Huge update here. Firstly we'll take a look at some of the latest expert mock drafts doing the rounds with a particularly interesting change in Rob Rang's latest prediction. After that we'll concentrate on an article written by CBS Sportsline's Clark Judge looking at why Seattle have a decision to make if Michael Crabtree is available when they're on the clock.
Rob Rang updated his mock draft today with a big change for two reasons. Firstly, for some time now he has been suggesting the team will draft Aaron Curry should he fall to them with the fourth overall pick. In his latest mock - he has the Seahawks passing on the Wake Forest linebacker. Who do they take instead? Mark Sanchez, quarter back from USC.
"When healthy, Matt Hasselbeck remains one of the league's few legitimate franchise quarterbacks, but at 33 years old and coming off a season in which he was limited to only seven games due to a bulging disk in his back, some believe the Seahawks would be wise to begin looking toward the future. Sanchez is skyrocketing up draft boards amid the belief that with more development, he could also be a franchise passer." - Rob Rang
Chad Reuter has also updated his mock draft. Recently he's had the Seahawks down to select Michael Crabtree, but in his latest mock he does the opposite to Rob Rang and has the Seahawks taking Aaron Curry. His is a three round mock and there's a surprising choice in round two, with Seattle taking Illinois corner back Vontae Davis.
Pete Prisco rounds out today's CBS Sportsline mock-fest with his updated prediction. He agrees with Rob Rang and sees the Seahawks taking Mark Sanchez fourth overall. This appears to be a popular pick right now after reports from the USC pro-day said there was a strong contingent from Seattle present.
Charles Davis has updated his mock draft on NFL.com. He thinks the Seahawks will take Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe stating, "Do the Seahawks go with a defensive tackle? Quarterback? Monroe will help protect QB Matt Hasselbeck immediately." I've said it a few times now, but I can't see the Seahawks selecting Monroe. I don't think he fits the offensive scheme Greg Knapp intends to implement in Seattle and I have reservations about his desire to be a great offensive tackle in the NFL.
Walter Cherepinsky still thinks the Seahawks will take Michael Crabtree. On the prospect of drafting Eugene Monroe instead, "where would Monroe play? Walter Jones and Sean Locklear are set at tackle this year. The Seahawks definitely need someone to take over for Jones in the near future, but not in 2009. And based on the way Seattle has acted this offseason, the team isn't ready to give up on its current roster just yet."
Talking of Crabtree, Clark Judge has written an article on the Texas Tech receiver and why he should be on Seattle's radar on April 25th. He compares Crabtree to Adrian Peterson - who dropped to 7th overall in 2007 due to injury concerns - despite being ranked much higher on many draft boards.
Judge believes if Seattle are looking to go 'best player available' with the fourth pick instead of drafting for the long term future, then Crabtree has to be their choice.
"Yeah, I know the Seahawks signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh, but so what? He catches a lot of balls, but he's not a big-play threat. Crabtree is, scoring 41 touchdowns in two seasons at Texas Tech, with 231 catches and 15 100-yard games. He caught 15 passes in one start, 14 in another and never had fewer than four receptions in any game. He had a string of 13 straight contests with at least one touchdown and set the NCAA freshman record for scoring catches in a season. He won the Bilentikoff and Warfield awards. Twice. He was named all to the Big-12 and All-America teams." - Clark Judge
Judge certainly lists an impressive resume. However, the mocks where I've seen Crabtree fall (most notably Mike Mayock's first mock of the year) it hasn't been due to a lack of talent - it's reservations about his character. Nobody has come out and made these supposed red flags public knowledge, but it could be an issue of 'no smoke without fire'. Whether or not these potential issues will put Seattle off remains to be seen. But Judge ends his article with a warning...
"If you're going to pass on Crabtree it better be for a good reason."