NFL Network's Mike Mayock is kind of a wizard. Monday morning, he met with media across the country on a lengthy two-hour conference call to examine this year's draft class along with the NFL Combine, which kicks off this week at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
During the call, Mayock went over which areas he believes the Seahawks will monitor this week in Indy. Mayock views three positions as a priority: offensive line, cornerback and defensive line.
Despite being down on the offensive tackle group this year, Mayock has first-round grades on Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk and Utah's Garett Bolles, who could be options for the Seahawks if they're available at No. 26 before a snag at the position.
"I think you start with offensive line," Mayock said. "They've spent a lot of years trusting Tom Cable to work wonders with defensive players, converting basketball players and all the rest. But I think priority number one has got to be to help Russell Wilson take less hits. It's not a good tackle class, however, who knows if Ramczyk or Bolles will be there later in the first round.
"It's one of the few groups that isn't too strong this year. I've got Ramczyk and Bolles one and two (at the position). I think there's a drop-off after Ramczyk and Bolles, and particularly, 10 tackles go in the first three rounds and I can't find guys that I would give grades to there rounds one to three."
At guard, he sees this as a good class for interior lineman and could see Alabama's Cam Robinson — a tackle he believes will convert to guard — as a possibility if he's still on the board in the 20s. Mayock see's Western Kentucky University product Forrest Lamp as a better fit, though. Lamp was a four-year starter at WKU who is regarded as one of the best tackle-to-guard prospects in 2017.
"I think there are some really good interior offensive lineman, and they could be available," Mayock said. "One of the guys that I think would be a great fit in Seattle is Forrest Lamp from Western Kentucky. He had the single best offensive line game I've seen against Alabama in five years. And he played left tackle there, but I think he's going to be a guard in the NFL like a Zach Martin-type guard, that's how good I think he is."
On defense, Mayock highlighted the cornerback and defensive line positions as an area the Seahawks could add depth to this offseason. Cornerback stands out after DeShawn Shead's ACL injury in the postseason. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stated in his final press conference of the season that this is a position he would like to add depth to. Mayock is pretty high on the cornerback class this year considering what it brings past the first-round and likes the talent on the interior defensive line.
"I think the corner class will be really interesting," Mayock said. "(DeShawn) Shead got hurt near the end of the year and they need some depth behind those two starters. When you start to get down to 26 in the draft, I think you're looking at (Ohio State's) Gareon Conley, (Florida's) Quincy Wilson —(USC's) Adoree' Jackson would be really intriguing.
"I think they're going to pay attention to some of the defensive tackles, too, just trying to bolster that interior pass rush — (Florida's) Caleb Brantley, (Michigan State's) Malik McDowell, (UNC Charlotte's) Larry Ogunjobi."
Seahawks media members, Sea Gals and Blitz competed against each other at the 2017 Seahawks.com Media Combine.