Truthfully, the NFL draft may be one of the harder events to predict, simply because there are so many variables. Undoubtedly there are players that interest every team in the league, but once that athlete’s name is called, the strategy must change.
If you are John Schneider and Pete Carroll, what are you thinking about? What is your top priority? The ‘Hawks do not have a first-round pick, but as noted by The Washington Post, that has not stopped them from getting quality players in the past.
For a team like Seattle, the real trick is finding gems in the later rounds.
There has been wide speculation about who the Seahawks might select with their second-round pick. Will it be a bulky defensive lineman? An outside linebacker? A nickel corner or safety? Perhaps an offensive lineman?
Or, will Seattle go against conventional wisdom? Could they grab a wide receiver? A tight end? How about an athletic defensive end?
If I were a betting man (which I am not), I would project that the Seahawks will go with a run-stuffing defensive lineman. The acquisitions of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett give Seattle multiple options at end, and the addition of Tony McDaniel is not a long-term solution in the middle.
Someone like Jesse Williams of Alabama might fit the bill. The ‘Hawks could also look at Bennie Logan of LSU, Brandon Williams of Missouri Southern or Montori Hughes of Tennessee-Martin.
Of course, picking a defensive lineman is arguably the practical and sensible thing to do. The Seahawks do not necessarily follow the conventional mode of thinking. Could Seattle go after an intriguing athlete like Margus Hunt of SMU? What about one of the speedy receivers like Markus Wheaton of Oregon State?
Time is ticking down, and soon we will know. We are running out of chances to vote.
For a moment, don’t think about who you think Seattle should pick. Who will the Seahawks pick?