Seattle Seahawks: Seven round mock draft

The Seattle Seahawks currently have six picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. I fully expect the Seahawks to acquire more picks, but below will be my seven round mock draft for the Seattle Seahawks as if they were not trading picks. Let’s kick things off with the last pick of Round 1.

Round 1, Pick 32: Seattle Seahawks select Xavier Su’a-Filo, Guard, UCLAXavier_Su'a-Filo_2012

I have talked about Su’a-Filo in several articles. Check this one for my take on the guy. A quick stipulation, though: if receiver Kelvin Benjamin is still available, I would take him if I were the Seattle Seahawks. I don’t see that happening, so the guard out of UCLA is a realistic but still solid choice. He can definitely grab the right guard spot and be an excellent run blocker.

Round 2, Pick 64: Seattle Seahawks select Scott Crichton, Defensive End, Oregon State

Crichton has an incredible work ethic and scouts compare his motor to Michael Bennett’s. Sure defensive end is sewn up with Bennett and Cliff Avril, but depth was a key to Seattle’s success in the trenches. And with Chris Clemons gone and Bennett sliding inside every so often, Crichton could be a guy to thrown on the end. We all know the Seahawks look at guys out on the West Coast, and Crichton being an Oregon State alum warrants some consideration from Schneider and Carroll.

Round 4, Pick 132: Seattle Seahawks select Jared Abbrederis, Wide Receiver, Wisconsin

Again, I’ve talked about Abbrederis in a previous article, but I like his instincts and intellect on the field. He’s also a capable punt returner and can replace Golden Tate. He could easily be overlooked until the end of the fourth round, and I think if he gets a little stronger, he could eventually be able to go up against big league corners. He does need time to be coached, though, but luckily the Seahawks have some capable receivers in Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, and Sidney Rice.

Round 5, 146: Seattle Seahawks select E.J. Gaines, Cornerback, Missouri

While a little on the short side at 5-foot-10, Gaines is an All-SEC corner who plays big and is a fantastic tackler. Scouts like his route recognition and potential as a nickel corner. Gaines sounds like another Jeremy Lane, as he showed that he can excel both in the starting eleven and on special teams coverage. With Lane going to be featured as a nickel corner, Gaines can grab a spot on punts and eventually earn his way onto the defense. And once he gets a shot against opposing offenses, Gaines has a good chance to succeed, as he’s more than capable of matching up with slot receivers.

Round 5, Pick 172: Seattle Seahawks select Devon Kennard, Outside Linebacker, USC

A late-round linebacker from Pete Carroll’s last team? Sounds like another Malcolm Smith success story already. Kennard has long arms and great hands, so he can shed blocks and bulldoze opposition. He can also excel as a coverage linebacker, able to change directions with fluidity. His only concern is durability, dealing with multiple injuries in college. Scouts also don’t think he can fit into a 4-3, but Kennard has the build and quickness to learn to assimilate into Seattle’s system.

Round 6, Pick 208: Seattle Seahawks select Parker Graham, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma State

Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie already proved they can handle the right tackle spot now that Breno Giacomini is gone, but a little depth can’t hurt. He’s an athletic guy for 6-7 and 315 pounds, and he didn’t allow a sack all of his senior season. If he doesn’t make the jump to the pros, it’s not the end of the world.