Mock around the clock

The latest round of mock drafts to emerge from cyberspace – after the Redskins acquired QB Donovan McNabb in a trade with the Eagles on Sunday – solidifies one thing when it comes to the Seahawks’ possible picks at No. 6 and No. 14 in the first round: They could go in a number of directions, because of their abundance of needs and what might happen with the picks ahead of them.

But it’s still entertaining to see what the pundits predict, so let’s take a look:

Don Banks, SI.com

  • Rams (1): Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
  • Lions (2): Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
  • Buccaneers (3): Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
  • Redskins (4): Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
  • Chiefs (5): Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
  • Seahawks (6): Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

If the Lions do take an offensive tackle at No. 2, it could push one of the two premier defensive tackles (probably McCoy) down to Seattle and give the Seahawks a real choice to make. Otherwise it should be easy to turn in the card for Bulaga and address the need to replace Walter Jones at left tackle.

Seahawks (14): C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

The Seahawks have a clean need for a defensive end who can generate pass rush (Georgia Tech’s Derrick Morgan remains available), but Spiller’s speed and homerun capability is too special to pass on. You’ve got to score to beat Arizona in the NFC West, and Pete Carroll opts to give his offense some much-needed firepower.

Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

  • Rams (1): Bradford
  • Lions (2): Suh
  • Buccaneers (3): McCoy
  • Redskins (4): Okung
  • Chiefs (5): T. Williams
  • Seahawks (6): Bulaga

In Charlie Whitehurst, Pete Carroll clearly believes he has found his quarterback of the future. His next priority should be the offensive line. Without the high second-round pick that could have been used on one of the next-tier tackles – the pick was sacrificed to acquire Whitehurst from San Diego, which mandated the teams swap second-round position – who would fit Alex Gibbs’ zone-blocking system, the Seahawks have backed themselves into a corner and now must address the line early. Bulaga is a rung below Okung and Williams in terms of pure athleticism, but he’s technically sound and experienced in a zone-blocking offense.

Seahawks (14): Morgan

The Seahawks have bigger needs but Pete Carroll is a defense-first coach and won’t ignore the game film. After posting 14.5 sacks in 2007, Patrick Kerney has fallen off to 5.0 sacks each of the past two seasons. Worse, the 33-year-old’s 5.0 sacks last season led this unit. He is due $5.16 million this season. Morgan had 12.5 sacks last season.

Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly

  • Rams (1): Bradford
  • Lions (2); Okung
  • Buccaneers (3): McCoy
  • Redskins (4): Bulaga
  • Chiefs (5): Suh
  • Seahawks (6): T. Williams

Williams could be considered closely by the Redskins and Chiefs — he’s talented enough to warrant strong looks from the Lions — but having inherited cultures of losing programs in need of serious reshaping, Bruce Allen and Scott Pioli could have a difficult time guaranteeing nearly $30 million on a prospect known for his lazy ways at a blue-collar position. However, the Seahawks have a desperate need to fill, Alex Gibbs’ zone-blocking scheme could not be better suited for Williams’ talents, and a coach coming from the college ranks such as Pete Carroll might undervalue the importance of self-motivation after a big payday.

Seahawks (14): Spiller

Spiller never had the opportunity to play with Charlie Whitehurst (at Clemson), but if the sensational running back happens to last this long, he very realistically could have that chance, with Pete Carroll very familiar with the type of impact that a Reggie Bush-esque weapon can have on winning football games.

Clark Judge, CBSSports.com

  • Rams (1): Bradford
  • Lions (2): Suh
  • Buccaneers (3): McCoy
  • Redskins (4): Okung
  • Chiefs (5): T. Williams
  • Seahawks (6): Spiller

Pete Carroll talks about building his team around a running game, and you’re not getting there with Julius Jones or Justin Forsett. There’s one elite back in this draft. So take him.

Seahawks (14): Morgan

Patrick Kerney is just about finished. Darryl Tapp is gone. It’s time to find a top-shelf pass rusher, especially if you’re in the same division with Arizona. Morgan is a start.

MovetheSticks.com

  • Rams (1): Bradford
  • Lions (2): Suh
  • Buccaneers (3): McCoy
  • Redskins (4): Okung
  • Chiefs (5): Bulaga
  • Seahawks (6): Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

Monte Kiffin loves Eric Berry, Pete Carroll loves Monte Kiffin.

Seahawks (14): Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

In Alex Gibbs we trust, Seattle addresses the OL outside the 1st round.

Mel Kiper, ESPN.com

  • Rams (1): Bradford
  • Lions (2): Suh
  • Buccaneers (3): McCoy
  • Redskins (4): Okung
  • Chiefs (5): Berry
  • Seahawks (6): T. Williams

Williams is the most versatile player in the draft, a rare feat for an offensive lineman. Here’s a guy who has played well at both tackle positions, and has even seen spot duty at center. A safe pick, because Williams can upgrade your offensive line in more than one place. Seattle has to improve its O-line with one of these picks, and Williams is more coveted each week.

Seahawks (14): Morgan

Seattle needs a pass-rusher on the edge of a 4-3 scheme, and Morgan is an ideal addition. He’s got the pass-rushing skills to be a disruptive force, and the strength to hold up well in the run game. No player in college displayed more versatility from this position over the past season. If the Hawks add a top DE and OT in Round 1, they’ll be, quite simply, a better football team.

Todd McShay, ESPN.com

  • Rams (1): Bradford
  • Lions (2): Suh
  • Buccaneers (3): McCoy
  • Redskins (4): Okung
  • Chiefs (5): Bulaga
  • Seahawks (6): Berry

This is a tough call between Berry and OT Williams. The Seahawks have significant need at both positions and offensive tackle carries more weight, but Seattle could pass on Williams for the same reasons the Chiefs did one pick earlier. Plus, Berry is clearly the top defensive back in the 2010 class and he could fill a glaring hole in the middle of the Seahawks’ defense.

Seahawks (14): Spiller

The Seahawks would bypass arguably their biggest need (OT) in this first-round scenario, but the good news is they would end up with two of the top seven players in this draft. Spiller is the most dynamic skill player on the board and would instantly upgrade the attack with his versatility in the running and passing games, and he can also contribute in the return game.


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