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Mock Draft Tracker: Defensive Tackle a Popular Pick for Seahawks

A look at what various draft experts see the Seahawks doing with the 26th pick of the 2016 draft.

The NFL Draft is now just a little over two weeks away, which means it's time to take a look at updated mock drafts to see what various draft experts see the Seahawks doing at Pick No. 26 (and in some cases beyond).

The Seahawks, who have nine total picks, are scheduled to pick 26th in the first round, and have four picks in the first three rounds thanks to a compensatory pick at the end of the third round.

ESPN's Todd McShay put out a three-round mock on Tuesday, and like a lot of other draft analysts, he sees Seattle going with a defensive lineman in the first round. Here's what McShay wrote:

Round 1 (26): Andrew Billings, DT, BaylorRound 2 (56): Derrick Henry, RB, AlabamaRound 3 (90): Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas TechRound 3 (97): Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB, Minnesota

Analysis: A nimble athlete for his size (310 pounds), Billings is a dominant and versatile run defender. He still needs to develop as a pass-rusher, but he'd get plenty of one-on-one opportunities playing in Seattle's stellar front seven. Henry has a ridiculous size-speed combo, running a 4.54 40 at 247 pounds. I love the fit within the Seahawks' scheme, especially considering he'd stay fresh splitting carries with Thomas Rawls. Clark, meanwhile, has the frame and the length to develop into a starting left tackle. He fills a need in Seattle after Russell Okung left for the Broncos in free agency.'s Bucky Brooks likes Eastern Kentucky defensive end **Noah Spence** for the Seahawks, writing, "After losing Bruce Irvin in free agency, the Seahawks could use another designated pass rusher to play a key role in their sub-packages"

Also at, Charley Casserly has Seattle picking Mississippi DT **Robert Nkemdiche**: "Fills major need. Best value pick in the draft if he stays out of trouble."

"He is a power player who isn't a great pass rusher. But he can fill the old Red Bryant role in their defense," Prisco writes.

Prisco's CBS colleague updated their mocks late last week, with Rob Rang mocking Kansas State guard Cody Whitehair to Seattle, Dane Brugler going with Indiana offensive tackle Jason Spriggs, and Will Brinson going with Ohio State outside linebacker Darron Lee.

USA Today's Nate Davis also put out a new mock Tuesday, and he also has Seattle going with a defensive tackle.

26. Seattle Seahawks – Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville: He's a slippery one who, like Michael Bennett, can play inside and out. Seattle definitely needs to reload its D-line, which takes this unit to another level when it can constantly rotate capable bodies.

Bleacher Report's latest mock published today has the Seahawks taking Kansas State guard **Cody Whitehair**.

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