The Seattle Seahawks select…
With 2013 in the books, it’s time to usher in 2014 the best way a football nerd can. That’s right, folks! It’s mock draft season! With the Seattle Seahawks having a 2013 season for the history books, it’s hard to pinpoint weaknesses on this team. With the Super Bowl giving most other teams a 1 month head start over the Seahawks, they have some catching up to do.
It’s a good thing I’m here to help!
While Pete Carroll and John Schneider are working hard behind the scenes, I’m locked in a home office nerding it up on draft sites and YouTube.
Here is my first mock draft of 2014 for our beloved Seahawks.
Round 1 (#32)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
2013 Stats: 36 receptions, 450 yards, 8 touchdowns
Honors/Awards: 2013 John Mackey Award Winner (Best TE), 2012 John Mackey Finalist, 2012 Second Team All-Pac-12,
This may seem like a homer pick to those who follow my writing, but it isn’t. This is the smartest pick they could make in the first round, choosing Austin Seferian-Jenkins out of the University of Washington. With the free agent market for tight ends looking bleak, Seattle must go elsewhere to find a replacement or solid addition to Zach Miller. The Seahawks can’t afford to bring in a cheap, injury plagued TE who is looking to piggyback off the Seahawks success. (Jermichael Finley)
Whether Miller stays or goes, Seferian-Jenkins fills the void the Seahawks have been trying to fill since Pete Carroll got here.
He is a big, receiving tight end who uses his size to his advantage as much as possible. He has great hands and rarely drops a catchable pass thrown his direction. He could use some work in the blocking department. It typically takes multiple defenders to bring him down.
Round 2 (#64)
Anthony Steen, OG, Alabama
2013 Stats: N/A
Honors/Awards: 2013 Second Team All-SEC
With Breno Giacomini a free agent and probably gone for good, the Seahawks need a few to step in and replace him. Paul McQuistan and J.R. Sweezy can both be iffy, so some more depth can’t hurt. That’s where Anthony Steen comes in.
Blocking for the likes of Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon, Steen has been an important piece to the Alabama offensive line the last 4 years. He is strong, but agile and can continue to block into the second level with little difficulty. He can pull block effectively or he can roam and take on any oncoming pass rusher.
One of Steen’s big upsides is the fact that he played all 3 inner positions on the line: Left Guard, Center, and Right Guard. This fits Pete Carroll and Tom Cable’s style on the offensive line. They prefer plug and play type players who can play multiple positions or specialize at one. The fact that Steen can fill in at center is a huge plus.
Round 4 (#128)
Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
2013 Stats: 59 receptions, 938 yards, 6 touchdowns
Honors/Awards: 2012 Second Team All-SEC
Sidney Rice‘s contract won’t allow him to stick around in Seattle. Doug Baldwin will probably be the one to get the contract while Golden Tate walks for more money elsewhere. With Percy Harvin, the Seahawks need one more big piece to add to the WR corps and Donte Moncrief could be that guy.
He possesses the size and speed the Seahawks have been looking for. He will use his size to out jump defenders for passes or he will use his size to box defenders out and give himself the only the chance to make the play. He is agile and can make people miss as well as shed blocks. He could use some work catching the ball with his hands more instead of his body, but he uses the styles situationally quite well.
Round 5 (#134)
James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech
2013 Stats: 44 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks
Honors/Awards: 2012 Second Team All-ACC, 2011 Second Team All-ACC
Chris Clemons and Michael Bennett‘s futures in Seattle are up in the air. With Clemons’ contract being as costly as it is and Bennett likely looking to get the biggest contract possible, the Seahawks may need to figure out a way to re-enact last season’s DE performance with new pieces.
James Gayle from Virginia Tech could be the guy. He’s big, fast and strong. He is vicious against offensive linemen, blowing past them or throwing them to the ground en route to the quarterback. He can rush the passer effectively from the outside or inside, but can also hang back and fill holes and chase down the ball carrier.
Round 5 (#160)
Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
2013 Stats: 74 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 13 passes defended, 4 interceptions
Honors/Awards: 2013 Second Team All-ACC
This may seem like a reach, but hear me out. With Brandon Browner gone, Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond were more than effective replacing him. The Seahawks need to fill his spot with a corner as physical as he was that they can mold like they did with Maxwell and Thurmond.
The prototypical Seahawks DB is big, I realize that. The difference here is the fact that Bashaud Breeland is not a huge guy, but he plays like it.
He is physical with receivers off the line when the situation calls for it and his smaller size and speed allow him to keep up with receivers in coverage. He can out jump players using his athleticism to make some spectacular interceptions. He can still thump a guy and frequently throws his blockers on running plays to the ground with ease. He plays with some attitude and with a little bulking up and some guidance from the Legion of Boom, he could very well become the next great CB to step up for Carroll and company.
Round 6 (#192)
Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin
2013 Stats: 2o tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, blocked kick, fumble recovered for touchdown
Honors/Awards: 2011-2013 Academic All-Big Ten
Highlights: http://youtu.be/Ga7ikvAlutA (#96)
With the inevitable changes on the defensive line coming, the Seahawks will want to add depth wherever possible. With the possible loss of 2 defensive ends, there could be some shuffling which could open up a spot in the middle of the line. Beau Allen would fit perfectly there.
Allen stands his ground when the ball is snapped, excelling in run defense. He is strong enough to blow up the occasional lineman and bull rush the QB, but he thrives trying to fill gaps and make stops on ball carriers. While you won’t seeing Allen getting the glory of a pass rusher, he could be a quiet giant like Red Bryant with some work.
Round 7 (#224)
John Urschel, OG, Penn State
2013 Stats: N/A
Honors/Awards: 2010-2012 Academic All-Big Ten, 2012 First Team All-Big Ten
John Urschel is another guy who can come in and fill in on the offensive line. He helped protect Matt McGloin on his way to setting team records as well as blocking for multiple 1,000 yard rushers. The guy is huge and can move.
He will continue his blocks into the second level as well as shift along the line after the snap as needed.
One of the greatest qualities of the guy is his intelligence. He’s earned 2 Master’s degrees already and is going to be after his PhD in math. He attributes his success on the field to his intelligence, citing it helping him decipher defenses and schemes.
This fits in well with the team.