Is this real life? (A too-early mock, 3 rounds)

Maelstrom787

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Paul rudd look at us

What a stupidly good year. Seattle, in what most of us thought would be a throwaway year, is in the playoff hunt. Pete and Co. have done it again - we gave up, they approached it with the same mindset as they always do. "We like our squad and we're going for it."

Despite this, Seattle is STILL SITTING IN TANK TERRITORY with a top-5 pick from the Donkeys and their loaded diaper at quarterback... without having to tank themselves!

This draft is going to determine a lot of the future for this team. Once again, a blue chip pick. Let's look at what they might end up doing.


Round 1, Pick 3: Will Anderson, Edge/OLB, Alabama

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Cool! Seattle gets a guy no one thought they could. (Sorry @Chevy - do feel free to contend my thoughts, I know you're down on him.)

While Will doesn't appear to be the "generational" prospect 2021 led us to believe he'd be, he's still a very well-rounded edge who plays with grit. He sets a proper edge and can win with different moves when rushing the passer, while still being a versatile guy on the edge. Will plays with attitude and doesn't appear to really have motor concerns, which is nice. He's got the production - 2021 was better than 2022, but he's still a blue chip prospect with obvious capability. Some are down on him, but I'd contend that's based more on the expectation he set with his nutso 17.5 sack 2021 campaign.

Seattle is hurting on the edge as well as on the interior, so this is the prime spot for a player to help them build an identity in the trenches.


Jalen Carter would also be an option here, but I have him and a quarterback going before third overall in this scenario.


Round 1, Pick 20: JL Skinner, SS, Boise State

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Another cool prospect, but I am not sure Seattle would sink a first into a safety. They still believe in Jamal I think, and I do too when considering Jamal the player - but his injury history is becoming undeniable. Jamal plays with his hair on fire, he hits well, and he's not bad in coverage like many think but I can't imagine him stringing together healthy seasons after this. The claiming of Abram hints at their desire to get a hitter in the defensive backfield. Abram has bounced a lot, so my money is not on him suddenly becoming a solution - obviously, this pick isn't made if Abram puts it together here.

JL is an attitude pick. He's possibly the best hitter in college football and absolutely oozes "it factor." Plays like a grown man among boys. I cannot imagine Pete is happy with facets of his defense - namely, their lack of the big d*** energy like our boy JL has here. The man lays lumber with reckless disregard for the lives of opposing players.

They need a hitter. They need a tone-setter. They can't rely on Josh Jones. JL is the tone setter in this draft. It all makes sense. (20 overall is a little rich. This could be after a minor trade down.)



Round 2, Pick 34: Rashee Rice, WR, SMU

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Seattle is going to find themselves in a precarious spot should they not be able to figure out the receiver room outside of DK. Lockett is aging and likely doesn't have much time left, so his replacement needs to be found preemptively. Dee Eskridge is trending bust, and Marquise Goodwin (while being surprisingly good) is a journeyman. They need to get not just immediate help at WR3, but a successor to Lockett to be the guy across from DK for years to come.

Rashee Rice might be my favorite receiver in the entire draft. He has game-breaking ability and is the leading receiver in the nation this year in receiving yards. He's going to test amazingly, and probably will go in the first if he trends the way I think he will. Strong, authoritative hands with good routes, great speed, and the ability to make tough catches look effortless. His body control stands out to me ala Garrett Wilson in 2022. His highlights are some of the best available to watch.



Round 2, Pick 51: Sedrick Van Pran, OC, Georgia

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Seattle hasn't shown any hesitancy toward spending capital on the OL... other than at center. That makes this pick questionable as to how realistic it is, but Van Pran is their kind of guy I would think. He moves well, he's adept at walling off blockers in the run game, he's intelligent, he's got an NFL body, he's savvy, and he's hella experienced against good competition with that SEC resume. Good footwork, good first step.. Dickerson will like that.

They like to plug and play veteran guys at this spot, but it might be time to shore the spot up for a while with their own draft pick.



Round 3, Pick 83: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

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Who doesn't love local talent?

Michael Penix Jr. rattled off a Heisman-worthy season for the Huskies, showing off a live arm that can make every throw at the next level. With his injury history and age, he may actually fall into the second half of day 2. Plus, he's a lefty, which likely carries a bit of a penalty on his stock for better or worse even if its just an irrational bias. Pete has worked with lefty QBs before (Leinart) and they brought Levi Lewis in as a UDFA, so I don't know if Seattle would hold any bias like that.

Penix probably doesn't start immediately as I think they bring Geno back, but I don't think John Schneider was blowing smoke when he claimed he wanted to get back to selecting quarterbacks more often in the draft - and Penix is just the kind of guy he'd enjoy. Seattle has had some success with mid-round quarterbacks who are driven to exceed expectations... I think they hit up the same playbook here should Penix be available.

Penix just makes sense. In more ways than one.



Alright, let me know what you think, chaps. This mock is mostly things I hope they'd do, rather than my guess at exactly what they'd do. I think they'll look for IDL help in this draft, but this kind of slate remains a possibility regardless. An exciting draft season awaits - so many things they could do, and so many picks with which to do 'em.

The trend I'm going for is simply "get some damn attitude back," particularly on defense. It's time to set the tone of this next era of Seahawk ball.
 
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Some thoughts on the picks. Depending on the Hawks grade on the tier 1 DL ( Carter, Anderson, Murphy) compared to the lower tier 50/50 chance they trade down the high pick and would net at least three 1st rd picks And possibly target Jared Verse who might be better

I like JL Skinner but if his top ability is hitting that gets you into trouble in todays NFL. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Hawks try some 3 safety sets which is becoming more popular. Abrams was picked up due to low risk I am not expecting much from him

There will be some surprises in the draft for the Hawks that people will scratch their heads about that will be great SPARQ athletes such as Woolen. Hopefully they will get a good 0 tech NT to help protect the LBs in inside runs, situational pass rushers and a good north/south running RB
 

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I would be happy with this draft. I do like Will Anderson, just not as much as everyone else on Earth likes him. : )

I love Skinner. Hard hitting safeties are usually the guys that set the tone on defense. IMO he is at worst a 2nd round prospect, I think a good combine could push up to the mid-1 to late 1st round. I'm torn because as much as I like Skinner, I think FS is more of a need than SS. Diggs needs to be cut or traded after this season.

The 2nd round looks to be the sweet spot to draft WRs and interior offensive lineman. I watched Rashee Rice's highlights I'm kind of neutral on him as a 2nd round prospect. He got a Senior Bowl invite, so I'll keep an eye on him during the one-on-one practices.

OC Sedrick Van Pran, for me, is 1st round prospect. But if SVP is there in the 2nd round, then I would hope we would take him. He would probably be the best player available if he is still sitting there in the 2nd round. I think he is going to have a great combine, for an offensive lineman. He looks like a much better athlete than pretty much all the other offensive lineman, except maybe his teammate LT Broderick Jones.

Penix in the 3rd round would be perfect. I know not everyone is on the Penix bandwagon, but I am. I want us to re-sign Geno; having Penix on the team would be a good hedge if Geno ends up being a one-year wonder.
 
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Here is Rashee Rice's highlights...



More info on him, he is 6'2" 203 lbs.
 
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God damn it.

I had a feeling that'd happen after hearing stuff the past few days.
 

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I still like the rest of this draft sans Penix. I would prefer Carter but, I can see the Bears snatching him up.

Good stuff Mael.
 

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Unfortunately I think Denver's going to win another game or two before the season's over. Also unfortunately I don't think Chicago's going to win anymore games, their schedule is brutal down the stretch.

This combo might put us more into the 5-6th pick range, and not the 2nd or 3rd in order to get Carter or Anderson. But Tyree Wilson or Myles Murphy are no consolation prizes either.
 

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safety in the 1st? idk. maybe. with the front 7 woes and interior OL badly needing upgraded, i can't see a safety as their top priority entering the draft. but PC/JS will have to infuse the safety position with talent sooner than later. quandre is a liability in run defense and his skills are deteriorating in coverage as well 📉. really shouldn't have re-signed quandre last offseason. oh well. and JA? he's a 1 trick pony that can't stay on the field. at this point he's best suited as a situational blitzer/run defender than a true every-down safety.
 

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I'm not sure if this would be a fantasy, but if it ends up being real life...Pete and John will look like wizards.

AWESOMEDRAFT

WIZARDS.
 

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I think they need that stud center.. in the middle of their new found stud tackles.. someone who can be one on one or help either guard if the situation warrents it.
 

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I'd go with

1. Will Anderson DE
1. Jarrett Patterson Center
2. Bryan Bresee DT
2. O'Cyrus Torrence Guard
3. I'd go with best LB.
 

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Um... Try be more realistic.
I know, but to be fair this is an actual simulator I did right before I posted it, with no forced trades to get my way. These are the trades I made to get the results of my above post, and luck/chance took care of the rest.

Trade 1Trade 2
 

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Maelstorm said:
Cool! Seattle gets a guy no one thought they could. (Sorry @Chevy - do feel free to contend my thoughts, I know you're down on him.)

Lots of people thought we could get Anderson, just not via the route it has been taking.
 

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Unfortunately I think Denver's going to win another game or two before the season's over. Also unfortunately I don't think Chicago's going to win anymore games, their schedule is brutal down the stretch.

This combo might put us more into the 5-6th pick range, and not the 2nd or 3rd in order to get Carter or Anderson. But Tyree Wilson or Myles Murphy are no consolation prizes either.
Bears are capable of beating the Lions, but even if they lose all remaining games, it is still possible that he trades down, leaving Carter available to Seahawks. It depends on how much the potential trade partners value the QBs not drafted by the Texans. It’s a big price to pay for an “iffy” QB prospect. Trubisky, Lance should be fresh in mind. It’s great if you “hit”, but the franchise suffers for years if you miss.

We Bears fans have decades of experience prior to Fields!
 

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Bears are capable of beating the Lions, but even if they lose all remaining games, it is still possible that he trades down, leaving Carter available to Seahawks. It depends on how much the potential trade partners value the QBs not drafted by the Texans. It’s a big price to pay for an “iffy” QB prospect. Trubisky, Lance should be fresh in mind. It’s great if you “hit”, but the franchise suffers for years if you miss.

We Bears fans have decades of experience prior to Fields!

Bears also need defensive difference makers, so I can't see why they'd trade down if a generation game wrecker like Carter is sitting at 2.

But like I said I'd be happy with Carter or Anderson.
 
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