By Rob Staton
One of the more established writer's I'm following closely is NFL.com's Pat Kirwan. It's well advertised that Kirwan is close to Pete Carroll. This doesn't mean Kirwan will necessarily publish Seattle's draft plans, but it does mean he is more qualified than most to suggest what could happen. In his latest mock draft published this week - he had the Seahawks taking C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson) and Derrick Morgan (DE, Georgia Tech) in round one. I've been mocking the same double pick for the last fortnight.
But it's not just Kirwan's ties to Carroll that makes for an interesting read - he's also incredibly close to a lot of sources in and around the league. His most recent article discusses some of the moves that could happen in the upcoming draft.
"Is Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy going to drop in the draft? According to one personnel director, who said 'Watch and see McCoy fall out of the top three and maybe all the way down to No. 6 in Seattle.'" - Pat Kirwan
I assume the link here is that Russell Okung goes second overall to Detroit and Ndamukong Suh ends up in Tampa Bay, dropping McCoy down to #6. However - that point isn't stated. I remain completely unconvinced that Detroit will go in any other direction than Suh or McCoy. It will be mind blowing to me if that happens, because I think the Lions firmly believe in Jeff Backus (who gets a raw deal for not being an expensive, high draft pick). Despite recent moves in free agency, defense is still Detroit's major problem. They ranked dead last in the league last year. I expect Ndamukong Suh to be wearing a Lions cap on April 22nd.
Would the Buccs pass on McCoy? They have a big need at defensive tackle, so I think it's unlikely. But here's one scenario to throw out there for discussion - let's say the Redskins are high on Jimmy Clausen after all. Does a team move up to #3 to get ahead of Washington? That for me is the most likely scenario to see McCoy fall - with Tampa Bay moving down the board. If they don't rank McCoy as highly as Kirwan's source is alluding to, the Oklahoma prospect could find a home in Seattle. It's still a huge stretch to see that happen though, in my opinion.