This the time of year where we are mostly between big free agent signings and the National Football League draft. There are a million mock drafts on the interwebs. Some are Seattle Seahawks specific. All of them are completely meaningless and total guesses; let us be honest about that.
Seattle has five picks in the first three rounds, two of them being compensatory picks. The Seahawks currently have one first-round draft choice (number 26 overall), one in the second round (58) and three in the third round (90, 102 and 106). The Seahawks will likely trade one or more of these picks. Seattle has made a habit of drafting down in the draft for a later pick. They do this if they think a player they like will still be available when they draft and to also pick up more draft choices. Seattle currently has seven draft picks, the fewest of general manager John Schneider’s tenure, and none in the fourth or fifth round. Seattle’s draft picks will most likely be changing at some point prior to the draft, or even within the draft.
That said, here is Cover32 Seahawks completely mad and meaningless mock draft for the Seahawks first two rounds. (Because yes, we are sheep and must do what every other website does for the purposes of a mock draft. Also, we really want to stretch out this mock stuff.)
Round One, Pick 26
Cornerback Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
Why would the Seahawks take a defensive back instead of an offensive lineman in the first round? Several reasons. First, Seattle appears to be mostly satisfied with the offensive line. Though the Seahawks did sign Luke Joeckel this offseason, the Seahawks did not overspend on any other lineman. Plus, Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have been consistent in that they believe in their current group, whether fans do or not. Second and more specifically, cornerback is a bigger need than the offensive line. Lastly, Humphrey is physically a great match for the Seahawks system.
Though 12s may think the offensive line needs a nearly complete overhaul, the fact is that the unit does not. Justin Britt should be the center of the line for years to come. Germain Ifedi should improve from year one to two and beyond. While the rest of the line could be more talented, the unit is extremely young and the Seahawks hope the group grows together. There is potential there, even though that has yet to be fully shown.
Defensively, the corner opposite Richard Sherman is…who? DeShawn Shead, though re-signed, will not be back until later in the year. Jeremy Lane did not show in 2016 that he is ready to be a starter on the outside. There is no other Seahawk currently on the roster who shows the potential of a player like Humphrey.
Humphrey does not have the size of Sherman, but he is not small either. Humphrey is almost six-foot-one and a bit over 200 pounds. He plays with a physicality that Seattle wants their own players to have. He would not be a day one starter due to needing to clean up some bad habits due to that physicality, but who coaches defensive backs better than Carroll. Uh, that is a no one.
Humphrey could become a starter halfway through the season and is the type of player, if he reaches his potential, that could be a starter and star in Seattle even beyond when Sherman is no longer the player he currently is.
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Round Two, Pick 58
Offensive lineman Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
Seattle has already signed one player formerly of the Hilltoppers recently, George Fant. Maybe the Seahawks see something in the way Western Kentucky is coaching their player. Lamp is a much more developed player than Fant was out of college. Lamp could be a first-round draft pick for some team, but likely will fall to the Seahawks’ second-round area.
Lamp has the versatility that Seattle likes and Lamp can move around the line. Lamp is not small either. He is 6’4” and 310 pounds. While Lamp may begin his career at guard, he could move Ifedi to tackle. Ifedi was a tackle in college. Really, Lamp’s talent would allow the Seahawks to play with possibilities. And we know how the Seahawks love that…