It’s that time of year: Mock drafts are out in full force right now. Here’s a sampling of what people think the Seahawks will do with the 56th pick (second round) of the draft this year.
Rob Rang had the Seahawks taking LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery in his mock draft, an interesting selection because the Seahawks’ added free agents Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett this offseason. Montgomery could be a force at LSU, but he also drew some negative press when he said he didn’t always play as hard against lesser teams.
Dane Brugler has the Seahawks taking another LSU player: cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. Yes, the Honey Badger. Mathieu didn’t play last season after he was kicked off the team. A recent ESPN the Magazine story quoted Mathieu saying he didn’t want to play in the national championship game. Also, Brugler has the Seahawks making the pick at No. 58 (not sure if he had them making a trade; it doesn’t say). Again, it’s an interesting idea because the Seahawks have one of the NFL’s best young secondaries and recently signed free-agent veteran Antoine Winfield to presumably play the nickel spot. This would be a move with an eye toward the future.
FOXSports.com senior NFL writer Pete Schrager has the Seahawks picking Vance McDonald, a tight end from Rice. McDonald was mostly a pass-catching tight end. The Seahawks have Zach Miller and Anthony McCoy at the tight end position.
NFL.com wrote this on McDonald’s strengths: “Used all over the formation but mainly as a slot receiver. Smooth athlete, comfortable in space for someone his size…Quickly turns upfield and makes the most of each play. Can make contested catches. Hands catcher away from his body.” The site also had this to say about his weaknesses: “Lacks strength on first contact. Majority of blocking took place in space, no inline, which could show in NFL. At least one drop or bobble per game, occurred even more often at the Senior Bowl. Most occur when he has to adjust or move off his stationary spot.”
SB Nation had all 32 of its bloggers collaborate on a mock draft, and they had the Seahawks taking another tight end: Jordan Reed from Florida. SB Nation also mentioned versatile linemen Brian Winters of Kent State and Justin Pugh of Syracuse as potential targets.
The theme seems to be, at least in a couple of these mock drafts, that people don’t think the Seahawks will want to keep Zach Miller this season. He is coming off an injury (he tore his plantar fascia in the playoff game at Atlanta last year) and is scheduled to make $6.8 million this season. McCoy, his backup and a sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft, started to come on late last year, but he has been erratic since joining the Seahawks.