Have you heard, the first round of the NFL Draft is tomorrow?
There’s no questioning that fact when you start looking at the avalanche of new mock drafts out today and also yesterday. Here’s a sampling of 12 mocks, and they project five different players to the Seahawks with the 12th pick in tomorrow’s first round: Melvin Ingram (four), Quinton Coples (three), Chandler Jones (two), Dontari Poe (two) and David DeCastro (one).
That’s 11 defensive players (Ingram, Coples, Jones and Poe) and an offensive guard (DeCastro).
Here’s what everyone has to say, and who they picked:
Mike Mayock at the NFL Network: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina. His analysis will be provided on the network’s pre-draft show at 5 p.m.
Don Banks at SI.com: Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina. “The pass rush and linebacking help is where the need is the greatest in Seattle, and Ingram would address and upgrade both areas. But I could also see Seattle vacating this slot, trading down with a team eager to come up to get Michael Floyd, Michael Brockers or Mark Barron.”
Scouts Inc. at ESPN.com has a seven-round mock. It’s an Insider feature, so requires a fee. But here are their picks for the Seahawks:
First round: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
Second round: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
Third round: Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (Ohio)
Fourth round: Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
Sixth round: Eddie Pleasant, S, Oregon
Seventh round: Najee Goode, ILB, West Virginia
Mel Kiper Jr., also at ESPN.com and also an Insider feature: Jones. “The Seahawks need a pass-rusher, and I really like the fit. Pete Carroll can use a player with Jones’ length and athleticism in a “Leo” role, and create an added dimension to the rush. The Seahawks will have built a pretty formidable defense if they can add a final piece or two up front. Jones makes sense here.”
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com (yesterday): Coples. “He can play outside, but also move inside on third down.”
Clark Judge at CBSSports.com (yesterday): Ingram. “One of the top pass rushers on the board. Pete Carroll won’t be able to resist.”
Will Brinson at CBSSports.com (yesterday): Ingram. “Pete Carroll considers Quinton Coples here, but Ingram gives him all kinds of versatility as a pass rusher who can line up in nearly any position and get after the quarterback.”
Charley Casserly at NFL.com: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis: “Pete Carroll will love his size and speed.”
Mike Lombardi at NFL.com: Coples. “Too big, too fast, too perfect for the Seahawks’ front.”
Charles Davis at NFL.com (yesterday): Poe. “Vast potential, meet Pete Carroll and his boundless enthusiasm, optimism and coaching acumen. If this physical freak reaches his ceiling … look out.”
Mike Tanier of Shutdown Corner at YahooSports.com: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford. “The Seahawks have invested heavily in offensive linemen in free agency, but when you come home from the grocery story with Deuce Lutui and Frank Omiyale in your bag, it is time to head to the farmer’s market in search of something fresh. DeCastro, James Carpenter (if he returns from an ACL injury) and Russell Okung could form the nucleus of an excellent young offensive line.”
Peter Schrager at FoxSports.com also a seven-rounder: Ingram. “I look at Melvin Ingram and see the next Aldon Smith. That’s a good thing. In Pete Carroll’s 4-3, Ingram can line up at either OLB 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: Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State
Third round: James Michael-Johnson, LB, Nevada
Fourth round: Keenan Robinson, LB Texas
Sixth round: Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
Seventh round: Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
Pro Football Weekly correspondent mock: Ingram. “The Seahawks can go several ways with this pick because of what they’ve been able to accomplish in free agency. But the one “need” item left on Pete Carroll’s list is improving the edge pass rush and adding depth at linebacker. Ingram could scratch both itches, complementing sack leader Chris Clemons in the nickel and eventually replacing him at the “Leo” spot in Carroll’s defense.”