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More mock around the clock

It’s a new week, so there’s a new batch of mock drafts as we move closer to the first round of the actual NFL Draft next Thursday.

Here’s a sampling of the newest mocks, and which players they have the Seahawks selecting with the 12th pick (nine mocks, six players and even a trade):

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com at CBSSports.com (Monday): Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina. “Adding free agents Barrett Ruud and Deuce Lutui at middle linebacker and offensive guard 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, who happens to fill their other glaring area of need – a pass rusher opposite Chris Clemons. Just as he did with the Gamecocks, Ingram’s versatility could see him line up at outside linebacker, defensive end and even defensive tackle in obvious pass rush situations. That type of versatility is sure to intrigue Pete Carroll.”

Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com at CBSSports.com (Monday): 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 at CBSSports.com (Tuesday): Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College. “The Seahawks could go in a few directions at this spot, but Kuechly makes the most sense to me to quarterback Pete Carroll’s defense. As coach 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.’ ”

Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com (Tuesday): Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina. “He can play outside, but also move inside on third down.”

Clark Judge at CBSSports.com (Tuesday): Coples. “This is the fallback choice in case Kuechly doesn’t make it here.”

Will Brinson at CBSSports.com (Tuesday), who predicts the Seahawks trade up to No. 7 with the Buccaneers so they can select: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M. “For only a second-round pick and a swap of first-round picks, the Seahawks are able to hop the two teams – Miami and Kansas City – that might nab Tannehill from them. And say what you want about the Matt Flynn signing, but Carroll’s reportedly been “giggling like a schoolgirl” over the quarterback and he’s had little rhyme or reason behind his acquisition of signal callers.”

Steve Wyche at NFL.com (Monday):  Coples. “Coples boasts natural talent, but also has sparked concern as a potential bust. With Seattle’s stout secondary and interior DL toughness, he could stand out.”

Don Banks at SI.com (Wednesday): Ingram. “The Seahawks need pass rush help and linebackers, and Ingram is versatile enough to handle whatever job Pete Carroll asks him to do. Ingram is slipping a bit on some boards, but he doesn’t tumble out of the top 12 on this one.”

Nolan Nawrocki at Pro Football Weekly (Tuesday): Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina. “Pete Carroll’s defense thrives on the size and physicality of its cornerbacks. Gilmore has the size desired to hem the line at a premium position of need, a prime reason why cornerbacks such as Gilmore and Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick could be drafted in the top 15.”


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