By Rob Staton
I contacted Chris Steuber from Scout.com this week to get his thoughts on how the Seahawks may be planning to use their first round picks. You can see Chris' latest mock draft by clicking here - he has Pete Carroll and co. taking Jimmy Clausen (QB, Notre Dame) and C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson). So what is he hearing from Qwest Field?
"My sources tell me that the Seahawks front office is high on both (Jimmy) Clausen and (Anthony) Davis. Pete Carroll is very familiar with Clausen and even recruited him while he was in high school. He's comfortable with his abilities and knows what kind of player he can become. As far as Davis is concerned, the Seahawks view him as a young Walter Jones. Davis' size and athleticism are very intriguing. But from what I'm hearing the Seahawks are interested in a QB at No. 6 and will wait for an OT at No. 14 or in the second round." - Chris Steuber
In my latest mock draft I had the Seahawks passing on tackles early in round one to draft Charles Brown (OT, USC) at #40. A lot of people commented that they didn't think Brown would make it into round two. Personally, I'm a big fan of the SoCal left tackle. He fits Seattle's zone blocking scheme perfectly and has the kind of agility and smarts you'd usually expect from a tackle working in the Alex Gibbs' system. It wouldn't surprise me if he went in the mid-first round or earlier. If he shows up at the combine over 300lbs and performs well - he'll raise a few eyebrows.
However, is he's still in that 290lbs range he won't fit a lot of schemes. If other prospects fall at the tackle position, it could push Brown down the board. However, there's such a premium on the left tackle position it wouldn't surprise me if Brown found a way to stick in the first thirty-two picks. In fact, if Seattle want to guarantee a prospect like Brown - they might have to look at taking him at #14. Is that a reach? Not for me. I think he's talented enough, it's just the size will be an issue for most other teams. Tying up the blind side position for years to come - especially with an ideal fit like Brown - makes a lot of sense.
But back to the issue at hand - as Chris reports via his sources - the Seahawks absolutely should be thinking quarterback at #6 if they truly believe Jimmy Clausen is capable of making an offense tick. Tying up the most important position in football long term and not having to start him as a rookie is completely desirable. However, the big question is whether the team see Clausen or Sam Bradford for that matter as 'the guy'. Steuber's sources tend to suggests that could be the case.