2017 Mock Draft v1.0
Updated: Oct 29, 2018
In my last blog post, I broke down the hypothetical situation of gaining more draft picks via trades which could be read here. Before I get to that situation, let's play out the mock draft as is, as if the Seahawks won't trade down, or maneuver their draft picks, and have addressed their needs in free agency.
5'10", 192 lbs
The Seahawks won't have to go far with their first choice of the 2017 NFL draft, looking to former Husky, Budda Baker. If last season's defensive snap count was any indication of how the Seahawks play defense from here on out, then the Seahawks will spend most of their time in Nickel. If you need a guy who can play Safety and/or Nickel, Budda Baker is the guy. He's got excellent awareness, speed and change of direction and is a very good open-field tackler. He is also a lethal blitzer from the Nickel spot with a knack of forcing turnovers. During last season's Husky combine, Budda was clocked at 4.35, second only to John Ross. The knock on Baker is his size. He looks to have already maxed out on his frame at 192 lbs, so packing on any more lean mass may be a challenge. The disadvantage to his size can be exposed in matchups against taller or bigger receivers and tight ends. He also does not have natural hands, dropping several potential interceptions during his career at UW.
6'2", 202 lbs
The FBS All-Time Record holder for career receptions (399), Isaiah "Zay" Jones is out to prove that his record is no fluke. If you put on tape of Jones you will see his record is definitely no fluke. Jones, the son of former three-time Super Bowl winning linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys, Robert Jones, Zay knows what it takes to succeed. Zay Jones is a crisp route runner with a great catch radius. He is not a 4.3 straight line burner but his greatest asset remains his route running ability because he's very deceptive on how he sells his routes and creating space at the top of routes. During the 2017 Senior Bowl, Jones looked to be in another league against opposing DBs. Jones was passed over for the Biletnikoff award this past season, losing out to Oklahoma's DeDe Westbrook. In response to being passed over, Zay tweeted the following:
It's pretty obvious that this kid has a chip on his shoulder and if memory serves, our team has fared very well when our guys have something to prove. With Tyler Lockett coming off a very significant surgery, and the uncertainty of Jermaine Kearse's performance, along with Paul Richardson being on a contract year, adding Zay Jones as a future play-makers makes sense.
6'3", 309 lbs
Powerful and disruptive, Montravius is a big man that can move. Adams possesses excellent get off speed and has excellent upper and lower body strength that he uses to stone wall opposing double team blocks. While he has shown flashes as a pass rusher, he lacks consistency and creativity in his pass rush moves, pulling up on rushes when his initial move fails. The other knock on Adams is his motivation. When he's amped and focused, Adams seems unstoppable. Placing him around the likes of Bennett, Wagner, Thomas and Sherman may be all the motivation he needs. The Seahawks defense is successful when they're able to rotate their interior linemen at will. With Tony McDaniel set to be a free agent, the uncertainty around Quinton Jefferson's return from injury and Rubin going into a contract season in 2018, Adams in the 3rd round is great value for the Hawks.
6'3", 325 lbs
Another big man that can move. Asiata is a big bodied man that is strong at the point of attack and possesses excellent lateral agility and nastiness to his blocks. The 2016 Morris Award recipient should be able to come in and compete with Glowinski for the starting left guard spot.
6'1", 185 lbs
A ball-hawk with the length the Seahawks love in their secondary. Responsible for 8 INT and 15 Pass Defended in 2016. Wilson should look to add another 5-10 lbs. of lean mass to his frame. An ACL injury removed him from competition in 2015, so is considered 'raw' since he has only seen a single full season of game play.
6'4", 261 lbs
If you read up on Michael Roberts, his story is inspiring. Overcoming early learning disabilities to family deaths to putting himself through college. This type of story tells me this kid has something to prove. Roberts has only had a single full season of productivity, but was really productive. In 2016, he had 45 Rec, 533 yards and 16 TDs - Toledo's leading red zone threat. Roberts put together a solid week at the Senior Bowl and caught a lot of attention from scouts. He will not be an immediate starter but can add depth especially if Luke Willson goes to Free Agency.
7th round - 218th overall - Harvey Langi, LB, BYU
6'2", 252 lbs
Athletic and explosive but raw as an inside linebacker. The one-time BYU running back spent most of his senior season as a defensive end for the Cougars but had a decent 2015 campaign at linebacker where he accumulated 66 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 2 INTs. Langi had a solid week during the senior bowl and capped off the week with a game ending INT in the end zone. Langi would bring immediate special teams value while learning the linebacker position from one of the best linebacker duos in the NFL.