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Extensions and mocks

Even with the owners and NFL Players Association in Day One of their second extension of the set-to-expire CBA, the only thing that remains a fact is that the draft will be held in April.

After team representatives recently spent seven days watching and interviewing the available players at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, here’s a look at whom pundits are projecting for the Seahawks with the 25th pick in the first round in their latest mock drafts (click on each name for the complete first-round mock):

Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

The Seahawks’ biggest needs are quarterback and the interior of the offensive line, but the team could throw a curveball should a cornerback of Smith’s talent fall into their lap. The 6-2, 210-pound Smith has top 15 talent but off-field concerns could push him down the board. His size and physicality, however, make him an ideal fit for a team looking for press corners. The Seahawks allowed 31 touchdowns and only intercepted 12 passes. That minus-19 TD/INT ratio was topped by only the Texans, who had minus-20.

Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com: Jake Locker, QB, Washington

I’m not sure the Seahawks have real interest in Locker, but a quarterback is getting picked somewhere in the late first, even if it’s after a team trades up from the early second.

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Ryan Mallet, QB, Arkansas

They badly need a long-term answer and Pete Carroll isn’t one to shy away from players with problems.


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