In the purgatory of the offseason, all we can do is speculate. Speculate about trades involving All-Pro cornerbacks (please God, no) and speculate about the NFL Draft. I can’t bring myself to think about losing Richard Sherman, so let’s do the draft.
Round 1: Cam Robinson, T, Alabama. If Pete Carroll/John Schneider don’t trade away their first rounder like they have done in the past, it seems like they HAVE to keep addressing the offensive line. They signed Joeckel and Aboushi to add veteran bodies to the competition, but don’t expect them to be complacent anymore. Russell Wilson got hurt last year. They are not likely to take that lightly.
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Round 2: Desmond King, CB, Iowa. This is a bit of a dream pick for me. I live in Iowa and the Hawkeyes are my go to hometown team. King is a very reliable corner with good hands and good eyes. As an added bonus, he’s a helluva return man and could spell Lockett if he’s tired or hurt. The fact that depth in the secondary is suddenly sparse leads me to believe that PC/JS are willing to address it early in the draft rather than wait until the later rounds.
Round 3 pick 1: Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington. As we all know, stopping the run is very important to PC/JS and the Seahawks. Putting Qualls in the rotation at DT would provide another run stuffer and block eater to free up Bennett, Avril, and Clark on the ends.
Round 3 pick 2: Duke Riley, OLB, LSU. With competition for the starting strong side linebacker open, a smart, versatile, sideline to sideline player like Riley sounds like just what the doctor ordered. Reading up on him, I saw a lot of the same “problems” that people had with Bobby Wagner. If Riley can come in and do 2/3 of what Wagner does, we’ll be set at OLB.
Round 3 pick 3: Nico Siragusa, OG, SDSU. PC/JS will continue to address the offensive line. If for nothing more than competition, Siragusa immediately makes both guard positions more interesting. Will Ifedi move to tackle? Will Joeckel play tackle or guard? I just hope we get to see the offensive line improve significantly over last year. Wilson, Lacy, Rawls, and Prosise are counting on it.
Round 6: Jerod Evans, QB, Virginia Tech. The Seahawks are in need of a long-term backup for Russell Wilson. Trevone Boykin was recently arrested and seemed pretty un-bothered by it. The Seahawks jettisoned T-Jack after his arrest, so I would not be surprised to see something similar happen with Boykin. Evans has good size and athleticism, but is rough around the edges. PC/JS could put him behind Russ to learn the system and put good habits in place.
Round 7: Tony Conner, DB, Ole Miss. Another versatile player that can line up in many positions. Conner has played ILB, OLB, SS, CB, and Nickel. He’s a big hitter with good vision and good ball skills. With some work on his fundamentals he could be a very valuable piece to the Seahawks defense.
With three picks in the third round, I would not be surprised if Schneider orchestrated a trade or two and threw a wrench in all of this. Let me know what you guys think on twitter (@tdacken), or comment right here. Let’s hope this draft leads to a successful season this fall. Go ‘Hawks!