The NFL Scouting Combine and the initial wave of free agency are now behind us, which means it’s time once again to turn our attention to next month’s draft. Combine performances—as well as information procured by media members during that week in Indianapolis—can change mock drafts, as can teams filling needs in free agency, so this round of mocks is quite a bit different than what we saw last month.
Here’s a sampling of what some various draft prognosticators think the Seahawks will do with the 21st overall pick:
Davis: Talented enough to be a top-10 pick, the ACL injury he suffered in February and his 2016 arrest drop him down. The Seahawks are willing to wait for him to heal up before turning him loose in Pete Carroll’s scheme.
Brooks: The FBS all-time sack leader would be a suitable complement or successor to Frank Clark as an edge rusher.
Kelly: Versatile slot corner and safety hybrid with ball skills, athleticism, and an aggressive and vocal on-field persona.
Orr: I found this note from plugged-in beat man Bob Condotta pretty interesting when many were associating Seattle with troubled Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons: “One of the whispered subplots of the draft last year was that [Pete] Carroll was taking a little more control and wanted to take fewer injury risks, in particular. So Simmons makes a lot of sense as a player but the other stuff would make me think Seattle would be cautious…”. Tillery had more pressures, albeit against a different class of opponent, over the last three years. He had 41 quarterback hits and 11.5 sacks over the last two seasons. Against some of the better offensive lines he faced, though, he was pretty darn good.
Wilson: Wilkins returned for his senior season and put up the best numbers of his career. He can rush the passer and play the run, and that versatility will bolster a defensive line that ranked in the bottom third in the league against the run and the pass last season, according Football Outsiders.
Brinson: The Seahawks taking a running back for comedy's sake or a quarterback for drama's sake would be the best-case scenario but it's probably not happening. Instead I'll give them another burner who can take the top off the defense for Russell Wilson's perfect second-level floating deep ball.
Other CBS Sports mocks can be found here, with their experts mocking to Seattle the likes of Delaware safety Nasir Adderly, Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson, Iowa tight end Noah Fant, Iowa State receiver Hakeem Butler, and a trade out of the first round.
*Easterling projects a trade, with Seattle moving back to the final pick of the first round in a trade with New England.
Easterling: After dropping back 11 spots and picking up a pair of much-needed Day 2 picks, the Seahawks continue their rebuild of the “Legion of Boom.” Adderley still needs some polish, but he’s a fantastic athlete with experience at both corner and safety.
Photos from Day 4 at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where Seattle Seahawks coaches and personnel staff are evaluating more than 300 of college football's top professional prospects ahead of this year's draft.