The boys from NFLDraftScout.com and CBSSports.com have updated their mock drafts after attending the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Each now has the Chiefs taking an offensive tackle with the first pick in April’s NFL Draft, and they also project the Seahawks going with a defensive lineman at No. 25 in the first round.
Rob Rang: He has the Chiefs taking Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel at No. 1, but still has the Seahawks going for UCLA defensive lineman Datone Jones at No. 25.
“The camaraderie forged between Pete Carroll’s coaching staff and the scouting staff under general manager John Schneider has resulted in several surprising but ultimately successful draft selections in recent years. The 6-4, 280-pound Jones will be viewed by some as a ‘tweener but he might possess the combination of strength, length, burst and passion to aid as an interior pass rusher in Seattle’s hybrid front.”
Dane Brugler: He also has the Chiefs going for a tackle with the top pick, but it’s Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher. At No. 25, he projects Florida State defensive end Cornellius “Tank” Carradine for the Seahawks.
“The Seahawks have one of the better defensive fronts in the NFC, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see them add some depth, especially at pass rusher. Carradine still isn’t 100% healthy from his knee injury, but Pete Carroll and John Schneider will recognize the value of snagging him this late.”
Will Brinson: He’s also got Fisher to the Chiefs and Jones to the Seahawks.
“The Seahawks have made it known they want to upgrade their pass rush this offseason, and while giving Russell Wilson an additional weapon or two wouldn’t hurt, Jones can step in and help impact Seattle’s ability to get after the passer.”
Pete Prisco: He too has Joeckel to the Chiefs, but is thinking bigger when it comes to a D-lineman for the Seahawks – Ohio State tackle Johnathan Hankins (6-3, 320).
“Alan Branch is a free agent and they need big bodies in the middle of their defense.”
Clark Judge: Make it one more vote for Joeckel to the Chiefs and one more option for the Seahawks – North Carolina D-tackle Sylvester Williams (6-3, 313).
“With Alan Branch unsigned, the Seahawks could use more help in the middle.”