Just when we thought we’d posted our final item on mock drafts, Rob Rang has updated his.
Rang, a comrade and contributor to Seahawks.com’s series of articles previewing the draft, now has the Seahawks opting for Wisconsin left tackle Gabe Carimi with the 25th pick in tonight’s first round.
Rang’s rationale on the 6-foot-7, 314-pound Carimi: “The Seahawks could certainly use a young quarterback or a top defensive lineman, but coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider have been adamant that they need to get bigger and stronger on both sides of the ball. They don’t come much better in the running game than Wisconsin’s Carimi, who won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top lineman. To repeat as NFC West division champs, the Seahawks must address their offensive line.”
Hard to argue with that argument, or even the pick because Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget (No. 14 to the Rams), Florida guard Mike Pouncey (No. 15 to the Dolphins), Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod (No. 22 to the Colts) and Baylor guard Danny Watkins (No. 23 to the Eagles) are off the board in Rang’s final mock for NFLDraftScout.com. As are four QBs: Cam Newton (No. 1 to the Panthers), Blaine Gabbert (No. 7 to the 49ers), Andy Dalton (No. 12 to the Vikings) and Jake Locker (No. 16 to the Jaguars).
Rang has the Seahawks addressing the other side of the ball in the second round, with the 57th pick overall, by selecting Iowa defensive end Christian Ballard. Says Rang, “Character concerns could push Ballard down the board a bit, but at 6-4, 288 pounds he has the size potential to fill the Seahawks’ need as a penetrating three-technique defensive tackle.”