I am a little dismayed. Last year I was excited for players like Irvin, Kuechly, Upshaw, Hightower, Kendricks, David, and McClellin (as a LB). Even some of the boring prospects (Bobby Wagner) looked a lot better than the "fast" linebackers I've seen so far. Having looked at every LB that is a considered a likely top 60 pick in 2013, I am not falling in love with any of them.
Alec Ogletree is beginning to remind me of Kam Chancellor the more I watch him (hot/cold games, both are 6'3" 232 pounds, similar tackling style, similar coverage liability, Ogletree is a converted safety). There is a big difference though- Ogletree is far less physical. I don't think Seattle is looking for a downhill type at WLB, and if they are, I'd sooner move Chancellor there than burn a first on Ogletree. I think the Seahawks want a more well rounded player, ideally.
Someone like Arthur Brown. Problem is, Brown isn't very physical and doesn't have the best tape. And after these two, the options fall off fast.
Dion Jordan could make an intriguing option if Seattle views him as the league's weirdest 4-3 LB. It seems unlikely he'd reach our pick though.
Jelani Jenkins looks like a UDFA on tape. Great speed, but man, does he get pushed around. Might need to convert to safety.
Khasim Greene fits what Seattle is looking for, but I'd generously call his tape 4th round caliber. I'd probably rate at least 7 LBs from 2012 ahead of him.
Gerald Hodges is a player I really, really like, but is he fast enough? I am not sure. I'd draft him in a heartbeat in round 2 if PC thought Hodges speed is enough. Hodges reminds me of CJ Mosely.
Sean Porter is decently fast and is one of the better fast linebackers this draft. In some ways, he's a mix of Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright. Screams PC type LB.
Chase Thomas is more DE than LB, and his speed would be average at best by LB standards.
Michael Clay is awesome, but is he big enough to play LB in the NFL? Most would say no. I still like him as a strong safety convert (or maybe compete for Jeron Johnson's job). And if he Russell Wilson's his way into proving the doubters wrong about his size he'd be the ideal WLB for our defense. He's got that same "it" factor that Lavonte David had last year. David was 2 inches taller and 10 pounds heavier though, and was undersized even then.
Most of the LB's I like in this draft are more quick than fast: Tom Wort, Kiko Alonso, etc. Not sure Seattle would consider them.
Pass rushers and safeties are also a thin group. I have faith that our FO can get it done, but this year will be more of a challenge than last year for finding defense that fits our scheme. It wouldn't surprise me if Seattle goes offense in round one (excellent value for WR/ and possibly TE) or trades down before selecting defense.