We’ll start today with a few updated mock drafts:
— First, here’s the latest mock draft from Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com, who offers an intriguing option —- receiver Marqise Lee of USC. Writes Prisco: “Pete Carroll knows those USC kids and Lee would be a big help to the offense.” My quick thought is that Lee seems pretty similar to Percy Harvin, and that if Seattle were to go receiver early in the draft it might make more sense to go for a bigger one. But then Lee might also project as the perfect replacement for Golden Tate. And while Lee mostly handled kickoff returns at USC, he also did a few punt returns and could project there for Seattle, as well. Interestingly, Prisco had Seattle taking a big WR — Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State — in his mock draft last week.
— Rob Rang also updated his mock draft this week and has Seattle taking UCLA OL Xavier Su’a-Filo at No. 32. Writes Rang: “Under head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, the Seahawks have pulled plenty of surprises in recent drafts but the loss of two starting left guard Paul McQuistan and right tackle Breno Giacomini in free agency could test their willingness to think outside of the box in 2014. Seattle won’t reach to fill a need but if an aggressive, versatile blocker like Su’a-Filo is available, he’d make a lot of sense.” My quick thought? Many see Su’a-Filo more as a guard than a tackle in the NFL, but he played both at UCLA and certainly would make sense to help Seattle add depth up front.
— Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com, who has at times suggested the Seahawks might trade out of the first round — which would certainly make some sense — has the Seahawks taking TE Jace Amaro in his latest mock draft. Writes Kirwan: :I believe the Seahawks like Amaro and he brings a dimension their offense really doesn’t have as a flex/slot tight end who creates matchup problems. Russell Wilson will love having a 6-5 guy with 106 receptions last year roaming the middle of the field.” My quick thought? When the dust settled on free agency, the Seahawks essentially had the same TE crew as a year ago — basically replacing Kellen Davis with the return of the injured Anthony McCoy. But adding a potentially big-time playmaker there for the future is a logical way to think the Seahawks might go.
— Bucky Brooks of NFL.com offered a two-round mock draft this week and has Seattle taking Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses in the first round and receiver Jarvis Landry of LSU in the second. Writes Brooks about Moses: “The Seahawks rolled to the world title despite playing with a patchwork offensive line. Moses addresses the void at right tackle and is a perfect fit in the ‘Hawks’ zone-based blocking scheme.” Quick thought? Hard to argue any of that. Writes Brooks about Landry: “The Seahawks need a rugged receiver to handle the dirty work over the middle. Landry excelled in that role at LSU and has some Anquan Boldin-like qualities that makes him a great fit in the Seahawks‘ offense.” Quick thought? Again, all makes sense, and we obviously see some trends here emerge among those looking at Seattle’s draft needs — receivers, tight ends and offensive linemen.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Here’s another story on J.R. Sweezy returning to his former elementary school, and also noting he has added nearly 20 pounds in the off-season, which would theoretically put him at about 320.
— More on Christine Michael taking an autistic girl to her high school prom.
— Speaking of Tate, he says Detroit’s offense will be a better fit for him than was Seattle’s.
— ESPN looks at some of the odds behind Seattle’s attempt to repeat.
— The latest edition of the NFL Network’s ”Caught in the Draft,” this one focusing on the 1974 draft, debuts tonight. I watched the first one and I can’t recommend these enough for anyone who is a fan of NFL history.
— Finally, Malcolm Smith is going on The Soup tonight:
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) April 16, 2014