By Jared Stanger
Congrats (and thanks) to the Chiefs on their win, and thanks for the 2nd round pick. Here’s a quick n easy postgame Seahawk 7-round mock draft.
I’ve reworked the Seattle draft board to get pretty accurate representation of their actual draft picks including compensatories. They currently only have eight picks, which I don’t think many were aware of. One of the comp picks fell off of their previously-thought total, and they traded away a 5th for Quandre Diggs during the season. The Diggs pick is the lone pick I don’t know for sure about as I write this. We could be sending Detroit the pick we got from Pittsburgh (via Jacksonville) for Nick Vannett, or we could be sending them our native 5th round pick. I will be keeping the lesser of the two picks as it is easier to adapt an early pick to reaching than to guess at players falling to a later pick.
#27- DE/OLB Josh Uche, Michigan
At various points in 2019, I vacillated between Uche and Zack Baun as the better fit for Seattle’s LEO/SAM hybrid position. I always liked Uche’s passrush more, but Baun seemed the better off the ball. After watching both during the Senior Bowl; I’m not sure that Uche isn’t the better passrusher AND off the ball.
Regardless; Seattle needs passrush more.
#59- OC Matt Hennessy, Temple
I’ve got a trio of Centers I’m interested in Seattle drafting: Lloyd Cushenberry, Cesar Ruiz, and Matt Hennessy. I’m curious the order they’ll come off in, and how many will still be on the board at 59. I feel safest about Hennessy being there coming from a smaller school.
I wouldn’t mind seeing a Guard here, but it feels, at this point, like there is more heat on the Centers, and the Guards will fall a bit further.
#64- DB Jeremy Chinn, SIU
There are reasons why this pick doesn’t seem like a Seattle pick, and reasons why it really does. Chinn comes from a small school and Seattle may not be very interested in another high pick on a safety with McDougald and Diggs both returning, and after using a 2nd on a safety just last year.
On the other hand; Chinn is a safety in name but that also looked pretty damn comfortable playing the slot against either WR’s or TE’s at the Senior Bowl. So he may be a nickel corner for Seattle (a literal replacement for similar profile Akeem King). He’s also the nephew of HOF’er Steve Atwater, and about to make a bunch of money at the combine when people find out exactly how athletic he is.
Versatile skillset includes high-end blitzing ability:
#100- OG Jonah Jackson, Ohio State
First of all…I think this might be a good place to trade back. I’ve got a LOT of players at all positions that could fit at this spot. If you could somehow end up with two picks early on day 3/4th round; I think I’d do it.
But if we stood pat…#100 is another pick where I’ve got a couple guys at the same position I’m interested in. I like both Logan Stenberg and Jonah Jackson here. Stenberg is a player I like from an intangibles perspective…he’ll change the chemistry of the OL room and bring some attitude. Jackson I came to watch late in the process, but is probably the better overall player on tape. I’m going with Jackson for his tape and for having a lower profile to this point.
#130- DT Davon Hamilton, Ohio State
Hamilton is an interesting player. He’s stout enough to play some 1tech, but he also has sneaky passrush chops that put up 6.0 sacks last year and could play up if given more work at 3tech. I see a bit of Kawann Short in him, but (thankfully) to this point he’s had much lower profile than KK did in his draft year.
I think Davon will outperform his draft position. I think he has intangibles to be better than current projection.
#143- WR Chase Claypool, Notre Dame
I know the history of Seattle drafting WR’s in the 4th round says don’t do this, but the depth of this specific WR class tells me better this year than ever before.
Claypool has been on my shortlist at WR for a while, but after seeing him at the Senior Bowl, I’m moving him higher within that list. He moves too damn well at 230lbs to be available this late, and his combine may soon move him higher than this, but for now…I’ll take his redzone ability, pseudo TE build, run-blocking, to add to Lock and Metcalf’s deep targets.
#173- CB Reggie Robinson, Tulsa
This is one of the easier picks in this mock draft. I think there’s a wide spectrum of perceived talent in this CB class. And part of that perception is gonna put some very Seahawky CB’s available into the 5th round. My two current favorites are Jeremy Chinn’s teammate Madre Harper, and Robinson.
I’ve gone with Robinson today because of his work at the Senior Bowl and simply being able to find more of his game tapes available to study. I especially liked Reggie’s game vs Power 5 Oklahoma State and Michigan State. Click through this link to see an entire thread of video I posted on him last week:
#214- QB James Morgan, FIU
There’s really no strong reasoning for any prospect in the 6th-7th rounds. You can take a flyer on a great athlete. You can double-down on a position that is strong in the class. You can look to fill a need at a backup or special-teams position. For this mock; I’m going with the latter. Geno Smith is a free agent…Russ will need a new backup (again).
Morgan is a flawed prospect, but he’s got some intriguing traits. Not the least of which is that he, reportedly, CRUSHED interviews at the Shrine Game. I’ll take a smart player with solid arm-strength to be a backup to a guy that basically never misses snaps any day.
1.27- DE Josh Uche
2.59- OC Matt Hennessy
2.64- DB Jeremy Chinn
3.100- OG Jonah Jackson
4.130- DT Davon Hamilton
4.143- WR Chase Claypool
5.173- CB Reggie Robinson
6.214- QB James Morgan