rules were simple: No trades, though discussions of draft trade picks were
allowed, and this was more about putting yourself in the current
Let's see what we have … and please, no wagering!
First Round, 25th Overall
Doug Farrar: Tyrell Johnson, SS,
I know. Tim Ruskell doesn't draft small-school kids, especially in the first
round. But Johnson, a four-year starter and three-time All-American, had his
best senior games against
knock on Johnson before the Combine was that he was instinctive, but not all
that athletic. After he ran a 4.4-40 and benched 27 reps at the Combine, the
standard small-school ding was the only one that would suffice. Size (6'0",
207) is another issue, but that's never been a problem for this particular
team president before. Johnson possesses great zone coverage skills, unreal
closing speed (I know I keep saying this, but you really have to see it to
believe it), and the desire to play far past his supposed limitations.
He has played free and strong safety in a system that has interchangeable
coverages. Sound familiar? Put Tyrell Johnson with a team that has a sizeable
interest in redefining its secondary with assignment-correct zone coaching
(like … um …
Scott Eklund: Kentwan Balmer, DT,
who has read my posts/stories the past few months knows that I am not Balmer's
biggest fan. It isn't because I don't think he's got the athleticism or size
to be a great player, it's because of his lackadaisical play at times and
the fact he was basically a "one-year wonder".
"Lying simply is part of our business in April." Chargers GM A.J. Smith
I'll have to get my Bill Hicks on to
make this make sense, but follow me. Baker has the most impressive resume
of any draft eligible offensive lineman. He looks awesome on tape. Awesome. He looks awesome playing left tackle. Awesome. And those who watch college football seriously have
awarded him 3 consecutive All-America nods. When asked why he drafted Lofa Tatupu, Tim Ruskell answered "He's a guy that brings
intensity, he's tough…he's a leader, he's productive.
Everything that was asked of him at USC, he did. He doesn't have the greatest
size, he doesn't have the greatest speed, but he has a big heart…".
One could say the same thing about Baker. In late February Tim Ruskell told the media that he anticipated taking an offensive lineman in the draft, specifically an offensive tackle. Since that time,
Second Round, 55th Overall
Doug Farrar: John Carlson, TE, Notre Dame
and forth I went on this. Do the Seahawks take the more NFL-ready player at
their primary position of need, or do they jump in the barrel marked UPSIDE?
Carlson is the former, while Texas A & M's Martellus Bennett is the latter. If Mike Holmgren was sticking around for a few more
seasons, I think Bennett would be the pick. Holmgren has dreamed of that dominant
tight end in his offense through his time with
Jim Mora and with (if you believe some rumors) Gregg Knapp running the
Scott Eklund: John Carlson, TE, Notre Dame
name getting called when the Seahawks select late in the second round just
seems to make so much sense. He's big, he can catch and he can block. What
is there not to like? His stock plummeted some this year because of his falloff
in production, however, Carlson lost every other playmaker the Irish had and
he got poor production from the quarterback position.
John Morgan: Trevor Laws, DT, Notre Dame
Before the Senior Bowl, Trevor Laws was a certain late round pick. Before the Combine, Laws was a certain second day pick. Over the last month, Laws has shot from the undifferentiated third class of defensive tackles to the third or fourth best defensive tackle in the draft. Now, is that realistic or the product of hype? Probably somewhere in between. Laws has no doubt improved his stock, but I find it very unlikely he sniffs the first. I say all this to validate Laws being available in the second.
My readers know I'm high on Trevor Laws. He excelled on an abysmal line, something even Julius Peppers couldn't do. He's lightning fast off the snap and tears through garbage like a disposal. "Leverage" has become a bit of buzzword this draft, but among so many purported masters, Laws is Archimedes. He's driven and won't-tell-you-so humble. Rescued from the corpse of ND's front 3, and onto a talented line, within a one gap system, Laws is day one contributor with Pro Bowl potential.
Third Round, 86th Overall
Doug Farrar: Jeremy Zuttah, OT,
undersized for the tackle position at 6'4" and 303 pounds, Zuttah is
expected to bulk up a bit and become a very athletic guard at the next level.
Some experts believe that his measurables and skillset transfer best to the
center position, though he's never played the position. He's also more powerful
than people think, as evidenced by the fact that
Scott Eklund: John David Booty, QB, USC
debated this one over and over, but eventually came back to who I saw as the
Julius Jones has a heavily front loaded
salary. If Jones can have a reasonably productive bounce-back season, the
Hawks will have a very valuable trading chip in 2009. That is, if they have
a back on board who can provide the "Lightning" compliment to T.J.
Fourth Round, 121st Overall
Doug Farrar: Josh Johnson, QB,
man who could be Mike Holmgren's final quarterback project threw 43 touchdowns
and only one interception in his senior season. The reason that Johnson's
a mid-round prospect despite those numbers is that he did it in the Pioneer
League against indomitable opponents like
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shown the most interest in Johnson, but we're disqualifying them because they already have 15 damned quarterbacks on their roster. Johnson's got the athleticism and scrambling ability common among the quarterbacks that Mora and Knapp have had before -- and think more Jeff Garcia or Randall Cunningham than Michael Vick; this guy's a real quarterback. The question is whether his lack of elite competition and thin frame scare the Seahawks away. I say there's too much intrigue about what this kid could do in a West Coast offense.
Eklund: Breno Giacomini, OT,
John Morgan: Craig Stevens, TE, Cal
If Marcus Pollard proved anything, it's that Ruskell doesn't put the same kind of emphasis on the tight end position as the Seahawks' fan base. And, for the second straight year, Ruskell has plugged the hole with a free agent retread. Is Jeb Putzier the answer? Good God, no! But, then, I'm not certain any tight end in this class is either. Craig Stevens likely maxes out as a #2, primary blocking/red zone tight end. But in that role, he's unlikely to fail. Stevens is built like a brick outhouse. He loves to block and does it like a champ. Not a tantalizing pick, but a solid pro and a player that contributes beyond his numbers.
Sixth Round, 189th Overall
Doug Farrar: Keilen Dykes, DT,
NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang said it best: "How he didn't get a Combine invite is anyone's guess." Dykes was snubbed despite his 44 starts at one of the premier college programs in the nation. Like many inexplicable sleepers, Dykes has been all over the place positionally -- he's played some nose, some three-tech, a few reps as a larger strong-side end.
isn't a player who will blow you away on tape, but he'll insinuate his way
into the souls of the players who line up alongside him and the coaches who
call the plays. An undersized misfit who has done nothing but produce, Kellen
Dykes could quite possibly be the second coming of Chuck Darby. And if the
Seahawks need them a defensive tackle, Tim Ruskell needs him some Chuck Darby.
Scott Eklund: Ezra
John Morgan: Adrian Arrington, WR,
Adrian Arrington is long on potential, but short on polish. Not a burner, but a physical receiver who can work the middle and fight for the jump ball. His lack of speed is somewhat mitigated by his height and large frame. Arrington does the little things right, dragging his feet inbounds, making the tough catch and coming back for the ball on broken plays. Plus, knocks on his route running are a bit overstated, his cuts are a little loose, but he convincingly sells the juke and moves laterally and diagonally without losing significant speed. Nevertheless, he'll need to ripen on the practice squad.
Seventh Round, 233rd Overall
Doug Farrar: Kevin Robinson, WR,
pick is brought to you by the number nine! That's the number of returns Robinson
took back for touchdowns in his college career -- four punt returns and four
kickoff returns at
Robinson will be more than good enough for
Eklund: Taylor Mehlhaff, K,
John Morgan: Jonathan Hefney, DB,
Two things sell me on Hefney. One,
he stays deep. John Marshall and Jim L. Mora demand that from their safeties,
and the inability to maintain discipline in the soft shell was part of Michael
Boulware's undoing. And two, he's versatile. If Jordan Babineaux did anything
to earn his surprisingly large contract, and he didn't though his helmet did,
it's that he's been able to play any spot in the secondary.
A former corner, Hefney can do likewise. He's also known for playing smart in the soft shell, but unlike incumbent Brian Russell, Hefney has range and run stopping ability. Hefney isn't tall, an eighth under 5'8", and he's not a Bob Sanders like physical phenom, but he's a solid, athletic and heady safety with value added in kick coverage and on punt returns. You can't ask for much more from a 7th round pick.