Now that round one of the NFL Draft is in the books, the experts are having their say on how they think rounds two and three will unfold today (it begins anew at 4 p.m. Seattle time).
Here’s a look at a few mock drafts and what they project for the Seahawks with their two second-round picks (in each case, the first player listed is who they see Seattle taking at 40 and the second the player they see Seattle taking at 64), with some of my own comments included.
ROB RANG, CBSSPORTS.COM
Writes Rang of Bitonio: “Bitonio’s grit and versatility would make him a welcome addition given the Seahawks’ losses up front in free agency.” My comment: Seahawks like versatile OLs no doubt about it.
Writes Rang of Matthews: “A polished route-runner with excellent hands, Matthews would provide depth at a position in which the Seahawks have more questions than answers.” My comment: At 6-3, 212, Matthews would be Seattle’s biggest WR other than Sidney Rice.
BUCKY BROOKS, NFL.COM
Writes Brooks of Kouandijo: “Inserting Kouandjio into the lineup at right tackle would make the Seahawks‘ running game tougher to defend in 2014.” My comment: It might also allow Michael Bowie to compete at one of the guard spots.
Writes Brooks of Landry: “Pete Carroll loves “football players,” so Landry is a likely candidate to come off the board at this point.” My comment: Landry also has handled a lot of kickoff returns, and while he didn’t do many punt returns at LSU, maybe he could be tried there to help fill that void, as well.
DANE BRUGLER, NFLDRAFTSCOUT.COM
Of Jernigan, Brugler writes: “The Seahawks are in a position to restock on the defensive line and add a versatile lineman like Jernigan.” My comment: No question that Seattle will want to add a DL or two throughout this draft.
And of Jean-Baptiste he writes: “The Seahawks are always looking for tall, long cornerbacks who fit their scheme and Jean-Baptiste could be that prospect.” My comment: While Seattle seems to have a pretty set first three CBs for 2014, the Seahawks have continued to add to the spot throughout free agency, so adding one in the draft would make sense.
DON BANKS, SI.COM
Writes Banks of Amaro: “With the pick they obtained from the Vikings in Minnesota’s move for Teddy Bridgewater, the Seahawks opt for a dynamic and athletic tight end target who provides an instant upgrade.” My comment: If Austin Seferian-Jenkins is still available here, will the Seahawks be tempted to go for the local product? For what it’s worth, the Seahawks have yet to draft a player from an in-state school under John Schneider and Pete Carroll (though they have from Idaho).
Writes Banks of Tuitt: “The rich get richer. The defending champs sit tight and pick off a versatile defensive lineman who had bottom-of-the-first-round buzz for most of the spring.” My comment: As Banks notes, Tuitt was projected for a long time as a first-rounder. He’d be a great get for Seattle here as a player who some thought was not used properly in his last year at Notre Dame.
NATE DAVIS, USA TODAY
Writes Davis of Moses: “Starting RT Breno Giacomini was poached by the Jets in free agency. But adding Moses could be a lateral move at minimum. He’s capable of creating some beautiful runnings lanes for Marshawn Lynch.” My comment: Seattle has its share of OLs at this pick if it wants to go that route, no doubt.
Writes Davis of Adams: “A big-time producer in college, Adams led the nation with 1,718 receiving yards in 2013. Could be a nice option to offset the loss of Golden Tate.” My comment: His 39.5-inch vertical leap would be intriguing with the way the Seahawks like to do things in the red zone.
CHARLEY CASSERLY, NFL.COM
Casserly also has Seattle taking Amaro (his draft only has the first 10 picks of the second round).
Writes Casserly of Amaro: “A tight end with speed. … Give them a threat down the middle.” My comment: Would drafting Amaro kill the interest in Jermichael Finley? Drafting Amaro would also make the TE spot really competitive in camp with Zach Miller, Luke Willson and Anthony McCoy all back as players with experience and Seattle having also signed former New York Giant Travis Beckum.
MEL KIPER, ESPN
Kiper also says Tuitt and Amaro would make sense for Seattle, saying this is not so much a projection but what would make sense for each team at each spot.
Writes Kiper of Tuitt: “The Seahawks could use some versatility along their defensive line; Tuitt is a great fit here.” My comment: No one doubts Seattle will add to the DL in this draft, it’s just who and when.
Writes Kiper of Amaro: “A big target for Russell Wilson, Amaro can be used in the slot and make plays up the seam or to the edges.” My comment: People really seem to be thinking Seattle will go with a TE today.
Of Bitonio, they write: “Joel Bitonio fits what Seattle looks for in a prospect, and he would fill a major void at right tackle. Bitonio can play any position up front, including center, so Seattle will love his versatility.” My comment: Versatility huge in the NFL.
And of Gaines they write: “The Seahawks will need depth at corner, given that Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond both left.” My comment: Adding a corner might also be a hedge against Byron Maxwell becoming an unrestricted free agent after this season.