Here's the team I believe is trading up for Garett Bolles. The Utah prospect fits everything the Seahawks look for, and they're absolutely desperate for an offensive tackle. However, they know they won't be able to obtain him at No. 26 overall. Bolles could be obtained by trading up to either No. 18 or 19, as Seattle will have to leap both the Broncos and Giants.
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1. Obi Melifonwu, S - If the Seahawks don't trade up, and Garett Bolles is off the board, I think Obi Melifonwu makes a ton of sense for them.
2. Adoree Jackson, CB - Jackson has everything the Seahawks want, save for length. However, that may not matter considering Jackson is a nickel corner.
Rd. 2, Pk. 26
Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
The Seahawks have had success taking mid-round cornerbacks, but that doesn't mean they won't address the position in the early rounds. They have a hole at the position, and they took care of other areas in free agency, so they could go that route here.
Rd. 3, Pk. 26
Carlos Watkins, DT/NT, Clemson
The Seahawks are looking for an interior pass-rusher, and Carlos Watkins has exactly what they want in a prospect.
Rd. 3, Pk. 38
Vince Biegel, OLB, Wisconsin
The Seahawks could opt for a Bruce Irvin-type player who could rush the passer and drop into coverage.
Rd. 3, Pk. 42
George Kittle, TE, Iowa
George Kittle is the sort of athletic player the Seahawks like. He could start in 2018 if Jimmy Graham isn't retained as a free agent then.
Rd. 6, Pk. 26
Dylan Cole, OLB, Missouri State
This is the typical "swing for the fences" pick the Seahawks make late in the draft with a super-athletic player.
Rd. 7, Pk. 8
Shalom Luani, SS, Washington State
Say hello to a new seventh-round prospect for the Seahawks, as Shalom Luani is the sort of home-run pick Seattle likes.
Sources have told me the Seahawks love Melifonwu, and it is easy to see why. He could be a replacement for Kam Chancellor if he leaves in free agency, or Earl Thomas if he retires, or even Richard Sherman if he gets traded. The Seahawks can play the versatile Melifonwu at corner and safety since he is a perfect fit in their defense.
Melifonwu has ideal size with length to help defend receivers. In 2016, he totaled 118 tackles with three passes broken up and four interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 219-pounder had an excellent week at the Senior Bowl to ignite a buzz about him that he carried over into a tremendous performance at the combine.
Melifonwu possesses a great combination of size and speed. He has the cover skills to play corner on big receivers, can be the deep free safety, and also is able to come down in the tackle box. In a matchup league, Melifonwu should provide his defensive coordinator the solution to a lot of problems.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
The Seahawks could use young corner talent, and Seattle and Witherspoon are a perfect fit.
Some team sources really like Witherspoon and have given him second-day grades. Teams like the size and length of the 6-foot-3, 198-pounder, but also say that he has speed to run. The senior notched a staggering 22 passes broken up in 2016. He also chipped in one interception with 23 tackles. As a junior, Witherspoon recorded 36 tackles with three pass breakups and two interceptions.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU
The Seahawks could grab some interior offensive line help.
Pocic was generally solid for LSU in 2016. He had some problems with Auburn's Montravius Adams and Alabama's defensive front, but he performed well, overall. The senior was effective at opening holes up the middle and reliable in pass blocking. Even if his height is slightly exaggerated, the 6-foot-6, 310-pounder is taller than most interior linemen. Pocic was an excellent blocker for Leonard Fournette in 2015. Pocic broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Davon Godchaux, DT/3-4DE, LSU
The Seahawks could use some interior defensive line disruptors.
Godchaux caused his share of havoc in the backfield in 2016, demonstrating the skills to be an interior pass-rusher. He had 62 tackles with 6.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss on the year. Godchaux was very disruptive for LSU in 2015. He totaled 41 tackles with nine for a loss, six sacks and a pass broken up on the season.
The 6-foot-4, 293-pounder is fast and explosive at the point of attack. He has a lot of potential.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Shaquil Griffin, CB, Central Florida
The Seahawks could use some more cornerback talent even if they don't trade Richard Sherman.
At the combine, Griffin was a star. The 6-foot, 194-pounder illustrated surprising speed with a 4.38-second time in the 40-yard dash. Griffin's impressive combine could cause teams to take a second look at him and reevaluate where they would take him.
Sources say that Griffin didn't play up to his combine speed in college as he was beaten deep and his instincts were off. Thus, they had given him late-round grades. However, his stock is rising after his great combine, and the press-man defenses especially could be interested in him. In 2016, Griffin had impressive production with 50 tackles with 15 passes broken up and four interceptions, which was similar to his junior year totals (50-13-2).
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Texas A&M
Seattle grabs a mismatch receiver for the red zone.
Team Needs : OT * OLB * OG * CB * RB * WR * DT
The Seahawks had the worst O-Line in the league and its not by accident, they also have the lowest paid O-Line in the league. Not even the best O-Line coach in the league Tom Cable could turn this pigs ear into a silk purse. Only Rookie ROG Germian Ifedi and Center Justin Britt had passing grades. The Hawks started a guy who last played football in high school at LOT( George Fant ) and by the end of the year showed it was going to be a long learning curve ahead. Expect a veteran free agent signing to help this group and probably an additional pick for some serviceable depth.
Bolles at 6'5" 297 started only 1 season at Left Offensive tackle for the Utes but made a great impression on the Pac 12 with strong performance's against UCLA's Takkarist McKinley and Stanford's Solomon Thomas perhaps the 2 best pass rushers in the conference.
With good size and length for the position he is quick out of his stance and bends naturally. Bolles plays with a nasty tenacity through the whistle, and has good football awareness considering his limited experience.
1) Earl Thomas injury is devastating. He's an elite talent that is the most important element of The Legion of Boom (yes, more than Sherman). He's even considering retirement. A safety replacement may be found here. Michael Morgan is a free agent leaving a hole at strong side linebacker. Wouldn't it be nice if Jabril Peppers falls to this pick and play a hybrid role of both positions?
2) Thomas Rawls deserves another shot as the starting RB by having a full healthy season. But, if the Seahawks are already convinced he's not going to be their long-term answer, this pick could be used as a replacement. The Seahawks have to run the ball well for Pete Carrol's overall game plan to work. Christian McCaffrey will get a look here.
3) Similar to the Carolina Panthers, the Seahawks are another Super Bowl caliber team not protecting their quarterback adequately enough. They need to use multiple picks on draft day to address this need. This pick is a good slot for Cam Robinson who can protect Wilson and provide great run game support.
2016 First Round Pick: Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M (31)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (12) Pass (10) Rush (25)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (5) Pass (8) Rush (7)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $29,430,828
(1) Graham ($10 M)
(2) Webb ($2.75 M)
GM: John Schneider
Head Coach: Pete Carroll
Offensive Coordinator: Darrell Bevell
Defensive Coordinator: Kris Richard
Offensive Scheme: Play Action, Two TE
Defensive Scheme: 4-3
Needs: (1) OL, (2) 43DT, (3) WR, (4) 43OLB, (5) CB
LT: (1) Fant
LG: (1) Lamp (2) Odhiambo
C: (1) Britt (2) Hunt
RG: (1) Ifedi (2) Glowiniski
RT: (1) Gilliam (2) Sowell
NFL.com Grade: 6.11 ESPN Grade: 88
NFL Comparison: Zach Martin
Measurables: H: 6'4 W: 300 40: 5.10
Lamp finished a brilliant career for the Hilltoppers by scoring a touchdown in the team's bowl game. It was a designed "tackle screen", actually, and the speed he showed with the ball in his hands was indicative of his athleticism. Lamp earned honorable-mention All-Sun Belt honors starting at guard (three games) and left tackle (nine games) as a redshirt freshman in 2013. He stayed at his left tackle home the next year, garnering honorable mention All-Conference USA notice as the team moved to that league. The past two years, Lamp was a first-team all-conference selection, starting every game on the blind side. He was a third-team Associated Press All-American as a senior.
Four-year starter at left tackle whose lack of length will likely force him inside on the next level. He has the athleticism to handle athletic interior rushers while being able to fit into diverse rushing attacks that ask more from the guards and centers. His ability to potentially line up at tackle, guard or center will only increase his value. Lamp's 2016 performance against Alabama's talented edge players was a resume-builder that shined a spotlight on his potential as a pro.
With three straight years of top-five finishes in our offensive tackle rankings, Lamp has plenty of good tape and he proved himself in his limited time in Mobile for the Senior Bowl. Before an injury ended his week after only one practice, Lamp showed well against top competition while playing both guard and tackle at practice. His short arms will likely make him a guard at the next level, though he’s shown the skills to play tackle, including the best game any tackle played against Alabama’s strong defensive front.
The biggest need on the Seahawks' roster is more talent on the offensive line, and they would be fortunate if Ramczyk falls to their pick. <br> <br>
Ramczyk had a strong 2016 season blocking for the Badgers in his debut as their starting left tackle. In 2013 and 2014, he was the starting left tackle at UW-Stevens Point where he earned a lot of accolades before sitting out the 2015 season with a redshirt after transferring to Wisconsin. Ramczyk was one of the better left tackles in college football during 2016. <br> <br>
Ramczyk (6-6, 310) has a lot of good qualities that could lead to him being a starting left tackle in the NFL. He is quick out his stance, fast to hit blocks in the second level, and is able to get in position for blocks in space. In pass protection, Ramczyk can play the type writer with his feet and shuffle with rushers. He gets depth in his drop as well. On some plays, Ramczyk can be slow to react and adjust to counter pass-rush moves, but that will change as he gains more experience. Ramczyk also needs to add more strength. He can get bull rushed and pushed back by rushers. His frame doesn't look maxed out though, and he should get stronger in an NFL strength and conditioning program.
Last time I did a mock draft, I had Seattle taking Marlon Humphrey in the first round. He fits in the sense that the Seahawks like their cornerbacks to be long and athletic. Should the Seahawks wait until a later round to draft a cornerback, they could look right into their own backyard towards Kevin King. At 6'3" with excellent length and solid athleticism, he would certainly fit the sort of profile the Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll seem to like in their cornerback prospects.
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Rd. 2, Pk. 3
Malik McDowell, DT/3-4DE
The Seahawks did a terrific job of moving down, picking up third-, fourth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks just for moving down nine spots. That's pretty good, and it'll help this grade a bit. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the end result. McDowell was a second-round talent I dropped into the third because he interviewed extremely poorly. He has the traits the Seahawks look for in a prospect, but doesn't seem very competitive, so it's surprising to me that Seattle would take him.
Rd. 2, Pk. 26
Ethan Pocic, C/G
The Seahawks wanted Garett Bolles, but they're taking another offensive lineman instead in the second round. Only, it's at a different position, and one that isn't needed. The one thing the Seahawks do have up front is a solid center, so I imagine Ethan Pocic will play guard. I guess that's fine, but I had Pocic in the fourth round, so I think this is a bit of a reach.
Rd. 3, Pk. 26
Shaquil Griffin, CB
The Seahawks needed to obtain at least one cornerback in this draft. Richard Sherman could be dealt at some point in the near future, and the position was a need even before that speculation began. It's not a surprise that Seattle obtained a tall, athletic cornerback near the middle of the draft. That's been a formula that has worked for them, and Griffin fits the range in the third round.
Rd. 3, Pk. 31
Delano Hill, FS
The Seahawks have a great front office, but they even miss sometimes. I think this is a whiff, as Delano Hill was a late-round prospect for me. Hill tested poorly at the combine and looked pretty bad in the drills. He's not impressive at all, but there's a chance he could be a special-teams stud for Seattle. That said, I don't think you take someone like that in the third round.
Rd. 3, Pk. 38
Nazair Jones, DT
Nazair Jones made a big mistake by declaring early, as he has yet to develop any sort of pass-rushing skills. Jones' poor testing didn't help either, so he's a bit lucky to make it into the second day. The one thing Jones can do well is stuff the run, so he'll help Seattle in that regard.
Rd. 3, Pk. 42
Amara Darboh, WR
Amara Darboh is an athletic player who tested well throughout the pre-draft process, so it's hardly a surprise that the Seahawks targeted him. Darboh was productive at Michigan as well, so he should be a solid pro. The Seahawks will need another receiver to be a factor in a year or two, and Darboh should be able to contribute by then. He made sense with the penultimate selection in the third round.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Tedric Thompson, SS
Tedric Thompson was a fifth-round pick for me, so this is a slight reach, but we're in the third day, so that's not a big deal. Thompson is not a good athlete, but he has positive instincts, so he could pan out. It's not a surprise Seattle selected a safety here; I thought that could've happened much earlier.
Rd. 6, Pk. 3
Michael Tyson, FS
The Seahawks are certainly taking a bite out of the safety position in this class, as this is the third such player they've selected. I had Mike Tyson going in the seventh round, so this is a tad early for him. I'm just not sure why the Seahawks need so many safeties, but maybe Seattle envisions him as a special-teams star.
Rd. 6, Pk. 26
Justin Senior, OT
This is a strange pick by the Seahawks. They typically swing for the fences in the late rounds, but Justin Senior has no upside. He's a poor athlete, and he struggled at the Senior Bowl as well. It wouldn't surprise me if he failed to make the roster, but at least Seattle is trying to fill a need.
Rd. 7, Pk. 8
David Moore, WR
Here's the home run pick Seattle likes to take, as David Moore from East Central Oklahoma (how can something be East Central?) had solid testing numbers. However, there were better options available in the seventh round. Moore could've been signed as a UDFA in all likelihood.
Rd. 7, Pk. 31
Chris Carson, RB
As mentioned earlier, the Seahawks tend to swing for the fences in the final couple of rounds, and this is another example of that. Chris Carson is highly athletic and possesses great upside. I had him going in the seventh round, so the range makes sense. He wasn't productive at Oklahoma State, but the potential is there for that to change.