By: Peter Vandeventer | @PeteVandeventer
With NFL free agency starting up in just a few days, I felt it would be fun to run a mock draft that will inevitably be wrong because everything is thrown out the door when teams start signing and dropping players. After the first few weeks of free agency and we cut deeper into March towards April, I think we’ll have a much better idea about where teams (Seahawks in particular) are looking at in the Draft.
Round 1: Pick 26
Ross Blacklock | 3T | TCU
Let me be clear first, the Seahawks need to address their offensive line first but that’s not what it sounds like from Pete Carroll or John Schneider. Carroll specifically has said that they want to keep continuity along the offensive line so that likely points towards pass rush as their main concern. Seahawks met with both Yetur Gross-Matos and Ross Blacklock at the combine and I can see them going with either one at 26, but there is some depth and options in the second round with other pass rushers. If Reed leaves in free agency, Blacklock can step in and be a three-down defensive tackle and can develop with the flashes and product from TCU.
Other options: Yetur Gross-Matos, Jonathan Taylor, Trevon Diggs
Round 2: Pick 59
Joshua Uche | LEO | Michigan
Uche is the Seahawks age-old revolving door at LEO. Since the departure of Bruce Irvin, Seattle just hasn’t been able to find a true LEO edge rusher. But Uche can be the answer with his great quickness, ability to practically run parallel to the ground and provide desperately needed quickness to the Seahawks pass rush. John Schneider and the Seahawks are going to bring in a veteran pass rusher (whether that’s Clowney or Everson Griffin, or even Michael Bennett), but they need to pair them with a young complimentary stud that will make an impact from the start.
Other options: Jonah Jackson, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Jaylon Johnson, Alex Highsmith
Round 2: Pick 64
Robert Hunt | OG | Louisiana
Robert Hunt is a Seahawk lineman. Big. Mauling. People Mover. Seahawks offensive line is one of the older units in the league and some holes need to be addressed. Iupati and Fluker had good moments last season but a possible pairing of Hunt with Haynes can give some stability and youth to the interior offensive line….Someone has to be a lead blocker for the run game.
Other options: Jonathan Greenard, Saahdiq Charles, Bryce Hall
Round 3: Pick 101
Hakeem Adenji | OT | Kansas
Hakeem is a four-year starter at Kansas, something that the front office has valued a ton over the years and was able to stay healthy at the same time. Before NFL teams sent scouts home, the Seahawks were present at the Kansas Pro Day and I’m sure it was to get a better look Hakeem and watch him workout and go through drills. Could develop into a possible replacement for Duane Brown, something Jamarco Jones was supposed to do but it appears that he’ll be playing somewhere else on the line for the squad in ‘20.
Other options: Bryan Edwards, Hunter Bryant, Zack Moss
Round 4: Pick 133
AJ Dillon | RB | Boston College
Name a more iconic duo than the Seahawks and drafting a running back… sorry but you can’t. Seahawks met with Jonathan Taylor, AJ Dillon, and Zack Moss at the combine. All were very productive in college and played several seasons with a bell cow type of workload. This could point towards some uncertainty surround the RB room right now with Prosise being a free agent, CC and Penny both coming off of injuries, and questions about if Marshawn Lynch wants to come back for another season and what exactly he might have left. Dillon provides an option later in the draft and will do exactly what the Seahawks are looking to do. As a tone-setter with Hunt, the Seahawks can continue to rely on the heavy run game, even with Russ at the helm.
Other options: Amik Robertson, Leki Fotu, Damien Lewis
Round 4: Pick 144
Michael Pittman Jr. | WR | USC
Finally, the Seahawks give Russ a new toy, but this toy will certainly be special. Pete Carroll, as a former USC HC, hasn’t targeted his former school as much as you’d expect but that doesn’t matter with a talent like Michael Pittman. Pittman can fit right into the hole at Z-receiver that the Seahawks have with impending free agents like David Moore and Jaron Brown. After testing well at the combine, the Seahawks can add another freakish athlete to pair with DK and Lockett and be able to stretch field even further, if they choose to pass.
Other options: Mctelvin Agim, Jabari Zuniga, Trey Adams
Round 5: Pick 154
Harrison Hand | CB | Temple
Hand isn’t a prototypical Seahawks corner arm length or height wise but he plays bigger than he is, but he still has all the skills of what Schneider and Carroll look for. Seahawks need to add some depth in the secondary, especially with the way the NFL is moving. Hand has the intelligence to play cover 3 (not saying that man doesn’t require intelligence), and physically plays as a type of corner the Seahawks have been missing over the past few seasons.
Other options: Josiah Deguara, Bravvion Roy, AJ Green
Round 6: Pick 214
Bryce Perkins | QB | Virginia
The most important backup position in all of football is your backup QB. Seattle has been blessed with Ironman Russ who has been able to fight through injuries and avoiding them for the most part. But being football, you can’t just hope for the best. Perkins does a good job extending plays and has traits that Seattle tends to want in a QB. By going with Perkins here, Seattle can lock down the backup position for Russ for the next several years and bring stability.
Other options: Kindle Vildor, Yasir Durant, Kelly Bryant
Viable Free agents
Oluwole Betiku Jr.
Before NFL teams sent scouts home due to the COVID-19 issue, the Seahawks were able to make it out to series of pro days which included Kansas, Illinois, Air Force, Oklahoma St., and Troy. Pro Days and interviews/private invites are always a good sign to tell where teams are looking for in the draft. But due to health scares, a lot of these usual workouts or interviews won’t happen or won’t be done in person. So for that, I like to think of this as a way to mystify team selections even further...especially with the unpredictable Seahawks front office.