Since it seems everyone else is doing it, I figured I might as well take a stab at this as well. The bulk of this scenario actually came to me during a long hike in the woods with my family today. This more represents MY dream draft, though I actually could see the trade scenario end of this (or something close to it) actually come to fruition on draft day. Here is the scenario …
Now coming in to the draft, the Seahawks have signed DT Desmond Bryant and DE John Abraham. So, their biggest need being that pass rush and defensive line is already somewhat addressed. Keep that in mind here.
On draft day, Rex Ryan and the Jets use their 1st Round Pick (#9 Overall) and take Ezekiel Ansah, DE out of BYU, as Ryan and the Jets aren’t overly thrilled enough with any of the quarterback prospects to that them that high. Having scratched his defensive itch, Ryan knows that he needs to address an offense that was one of the very worst in all of football. He not only needs to upgrade the quarterback position … but he desperately needs playmakers – someone that can really light it up on the field and get Jet fans excited again. The Seahawks are on the clock at #25 … and a true difference maker in Tavon Austin is still on the board. Wanting BOTH to address the quarterback position AND afraid that:
A] either the Texans at #27 or the Patriots at #29 will snag Austin
B] E.J. Manuel will be gone by the time they draft again at #39 (probably to the Jags at #33. Matt Barkley and Geno Smith are both gone by this point.)
… John Idzek, with his inside knowledge of the Seahawks, places a call and proposes the following deal …
The Seahawks send their 1st Round Pick (#25) [720 points]
AND Matt Flynn [trade wise worth about a 4th Round Pick]
The Jets send their 2nd Round Pick (#39) [510 points]
their 3rd Round Pick (#72) [230 points]
their 4th Round Pick (#105) [84 points]
AND a conditional pick in 2014 (which on the high end could be a 3rd Rounder … and on the low end a 5th Rounder depending on Flynn’s performance)
(the 2nd and 3rd being the price for Tavon Austin … and the 4th and the Conditional Pick being the price for Flynn)
And in order to mine more from that rich deep talent pool from the middle of the draft, the Seahawks also call up the Cleveland Browns initiate a trade for the #105 Pick. Since the Hawks are fairly set at numerous positions and knowing that many of these late round picks may not make the club anyway … they trade both of their 5th Rounders and their 6th in order to jump up to #105. Cleveland, needing a lot more warm bodies to fill uniforms, jumps at the opportunity …
Point Value …
4(105) 84 points
5(133) 39.5 points
5(153) 30.2 points
6(186) 17 points
The Seahawks then drafts the following with these picks …
2(39) – OLB Khaseem Greene(6’1 245 pounds) Rutgers
2(56) – DE Margus Hunt (6’8” 277 pounds) Southern Methodist
3(72) – QB Matt Scott (6’2” 213 pounds) Arizona
3(87) -- WR Da’Rick Rogers (6’3” 217 pounds) Tennessee Tech
4(103) – TE Jordan Reed (6’3” 236 pounds) Florida
4(105) – DT Montori Hughes (6’4” 329 pounds) Tennessee-Martin
4(122) – CB Terry Hawthorne (6’0” 195 pounds) Illinois
7(200) -- WR Courtney Gardner (6’3” 220 pounds) Sierra College
7(206) – OT Alex Hurst (6’6” 332 pounds) LSU
7(217) – RB – Rayon Simmons (5’9” 223 pounds) Winona State
2nd Round ...
The Seahawks badly need an upgrade at the WILL. They were burned last season in coverage related to that area and are thrilled to death to add a guy in Khaseem Greene who is not only a tackling machine … but is also someone who has played defensive back in the past. His leadership, his tireless work ethic, and his intangibles just scream, “Seahawk”. Even after signing John Abraham, the Seahawks are still needing youth and in the defensive line. Pete Carroll can’t help being the boy who pilfers from the cookie jar with the selection of Margus Hunt, as he is exactly the kind of athletic freak of nature that Pete covets and is someone with a little coaching who can potentially be that dominant presence there once Abraham and Clemons are gone.
3rd Round ...
In Matt Scott, the Seahawks get a QB whose skillset fits their system a little better than Matt Flynn’s and is a little friendlier on their cap. As he was rising up draft boards, he wouldn’t have lasted much longer. Off field concerns cause Da’Rick Rogers’ stock to fall on draft day … and Pete Carroll says, “Thank you very much” at #87. With his size and speed, Rogers looks the part of a Hakeem Nicks/Julio Jones clone. Rogers is a guy that has Pete Carroll written all over him. Carroll once again runs where others fear to tread.
4th Round ...
John Schneider and Pete Carroll can’t help being like giddy school girls after their fortunes in the 4th Round. Last season, Seattle brought in Kellen Winslow with the idea of pairing him with Zack Miller at that Joker TE spot. Now here at the top of the 4th Round, they are able to pluck Jordan Reed out of Florida to help fill that role. They will be eager to see if those comparisons to Aaron Hernandez can truly come to fruition. Two picks later, Montori Hughes is the guy at #105 – the pick they obtained from Cleveland. Once again, Carroll and Schneider take a chance on who was once dismissed from Tennessee. With a powerful body and an ability to collapse the pocket back in to the QB, Hughes is a steal here. To close out the 4th Round, the Hawks next tab CB Terry Hawthrorne, whose stock looks to be on the rise after his performance in the East-West Shrine game. A 6’0” 195 pound corner with 4.4 speed, excellent backpedal, and good hip swivel for a corner his size, he looks ideally suited for that nickel corner role.
7th Round ...
At the top of the 7th Round, Schneider throws down what could be an ace in the hole in WR Courtney Gardner out of Sierra College. With freakish size and insane speed, Gardner could be exactly the kind of player that the Hawks would earmark with an eye towards a potential special teams standout, an electric kick/punt returner, and (given a couple of years) that eventual downfield threat that makes CB’s back off. Alex Hurst has the ideal size, strength, and arm length to play Right Tackle. He definitely has his weaknesses, but is very much the kind of road grater that Tom Cable likes. Lastly, Schneider and company reach down to pluck a small school RB in Rayon Simmons out of Winona State. Though a short back, Simmons is a short, powerful 1 cut RB with 4.67 speed who hits the hole quickly, has good change of direction ability, and can avoid and break tackles. Is the kind of diamond in the rough kind of player that you take a chance on at this point in the draft. When all is said and done, Schneider and Carroll have to see the team doctor after High Fiving and Chest Bumping for a solid hour.
How’s all that treat you?