Happy Draft Day. All the video has been dissected. The players have been poked, prodded and interviewed – multiple times. The scouts and coaches have endured/survived countless hours of draft meetings, while trying to prevent paralysis by over-analysis.
In a few hours, all the work will come to fruition when the first round of the first three-day draft in NFL history gets underway at 4:30. Until then, here are three hot-off-the-internet mock drafts – and each has the Seahawks taking a different player with the sixth pick in the first round. We’ve also included a fourth that scopes out the Seahawks’ potential selections in all seven rounds.
The big question: What do these guys do once the draft is over? They give grades to the players the team actually select.
Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
6. QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
With the top two offensive tackles off the board, the Seahawks will be left with the tough choice of picking between a surefire defensive stalwart in safety Eric Berry, a dynamic runner/returner in C.J. Spiller and a chance at securing their potential quarterback of the future with Clausen. Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider won’t pass up an opportunity for a young franchise passer just because they overspent for Charlie Whitehurst. The knock on Clausen isn’t physical; it’s the perception that he isn’t a leader. He’ll become one if he learns anything from incumbent, but aging and injury-prone starter Matt Hasselbeck, the consummate pro.
14. RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson
The Seahawks need an offensive tackle, but also need more picks. Expect the team to explore trade-down opportunities and add USC’s Charles Brown. Seattle won’t trade out just to move, however; not if Spiller remains on the board. For a team with as many holes as the Seahawks, the opportunity to add a dynamic athlete like Spiller to their backfield and special teams might be too much to pass up.
Don Banks, SI.com
6. OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
I’ve been wanting to give Pete Carroll his big-play-maker in Clemson running back C.J. Spiller at No. 6 all week, but as I mock this baby out one more time, Spiller is there at No. 14 for Seattle. That makes me reluctantly pull the trigger for Bulaga, who has definitely experienced some pre-draft slippage on some teams’ boards due to his less-than-impressive 2009 season.
14. RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson
Seeing Spiller still on the board would stifle the Seahawks’ urge to select Clausen and really complicate their future quarterback situation (about that Charlie Whitehurst trade…). Seattle believes Spiller has Chris Johnson-like home-run capability.
Mel Kiper, ESPN.com
6. OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
The Seahawks will be tickled to find Okung here. They need to find the heir to the great Walter Jones on the left side of the offensive line, and Okung is the steadiest player at the position in the draft. Okung gains value because he should be able to take over the position immediately. An easy pick for the Hawks.
14. S Earl Thomas, Texas
Seattle has invested in the safety position with not much to show for it over the last couple of years. In Thomas, they should be thrilled to find perhaps the most instinctive player in the draft still here at No. 14. Thomas is a ball hawk who is seemingly everywhere on the field, and he will make big plays in coverage for the Seahawks. A great value.
Russ Lande, Sporting News Today
6. OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
14. DE Brandon Graham, Michigan
60. RB Charles Scott, LSU
104. S Robert Johnson, Utah
127. WR Eric Decker, Minnesota
133. DT Corey Peters, Kentucky
139. QB Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
176. CB A.J. Jefferson, Fresno State
245. OLB Stevenson Sylvester, Utah