Today sees a new mock draft on Seahawks Draft Blog. With draft order set for the top 15 teams, the only thing influencing changes right now are bowl games and scouting reports. Seattle will select fourth overall in 2009.
The mock can be found on the right hand side bar. There's only one significant change this week and it comes at the offensive tackle position. Michael Oher's dominant display against Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl looks to have propelled him into the number one tackle prospect heading into the Senior Bowl and Combine work outs. This has coincided with more negative reviews of Andre Smith. He was suspended for Alabama's defeat to Utah in the Sugar Bowl and reports continue to question his ability to deal with speed rushing defensive ends.
How does this affect the mock? Click here to find out.
Oher moves up to the second overall pick. St. Louis were reportedly in the market for Jake Long last year. Even still, they are not guaranteed to select a tackle second overall especially if they still have confidence in Orlando Pace. They could easily take Michael Crabtree or a quarter back with this pick. For now, we'll go with Oher and assume the Rams see him as good value with the second pick and a long term answer at the left tackle position.
Could he go first overall? Perhaps. Detroit's pick will surely be between a quarter back and a left tackle. Free agency will likely make their preference more obvious, as will their appointment of a new head coach. For now we have them going QB, with a second pick in the first round to come they have the leverage to perhaps take a tackle later on. The same can't be said for a franchise signal caller.
Seattle continue to select Michael Crabtree with the fourth pick. In doing so they pass on defensive talent and also tackle Andre Smith. I'm not sure the Crimson Tide prospect is a good match in the north west. His strengths are as a run blocker but Seattle prefer their left tackles to be good against the pass. Unless the Hawks see him as a right tackle or a long term guard (and it's a high pick to spend on those positions) I can't see him in Seattle.
There would be some debate about taking a wide receiver that early, but I believe Crabtree represents the best value in this scenario and would offer the Seahawks a much needed play maker on offense.
Smith eventually falls to Cincinnati. They are another team who need to secure pass protection for their team leader Carson Palmer. As already suggested, this may not be Smith's forté but having dropped to the sixth pick he represents good value and the Bengals could take a chance on him.
The other offensive tackle going in the top 10 is Jason Smith to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The franchise need to get better on the offensive line and Smith's stock is rising over the past few weeks. I currently have him rated higher than Eugene Monroe, who is another prospect who could break into a tackle-heavy top 10. What do you think of the mock? To voice your opinion, leave your comments below.