The LA Times published its annual beat writer mock draft today, with yours truly doing the honors of picking for the Seahawks at No. 32.
You can read it here.
As you can see, I chose UCLA OL Xavier Su’a-Filo, saying in the paragraph alloted: “The Seahawks lost two of their top six linemen. Su’a-Filo is older than the typical rookie, so he might be able to come in and be less of a project. He could play either guard or tackle.”
While Su’a Filo (here’s a good scouting report) played a lot of left tackle at UCLA, he projects more as a guard (and specifically, left guard) a spot where Seattle could use some depth, and also some competition for James Carpenter, whose option for 2015 the team announced last week it will not pick up.
I’ll admit, my first thought was receiver. But as you can see, seven receivers were already gone by the time pick No. 32 arrived. I wasn’t sure if Cody Latimer, a WR from Indiana that Seattle has had in for a visit and is considered one of the fastest-rising players in the draft, was worth the pick there. Also, given Seattle’s depth needs on the OL, that seemed like a better way to go.
If I had to do it over again, I might have sided with Latimer, thinking the Seahawks could still get a quality OL with its second-round pick. But the clock was on, and that’s who I went with — which, of course, guarantees that Seattle will never actually take him, right?
Also interesting to see, though, that just two QBs were taken.
If that happens for real on Thursday, there’s a great chance the Seahawks then trade out of the first round to a team that might want to move up there and get a QB, and by getting him in the first round, a chance at a fifth year of contract control down the line.
In fact, right now I’d probably put better odds on Seattle trading that pick and picking up a few more in later rounds than I would that the Seahawks actually use that pick, in large part because Seattle at the moment has just six picks. Moving down a few spots to get an extra body might make more sense than ever right now for Seattle.
But trades were not allowed in this draft, so Su’a-Filo it was.