I was planning on publishing an updated mock draft last week, but the resignation of GM Tim Ruskell led to a re-think. Obviously this changes the complexion of a potential Seahawks draft - there's no GM or philosophy from which to use as a basis to predict. I'll compile some thoughts and publish a new mock draft at some point this week, probably on Wednesday. In the meantime, reader and contributor Matt Rocha emailed me a mock draft which is worth checking out. I've published it so have a look and let me know what you think in the comments section. Also, if you ever want to have a mock draft published on the blog feel free to send it to me at email@example.com
To see Matt Rocha's full mock draft click here or select 'read more'.
"I did this mock draft with the idea of Mike Holmgren as the Seahawks GM. I made selections based on things he has said in the past and what he said today (Friday) when was a co-host on 950 KJR. I do not think Holmgren should be given the job as GM of the Seahawks, but he is a strong candidate at this early stage of the process.
Mike Holmgren has said in the past that if he had to do things over again as a GM he would draft defensive players and sign free agent players for the offense. His reason was it takes young guys a longer to learn the intricacies of an offense, whereas with young defensive players you just wind them up and let them go. But, Holmgren might be forced to draft offensive players early and often due to Tim Ruskell neglecting that side of the ball during his tenure as GM. Keep in mind when reading this mock that we cannot address all our needs in one draft.
Here are a things on the Seahawks, that Holmgren talked about when he was on 950 KJR.
-He thinks Hasselbeck has 4 good years left.
-He said the Seahawks need to get bigger players at certain positions.
-The offensive line needs to be addressed. - He is willing to take a shot on players that may have character concerns, because he thinks he can help out troubled players.
-He also said that he likes taking QB’s in later rounds of the draft, because he thinks he can hit on a QB late in the draft."
1. Browns (1-10) - * (QB) Sam Bradford 6-4 218 lbs Oklahoma
Brady Quinn has been a bust so far and may likely be traded or cut before next season. The Browns have one of the worst QB situation in the NFL, so they take Bradford the most NFL ready of the top rated QB’s.
2. Rams (1-10) - (DT) Ndamnukong Suh 6-4 300 lbs Nebraska
The Rams have a hard decision, take a QB or the best player in the draft. The Rams two former 1st round defensive lineman have been a disappointment, so Suh will take over for the often injured DT Adam Carriker.
3. Bucs (1-10) - * (DT) Gerald McCoy 6-4 295 lbs Oklahoma
McCoy has the potential to be the next Tommie Harris. McCoy will greatly improve the Bucs pass rush.
4. Lions (2-9) - .(OT) Russell Okung 6-6 305 lbs Okalahoma St
The Lions reach with this pick, but LT is a premium position, and the Lions need someone to protect the Matt Stafford’s blind side. (Head coach Jim Schwartz is trying to get his undersized defense bigger & more physical players, so DE Carlos Dunlap is another option for this pick.)
5. Redskins (3-8) - * QB) Jimmy Clausen 6-3 217 lbs Norte Dame
The new coaching staff next year is going to want their own hand picked QB to lead their offense and Clausen is their man.
6. Raiders (3-8) - * QB Jake Locker 6-3 222 lbs Washington
The Raiders have lost all faith in Jamarcus Russell so I have them taking Jake Locker as their franchise QB.
7. Chiefs (3-8) - (DT) Terrance Cody 6-5 365 lbs Alabama
The Chiefs need help on the offensive line, but they need someone to anchor their 3-4 defense just as bad. The Chiefs reached last year on DE Tyson Jackson and I think they will reach again.
8. Seahawks (4-7) - (DE) Carlos Dunlap 6-6 290 lbs Florida
Holmgren said he would get bigger at certain positions, so he gets a big DE just like he had back in Green Bay (Reggie White).
9. Bills (4-7) - (OLB) Sean Weatherspoon 6-2 245 lbs Missouri
The Bills have a good MLB in Paul Posluszny, but their other two LB’s are average at best. Weatherspoon has good size/speed and has a knack for making plays.
10. Broncos (from Bears 4-7) - * (S) Eric Berry 5-11 203 lbs Tennessee
The Broncos used a 2nd round pick last year on safety Darcel McBath and signed a 36 year old Brian Dawkins who was a good signing, but they need to find a replacement for Dawkins. Eric Berry might be considered a steal at this point of the 1st round by some draft pundits.
11. 49ers (from Panthers 4-7) - * (CB) Joe Hayden 5-11 190 lbs Florida
Head coach Mike Singeltary like physical players and Hayden is one the most physical CB’s in the draft.
12. 49ers (5-6) - (OT) Trent Williams 6-5 308 lbs Oklahoma
Williams will start at RT for the 49ers, which is the position he played with success his junior year.
13. Jets (5-6) - (WR) Dez Bryant 6-2 215 lbs Oklahoma St
The Jets take Bryant to team up with Braylon Edwards. Dez Bryant, Braylon Edwards, and TE Dustin Keller will be a outstanding trio for QB Mark Sanchez to throw to.
14. Texans (5-6) - (RB) C.J. Spiller 5-11 195 lbs Clemson
Texans RB Steve Slaton has had a fumbling problem and is in the coach’s dog house, so Spiller makes sense here. The Texans offense will be extremely dangerous with C.J. Spiller and WR Andre Johnson.
15. Dolphins (5-6) - * (MLB) Rolando McClain 6-4 249 lbs Alabama
The Dolphins have three LB’s that are over 30 years old and need to get younger at that position. McClain is a big physical player which Bill Parcel’s loves, and he is a great fit for Miami’s 3-4 defense.
16. Titans (5-6) - (DT) Dan Williams 6-2 327 lbs Tennessee
The Titans lack a big body DT that who could take on double-teams, so Williams fit’s a need. He also has some quickness and could help collapse the pocket.
17. Steelers (6-5) - * (OT) Bryan Bulaga 6-6 312 lbs Iowa
The Steelers offensive line has struggled a bit with pass protection, but some of the blame should go to Big Ben for having a bad habit of holding onto the ball too long. Bulaga is a extremely strong guy and might be a better fit at RT. The struggling RT Willie Colon would have to take a back seat to the rookie.
18. Jaguars (6-5) - * (DT) Brian Price 6-2 295 lbs UCLA
The Jaguars defensive line has struggled this year so I think they take Price. Price playing along side DT John Henderson should greatly improve their defensive line.
19. Falcons (6-5) - * (DE) Derrick Morgan 6-4 270 lbs Georgia Tech
Morgan is an absolute steal this far down in the draft. Seven of the teams selecting before the Falcons run a 3-4 defense and Morgan is not 3-4 DE & and unknown as a LB in a 3-4. Former 1st round pick DE Jamaal Anderson has been a bust. Morgan should help the defensive line as a rookie.
20. Ravens (6-5) - (CB) Patrick Robinson 5-11 194 lbs Florida St
The Ravens CB’s are the weak link on the defense and need so major help. While Robinson has had a bit of an inconsistent year, he is a great athlete with good ball skill.
21. Giants (6-5) - (S) Taylor Mays 6-3 230 lbs USC
The Giants need a DT but they would have to reach for one at this point of the draft, so I have them upgrading their secondary. With Kenny Phillips as a the FS Mays would be a SS which should be a good position for him.
22. Packers (7-4) - (OT) Charles Brown 6-6 295 lbs USC
Brown should be able to win the starting LT position his rookie year. This would be the first time this decade that the Packers use a 1st round pick on a offensive lineman.
23. Cardinals (7-4) - (DE/OLB) Jerry Hughes 6-3 257 lbs TCU
Hughes can take over for 34 year old Chike Okeafor as a rush LB/DE.
24. Eagles (7-4) - * (DE) Everson Griffen 6-3 265 lbs USC
Head coach Andy Reid believes in using high round selections for his defensive line and he does it again this year with the selection of Griffen. An alternative selection could be TE Ed Dickson or TE Jermaine Gresham, but they may want to see what they have in last years 5th round pick TE Cornelius Ingram.
25. Patriots (7-4) - (DE/DT) Arthur Jones 6-4 291 lbs Syracuse
Jones is stout against the run and has a lot of experience taking on double-teams. He should be a good replacement for the departed Richard Seymour in the Patriots 3-4 defense.
26. Seahawks (from Broncos 7-4) - (OG) Mike Iupati 6-5 330 lbs Idaho
Holmgren said the Seahawks offensive line needs to be addressed so he takes Iupati. The big man is a good athlete and a monster in the run game.
27. Bengals (8-3) - (OG) Mike Pouncey 6-5 320 lbs Florida
The Bengals solidify the interior of the offensive line with the selection Pouncey. They could also consider Anthony Davis, but the Bengals feel LT Andrew Whitworth can hold that position down.
28. Chargers (8-3) - - (DT) * Jerrell Powe 6-2 330 lbs Mississippi
Powe will be the future replacement for NT Jamal Williams. Powe is quick off the ball and powerful.
29. Cowboys (8-3) - (OT) Anthony Davis 6-6 325 lbs Rutgers
LT Flozell Adams is 35 years old and its time for the Cowboys to draft a young OT to replace him. Davis is a steal this late in the draft.
30. Vikings (10-1) - (QB) Tim Tebow 6-3 245 lbs Florida
I think the Vikings are the team most likely to take a chance on Tebow. Add Tebow to a already loaded offense with the likes of Percy Harvin, RB Adrian Peterson, WR Sidney Rice, WR Bernard Berrian, and TE Visanthe Shiancoe.
31. Saints (11-0) - * (OC) Maurkice Pouncey 6-5 318 lbs Florida
The Saints could lose OG Jahri Evans to free agency this year, so they take Pouncey to replace Evans.
32. Colts (11-0) - (OT) Jason Fox 6-7 310 lbs Miami
LT Tony Ugoh has struggles in pass protection in the past and he might be a better fit as a RT, with Fox taking over as the LT.
2nd round Seahawks (CB) Brian Jackson 6-1 202 lbs Oklahoma
Like I stated earlier, Holmgren said he would get bigger at certain positions and I think he had CB in mind. So I have him taking Jackson, who is the best of the “6-0 ft & taller” CB’s in the draft. He is real physical, and fairly fluid/smooth for his size.
3rd round Seahawks (traded away last year)
4th round Seahawks (RB) Keiland Williams 5-11 229 lbs LSU
Williams runs with good power and has some quickness, although he is not a home run threat. Williams and Justin Forsett would be a good two RB rotation.
5th round Seahawks (QB) John Skelton 6-5 256 lbs Fordham
Holmgren said he prefers QB’s that stay in school their senior year, which Skelton did. Holmgren also said he prefers taking QB’s in the later rounds of the draft, because he beliefs he can hit on a late round QB. Skelton has a lot of playing experience having played all four years at Fordham. Brett Farve came from a small school proving Holmgren is not afraid of getting guys from small school (via Atlanta).
Here is a good article on John Skelton
6th round Seahawks (WR) Kerry Meier 6-3 220 lbs Kansas
Meier brings some size to the receiving core. Meier has very good body control and good hands. He is not quick nor fast, but he has proved in college that he can be very productive.
7th round Seahawks (OT) Derek Hardman 6-6 300 lbs Eastern Kentucky
Hardman was a team leader and was a first team selection in his division. Hardman could be a late round steal.