The boys at Pro Football Weekly have done a 12-team, 16-round Mock Fantasy Football draft in their current issue. They give the Seahawks a little respect – very little, and with reservations according to their comments on the five players who were among the 181 drafted.
RB Justin Forsett (eighth round, overall pick 93): “People in Seattle tell me he’s going to win that starting job up there.”
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (ninth, 101): “Not excited about this aging wideout, but somebody has to catch passes in Seattle, right?”
TE John Carlson (11th, 122): “Carlson scored seven TDs in only his second season, so the needle is clearly pointing up.”
WR Golden Tate (13th , 152): “Seattle’s deep threat can pick up yards and TDs in Pete Carroll’s attack.”
RB Leon Washington (15th, 175): “We have all seen what he can do when healthy. Should get some chances in Seattle.”
Our take: Grab Carlson when and where you can in your draft. He not only caught seven TD passes last season, he is going to be featured in the two-tight end sets that offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates uses so successfully – and innovatively. You can checkout more on that here.
Couldn’t agree more with the comment on Tate from Eli Kaberon, an editorial intern at PFW. Tate is, as QB Matt Hasselbeck put it the other day, “electric” when he gets his hands on the ball. Does he run the most precise routes? No, but he’s working on that. He is the most polished wideout? No, but that will improve with time. They can’t, however, coach the stuff this kid already has.
Is it wise to even draft a Seahawks running back? Maybe not, at least not high. It’s looking like this will be a running game by committee. But if you must, it’s difficult to argue with Forsett’s 5.4-yard average and five TDs from last season – and the fact that he’ll get more touches this season.