Widely varying mock drafts suggest at least 15 players the Seahawks might take in first round
SEATTLE – Let’s be clear: Though there are 15 players named below, there’s almost no chance the Seattle Seahawks’ future first-round draft pick will appear in this story.
With the NFL draft just a week away, there’s no shortage of mock drafts floating around – and no shortage of disagreement on just who, exactly, the enigmatic Seahawks will take with the No. 26 overall pick.
Offensive line? Check. Defensive line? Check. Cornerback? Check.
Here are some of the highlights:
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., who predicted in February that the Hawks would take Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, now has Seattle taking Miami cornerback Artie Burns.
(Here’s the link, but it’s behind a paywall.)
Burns would be an intriguing pick for Seattle, which brought back original Legion of Boom member Brandon Browner last week and re-signed Jeremy Lane to a reported four-year, $23 million contract last month.
Burns has had an incredibly eventful past year, declaring himself for the draft following his junior season after losing his mother to a heart attack in October and becoming caretaker of his two little brothers and infant son. Though some have pegged him as a second-round pick, the rangy 6-foot, 193-pound Burns had a stellar combine, highlighted by his 4.46-second time in the 40.
The Los Angeles Times held its annual beat-writer draft on Tuesday, with The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta selecting a highly touted offensive lineman for the Seahawks in Michigan State’s Jack Conklin.
Conklin played left tackle at Michigan State though some think he may be a better fit as a guard in the NFL. The Seahawks could use some of both positions as they are expected to add several offensive linemen in the draft.
Many predict the physical Conklin will be off the board by the time Seattle picks, however.
Condotta, by the way, held his own mock draft last week and predicted the Seahawks could take UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark.
Clark would help fill a need as a replacement for the departed Brandon Mebane, a player to whom he has often been likened. Clark also can play the “three-technique” spot, where he could add depth behind Athyba Rubin. Clark also is just 20 years old.
Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager had the Seahawks shoring up their offensive line with Ryan Kelly, a center/guard out of Alabama.
“Kelly’s nasty. Saban speaks as highly about the young man as any offensive line prospect in recent years. If you watch Seattle struggle with the Panthers in the playoffs, it’s no secret that offensive line is an area of need. The unit wasn’t the same without Max Unger. Here’s a strong, smart addition.”
Business Insider asked 11 experts who the Seahawks would select, and the answers were predictably scattered. Two players got two votes each: Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and Texas A&M offensive tackle Germain Ifedi. Seven more players got votes:
A’Shawn Robinson (DT, Alabama); Jason Spriggs (OT, Illinois); Le’Raven Clark (OT, Texas Tech); Robert Nkemdiche (DE, Ole Miss); Noah Spence (DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky); Chris Jones (DT, Mississippi St.); Shaq Lawson (DE, Clemson)
On base downs, Carroll and defensive coordinator Kris Richard are getting a tenacious and energetic run defender — a guy that can change direction on a dime and always seems to find himself in the backfield — and they’re also getting a guy whose best football is ahead of him.