The draft is far away and both Seattle's needs and the 1st round draft board are far from settled at this point. That said, if the draft were tomorrow, who (or what position) would you predict Seattle drafts in round one? For the sake of this thread, assume that Seattle picks between 15th and 25th overall. Please provide an explanation (brief or otherwise) explaining your logic. This is not about who you want to pick, but about who you realistically think could be PC/JS's choice.
I predict that Seattle will draft a versatile defensive player that can man outside linebacker but also provide pass rush. It would be preferable if this player had size plus speed and could play the LEO if needed. A good example of this from last year's draft would have been Shea McClellin who went 19th overall (and was pretty high on John Schneider's draft board, fwiw). On a team that is so well stocked with talent all over the field, the closest thing we have to a true need is finding a replacement for Leroy Hill, who might be playing his final Seahawks season.
This year, there are three excellent candidates for that role in the first round: Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree, and Dion Jordan.
Jarvis Jones will likely be this year's Von Miller in terms of draft stock, so he's probably a pipe dream for us.
Ogletree is an OLB who's played in both the 3-4 and 4-3, and outside of Aaron Curry it's very rare to see those types of players going in the top 10 so I think he's got an excellent chance to reach our pick. Ogletree is a bit like Zach Brown last year but a much better natural football player. He's got good arm use and speed plus power as a pass rusher, which indicates he might be worth trying at LEO when Clemons is done. He's also got the speed/athleticism to play a Kam Chancellor type role. He's big, he's fast, he's smart, he plays hard, and he's versatile in all the right ways for Pete Carroll.
Dion Jordan is versatile but odd. He looks and moves like a big TE/WR tweener, but plays defense. I don't buy him as a top 10 pick as a DE. He has edge speed and long arms but not much else, and his long legs really hurt his short area quickness- which is of major importance for NFL pass rushers. However, Jordan has shown talent in press coverage and has the tools to be an intriguing LB/DB hybrid. His style of athleticism would serve him well as a blitzing LB. I could easily see Pete Carroll drooling over a player like Jordan as the swiss army knife of his defense. A player like Jordan could find use in almost any defensive package, and that's a big plus as Carroll is very substitution heavy.
Officially, I'd predict Dion Jordan. He's such a weird but interesting player with extraordinary size and speed. His ability to fill a variety of roles on defense makes him a safer pick. If Dion Jordan isn't available, I'd keep a close eye on Ogletree.