I'm a little less confident in my Vikings play now that Harrison Smith has been ruled out, but I still think that MIN is the right side. They're just a better team than Atlanta.
Not sure about BUF. Mario Williams is out and Tyrod Taylor is due for a stinker. On the flip side, Grubbs is out and Kelce is questionable for the Chiefs, who seem slightly overrated and due for a loss. I don't have a solid read on this one and don't want any part of it.
All of the first-round offensive tackles are off the board, so the Seahawks have to look elsewhere for the first time in a while in terms of this mock draft. Perhaps they'll draft the best-available defensive player. Leonard Floyd would make sense, as Bruce Irvin is an impending free agent. Irvin has expressed interest playing elsewhere, so Seattle will probably have to replace him.
Pick change; previously Jack Conklin, OT
Rd. 2, Pk. 17
Shawn Oakman, DE/3-4DE, Baylor
No one should've been surprised that Shawn Oakman returned to school, given that he was widely viewed as a second-day project. In fact, one general manager has him as a fifth- to seventh-rounder. Oakman has loads of potential and athleticism, however, so if he can actually learn how to play football, he could sneak into the first round.
Rd. 3, Pk. 16
Landon Turner, G, North Carolina
The Seahawks are one of many teams that has major blocking issues. They'll need to use multiple resources to improve Russell Wilson's protection.
The Seahawks could use a young difference-maker in the middle of their defensive line.
Billings has 29 tackles, 11.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks this season. The numbers don't tell the whole story as he is extremely powerful with some serious quickness. Billings can be overwhelming in the ground game and pass rush. He causes a lot of disruption at the point of attack by using his power and explosion to fire into the backfield. Billings totaled 37 tackles with 11.5 for a loss and two sacks in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder is also known as a weight-room champion.
Pick change; previously Taylor Decker, OT
Rd. 2, Pk. 17
Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
Seattle could use more young talent on the right side, and this is a good value.
The 6-foot-5, 321-pound Garnett has been a power blocker for the Cardinal. He's played really well in 2015, displaying the strength to move defenders at the point attack. Garnett's been reliable in pass protection as well. He could use some more upper-body development for the NFL.
Pick change; previously Hassan Ridgeway, DT
Rd. 3, Pk. 16
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
Seattle traded away Christine Michael and let go of Robert Turbin, while Fred Jackson is nearing the end of his career. On top of that, Marshawn Lynch turns 30 after this season, so here's a backup to go with Thomas Rawls and Lynch.
Dixon (5-10, 193) is a tough runner who also can contribute as a receiver. In 2015, he's averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 972 yards and 17 touchdowns. The senior also has 23 receptions for 273 yards and three scores. He had a six-touchdown game against North Texas. Dixon put together a huge junior year with an average of 5.1 yards per carry for 1,299 yards with 22 touchdowns. He also made 30 receptions for 385 yards and six scores that season.
The Seahawks had a solid right tackle in Justin Britt last year; then they moved him to left guard in favor of an undrafted free agent who was bullied by a great Rams defensive line. He needs to be replaced, either by Britt or Conklin, who is heavily touted for his run blocking ability. Whether he’s moved inside to guard or right tackle, a run blocker is exactly what Seattle needs for their offense to keep chugging along.
Scouts like Vadal Alexander at guard, but I beg to differ; I believe that if he loses weight that he should remain at RT for the pros. He is one of my favorite OL in this draft, as he gets movement in the run game and does well enough in pass protection to get by (although he needs to improve in that facet). The Seahawks would be an elite team if it weren't for their dreadful offensive line, and Alexander would replace the anemic Garry Gilliam.