One of the consolation prizes for a bad season and picking early in the draft is getting to see your latest signing in New York holding aloft a Seahawks jersey. Last year, Aaron Curry and family had the pleasure of wearing a nuclear lime green cap as he was introduced as Seattle's first round draft pick. This year the color code is a little more orthodox. With two picks in the top fourteen, there's a chance two draft picks will be on stage holding a Seahawks jersey on April 22nd. So who's been invited to the event?
Ndamukong Suh (DT, Nebraska) and Gerald McCoy (DT, Oklahoma) will definitely be there and this has been confirmed. Sam Bradford (QB, Oklahoma) will almost certainly be in New York as the likely #1 overall pick, but he's still 'mulling over' whether to attend. He will do. Derrick Morgan, (DE, Georgia Tech), Dan Williams (DT, Tennessee) and Jared Odrick (DT/DE, Penn State) will also be there to present a strong defensive line presence. Russell Okung (OT, Oklahoma State) and Trent Williams (OT, Oklahoma) are the two offensive tackles to confirm attendance. Eric Berry (S, Tennessee) will be there and an invitation has been sent out to Joe Haden (CB, Florida) but it's unclear whether he'll be in New York. Jimmy Clausen, Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy have received invites but may not attend.
The latest prospect to receive an invitation and confirm attendance is C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson). I've been mocking Spiller and Derrick Morgan to the Seahawks over the last few weeks. It used to be the top 5-6 prospects attended the draft, but with the event stretching over a few days and with a prime time audience - the number of attendees is increasing considerably. The chances are if Seattle keep the #6 and the #14 pick, we'll be seeing two Seahawks jersey's on the stage in round one. Of course - the tension will be killed when the cameras go into the green room to show said prospects on the phone to Pete Carroll. It's a pet hate, but I wish they'd keep the cameras out until the pick has been called.