Seattle Seahawks 2012 mock draft – version 3.0

 The Seattle Seahawks select…


Round 1: Thur., April 26, 8 ET
Rounds 2-3: Fri., April 27, 7 ET
Rounds 4-7: Sat., April 28, 12 ET
Radio City Music Hall, New York City

The Seattle Seahawks are at it again. In preparation for the 2012 NFL Draft and 2012 season, the team has gone out and signed a list of players as we have seen in this John Schneider and Pete Carroll era. With each signing, their priorities shift and you can clearly see it when they make their moves.

Over the last month, I have stepped into Pete and John’s shoes and chronicled my predictions for who the Seahawks will be selecting with their picks in the NFL Draft. I have put out a First Version and a Second Version so far, with this being the charming Version 3.0.

There are sure to be more changes afoot, but this mock draft reflects the current positions of need based on the team’s latest transactions.

So, without further ado, here are my predictions for the Seahawks 2012 draft choices. Each of my choices are linked to a YouTube video of some of their highlights.

I apologize for some of the music selections and poor video quality and language in advance.

Round 1

David DeCastro (Video) – OG – Stanford

David DeCastro

DeCastro would be a huge lift with the 12th pick in the Draft

I’ve highlighted DeCastro before.

He is one of the most dominant offensive lineman in a long time, being named as the next best lineman since Steve Hutchinson. DeCastro paired with a healthy Russell Okung would yield similar results as Walter Jones and Hutch did for Shaun Alexander’s MVP award and the team’s Super Bowl run.

DeCastro not only blocked effectively for arguably the best QB in this year’s draft, but he also blocked for one hell of an underestimated rushing game.

2011 stats: Because offensive lineman stats are rarely recorded or heralded, let me give you the most telling stat there is to prove DeCastro’s worth.

Stanford passed for 278.7 yards per game (22nd in college football) and rushed for 210.6 yards per game (18th in college football) for a total of 489.3 yards total offensive yards per game.

(8th in college football) Stanford’s 43.2 points per game was 7th in college football.

Round 2

Andre Branch (Video)  DE – Clemson

Andre Branch is a monster. While he isn’t well-rounded as of yet, his strengths play to exactly what the Seahawks are looking for in a DE.

Branch does not have overpowering strength, but he has the ability to blow past lineman off the line and make one of the most disgustingly good end moves I’ve ever seen in my life to shake a backfield blocker.

What Branch lacks in strength and run defense ability, he more than makes up for as a pass rusher.

And that’s what the Seahawks need the most.

2011 stats: 77 combined tackles, 10.5 sacks, 1 pass defended, 1 fumble recovery

Round 3

Chris Polk (Video)  RB – Washington

I dubbed Chris Polk “Baby Beast Mode” after watching him decimate defenses with his run style. While Polk will not outrun most defenders, he will dish as much pain as they try to put on him. Polk is a hard nosed runner who will lower his shoulder and knock defenders on their asses.

He lacks breakaway speed, but hits his bursts at just the right time.

He can shed tackles, spin out of them, or bounce off them. And he does that repetitively.

It allows him to extend plays and gain valuable extra yardage.

One of his most underrated abilities, though, are his hands. Polk is one of the best receiver RB I have seen in a long time and can easily hurt a defense with his pass catching.

2011 stats: 293 rushes for 1,488 yards and 12 touchdowns. 31 catches for 332 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Trumaine Johnson would be lethal in the Seahawks secondary (Photo Courtesy AP Dave Martin)

Round 4

Trumaine Johnson (Video)  CB – Montana

Trumaine Johnson is finally getting the recognition he deserves by draft “experts.” Johnson has the size and speed to be an effective ball hawk on defense. He can run down ball carriers with ease in most cases and can lay a hit on guys that they never saw coming.

Johnson has incredible hands and was known for his high interception numbers.

It makes him a dangerous, dual threat defender who will not only hit you as hard as he can, but he will go up like a receiver and steal the ball from you.

With ease.

2011 stats: 54 tackles, 2 interceptions, 12 passes defended

Round 6

Emmanuel Acho (Video)  LB – Texas

Emmanuel Acho has decent size and is a very versatile player. He is effective in coverage, attacking the line of scrimmage on run plays, and has the ability to be an effective pass rusher. He is a very physical football player.

He played both DE, LB in college

He has good instincts and is very tough. He will play through injuries.

Everything he does is good but not great. While he was not overshadowed at Texas, he wasn’t the featured player.

Played alongside fellow draftee hopeful Keenan Robinson.

2011 stats: 131 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 5 passes defended

Round 7

David Paulson (Video) – TE – Oregon

Paulson's athleticism was overshadowed by a powerhouse backfield

David Paulson is a very underestimated player. While he was highlighted at times during Oregon games, he was massively overshadowed by the talents of LaMichael James, D’Anthony Thomas, and Darren Thomas.

While those guys had the spotlight, Paulson snuck past defenses and made them pay.

Paulson has great hands for a tight end. He has been known to tip passes to himself or bobble a ball purposely to get a better grip or to keep it away from defenders.

He’s almost like a basketball player when it comes to ball handling.

He doesn’t have the speed to outrun your fastest defender, but he will not hesitate to lower his shoulder, spin, juke, or hurdle defenders to make plays.

And once he makes that play, he hits a burst of speed to get him as many extra yards as possible until he is finally brought down.

2011 stats: 31 catches for 438 yards and 6 touchdowns. 


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  • Holman89

    Love the 3.0 seems close to mine except i am not sure Polk will fall to rd3

    • NWSportsBeat

      Where’s yours?

    • For some reason, Polk is slipping. He’s projected as early to mid third round behind Trent Richardson (Alabama), David Wilson (Virginia Tech), Lamar Miller (Miami), Doug Martin (Boise St) and sadly…LaMichael James (Oregon)

  • Johnny

    I am pulling for DeCastro but I am not sure if he will be the pick, I keep hearing experts talk about Couples and the kid from BC. 

    I think DeCastro is a great pick at 12 and this helps our run game which helps our defense! 

    • Coples is slipping all over the place in drafts with people questioning his motor. Kuechly is popping up every once in a while but I’m reading more Melvin Ingram (South Carolina) or Courtney Upshaw (Alabama) right now. Even some Chandler Jones (Syracuse). And the scary thought…if QB Ryan Tannehill miraculously slips past Miami, I’m scared the Seahawks will grab him.

  • Jbess3

    I love your mock. Getting DeCastro would instantly make us have one of the top running games in the league. Beast mode would run crazy, and tons of pressure would be taken off Flynn. I’m a huge fan of a great running game. I believe it controls the game, by setting the tempo, controlling the clock with time of possession and gives your D some well deserved rest. 
    Out of the rest of the pics, I believe you added depth at every position of need with some late round stars. I have said in my mock draft that I believe the sleeper of the entire draft will be Trumaine Johnson, I love that kid. Very nice analysis on the guys too.

    • This is a great mock, I have to admit. It would literally shore up everything with some of the top or underrated players at the position. And you’re dead right about Trumaine Johnson. He may have more picks in a season than some good WR.

      • Jbess3

        I also wanted to talk about the Branch pick. I have him going to us as well. I think him and Vinny Curry both have 1st round talent. He isn’t the fastest DE in the draft but he has a great first step off the line, drives quick and low and plays very hard. Looks to punish the ball carrier. I love his motor. I believe he can stop the run and get after QB’s. Mark my words, Andre Branch will have a better career that “Quiting on the play Coples”

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