Postseason SeaMock

By Jared Stanger


Sorry. That’s my pseudo-silver lining of getting knocked out of the playoffs. With Seattle losing the wild-card round, Indy upsetting Houston, Philly upsetting Chicago, and Baltimore having a higher strength of schedule…we can expect Seattle to begin the draft at #21 overall. With only four picks currently allotted to Seattle, and a pretty strong draft class; it makes the most sense for Seattle to trade back.

I’ve designed four trades at various depths:

Oakland- #1.28 + #4.99 + #5.147
Green Bay – #1.32 + #3.75
Oakland – #2.35 + #3.66
Jacksonville – #2.38 + #3.69 + #7.198

Oakland already has three 1st round picks and may not need to move up, but as you can see they have a lot of options. Green Bay has 10 picks currently so they’d have the capital to move up. Jacksonville…I just sort of like that fit.

While I don’t think it is the most plausible option; here I’m going to do the second Oakland option and move back to #35…mostly because I really want that #66.

So adjusted draft board:

From there it’s a bit easier to trade back again to add some picks late in the 6th-7th. Detroit has two 6’s and two 7’s, so one possibility is moving #84 back to #88 and adding #6.187 and #7.206.

Final allotment:


For the player selections; I started to write a mock that answered the fan-consensus wish-list, which included getting a safety early. This is a pretty shallow safety class and I really didn’t like the results at the other positions I was getting after forcing a safety pick. So I pivoted to just writing what I hope and think is a good draft.


Florida safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was very nearly the pick here, but I’m just not a fan of getting behind my board. I prefer to draft from the depth of the class. I prefer to be working ahead of my board. Sometimes that has the perception of “reaching”…I like to think it’s more accurately being prescient and correctly valuing that which is otherwise undervalued. Offensive linemen are always undervalued in media mock drafts. They inevitably go higher than projected because of the difficulty finding them.

OL, Michael Deiter, Wisconsin

Deiter is one of a few interior OL that I’m especially interested in this draft. Two are currently at LG, one is at OC. Two have played multiple positions and could, likely, start at either in the NFL. Deiter has been the most versatile of the three I’m watching with work at all of OT, OG, and OC. I don’t think he has the length to play OT professionally, but I feel very confident he could play any of the interior spots.

My intent here is to allow the team to let one of JR Sweezy or DJ Fluker to walk in free agency, but extend the other; while also not being obligated to Pocic and/or Britt if they are not Solari guys.

Deiter (6’6″/310lbs) continues the great tradition of Wisconsin OL. Watching multiple games of his; I never seemed to find any minus plays. I never felt he was out-matched. And sidenote: a Wisconsin RB led the FBS in rushing with very nearly 2200 yards and 16 TD’s running behind Deiter and co. If Pete plans to continue with his offensive philosophy; I prefer to do it with someone the quality of Deiter.

In the 3rd round, with two picks, I think you try to take advantage of the greatest depth of this draft, which is the defensive line.


The biggest challenge with studying DE for this draft is: which kind of DE do we need?? There is the the DE/DT hybrid that Michael Bennett once was. There is the pure passrush LEO that Cliff Avril was. There is the DE/OLB OTTO type that Bruce Irvin came to be, and that Mingo has sort of been. There is the 3-4 DE like Quinton Jefferson. Basically, you can find history of DE in every weight class: 240 (Martin), 250 (Irvin), 260 (Clark), 270 (Bennett), 280 (Jordan), 290 (Jefferson).

Further questions for the DE draft: what, exactly, is Frank Clark?? A 265-lb LEO?? Does his counterpart need to be more 245lb speed rusher, or 285lb DE/DT hybrid? Whose snaps do you want to take away from going forward? Jacob Martin or Quinton Jefferson/Dion Jordan? Those questions can only be answered by Coach Carroll (and by the players that continue to improve, force playing time, and not need to be upgraded).

Answers to those questions, minus what is off the board, gets you down to a shortlist somewhere in the range of: Jaylon Ferguson, Jalen Jelks, D’andre Walker, Christian Miller, Joe Jackson, Austin Bryant, Jordan Brailford. I like Malik Carney, too, but I can’t see him picked before the 5th round. Of this group, my hunch tells me Seattle narrows it down to Walker and Miller.

DE, Christian Miller, Alabama

I like Miller’s build (6’4″/244lbs). I like his intangibles (Bama permanent Captain). I like his production (8.5 sacks, 11.5 TFL, 12 Hurries). I’m not as sure about his tape. The tape feels like a lot of coverage sacks. Sort of reminds me of Rasheem Green’s 2017 season tape. Green was cleaning up a lot of Uchenna Nwosu pressures…Miller is cleaning up a lot of Quinnen Williams/etc pressures.

But, Seattle drafted Green. So what I see and what they see don’t necessarily match up. This is probably the lone pick this mock that I’m leaning more on what they WOULD do than what they SHOULD do.


The 3rd round, for whatever reason, always hits me as the most important round in the draft. It seems consistently the last round where 1st round talent have slid due to positional value, mild redflags, or just not fitting earlier. The 3rd round can help you plan strategy for how to draft in the 1st and 2nd.

This player at this value is why I went a little off-script at #35.

S, Darnell Savage, Maryland

Unlike other positions where you narrow to a short list and then narrow again; Safety this year I only have a short-short list. Savage (5’11″/200lbs) is one of two that check off most of my wishlist: range, IQ, ballskills, tackling (we’ll find out about speed at the combine).

If Savage doesn’t come out of the Combine with single-high safety speed; I feel very confident with him as a box safety. He is excellent playing the run.


The 4th round is pretty wide open. Could be a nice WR here, could be a TE to hedge for Dissly’s health, could be CB depth. I’m going with LB and letting KJ Wright and his iffy knee walk in free agency. And really my pick is more like the profile of Mychal Kendricks’ skillset; in case we can’t re-sign him or he’s in jail.

LB, Tre Watson, Maryland

I started catching on to Watson (6’2″/236lbs) while watching Savage. I think he’s a hell of a football player. Really underrated. So underrated he might be available a round or two later than this. I won’t risk it.

Watson is a very well-rounded player. Showing high IQ, huge power, clean tackling, and upper-end coverage skills for the position (10th in the country in INT-5).

Kam Chancellor was always a linebacker miscast as a Safety. Watson is playing like Bam Bam but with more obvious casting.


This specific pick is my “Jacob Martin” pick for 2019. I love this guy’s makeup, comes from another AAC school, very solid tape and production.

DL, Cortez Broughton, Cincinnati

Broughton has some of the best get-off from a DL (either DE or DT) that I’ve seen all year. He’s currently listed 6’2″/290lbs, but looking pretty loose in the cage. I think I’d try to trim him down to more like 275lbs and try to get Michael Bennett out of him.


I think the last two picks have something in common: they are positions where this class doesn’t have obvious, elite players at the top end, and the back end is all over the place/dealer’s choice. I’m not sure which player(s) from each position will fall, but someone from a good list will be there.

At WR the list could run something like: Emanuel Hall, Darius Slayton, Greg Dortch, Terry McLaurin, Travis Fulgham, Keesean Johnson.

WR, Terry McLaurin, Ohio State

A lot of Seahawk fans are asking for a “big” WR…why? The 2018 season was all about Lock and ADB (and for a minute Moore) and their ability to make plays deep. I don’t see any reason to alter from that path. Hall, McLaurin, Slayton are statistically three of the top 20 deep threats in the country, and that includes underclassmen. Fulgham is in the conversation if you look at explosives rather than YPC.

I’m going McLaurin for his receiving, blocking, and special teams combo platter.

Here’s a look at McLaurin’s blocking.


Cornerback is a similar story to receiver this year. There’s enough guys with enough upside, but not a clean profile or big enough buzz to go early, that somebody will fall. Maybe not to the 7th. Maybe you flip CB to the 7th and try to get Broughton later.

The shortlist goes: Justin Layne, Corey Ballentine, Xavier Crawford, Isaiah Johnson, Joejuan Williams.

CB, Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt

I think Crawford is a really sneaky pick and could give you a slot guy should Seattle not re-up Coleman, but I’m going with the 6’3″/208lbs Williams.

The upside for Joejuan is massive. You get him any time day 3 you’re probably pulling great value.


2.35- OL Michael Deiter
3.66- DE Christian Miller
3.88- S Darnell Savage
4.117- LB Tre Watson
5.148- DL Cortez Broughton
6.187- WR Terry McLaurin
7.206- CB Joejuan Williams

Obviously, it’s a defense-centric mock. But in a pretty strong defense-centric draftclass; it is appropriate. Plus, it adds reinforcements to the rebuilding Seattle defense which, contrary to the predominant conversation post-wildcard loss, is the weaker half of the ball for this team.

I would have loved to find slots to draft Florida RB Jordan Scarlett, WVU TE Trevon Wesco, and SDSU PK John Baron, but Scarlett just isn’t enough of a need, and the other two might fall to undrafted free agency. I prioritized what I thought wouldn’t go unpicked. If John Schneider can manage to trade some vet players for picks; all the better. But for now, getting back to our basic seven picks was a must.

2019 Underclassmen

By Jared Stanger

I believe the deadline for college underclassmen to declare for the 2019 draft is January 15th, and we’re already flying towards a new all-time high in terms of total players entering early.

It’s been tough to find a comprehensive listing, and certainly tougher to find one that can keep up with how fast and how many declares are coming. But I thought I’d post as many as I could, and throw in some video and a quick blurb about the players I’ve watched.

This took a few days to compile. And it will be outdated by Sunday.

Defensive End

Nick Bosa, OSU

Legacy player with the potential to end up at #1.1 overall.

Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State

Really productive season where he showed awesome upside, but wasn’t as consistent as I’d like and faded late. Reminds me a bit of Marcus Smith.

Brian Burns, FSU

Nice athlete with effortless first step. Getting first round buzz regardless of his thin frame. Very good production and intangibles.

Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan

Joe Jackson, Miami

One of the thicker-bodied DE this year.

Shareef Miller, Penn State

Jachai Polite, Florida

Super explosive in his passrush. A logical first round name.

Sutton Smith, NIU

Undersized passrusher akin to Shaquem Griffin that inevitably ends up at linebacker.

Defensive Tackle

Ed Alexander, LSU

Rashan Gary, Michigan

It’s lowkey pretty easy to find a single highlight from most of the players on this list. Not Gary. But go ahead and put him in your first round mock. I’ll pass.

Kevin Givens, Penn State

Dre’mont Jones, Ohio State

Somehow people are lower on Dre’mont than they are on Gary. That is asinine. Jones is the best interior penetrator in this draft. And there are a lot.

Ed Oliver, Houston

DL tweener without a ton of passrush, but with some injury and personality redflags. My intuition is that he will eventually underperform his draft position.

Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State

Huge off-field redflag that deserves a round or two downgrade. But otherwise 100% a 1st round talent.


Devin Bush, Michigan

Tyrel Dodson, Texas A&M

Joe Giles-Harris, Duke

Hugely productive player, but seemed slower in 2018 than as seen here in 2017.

Vosean Joseph, Florida

Interesting player. Especially if you can get away with him being a two-down player.

David Long, West Virginia

Undersized player but a ton of playmaking on tape.

Quart’e Sapp, Tennessee


Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida

I’m a huge fan of Chauncey. Great positional versatility. Solid tackler. This play here is my highest hope for him: rangy, thumping single-high safety.

Taylor Rapp, Washington

I think he’s a 2nd round player that could easily climb into the 1st due to a shallow safety class. Kind of a B+ player across the board…hitting, coverage, blitzing (probably more an A).


Blessaun Austin, Rutgers

Sean Bunting, Central Michigan

Xavier Crawford, Central Michigan

Jamel Dean, Auburn

Clifton Duck, Appalachian State

Justin Layne, Michigan State

Layne is as close to Richard Sherman’s profile as we’ve yet seen in 6-7 years. WR convert. Same size. And quickly developing skillset.

David Long, Michigan

Julian Love, Notre Dame

Greedy Williams, LSU

Undoubted 1st round pick. Probably the best pure cover corner in the class.

Offensive Line

Venzell Boulware, Miami

David Edwards, Wisconsin

I wasn’t sold on Edwards in 2017, and another didn’t do much more.

Cody Ford, Oklahoma

Pretty interesting player. Getting a lot of mid-late 1st round buzz now that he’s declared.

Nate Herbig, Stanford

Andre James, UCLA

Michael Jordan, Ohio State

Greg Little, Mississippi

Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

Connor McGovern, Penn State

Tyler Roemer, San Diego State

William Sweet, North Carolina

Jawaan Taylor, Florida

Taylor is a bit of a creeper…the more you watch him, the more you start to like him. Really powerful. Not the quickest but he compensates with intuitive play.


Daniel Jones, Duke

Good luck if you need a QB this year. Jones’ under-pressure reel is pretty awful.

Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

One of the better deep ball throwers this year. But otherwise unspectacular.


Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma

I was pretty interested in Anderson before he got hurt this year. There’s like a mix of Arian Foster and James Conner in there.

Alex Barnes, Kansas State

Darrell Henderson, Memphis

Justice Hill, Oklahoma State

Elijah Holyfield, Georgia

A short-stepping back like Thomas Rawls, but maybe a tick more speed.

Travis Homer, Miami

Was looking like a potential early round RB earlier in his Miami career, before injuries hit.

Miles Sanders, Penn State

Jordan Scarlett, Florida

I’m a huge Scarlett fan. I just want to see him work on his pass-catching.

LJ Scott, Michigan State

Devin Singletary, FAU

There will be people that find this blasphemous, but……….Barry Sanders.

Benny Snell, Kentucky

Mike Weber, Ohio State

Kerrith Whyte, FAU

Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M

Wide Receiver

JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford

Unbelievable redzone threat.

AJ Brown, Mississippi

Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Greg Dortch, Wake Forest

The odds are against Dortch becoming an elite receiver because of his size, but damnit if he isn’t a fun player to watch.

Jovon Durante, FAU

Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State

Mecole Hardman, Georgia

Kelvin Harmon, NC State

N’Keal Harry, Arizona State

Diontae Johnson, Toledo

DK Metcalf, Ole Miss

Jakobi Meyers, NC State

Anthony Ratliff-Williams, North Carolina

Riley Ridley, Georgia

Darius Slayton, Auburn

I’m a fan of Slayton. He’s got 4.3 speed and nice body control.

John Ursua, Hawaii

Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech

Preston Williams, Colorado State

Tight End

Keenen Brown, Texas State

Noah Fant, Iowa

Zach Gentry, Michigan

Dawson Knox, Ole Miss

Alize Mack, Notre Dame

Isaac Nauta, Georgia

Dax Raymond, Utah State

Kaden Smith, Stanford

Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M

Kahale Warring, San Diego State

Caleb Wilson, UCLA


I really love the way the underclassmen have sort of intuitively filled in the gaps of where the senior class is weakest. These TE and RB declares help tremendously. The only thing unhelped, really, is the Safety class. There just aren’t that many bodies even combining Senior and Junior years.