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Predicting The Seattle Seahawks’ 2019 Draft

Saturday, March 16, 2019

 

Now, we all know that the Seattle Seahawks will trade some picks in this draft and move around. They are usually a team with more picks, and this year is unusual in that regard. There will be a lot of pressure on John Schneider and Pete Carroll to really hit on these picks or turn them into more picks and more hits.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to do a Seahawks Mock Draft, using the four picks we know they have right now. And if you have been reading my draft preview for the Seahawks, I am not using any of the players I have written about previously.

1st Round 21st Pick

Brian Burns 6’4” 250 lbs.

Edge Rusher, Florida State

This pick is more of a gut feeling than anything else. Burns is a great athlete and reminds me just a little bit of the Bruce Irvin pick for Seattle. Burns ran a 4.53, 40 yard-dash and was second in the broad jump for edge rushers at the NFL Combine this year. This explosion translates to the field as well; he finished his career as a Seminole with 23 sacks and almost 40 more tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He is pretty much just a speed guy at this point of his career and he needs to get stronger and develop more pass-defense moves. But he is a smooth athlete who can chase down anybody, and anyone who saw him run linebacker drills at the combine knows he can run like a defensive back. And Schneider knows you always need more pass rushers. This might be a little high for Burns to get picked, but if Seattle likes a guy, it needs to take him.

3rd Round 84th Pick

Michael Jordan 6’7” 312 lbs.

Guard/Center, Ohio State

Jordan was the first true freshman to start on the offensive line for Ohio State since Orlando Pace in 1994. Pace is now in the Hall of Fame and considered one of the best tackles in NFL history. So, Jordan is in good company. He also played in at least 13 games all three of his years as a Buckeye. He is known more for his quickness than his power, which might sound like the opposite of what Seattle is looking for. But I think they see Jordan’s versatility to play across the interior of the line and they see his consistency. This could be a replacement pick for J.R. Sweezy (who is gone) or D.J. Fluker (who still might re-sign). Look for Jordan to probably get picked before this point, but he might slide.

4th Round 123rd Pick

Daylon Mack 6’1” 325 lbs.

Defensive Tackle, Texas A&M

Mack is a player who was pretty inconsistent in college after coming in with high expectations as a five-star recruit. He bounced in and out of the lineup after playing well as a freshman and did not become a regular starter until his senior year. Mack can play with good power and leverage; he is best in the middle of the line using his strength to hold up blockers. He could provide a run-stopping presence next to Jarran Reed and shore up a weak part of Seattle’s defense. Mack impressed coaches with his play at the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game. So, it looks like he is coachable and understands this is his shot at being in the NFL. I believe if the Seahawks picked him he would bring a good work ethic and valuable talents to the defense.

5th Round 159th Pick

Will Harris 6’1” 210 lbs.

Safety, Boston College

Harris has had a very steady career for BC. He ended his time there with more than 200 career tackles, five interceptions and six forced fumbles. He is a good slot defender who has spent some time in a nickel role. He tested as a top-five safety in five of the seven physical tests at the 2019 NFL Combine, as well as the other two he tested in the top ten. So, he has all the physical tools to cover tight ends and slot receivers, as well as take on running backs in the run game. Harris could be a Swiss Army knife for Seattle and could back up several different defensive back positions.

 

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