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Thursday Round-Up: Latest mocks project Xavier Su'a Filo, Kelvin Benjamin, Ryan Shazier to Seahawks
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, April 10 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
There's plenty of fresh mock drafts to browse through today and we'll start with ESPN's Todd McShay, who has released his mock draft 4.0 - a two-round projection of what will go down during May's NFL Draft. It's an Insider feature, but McShay has the Seahawks targeting UCLA offensive guard Xavier Su'a-Filo in round one at No. 32 overall. On Su'a-Filo, McShay says, "The Seahawks could use some help along their offensive line, and Su'a-Filo has a chance to be a good guard in the NFL. He has good size and quickness for the position and shows really good fight at the point of attack. I've given him a second-round grade, but I wouldn't be surprised if he sneaks into the first round here based on the fit."
And in round two, McShay sees the Seahawks using another pick to bolster their offensive line, targeting Ohio State offensive tackle Jack Mewhort at No. 64 overall. On Mewhort, McShay writes, "Mewhort would be a reach here, but the Seahawks need a right tackle and there's a big drop-off at this position after the first few go off the board. I think he'll be an overachiever in the NFL."
Eric Williams of ESPN.com analyzes McShay's picks of Xavier Su'a-Filo and Jack Mewhort to the Seahawks.
Don Banks of SI.com sees things a little bit differently than McShay and Jeremiah in his mock draft 3.0. Banks has the Seahawks going after Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin at No. 32, "With no Golden Tate or Sidney Rice to draw some of the coverage away from Percy Harvin, the Seahawks have need for a big-body receiver who can go up and out-jump defenders for the ball. The 6-5, 235-pound Benjamin would give Seattle a potentially deadly red-zone weapon to utilize."
Banks also takes a stab at ranking the Top 10 quarterback draft classes of the past 10 years, and the 2012 draft class featuring Seahawks signal caller Russell Wilson makes Banks' list at No. 2.
Will Brinson of CBSSports.com throws an unconventional name into the mock draft mix for the Seahawks, predicting Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier to Seattle with the final pick of the first round. Brinson says, " Just because the Seahawks have tons of pass rushers doesn't mean they have enough. Adding another versatile, impact linebacker to an already impressive corps means the rich get richer in this mock draft."
Andy Benoit of TheMMQB.com shares Brinson's view, saying the Seahawks would be wise to look to 2015 during this year's NFL Draft, prioritizing outside linebacker and a reloading of the team's defense where there will be significant needs in a year or two.
The NFC West writers at ESPN.com discuss four hot topics within the division, including a spirited debate on which quarterback they would rather start a franchise with - the Seahawks' Russell Wilson or San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com reveals defensive end Michael Bennett at No. 5 on his list of the Top 12 Seahawks heading into the 2014 season.
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com breaks down a conversation between ESPN's John Clayton and Jim Moore and Dave Wyman of "Wyman, Mike & Moore" on whether or not Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin should be used as the team's full-time kick returner.
The 2014 preseason schedule was released yesterday and the Seahawks will face three of their four preseason opponents in the regular season. Seattle will match up against the Denver Broncos on the road in Week 1, against the San Diego Chargers and Chicago Bears at home in Weeks 2 and 3, and close out the exhibition season at the home of the Oakland Raiders in Week 4. You can check out all of the NFL's preseason matchups right here.
The Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII rematch with the Denver Broncos to open preseason play ranks at No. 2 on NFL.com's list of the Top 5 preseason games to watch.
Lakewood, Wash. will honor Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse with a special celebration this Saturday, April 12 at Harry E. Lang Stadium. Kearse is a native of the area and attended the University of Washington before joining the Seahawks and earning a Super Bowl ring with the club last season.
And here at Seahawks.com, Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth talks with secondary coach Kris Richard on the improvement he expects from his already impressive position group.