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Mock around the clock

Yes, we just waded into the sea of mock drafts available in cyberspace yesterday. But it’s a new day, and there are new mocks – and even some new selections for the Seahawks with the 12th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on April 26.

So let’s take a look:

Clark Judge, CBSSports.com (today): Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College. “The loss of David Hawthrone only accentuates the need for an inside linebacker, and Kuechly is the best.”

Rob Rang, of NFLDraftScout.com at CBSSports.com (yesterday): Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina. “Adding free agent LB Barrett Ruud and OG Deuce Lutui filled two of Seattle’s primary areas of concern with starting-caliber veterans. Those additions should allow the team to draft the best available player. The most talented player available is certainly Coples, who dominated the Senior Bowl and could provide the team with the headlining pass rusher it has lacked for years. Coples is widely viewed as a boom or bust pick due to his inconsistency but Pete Carroll is a master motivator.”

Dane Brugler, of NFLDraftScout.com at CBSSports.com (yesterday): Nick Perry, DE, USC. “The Seahawks ranked in the bottom half of the NFL last season with 33.0 sacks and Seattle’s front office has yet to answer their pass rush need during the offseason. Nick Perry, who was recruited to Southern Cal four years ago (by Pete Carroll), brings an intriguing blend of strength and speed off the edge. He isn’t the most flexible athlete, but he blew up the Combine in February with a 4.58 40-yard dash, 38.5-inch vertical leap, 10’4″ broad jump and 35 reps of 225-pounds on the bench press.”

Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com (today): Kuechly. “The Seahawks could go in a few directions at this spot, but Kuechly makes the most sense to me to QB Pete Carroll’s defense. As Carroll said to me last week, linebackers in free agency moved off the board slowly because there are some very interesting linebackers in the draft.”

Will Brinson, CBSSports.com (today): Kuechly. “Pete Carroll would love to see Quinton Coples slip all the way down to 12, but that’s a pretty deep drop for the Tar Heel. And while Carroll and Co. might not like to pay for linebackers, Kuechly is a star who would be drafted much higher if he didn’t play an undervalued position. Five years from now, people will do re-drafts and he’ll be a top-five guy.”

John McClain, Houston Chronicle (yesterday) and this one has photos to go with it: Kuechly. “No team in the league needs linebackers like the Seahawks. They might be willing to trade up to get the best inside prospect.”

Albert Breer, NFL.com (yesterday): Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State. “The defensive tackle spot is muddled at the top. My guess is John Schneider goes for the guy with the best tape, which is Cox.”

Peter Schrager, FoxSports.com (today): Coples. “I loved the Seahawks’ quiet re-signing of Red Bryant, one of the most underrated producers in the game, and picking up Jason Jones for one year was a no-lose move. Coples had a monster 2011 season and a solid combine workout. He could play defensive end or rush the passer from the OLB spot. A lot of draftniks have him going in the top 10. He could be a steal at No. 12 for the pass-rush-hungry Seahawks.”


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