By Rob Staton
Michael Lombardi had some interesting things to say in his latest column for the National Football Post. He claims Kansas City are keen to move down the board, potentially as low as the 15th overall pick. The reason I find this interesting is because for months I've been mocking the Chiefs to take Rolando McClain (LB, Alabama). The 5th overall pick is a bit high for McClain, but then you could argue the 3rd overall pick was high for Tyson Jackson last year. With moves to bolster their offenive line this off season already in the bag, I think the Chiefs will target another piece to their 3-4 defense. Inside linebacker is their biggest need and unlike some I'm a big fan of McClain. It will not surprise me if KC move down a bit and end up drafting the Crimson Tide's former defensive leader. It wouldn't surprise me either if, having failed to move down, they just take him 5th overall anyway.
But more relevant to Seattle is Lombardi's suggestion that Charles Brown's stock is building steam and he could be a potential top 15 pick. If the Seahawks, as I expect, target Eric Berry (availability considered) with the sixth overall pick - it still leaves a big hole at left tackle. Should the new regime in Seattle fail to trade the #14 pick (or not get a deal they are looking for), then Brown is very much an option for the Seahawks. For starters, he's a perfect scheme fit. He's also well known to Pete Carroll as a SoCal product. He's also greatly under rated in my opinion and on par with the rest of the offensive lineman available in round one.
With an increasing possibility that Trent Williams, Russell Okung, Anthony Davis and Bryan Bulaga could be off the board by #14, the Seahawks probably won't have any qualms about drafting Brown to fill a big need.