The first round of the NFL Draft is Thursday, and there’s a new batch of mock drafts projecting who the Seahawks might select with the 12th pick.
Seven mocks, four different players (Melvin Ingram appears four times). Four different positions. You can see where this is headed:
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com for CBSSports.com (today): Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina. “Adding free agents Barrett Ruud and Deuce Lutui at middle linebacker and offensive guard filled two of Seattle’s primary areas of concern with starting-caliber veterans. Those additions should allow the team to draft the best available player, who happens to fill their other glaring area of need — a pass rusher opposite Chris Clemons. Just as he did with the Gamecocks, Ingram’s versatility could see him line up at outside linebacker, defensive end and even defensive tackle in obvious pass rush situations. That type of versatility is sure to intrigue Pete Carroll.”
Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com for CBSSports.com (today): Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina. “The Seahawks ranked in the bottom half of the NFL last season with 33.0 sacks and Seattle’s front office has yet to answer their pass rush need during the offseason. Coples isn’t the same prospect as Ex-Tarheel pass rusher Julius Peppers, but offers an immense amount of upside. He has the ability to be as good as he wants, but questions about his passion and work ethic have raised flags, especially after a subpar senior season in Chapel Hill. Coples’ natural skill set and pro potential will force NFL teams to do their due diligence.”
Bucky Brooks at NFL.com (today): David DeCastro, OG, Stanford. “The release of Robert Gallery creates a void at left guard, but the addition of DeCastro would upgrade the position and allow Pete Carroll to play smashmouth football with Marshawn Lynch carrying the load.”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune (Sunday): Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama: “Hawks might move down to get Hightower, but he fills a need and will be the team’s quarterback on defense for the next 10 years.”
Peter King at SI.com (Friday): Ingram. “(Should pick: Mark Barron, S, Alabama). One note: Seattle will take Ryan Tannehill if he’s there at 12. Write it down. If he’s not, Ingram is the kind of versatile rush guy Pete Carroll could use both outside and inside; he had 25 tackles behind the line in 2011. Barron? Even with the Seahawks’ terrific secondary, his addition would mean Carroll could play three thumping safeties on every down but first.”
Chad Reuter at NFL.com (Friday): Ingram. “Improving the team’s pass rush is a priority, and Pete Carroll might momentarily suspend his penchant for long defenders to bring in a playmaker like Ingram.”
Peter Schrager at FoxSports.com (Friday), who mocks the first three rounds: Ingram. “I look at Melvin Ingram and see the next Alson Smith. That’s a good thing. In Pete Carroll’s 4-3 defense, Ingram can line up at either outside linebacker or defensive end and rush the quarterback. He was the star of Senior Bowl week down in Mobile and has impressed scouts in workouts and interviews. He’s a smart kid who can get to the quarterback. Great fit for Seattle.” Second round: Peter Konz, OG/C, Wisconsin. Third round: James Michael-Johnson, LB, Nevada.