Mel Kiper and Todd McShay publish their latest 'First Draft' podcast and Seattle is a topic of debate. Kiper says that he's "heard" the Seahawks will take Eugene Monroe if he's available. He does add however, that Monroe doesn't "wow" him as the 9th ranked player on his board. He thinks the Seahawks should take Mark Sanchez to set themselves up at quarter back. On Sanchez, "Seattle is the best fit."
Ken Murray reports that Penn State's Aaron Maybin will visit Seattle on Friday. That's an interesting piece of information. Mike Maybin (Aaron's father) thinks his son could go in the top five, although it would certainly be a surprise if that was the case. Maybin appears under sized to play as a natural 4-3 defensive end and may be better suited to an outside linebacker role in the 3-4. Thanks to Michael Steffes at Seahawks Addicts for bringing this to my attention.
Eric Williams shares some thoughts on the draft, particularly regarding USC quarter back Mark Sanchez. "The thought of selecting Sanchez has more to do with Hasselbeck staying healthy. If Hasselbeck stays upright and plays well this season, Seattle will have a lower selection next season and might not have an opportunity to select a franchise quarterback like Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford or Colt McCoy of Texas next season, so there’s a feeling that now is the team’s best chance to grab a talent like Sanchez." - Williams
Chris Steuber from Scout.com publishes an updated mock draft. He has the Seahawks taking USC quarter back Mark Sanchez with the fourth overall pick. He even goes as far to suggest that "Hasselbeck will start the season, but Sanchez will finish".
Mike Mayock thinks Mark Sanchez is the best quarter back in this draft class. He previously had Matt Stafford top of his list, but has since decided that the USC signal caller is the 'safer' prospect. He also thinks Josh Freeman could sneak into the top 10 picks.
John Czarnecki grades all 32 team's based on their success in the draft between 2003-2008. The Seahawks get a respectable 'B' grade, finding two pro-bowlers and fourteen starters from forty-six total picks. Special mentions go to Marcus Trufant and Lofa Tatupu. Thanks to Curt for emailing me this link.
The ESPN draft team (including Trent Dilfer and Mel Kiper) discuss the Seahawks heading into the 2009 NFL draft (see below):