The Seahawks are still the top team in the NFL which means that they are projected to have the last pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Fansided has compiled their weekly Mock Draft and it’s time to take a look at the projections for Week 16.
Last week, Fansided said that the Seahawks should select Jordan Matthews, a wide receiver from Vanderbilt with the No. 32 pick in the draft. The previous week, Fansided argued that the Seahawks should take Ra’Shede Hageman, a defensive tackle from Minnesota.
This week, Fansided finally understood that the biggest weakness on the Seahawks is the offensive line.
With the No. 32 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, according to Fansided, the Seattle Seahawks would select Gabe Jackson, offensive guard, Mississippi State.
Peter Smith at Fansided’s “With the First Pick” said:
With the way they love to run the football, Jackson would provide them a mauler who is terrific in pass protection. He could play the left guard spot and allow them to run downhill with Marshawn Lynch and their collection of big backs, which should only make Russell Wilson more effective on play action.
Jackson is a beast at the guard position. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds, he was an Honorable Mention All-American by Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Weekly, according to his bio on hailstate.com.
He started all 39 of his games at Mississippi State at the left guard position. The No. 1 person on the Seahawks depth chart at that position is currently Paul McQuistan.
Playing next to Russell Okung on the left side would keep Russell Wilson’s blind side well-protected. Additionally, it might help keep Wilson in the pocket to make more precision-passes rather than forcing him to scramble out of trouble.
An offensive lineman seems like the most reasonable addition to the Seahawks in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Another week has gone by and the Seahawks still have one of the best records in the NFL. That being said, it’s time to look at Fansided’s updated Mock Draft for Week 15.
Last week, Fansided argued that the Seahawks should draft Ra’Shede Hageman, a defensive tackle out of Minnesota with the No. 32 pick in the Draft.
I posted a poll asking for your opinion of who the Seahawks should go for in the draft and only nine percent of you said a defensive lineman. Of the 365 readers who responded, 72 percent said the Seahawks should draft an offensive lineman.
Did Fansided agree?
Not exactly. This week, they believe that with the No. 32 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks would select Jordan Matthews, wide receiver, Vanderbilt.
Matthews finished the 2013 season with 107 receptions for 1,334 yards and five touchdowns. He had more than 100 yards receiving in eight of the 12 games he played in his senior season.
A four-year college player, Matthews posted 257 catches for more than 3,600 yards and 22 touchdowns in his career at Vanderbilt.
Listed at 6-foot-3, 206 pounds, he would be the tallest receiver on the Seahawks roster, if drafted.
To defend the selection, Fansided said:
I think Seattle could look a number of directions with this picks, but I’ll take the flashy route here, giving them a top WR prospect to go along with Percy Harvin and Golden Tate. They have some guys like Doug Baldwin who can occasionally contribute, but Matthews could develop into a top of the line starter.
As much as I think a wide receiver would be a brighter green light than a defensive lineman, I still believe that an offensive lineman is the Seahawks biggest need.Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
The Seahawks released the numbers for rookie camp and beyond (at least for now, as they could be changed before the regular season begins). Four of the guys have the same number as they did in college, Christine Michael, Ryan Seymore, Luke Willson and Ray Polk got their college numbers.
Interesting Notes: Spencer Ware of LSU is indeed listed as a fullback and UFDA linebacker Craig Wilkins of Old Dominion had the number 12 in college and of course could not wear the number retired for the 12th Man.
#33 – RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M (College #33)
#97 – DT Jordan Hill, Penn State (College #47)
#17 – WR Chris Harper, Kansas State (College #3)
#90 – DT Jesse Williams, Alabama (College #54)
#34 – CB Tharold Simon, LSU (College #24)
#82 – TE Luke Willson, Rice (College #82)
#44 – FB Spencer Ware, LSU (College #11)
#62 – G Ryan Seymour, Vanderbilt (College #62)
#58 – LB Ty Powell, Harding (College #9)
#66 – G Jared Smith, New Hampshire (College #90)
#73 – T Michael Bowie, Northeastern State (College #61)
Undrafted rookie free agents:
#2 – WR Matt Austin, Utah State (College #4)
#78 – T Alvin Bailey, Arkansas (College #67)
#93 – DE Kenneth Boatright, Southern Illonois (College #54)
#47 – LB Ramon Buchanan, Miami (College #45)
#46 – LB John Lotulelei, UNLV (College #55)
#7 – SS Ray Polk, Colorado (College #7)
#65 – G Jordon Roussos, Bowling Green (College #73)
#38 – RB Dominique Whaley, Oklahoma (College #8)
#45 – LB Craig Wilkins, Old Dominion (College #12)
The NFC West was considered one of, if not the best division in all of the National Football League before the 2013 draft and they took significant steps forward once the draft started as well. In this series we’ll look at some winners and losers throughout the division from the 2013 NFL Draft.
A decisive winner in this draft is one Mr. Sam Bradford, the quarterback of the St. Louis Rams. He wins on a lot of levels and for a lot of reasons. After losing Steven Jackson and Brandon Gibson in free agency, the quarterback was starring down the barrel of a decisively less loaded gun going into last weekend but I bet he busted a move similar to any number number of touchdown dances he has been concocting after the 4th round pick of offensive guard Barrett Jones, the 6’4″, 306 pound hogmollie out of Alabama. He just couldn’t help himself, is what I’m thinking.
The Rams had already drafted the record setting, West Virginia combo of Tavon Austin and Steadman Bailey the first two nights, which had to have put Bradford into a comfortable coma for the first time since the end of the season. Then he wakes up and the Rams staff secures his offensive line with a well known name from an elite college program. A line, by the way, that was already bolstered by the free agency acquisition of Chris Long at the left tackle spot.
Not to be forgotten is the additional pickup of tight end Jared Cook via free agency and the return of receivers Austin Pettis, Brian Quick and Chris Givens. The Rams offense is a different monster and will be a completely new challenge for defensive coordinators around the league and especially in the conference. Here’s a link to a good article on the new Rams’ identity by Ramblin’ Fan.