I told you think was going to become a weekly feature for Tuesdays, did I not? This week, we’ll take a look at this draft which is featured currently on Fansided.com.
This draft, like many others, has the Seahawks taking a WR. I like the idea of the Seahawks taking a WR early, but I don’t think it’ll happen. Do the Seahawks need an early round WR to improve the offense? Yes, I think they do. But I also think that Pete Carroll loves his defense, and will use the first round pick on a DT.
Lets get to the pick:
23. Seattle Seahawks – Keenan Allen – WR/California
Seattle is one of those teams on the cusp and is in what is shaping up to be the next great division in the NFC. But if they want to compete they need a true No. 1 receiver and that’s Keenan Allen. He’s tall, he’s productive and the only reason his stock isn’t higher is because he’s on an awful team. But if he can put up big numbers on a bad Cal team, Seahawks fans (and Russell Wilson) will love him in Seattle.
If this actually happens I will be seen doing backflips for a month. Getting Allen, at this point in the draft, would be such a draft steal that I can’t even describe it. Allen is the best WR in the draft. Period. He’s a true #1 receiver.
Getting a guy like Allen would mean amazing things to the Seahawks. Teams could no longer stack the line to stop Lynch. Sydney Rice would almost never see a double team. Wilson would have a guy who would be open on almost every play. Even the TE would be better, since they’d be covered by LBs more (and safeties less) since the S would be needed to double team Allen.
But alas, it wont happen. Allen dropping outside the top 10 isn’t likely. Dropping outside the top 20 would be a complete miracle.
I think it’s pretty obvious that wide receiver is going to be the biggest hole that needs filled in the offseason. The Seahawks could use 2-3 new players at the position. At least one of those players needs to a major difference maker on the outside; something the Seahawks haven’t had since Joey Galloway.
Here’s is my rankings for the position, at least for the players who I think will go in the first 2 rounds. It’s a deep group, with a ton of talent, making trading up into the top 10 to get the best guy less of a concern than in most drafts.
1) Keenan Allen – 6-3, 205 – Cal
Allen is a natural playmaker, with great size and body control, and decent speed. Watching his tape, he reminds me so much Houston’s Andre Johnson. He’s the type of player who will quietly have 1000 yards receiving year after year after year.
2) Robert Woods – 6-1, 180 – USC
I’m higher on woods than some draft pundits. He’s playing hurt right now with an ankle injury, so I’m mostly using my notes from 2011 for my evaluation here. He’s got great speed and athleticism, and very soft hands. He’s not as dynamic as Allen, and his ankle problems are a concern, but Woods is a certain first round pick who would upgrade almost any WR corps in the NFL.
3) Justin Hunter – 6-4, 200 – Tennessee
Hunter looked like an absolutely special receiver a year ago, but a knee injury that cost him most of his 2011 season has also cost him some of his speed and athleticism. He’s a borderline first round pick now, and he will likely get some of that burst back before next season. I expect him to be drafted in the early 20s at this point.
4) Marquess Wilson – 6-3, 188 – Washington State
Wilson isn’t the deep threat the players above him on this list are, but he’s still a big time prospect. He runs great routes for a player of his size, and has great body control in the air. I’ve seen some Larry Fitzgerald comparisons (he’s not that good. No one is. But he’s te same type of player) so you know that he’s making an impression.
5) Terrance Williams – 6-2, 205 – Baylor
Williams is the fastes receiver on this list. He is a down field receiver who can stretch a defense. He’s not as good in and out of his routes though, which might limit his productivity in terms of total catches at he next level, but his speed will force CBs to play off of him which could mitigate that deficiency. Williams should be available early in round 2, and should be a great value there.
6) DeAndre Hopkins – 6-1, 200 – Clemson
Doesn’t have the best speed, but he’s got great hands and a huge catch radius. More of a “possession” receiver compared to the others on this list. Seahawk fans can think of him as a Sydney Rice clone. While he’s a good player, he’s probably not someone who the Seahawks will be looking at because he mimics, rather than complements, the players they already have.
7) Da’Rick Rodgers – 6-3, 206 – Tennessee State
He a big, strong, physical receiver with good speed. Seen a few Julio Jones comparisons, which seems to be accurate. Hands are also a concern at this point. Rodgers would be higher on this list, but his suspension from Tennessee, and subsequent transfer to Tennessee State, raises a lot of red flags about his off field character.
8) Tavon Austin – 5-9, 172 – West Virginia
He’s got good speed, but not the type that Deshawn Jackson has (whom he’s often compared to). I thin he’ll be a great return man, and a solid 3rd receiver (think Devin Hester). Austin isn’t likely to be considered by the Seahawks because of his lack of size. He’d be good value if taken later in the draft, but I think he’ll go high enough that the Seahawks wont be in play.