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April 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Which Seahawks’ draft pick might make the biggest contribution?

I have to be honest: I really hate doing these kinds of things. More often than not, you end up looking foolish. Mel Kiper, you may remember, was critical of the last two Seattle draft classes shortly after the draft. He has since retroactively given those classes positive reviews.

But, hey, ’tis the season to analyze draft picks, so here we go. Also, cast your own vote in the poll at the bottom of the post.

My favorite pick:

  • Chris Harper, wide receiver from Kansas State. I saw Harper play a lot in college — I went to the University of Kansas — and always thought he was a really solid football player. I was actually surprised to see that he was only 6 feet tall, because he always played so much bigger than that. He provides the Seahawks with a physical presence at receiver, which is something they don’t necessarily have with their current group. He’s also a very good and willing blocker. He should come in right away and play on special teams, while refining his route running.

Best value:

  • Jesse Williams, defensive tackle from Alabama. Williams was once considered a potential first-round draft pick before questions about his knees and durability hurt his stock. Williams gives Seattle another run-stuffer up the middle, which is something Seattle needed. The Seahawks have tons of depth at defensive line (no, seriously, look at their depth chart. It’s loaded). But they needed more help up the middle. Williams could potentially end up as a starter — or at least a guy who sees plenty of time. Worse case scenario: His injuries linger, and he isn’t able to contribute. With a fifth-round pick, it’s certainly worth the risk-reward.

Sleeper pick:

  • Michael Bowie, offensive tackle from Northeastern State. A funny thing happened when Bowie was drafted the Seahawks. Those of us in the media room struggled to find what school he attended (Go ahead and insert joke about bumbling media members here). There were a couple different places calling the school different names, so we had to ask Bowie. But Bowie is also a guy with a talented background. He was actually a part-time startling left tackle at Oklahoma State and was projected to be the starter heading into his senior season in 2012. But he was dismissed from the team a violation of team rules and ended up at Northeastern State. He didn’t give up a sack in his one season at the school, but he also was named to the second team of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association. He’s 6 feet 4, 330 pounds and has a pedigree suggesting big-time talent.

Guy who could contribute right away:

  • Two options seem likely to me. One is Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams. The other is Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill, who was selected in the third round. Both are defensive tackles, and coach Pete Carroll indicated both should factor into the rotation next year. Williams is bigger and more of a run-stuffer; Hill is a little better at getting up the field and pass rushing. Assuming he’s healthy, I think Williams could play a pretty significant role this season.


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