expect he can contribute as a receiver pretty quickly too.

  43. CHawk Talker Eric

    Interesting. There’s word that CLE tried to trade Cameron to SEA for Harvin last season.

    From the Northeast Ohio Media Group (NEOMG):

    “…the Browns were not devastated by the departure. In fact, they had tried to trade Cameron to the Seattle Seahawks last season for Percy Harvin, who was ultimately dealt to the Jets, a source told NEOMG. Cameron was looking for long-term deal worth about $8 million a year before last season, and the Browns weren’t prepared to pay that much. Talks broke off and didn’t resume until the season was over.”

    Must have been Cameron’s health that queered the deal, if there ever was one. If not, I guess he wasn’t a target for SEA this FA period.

  44. CHawk Talker Eric

    Rob did you see Shaq Riddick posted a 1.57s 10yd split at his pro day?

    • bigDhawk

      I really like Riddick. He’s twitchy, plays with an edge and has a lot of upside as well as room to fill out that lanky frame in a good way. He could turn into a monster edge rusher.

  45. RealRhino2

    Rob, just playing around in previous drafts, it looks like we could move up 10-15 spots from 63 for the 4th we got from the Saints, #107.

    You see any guys on your mock from 50 on that you think would be worth moving up to get?

    • Rob Staton

      Looking at my mock specifically there isn’t anyone I’d want to move up for. There are players I certainly like, but nobody I’d want to bang the table for in terms of moving up. The mid round picks are pretty valuable this year — tons of depth in the R3-4 region.

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