Obviously the firing of Jim Mora is dominating the headlines today, but this is a draft blog so we'll soldier on with the topic in hand. Joe McKnight (RB, USC), Demaryius Thomas (WR, Georgia Tech) and Antonio Brown (WR, Central Michigan) have all announced they will declare for the 2010 draft. McKnight is an under rated playmaker who quietly had a much improved season for USC as a runner or receiver. His main highlight was a game winning drive to beat Ohio State where he flashed a full assortment of skills. He's improved a fumbling problem too and could be a 2nd round pick.
It's hard to really judge Thomas considering the offense he's played in. The triple option ignores the pass most of the time and it's no surprise that his numbers aren't eye catching. He has size and his draft stock will likely be determined by how well he runs at the combine. Brown put in a nice display for the Chippawas this week and made a number of eye catching plays as a runner, receiver and return man. He'll be a later pick, but one with upside.
So, the Jim Mora era lasted one year. We assume the new GM will pick his own coach and staff. This will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the draft. Do we now assume Seattle is going in a major shift of direction? Do they draft a quarterback to kick start the new blueprint? Do they lay foundations on both lines? Do they switch to a 3-4 defense and feel the need to draft accordingly. We'll look at this over the next few days in great detail.