Maybe it makes sense, considering how unpredictable the Seahawks have been in the NFL Draft the last few years, that there is little consensus about what Seattle will do this season as another draft approaches.
Here is a selection of the latest mock drafts from some of the bigger-name mock drafters out there, breaking out who they are picking for the Seahawks:
TODD MCSHAY, ESPN
“I had Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame defensive end) going here in version 5.0, but in this scenario he’s already off the board. Ealy is another potential option along the defensive line, as his versatility and pass-rushing ability would be welcomed in Seattle’s defense. The Seahawks also could go with a receiver here, possibly Fresno State’s Davante Adams or Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews.”
MEL KIPER, ESPN
Kiper has not updated his mock since last week and continues to have Seattle going with Tuitt.
“I’m sticking with this pick from the last mock. Given Seattle’s proficiency in developing talent on the defensive side of the ball, Tuitt is an enticing talent here because he played hurt last season and didn’t show all he’s capable of. He also brings both size and quickness they could utilize from a scheme standpoint. Seattle doesn’t have the same depth on the defensive line that it did in the midst of the Super Bowl run, and Tuitt can be both an effective run-stopper and a disruptive power pass-rusher.’
BUCKY BROOKS, NFL NETWORK
Brooks today updated his four-round draft projection. Here’s who he has Seattle taking:
In the first round, Brooks has Seattle taking Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses, writing:
“The Seahawks overcame a patchwork offensive line to claim their first Super Bowl title. Moses would fill a huge void at right tackle as an athletic edge blocker ideally suited for a zone-based blocking scheme.”
In the second round, he has Seattle taking Clemson WR Martavis Bryant, writing:
And in the fourth round he has Seattle taking South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles, but with no further explanation.
ROB RANG, CBSSPORTS.COM
“After riding a dominant defense to the championship in team history, few expect the Seahawks to select a defender here. With opponents doling out millions to sap Seattle’s depth on both sides of the line of scrimmage, however, Pete Carroll and John Schneider have plenty of holes to fill. They may try to trade out of this pick to acquire more selections but could see the 6-3, 251 pound Lawrence as an ideal LEO defensive end to groom behind Cliff Avril, who is entering the final year of his contract.”
Rang also has Seattle taking OL Trai Turner of LSU in the second round.
“Competitive, naturally powerful interior lineman with the athletic upside for offensive line coach Tom Cable to develop.”
PAT KIRWAN, CBSSPORTS.COM
“Last week it was Jace Amaro, but after Jenkins’ workout and clean bill of health I believe the Seahawks see him (at 6-6, 271 pounds with 4.5 speed and 146 receptions/21 touchdowns) as a complete tight end.”
“A junior who has experience at both tackle and guard. Strong punch to the breast plate. Quick, aggressive, and physical in his play. Good lateral quickness to position the defensive end. Good feet and athletic ability in pass protection. Strong and explosive in his play. Keeps his hands inside the frame. Can play flat-footed with good ankle and hip flexibility. Strong enough to anchor a bull rush. ARM Length: 33 3/8″ HAND: 9 3/8″, Bench Press: 25/225”
And in the second round, Ourlads has Seattle taking Indiana WR Cody Latimer, writing:
“Junior entry. Two-year starter. Is a big physical receiver who is a match-up problem for smaller defensive backs. Was the feature receiver in a pitch and catch, high tempo offense. Caught 8 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown versus Missouri. Against Illinois the former basketball player snared 11 catches for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Has big play game changing abilities. A three-year productive starter who can beat coverage when lined up going down the seam. Good ball skills and adjust. Reaches and extends for the ball at the high point. Catches the ball cleanly in his hands. Ran a 4.41 on his pro day on 3/26/14 and also had a vertical jump of 39 inches after surgery on his foot in mid-January. At the Combine he was only able to do the bench press. He put up 225 pounds 23 times which is at the top of the receiver scale. He is still recovering from surgery so he did not do any position workouts. Good run after catch ability. Accelerates after catch. Can elude or run through a tackle. Good field awareness. Gives effort to block in the run game or on jail break screens. Separates from defense with strength and athletic ability. 2013 stats: 72-1096, 15.2 ypr, 9 TD. Medical exclusion at Combine, left foot.”
CHRIS BURKE AND DOUG FARRAR, SI.COM
“With Sidney Rice’s long injury history and Golden Tate’s departure to Detroit, the Seahawks are in clear need of a red-zone target who can dominate in the physical NFC West. Though Benjamin is still learning the NFL route tree, he’d be able to come in and win right away in the paint, taking Seattle’s red-zone offense to a new level.”