Mock: The Final Picks

Our mock draft concludes with one pick in each of the final two rounds. We'll find out the actual picks later this week, but it's time for the guys at, with additional help from staff alum Scott Eklund, to conclude the speculation with how they think the team's draft will go.

Round 6, Pick 176

Scott Eklund, Recruiting Editor,
LB Justin Cole, San Jose State --
Cole won't challenge for a starting spot, but he has the athleticism and size to be a solid contributor on special teams and the skills to provide depth at outside linebacker. He's also played in the WAC, which has wide-open offenses, meaning he has solid cover-skills as well.

Brian McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief,
C/G Eric Olsen, Notre Dame
Olsen played guard as a sophomore and junior before sliding over to center last season. At 6-4 and 306-pounds, Olsen doesn't have elite speed, but is good blocking downfield and has the brains to play in Alex Gibbs' system. Olsen would provide insurance at the center position, as well.

Doug Farrar, Publisher,
CB Trevard Lindley, Kentucky
He missed four games in 2009 due to an ankle injury, but Lindley came back and played great down the stretch. He's good in man and zone, and though he's not a strong tackler, he has the potential to make a difference in a very thin Seattle secondary.

Round 7, Pick 245

Scott Eklund, Recruiting Editor,
OL Jeff Byers, USC --
Byers can play center or guard and, at one time, he was an outstanding athlete, but knee injuries have made him only average in that department now. Carroll knows him and feels comfortable with him and the smarts he brings to the position.

Brian McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief,
LB/LS Mike McLaughlin, Boston College
McLaughlin recovered from a ruptured Achilles' tendon last spring to start nine games for the Eagles, finishing third on the team in tackles. A two-time defensive captain, McLaughlin adds instant impact on special teams, up to and including the ability to handle the long-snapping duties. 

Doug Farrar, Publisher,
RB Joique Bell, Wayne State – Bell, who was recruited by major schools as a defensive back, chose to go small-school at his preferred position. A strong Senior Bowl week mitigated concerns that he made his bones against inferior competition. Bell doesn't have great outside speed, but he's a strong inside rusher with good receiving skills. Top Stories