Mocking the Draft – At a glance
The official start to the NFL season has begun with free agency winding down after a hectic few weeks. Now, phase 2 begins: the NFL Draft. Being a faithful Seahawks fan, you know the draft is as unpredictable as anything else is all season long.
While John Schneider and Pete Carroll have proven their worth on draft day, they’ve done so by initially leaving plenty of people scratching their heads. After the initial feeling of confusion, the majority of PCJS’ draft picks have panned out in pretty big ways.
Well now it’s MY turn to play Seahawks GM – it’s one of my favorite times of the year. And as always, if there is a highlight video accompanying a player, be aware that the music typically contains profanity.
In case you live under a rock we traded the 1st round pick to Minnesota for Percy Harvin.
Here is my full, 7 round….errr 6 round, Seattle Seahawks mock 2013 draft.
Round 2, 56th overall
Kyle Long, OT/G, Oregon
If you look long and hard at the Seahawks roster, it is hard to find a need, let alone a glaring one. For me, the right side of the offensive line could use some strengthening. Sure, they have done a decent job holding it down, but can you really say you’re content with Paul McQuistan or Breno Giacomini being the franchise anchors on the right side?
Kyle Long would be an immediate remedy for that. He is extremely athletic (son of NFL legend Howie Long, brother of Rams player Chris Long) and helped an insane Oregon offense thrive via their strong run and screen attacks.
Long plays both guard AND tackle and could step in right away if needed. At worst, he can get a few reps until he’s ready to take it over for a long time.
Highlight video: http://youtu.be/bKE7PwX9zDs
Round 3, 87th overall
Robert Woods, WR, USC
Before you berate me for this choice, let me explain. Look at the type of receivers Pete Carroll and John Schneider brought in last pre-season – big, tall, possession receivers like Terrell Owens and Braylon Edwards. Not to mention Mike Williams before them.
They WANT a big receiver, you cannot deny that fact.
That’s why I chose USC’s Robert Woods. For starters, Carroll knows Woods. That goes a long way. Not only that, though, but despite having a not-so-strong pass offense last season, Woods still got his. And he did it his way: physically.
Woods will be able to block defenders out while going up and getting the ball. He is big and strong, can run good routes, has good hands, and has speed. That’s why he’s a possession guy. The one I think that can stick in Seattle and make a big difference.
In 2012, Woods had 76 catches for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns. And that was with an under fire QB the whole season.
Highlight video: http://youtu.be/qjYGeb4nXmI
Round 4, 123rd overall
Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
With the current QB situation, we all know the team needs to make a move. While I do believe they will bring in more QBs in the offseason to compete, I believe the next backup will come via Matt Scott from Arizona in the draft.
If you’re a Husky fan, you know Scott well. Arizona has been an Achilles heel for the Dawgs the last few seasons and a big reason is Matt Scott. (Their running backs killed us, too, I know)
He has a good, accurate, strong arm and can make some good throws downfield. But he also possesses some good speed and athleticism to be able to keep the run option alive.
In 2012, he passed for 3,620 yards, 27 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and had a 60% completion percentage. He also rushed for 506 yards and 6 touchdowns.
No, he’s not the flash or as nimble as Russell Wilson, but he is a great choice to replace him if need be. I’m confident about that.
Highlight video: http://youtu.be/81vkGTV0xxo (upset vs #9 USC)
Round 5, 138th overall, 158th overall
Jordan Hill, DT, Penn St
The Seahawks have been stocking up on defensive linemen this off-season. The common denominator between them all is that they are all defensive ends and they are all pass rushers. With Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant being the only true run stoppers on our defensive line scheme, they could use a little help.
Jordan Hill is that help.
Not known as a pass rusher, Hill is primarily a run stopper, and a damn good one at that. Last season, he had 64 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception.
I think Mebane would be happy with that kind of help, don’t you?
Highlight video: http://youtu.be/rWFZ2PKWJ8s
Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Missouri
Zaviar Gooden is one of my favorite prospects in the draft. He could easily go well before this, but this is where he is falling in most mock drafts done by the pundits because of his underachieving numbers.
He tallied 61 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and an interception. The scary part is that he DID underachieve, and he missed 2 games. Since the end of the season, though, he has impressed at the Senior Bowl and at the combine.
While I am not taking anything from the possibility of Malcolm Smith or even Cliff Avril taking over, Gooden could handle the duty if called upon. If nothing else, he can wait in the wings and develop and become the solid linebacker I know he will become.
He’s strong, hits hard, possesses good closing speed and tackles squared up. And he has the hands to make interceptions when he has the opportunity to do so.
Highlight video: http://youtu.be/KynDSo1xzIU
Round 6, 194th overall
Michael Williams, TE, Alabama
For some reason, PCJS likes to keep trying out Tight Ends. So why not throw another one in there? If they do, Michael Williams would be a solid option. Primarily a run blocking TE, Williams could handle the duties that Zach Miller was once stuck with.
Williams only had 24 catches for 183 and 4 touchdowns last season, but he did it for an Alabama team that was a big running offense. And part of the reason the Bama running game was so potent was it’s stellar blocking by NFL sized lineman and Williams.
Highlight video: http://youtu.be/NKfJcwixUqo
Round 7, 220th, 231st, 241st, 242nd
Emmett Cleary, OT, Boston College
Since PCJS is all about competition, bringing in another offensive lineman makes perfect sense. Cleary has a few issues, but he is a steady anchor on the offensive line.
He started every game his junior and senior year and was part of the line that helped block for Boston College QB Chase Rettig while he threw for over 3,000 yards.
Brandon McGee, CB, Florida
Brandon McGee could sneak up on some people. While he definitely has his weaknesses, he also has some exceptional strengths. He’s not a big strong guy and can get tied up with blockers longer than he should.
He possesses great speed and closes quick on ball carriers. He doesn’t hit with pop, but he wraps his man up on plays. Would be a stellar special teams guy with his speed and ability to trip up ball carriers.
Highlight video: http://youtu.be/y8qahOLtB1A (vs Florida St 2012)
Blaize Foltz, G, TCU
Another lineman thrown into the mix, Foltz has a lot of work to do if he wants to play NFL football one day. He is big and strong, but still struggled against speed rushes. He is good at opening holes and and run blocking, but needs to work on pass blocking.
Practice squad guy at best, but could give linemen a run for their money.
Brandon Kaufman, WR, Eastern Washington
Lastly, a homer pick requested by my roommate. I laughed at him at first, but then I watched his highlight reels and remembered his 120 yard performance against UW and it made sense. Thanks to him for that.
Kaufman seems to find a way to get open downfield and make the deep catches. Eastern Washington has actually been somewhat of a DII powerhouse and it comes as no surprise that they could potentially send another GOOD player to the NFL.
His 2012 stats? 93 catches, 1850 yards, 16 touchdowns
I’m not joking.
Highlight video: http://youtu.be/T3j8_rXaYME