First round, 25th pick overall -- Kentwan Balmer, DT,
put, it's a numbers game at 25. The Seahawks would love it if one of the elite
left tackle prospects were still around, but Chris Williams and Ryan Clady seem to be rising a pick or
two on most mocks on a daily basis. Some will want a tight end here, but Purdue's
Dustin Keller is probably a better fit in a spread-style offense (think
The Seahawks haven't been able to consistently stop smashmouth offenses since Marcus Tubbs developed a medical history. Rocky Bernard and Brandon Mebane form a great starting duo, but depth is very thin and Bernard has built his own charm bracelet of boo-boos. Underrated due to the Glenn Dorsey/Sedrick Ellis duo above him and his own sometimes inconsistent efforts, Balmer is nonetheless a tremendously gifted and athletic player who could make life miserable for opposing centers and guards as a 3-technique lineman at the NFL level.
Alternate theory: The Seahawks find a taker to slip down in the first round and up in the second, take Fred Davis or Notre Dame DT Trevor Laws, and use that second-round chip to ensure that they get Matt Hasselbeck's eventual successor.
Second round, 55th Pick overall -- Chad Henne, QB, Michigan
North Team quarterback Chad Henne (7) of Michigan looks downfield during the first half of the Senior Bowl football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
wonder what the "Jim Mora Offense" will look like in
that is indeed the case, get those
point here is that Matt Hasselbeck will be 33 years old in 2008, and though
he's coming off either his best or second-best season, it's time to think
about the down-the-line successor. Knapp's version of the WCO doesn't feature
Holmgren-level complexity, but it's not the sort of thing you want a rookie
piloting. The Seahawks recently traveled to Ann Arbor to visit the
Alternate theory: The Seahawks wait until the second
day to select a quarterback, hoping to grab a little Anderson/Bulger/Brady/Hasselbeck
magic (hell, Garcia wasn't even drafted). If that's the case, and they didn't
get a tight end in the first round, now's the time to pounce, as there may
very well be a group of players at the position bunched up at the bottom of
the second round. The run could start right about at
Third round, 86th pick overall -- Brad Cottam, TE, Tennessee
The 6'8", 270-pound Cottam has considerable medical red flags, and Notre Dame's John Carlson may leapfrog over him after a very strong Pro Day, but the Seahawks could steal a great offensive weapon from the middle rounds if Cottam can only stay healthy. He missed most of his senior season with a wrist injury, but his sub-4.7 40 times at the Combine and his Pro Day pointed some heads in his direction. He also put up 225 pounds in the bench press 24 times, and his 33-inch vertical leap at the Combine surely made some wonder if it's even possible to overthrow him in the end zone.
Cottam could be a chance worth taking for a team with other needs, but a big void at tight end. And unlike Seattle's last drafted tight end with insane measurables, one Jerramy Stevens, Cottam's done nothing off the field to jeopardize his future -- in fact, he's taken post-graduate courses in Sports Studies to enhance his degree in International Business.
Alternate theory: The chances of all the top tight ends
The phrase "Ruskell Guy" is thrown around so much on Seahawks message boards and blogs, it's almost lost all meaning. The kind of player Seattle's team president prefers -- those prospects whose on-field deeds outweigh their measurables, providing draft-day bargains -- well, that's the closest original definition. And if a player has developed a chip on his shoulder from his underrated status, all the better. Lofa Tatupu is the picture in the dictionary, but Jamie Silva is the same breed of cat.
his senior season, Silva amassed 115 tackles and eight interceptions. He was
the defensive star of the East-West Shrine Game, taking over for the East
defense on the first drive of the second half. On special teams, where his
true value will come at first for the team smart enough to take him, he bombed
Alternate theory: None. I'm not even going to pretend to be objective about this. If Jamie Silva is there at 117, the Seahawks need to pick him. If he's there a few spots up, they need to investigate trading up, just like they did for that sawed-off reach of a middle linebacker from USC in 2005.
Alternate theory: Purdue's Dorien Bryant, a speedy player
in the Shaun McDonald mold, might also be in play here. On the other hand, let's
say that the Seahawks haven't taken a quarterback by now. Do they roll the dice
and hope for the aforementioned sixth-round magic currently displayed by Derek
Anderson, Marc Bulger, Tom
Brady and one Matthew Hasselbeck? If they do, is the best option a flyer
Seventh round, 227th overall -- Brandon Coutu, K, Georgia
If you're Tim Ruskell, you probably want a kicker who a.) Hails from the SEC; and b.) Isn't a "Slave to the Businessman." Coutu meets the criteria. Hamstring injuries have kept him from kicking off over the last two seasons, but he's known to boom long field goals with impressive accuracy. At the very least, he'll provide rookie competition for Olindo Mare in training camp.
Alternate theory: Well, with all the long-snapper issues
over the last few seasons, how about picking up