The NFL Draft is one month away, with the first round scheduled to take place April 28 and the remaining rounds set for April 29-30.
There’s also a new batch of mock drafts circulating in cyberspace, and the following sampling of four has the Seahawks using the 25th pick overall on four different players — and not a quarterback in the group. Such is the plight of trying to project what might be available to a team that drafts that late in the first round, and has as many needs as the Seahawks.
Here are the projections (click on the picker’s name to view his entire mock draft):
Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com (Monday): Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
Pete Carroll preached a ball-control, run-heavy offense when he was hired in Seattle. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, age, injury and inexperience up front grounded their running game. They averaged only 89 rushing yards a game last season, which was 31st in the NFL. Carimi, a four-year starter at left tackle, lacks the elite athleticism to remain there in the NFL, which could push him into the second portion of the round. The 2010 Outland Trophy winner has the bulk, strength and physicality in the running game to star on the right side.
Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com (Monday): Mike Pouncey, OL, Florida
Pouncey could play guard if Max Unger steps in at center, or vice versa.
Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly (Friday): Derek Sherrod, OL, Mississippi St.
Pete Carroll bypassed some USC standouts a year ago, and questions about Tyron Smith’s intelligence could sink Smith’s standing and even allow the Seahawks to pass him by. Given the weakness of Seattle’s offensive line, however, it will be difficult for the Seahawks to ignore the O-line early in the draft. Sherrod easily could be selected to shore up the other side opposite Russell Okung, with versatility to help anywhere along the line.
Doug Farrar, Yahoo.com (Monday): Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
Needs at quarterback abound, as do holes in the offensive and defensive lines. But the Seahawks are looking hard at Smith, and for good reason. General manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll are looking at a division in which one team is just a hot receiver away from tearing it up with a great new quarterback (the Rams), and two teams with receivers in place, just needing the right kind of quarterback (the 49ers and Cardinals). Seattle’s pass defense was burned far too often, especially when Marcus Trufant’s back was hurt down the stretch. Smith can cover a lot of ground, and plays both man and zone very well.