• Chad Blue

Seahawks Mock Draft 3.0 - Post Free Agency

Hawks Free Agency transactions as of March 27th, 2016:

Athyba Rubin, DT, 30

Jeremy Lane, CB, 25

Jermaine Kearse, WR, 26

Jon Ryan, Pm 34

J'Marcus Webb, RT, 27

Sealver Siliga DT, 26

Bradley Sowell, LT, 26

Christine Michael, RB, 25

Michael Morgan, OLB, 28

Areas of need: OL, DL, OLB, RB, S

1st Round #26 Overall - Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

6'4, 323 lbs., 35 1/8"arms, 10 3/4" hands

For the last few mock drafts, I have listed Nick Martin of Notre Dame. While I think the Offensive Line is still an area of need for the Hawks, I am no longer convinced they'll spend their 1st round pick on the offensive side of the ball. During their Super Bowl run, the Seahawks were successful when they're able to rotate guys at will on the D-Line (Clemons, McDonald, Bryant, for example). Although the Hawks have signed Rubin and Siliga, that in no way means they are set on the front line. That would put Bennett, Avril, Clark, Hill, Rubin, and Siliga in the rotation. Enter, Vernon Butler from LA Tech. The Seahawks have shown interest with the 6'4" 327 lbs. plug hosting a workout and dinner with the 1st team All Conference USA selection. He's got great arm length at 35 1/8 and great hand size at 10 3/4. He has the strength to win one-on-one phone booth battles and the size and presence to demand double-teams. Can you imagine having two plugs in Rubin and Butler demanding those double team looks with Avril, Bennett and/or Clark allowed to roam free one-on-one? That would be a horrific situation for offensive coordinators to plan for.

2nd Round #56 Overall - Connor McGovern, G, Missouri

6'4, 306 lbs., 32 7/8" arms, 10 3/8" hands

My previous mock drafts featured Nick Martin in the 1st then Chris Jones in the 2nd round. In this draft, with Butler being selected in the 1st, I believe both Martin and Jones will be gone by the 56th pick. McGovern, the strongest tested linemen at the NFL Combine (225 lbs. at 33 reps) makes sense here. Gilliam moves to Left Tackle, Britt remains at Left Guard, Lewis at Center with a competition at Right Guard and Right Tackle Positions. McGovern could compete for either position as he spent his first 3 years for the Tigers on the Right Side.

3rd Round #90 Overall - Travis Feeney, OLB, Washington

6'4, 230 lbs., 33 3/8 arms, 9 1/2" hands

I'm still set with Travis Feeney with the 90th overall pick. His value on special teams, athletic ability and pass rush potential could make him a sleeper in this years draft.

3rd Round #97th Overall - Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama

6'1, 210 lbs., 31 3/4" arms, 9 3/4" hands

I placed some thought on this one since the last mock. After some thought, I'm comfortable with drafting Kenyan Drake as early as the 3rd round. Imagine having Kenyan Drake and Tyler Lockett as your return men with Drake as your Kick Returner, Lockett solely as a punt returner? Drake's value would be a 3rd down/Receiving back and on special teams.

4th Round #124th Overall - Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State

6'3", 275 lbs., 33 7/8" arms, 9 1/2" hands

When I look at Judon when he's in pads, I can't help but be reminded of Chris Clemons. Whether he's able to perform like Clemons at the NFL level is yet to be seen but Judon was simply dominant at the D2 level. He's got an athletic, well-built frame with a knack for getting to the quarterback. Again, JS and PC are all about draft and develop and Judon could be of great value as a situational pass rusher.

5th Round #171st Overall - Sean Davis, DB, Maryland

6'1", 201 lbs., 31 3/8" arms, 9 1/2" hands

Sean Davis can simply bring the BOOM, so, do I really need to say it? Being among the Legion, Davis should feel right at home in Seattle. Davis has played all DB positions so he instantly brings versatility. The knock on Davis is that he is very vulnerable in man coverage and when split out wide - just watch the Bowling Green Game. I don't see Davis playing Cornerback unless the roster is thin at that position, so a box Safety is where I see Davis doing the most damage. Especially with opposing teams moving to double tight sets, Davis would be able to provide the pass coverage against tight ends while providing sufficient run-support against 12 or 22 personnel.

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