Most Seattle Seahawks fans know that the pressing need for a pass rusher, a linebacker, and offensive line depth are at the top of the list in the first round but what we don’t know is who the Seahawks actually like. Luke Kuechly, the inside linebacker out of Boston College, is probably the most popular pick among mock drafts out there.
The Panthers (9th overall) and Chiefs (11th overall) are both rumored have interest in Kuechly as well. Quentin Coples, the pass rushing defensive end out of North Carolina is also on the Seahawks radar. However, the Jaguars (7th), Dolphins (8th), and Panthers also have the pressing need for a pass rusher. Melvin Ingram, the short-armed Outside Linebacker out of South Carolina, has the interest of all the same teams as well.
So what direction do the Seahawks go if Ingram, Coples and Kuechly are gone by the time the Seahawks pick at 12? If Riley Rieff out of Iowa falls to 12, then the Seahawks would have to take a long look. Reiff would more than likely be an upgrade at Right Tackle over James Carpenter and would allow for Carpenter to move inside to guard where his future may be brighter. Another Offensive Line possibility would be going with the best Guard in the Draft, David DeCastro out of Stanford. The problem with selecting DeCastro at No. 12 is that guards can be easy to find and aren’t drafted that high usually.
At Wide Receiver, Michael Floyd out of Notre Dame could be an intriguing option. Yes, the Seahawks already have a lot of options at that spot but Floyd could offer an upgrade over most of them. Deon Butler, Ben Obomanu, and Kris Durham are all guys that wouldn’t be missed if they fell off the depth chart. At outside linebacker, Courtney Upshaw out of Alabama could start Day one, and would hopefully put to rest any memory of the drafting of Aaron Curry.
Finally, Dont’a Hightower the Inside Linebacker out of Alabama could possibly be the run stuffing Inside Linebacker that the Seahawks need now that the Lofa Tatupu/David Hawthorne era is over now. Most experts don’t have Hightower selected in the top 15 so if the Seahawks were to select him then they would probably be trading down to get him. Only the Seahawks front office have access to their draft board but it’s fun to speculate and analyze the many directions the team could go. Only 8 more days to go!