The NFL Draft is now less than 48 hours away, though for the Seahawks, who remain without a first round pick, it's more like 72.
The NFL Draft is now less than 48 hours away, though for the Seahawks — who remain without a first round pick — it’s more like 72.
But while Seattle will be on the sidelines for a long time at the beginning of the draft, the Seahawks will be a go-to team once they start picking, holding 11 selections, more than anyone else.
We’ve published pre-draft reviews of all of Seattle’s positions over the last few weeks, including some suggestions of players the Seahawks might take. Trying to predict even the top of the NFL Draft, though, is fraught with peril, let alone the middle sections — where even the teams really have no idea at this point who for sure will be available. And it’s especially daunting to try to predict who the Seahawks — a team that has thrown as many curveballs as any in the drafts the last few years — might take.
Still, I thought I’d throw out 10 names of players who might make a lot of sense for the Seahawks to get somewhere in the draft. To make clear, these are not players I’m saying they would be targeting specifically with their first pick, which is No. 63 overall in the second. Some are. But some are also just players that throughout the reviews we have done, have seemed like guys that might be good fits.
So here we go:
WR Ty Montgomery, Stanford
Could the Seahawks have success with another Stanford player and receiver? Montgomery was a solid college receiver but also a standout returner, something the Seahawks need, and it’s generally thought he’ll be available in that late-third to early-fifth round territory where Seattle has lots of picks. That he had some ball security issues might turn off a team whose motto is “it’s all about the ball.” But Seattle appears to have definite interest in Montgomery, if the fact that he took a pre-draft visit to the VMAC means anything.
C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
Grasu is the player who seems mentioned most when it comes to Seattle’s first pick, which likely assures he won’t become a Seahawk. Still, you can see why all the mock draft guys have him headed to Seattle, and not just because of the nice storyline it would make for one Oregon center to succeed another (the traded Max Unger). Grasu was a four-year starter, team captain and plays in a style that would likely allow for a pretty quick transition to Seattle’s zone blocking scheme. I also noticed this in a scouting report: “Quick to recognize the blitz.” That was something Seattle liked about its last center, too.
OL Ali Marpet, Hobart
Those who don’t have Seattle going with Grasu tend to go instead with Marpet, from Division III Hobart. He’s regarded as an especially good fit at either guard or center in zone schemes and he won over many scouts with his performance against big-school players at the Senior Bowl. He was also a good high school basketball player, the kind of athleticism that might attract the Seahawks, who are likely to draft two or three offensive linemen after losing Unger and left guard James Carpenter.
OL Laken Tomlinson, Duke
We’ll stay on the OL track now with Tomlinson, another popular pick in mock drafts for the Seahawks. He’s another who could be a guard or a center, both spots of need for Seattle. He also started all 52 games while he was at Duke while earning a double major in psychology and evolutionary anthropology. Stylistically, could be a good replacement for Carpenter.
S Gerod Holliman, Louisville
An underrated spot where Seattle needs some depth now is safety, after the loss of Jeron Johnson and with some other injury concerns. Holliman tied an NCAA reord set by Washington’s Al Worley in 1968 with 14 interceptions last season. As Jayson Jenks pointed out his in his writeup on the secondary, Holliman played single-high safety, which is how the Seahawks use Earl Thomas. He started only one year which also might indicate the best is to come.
LB Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington
UW has four players who could go in the first two rounds. Danny Shelton and Marcus Peters, though, figure to be long gone by the time Seattle picks, and probably Shaq Thompson, as well. Kikaha, though, might still be there, and if he is then you’d think the Seahawks would have to consider a player who is regarded as one of the better pass rushers in the draft, something the Seahawks are always on the lookout for, and who could maybe be a long-term replacement for Bruce Irvin, depending on what the Seahawks decide to do there (Irvin’s option for 2016 is expected to be picked up).
LB Hayes Pullard, USC
After losing Malcolm Smith in free agency, the Seahawks might want to add some depth at linebacker. And they could just go get another USC linebacker to take Smith’s place in Pullard. Pullard committed to USC when Carroll was coach, though he never played for Carroll there. Pullard also played both inside and outside for the Trojans, a versatility that could be intriguing. And it’s hard to question his desire after he wrote a letter asking NFL teams to consider drafting him. Pullard would be a late-round pick, at best. But so was Smith, taken in the seventh round in 2011.
RB Mike Davis, South Carolina
There were rumblings that Seattle might sign Chris Polk after he became a free agent last week, which would have probably eliminated any need to take a running back this year. But Polk reportedly agreed to terms with Houston Tuesday and Seattle may still be on the lookout for a running back in the mid-to-late-rounds as they search for depth and maybe an heir apparent to Marshawn Lynch. The 5-9, 217-pound Davis was reported to run a 4.38 40 at his Pro Day earlier this month, though he ran a 4.61 at the NFL Combine. And he was reported to have taken a pre-draft visit to the VMAC.
DT Michael Bennett, Ohio State
One player slotted to the Seahawks in a few mock drafts comes with a familiar name — Michael Bennett. This Bennett played at Ohio State, and unlike Seattle’s Bennett, he is also regarded as being almost solely an inside player (NFL Draft profile here). But like Seattle’s Bennett, he also appears to like to have some fun.
QB Cody Fajardo, Nevada
With Tarvaris Jackson’s return for 2015 still apparently in question, the Seahawks just might be in the market for a backup quarterback. B.J. Daniels also returns but the teams wants to use him in some non-QB roles as a receiver and returner. With 11 picks, they might want to take a flyer late on a QB. Fajardo fits the dual-threat bill Seattle seems to favor right now having left Nevada as one of only two players in FBS history to throw for 9,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards during his college career, the other being another former Nevada star, Colin Kaepernick and has run a 4.63 40.
Seahawks 2015 Draft
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- Seahawks’ 10 best draft picks of all time
- Seahawks’ 10 worst draft picks of all time
- Position review: Defensive line
- Position review: Offensive line
- Position review: Quarterback
- Position review: Running back
- Position review: Wide receiver
- Position review: Tight end
- Position review: Linebacker
- Position review: Defensive Backs
- Position review: Special Teams