Found March 23, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
 The Seattle Seahawks select…

The Seattle Seahawks are off to quite a start in free agency. They went straight to work to address some of their team needs, acquiring some of their own free agents and adding another 3 in free agency. These moves reflected where they felt their biggest weaknesses lie and I believe they will continue to work on those needs further.

By inquiring about certain players and acquiring others, the Seahawks are looking like they mean business. While they can’t fill all their needs through Free Agency, they can address what’s left in the 2012 NFL Draft.

That’s where I come in. I am going to predict with pinpoint accuracy (sarcasm) the Seahawks choices in this year’s NFL Draft. Each of my choices are linked to a YouTube video of some of their highlights. I apologize for some of the music selections in advance.

Here is my Seattle Seahawks 2012 Mock Draft – Version 2.0

Round 1

Whitney Mercilus – DE/OLB – Illinois

Mercilus hasn’t cracked the top 15 in a lot of mock drafts, but let me tell you why he’s in mine. The Seahawks are looking for a pass rushing DE to pair with Chris Clemons on passing downs. They were inadequate a year ago in getting pressure on the quarterback and in sacks. Mercilus led the NCAA in sacks in 2011/12.

He is big, but fast and can blow past the end of the offensive line like nothing. He can obviously get his share of pressure and sacks on the QB, so why not let him continue for the Seahawks in the big league?

 Seattle Seahawks 2012 Mock Draft – Version 2.0

With the 12th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select Whitney Mercilus

Alternate: Andre Branch – DE – Clemson

Andre Branch is an absolute monster. He is extremely fast for a DE and is just vicious when he gets to his target. Ask Virginia Tech last season how hard he hits. He destroyed half their offensive skill players.

Round 2

Zach Brown – OLB – North Carolina

Brown was a steady piece of the North Carolina defense. He is fast, has some size to him and can hit like a truck. He would compliment the Seahawks defense by completely fitting the profile of what Pete Carroll and John Schneider are looking for.

Receivers wouldn’t have to avoid one certain guy as the whole defense can keep up and knock the ball loose.

Alternate: Ronnell Lewis – DE/OLB – Oklahoma

Ronnell Lewis is listed as a DE/OLB but he played his best and majority of his time as a pass rushing LB for the Oklahoma defense. Being a hybrid player helps his chances in a big way, but also shows his many strengths.

Round 3

Chris Polk – RB – Washington

Despite my love for the Washington Huskies and this guy, Chris Polk really IS a perfect compliment to go with Marshawn Lynch. He his built like a tiny brick house on wheels. He delivers hits harder than half the defense is capable of. He has exceptional hands and can receive well out of the backfield.

And while he’s not the fastest out there, he IS fast and has quick bursts when necessary, especially when he sees a new hole open up and he cuts to it.

I nicknamed him early in the fall last year: Baby Beast Mode. How perfect would that be?

Alternate: LaMichael James – RB – Oregon

Like I always say, it absolutely pains me to choose a Duck. My hatred for them grows deep, but I’m not blind. LaMichael James can flat out fly. And his track speed mixed with Lynch’s power can be the ultimate 1-2 punch in the Seahawks backfield.

Round 4

Brandon Mosley – OT – Auburn

The Seahawks have re-signed their fill-in guys this year and brought in Frank Omiyale. One more player would give them the depth to field a whole starting-quality second line. This guy works harder than most and enjoys hitting people.

Offensive lineman videos are hard to come by, so interviews will have to do in their case.

Alternate: Senio Kelemete – OG – Washington

Kelemete’s a little rough around the edges, but his size, strength, and speed could work to his advantage in a line like Seattle’s.

RussellWilson Seattle Seahawks 2012 Mock Draft – Version 2.0

Russell Wilson could be the QB gem in the draft the Seahawks are looking for

Round 6

Russell Wilson – QB – Wisconsin

Wilson is a freak of an athlete. He has a good enough arm to sling the ball downfield on the run, he has the strength to stand in the pocket and throw a bomb downfield, and he has the ability to outrun defenders. His quickness is a big part of his upside as he looks like a running back when he tucks the ball and takes off.

Alternate: Ryan Lindley – QB – San Diego St.

Lindley has good accuracy, can lead his receivers and has a semi-strong arm. With some work, he could be a future starter. He doesn’t seem to be overly agile, but his legs have made some plays.

Round 7

Brandon Lindsey – OLB – Pitt

Brandon Lindsey is a beast. He lines up a lot as a standing DE and breaks through the offensive line and gets pressure on the quarterback more often than not. If he doesn’t get to the quarterback, he stays close. He’s got an awesome first name, too.

He also has no problem peeling off his pass rush to stop a running back.

Alternate: Nigel Bradham – OLB – Florida State

A vicious linebacker. When I saw the first highlight on his highlight video, I cringed, I let out a “Wooooo!” and I immediately said he’s Kam Chancellor. His style is similar to Chancellor’s and he can pick the ball off, too. This guy flies and hits and is a ballhawk.

Round 7

Nate Potter – OT – Boise St.

He’s not the best prospect in the draft on the offensive line, but the guy broke running back Doug Martin free a lot. He doesn’t get pushed around very often and is usually the aggressor. He will definitely do the job.

Alternate: Markus Zusevics – OT – Iowa

The patented Iowa lineman has entered the mix. He’s a big guy with some agility who definitely does his job. I know Iowa as Lineman U and have faith in their product.

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1 Comment:
  • I think that LaMichael James is a better option for us than Polk. I think Polk will have more success in the NFL, but James would be an awesome third down back to eventually replace Leon Washington. His speed will have defenses on their heels after dealing with Beast Mode for the first two downs.
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