kearly wrote:You know what's really crazy? I think Matt Scott in the early 3rd was my favorite pick you made. I should probably seek counseling.
Perhaps a lot of us need counseling (me included at times) if we think that a lot of the bonanza haul projections that I've seen are anywhere close to realistic. Do we honestly think that all of those prospects will really be available to the Seahawks in those spots? If we're noticing these guys, so are other teams. You know, there's a part of me that thought about joining the I-502 crowd ... but I resisted the urge to commit myself involuntarily for 72 hours ... and instead tried put together what I thought could be a more realistic scenario.
I started by asking myself, "If the Seahawks were to trade DOWN from #25 ... and use some of those later round picks to trade UP, what might that look like?"
Several of us have agreed that scenario is a real possibility, so I tried to target players that I honestly felt met needs AND that I felt honestly would be there in the given slots.
Now again -- I want to stress that in this instance here, the Seahawks went in to the draft having already signed John Abraham and Desmond Bryant. So, defensive line has already been somewhat addressed -- keep that in mind.
At both #39 and #56, I was tempted to go with Corey Lemonier. The problem is that the latest projections have him possibly as a 1st Round Pick. If he's there at those spots, you bet. Otherwise, a guy like a Margus Hunt I believe could be highly tempting to the Hawks given his size and raw physical tools.
That same exact logic is the reason that I have Scott there at #72 (there is a strong possibility he won't last longer than that).
As far as Khaseem Greene is concerned, I'm wondering if we're getting a little caught up on his perceived lack of speed. He's a guy from what I've seen plays beyond his measureables -- he appears to have good instincts and diagnoses plays quickly. That right there can make up for .2 of a second easily. If Lofa Tatupu taught us anything ... it's not to get too hung up on 40 time. Aaron Curry had all of the measurables and physical talent in the world. Who was the better LB? I also like that Greene played safety -- that's a real bonus in my book. Zaviar Gooden and Sio Moore certainly to me would be considerations as well later on ... but both appear to have their warts as well (for Moore it's size and Gooden it's just that he's still fairly raw in coverage).
As far as Da'Rick Rogers is concerned, I mentioned above I debated long and hard over him vs. going with Ryan Swope at #87. Part of my thinking there was frankly the sheer size of Rogers and his excellent speed for that size. And that brought me to the 49ers. The Seahawks receivers have to go up against physical, in your face CB's in the Niners who excel at bump and run coverage. Rogers is a guy whom I could view as a real boon in going up against teams with big cover corners -- he'd be a nightmare when paired with Rice. Swope was certainly a consideration (and I really like him as well) ... I just really felt that Rogers' unique skillset doesn't come along that often (especially that late in the draft) ... and also feel that Golden Tate could also project well to the slot.
Regarding Jordan Reed -- I know that he's not 6'5" (the ideal size) ... but it's not like he's a shrimp at 6'3". Heck, Kellen Winslow was 6'4" and this guy's only 1 inch shorter. Here again, I think the tape tells the tale. Reed is a guy who has shown the ability to make guys miss in the open field (something the other TE's in this class really don't have). His 4.71 (40) is just a tick slower than Eifert -- the top rated TE in this class. He's a guy I'd be intrigued by for that Joker TE spot if he's still there in the 4th Round (and I believe he will be).
Montori Hughes -- he also appears to be moving up draft boards as well. I'd say 4th or 5th Round is about right for him to go in. Getting a guy who can collapse the pocket and play the run as well as he can at that spot? Can't believe anyone would quibble about that.
Terry Hawthorne -- he seems to me to fit that mold of the big, fast corner that Carroll and company like. Now, could there be a better fit for that nickel CB further down the board? I know that in your dream mock you pegged David Amerson in the 6th Round. Sounds great to me as well. Problem with that is ... is that I don't see any way he lasts that long. If we believe Rob Rang and the guys over at NFLDraftScout.com ... he's a 2nd Round Pick (he's #6 on their list of CB's).
As far as the 7th Rounders are concerned, I would say those are the kinds of prospects that you draft there -- guys with tools that intrigue ... but whom all have flaws of one sort or another.
I dunno, just my attempt to put together what I believe could be a realistic Trade Down scenario.