The Seattle Seahawks are preparing like every team for the NFL Draft. Teams like the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, and Philadelphia Eagles have had mock drafts on Overtime Heroics, so now it’s the Seahawks turn. With this date approaching fast, they, too, will look to address their most significant positional needs. After an 11-5 record and a playoff loss in the second round, the Seahawks need to improve the roster to compete in a changing NFC West.
Even with the uncertainty of Jadeveon Clowney, the team has needs on the offensive line, starting safety, tight end, and more. Here are their 2020 selections:
- Round 1: Pick #27
- Round 2: Pick #59
- Round 2: Pick #64
- Round 3: Pick #101
- Round 4: Pick #133
- Round 4: Pick #144
- Round 6: Pick #214
Here is the first mock draft from OverTime Heroics (note: this is assuming the team doesn’t trade up or down):
Round 1 Pick #27: Josh Jones, Offensive Tackle, Houston
The Seahawks need to bolster an offensive line that allowed pressure roughly 25% of the time within the first two seconds of a play. The need to project Russell Wilson is vital: he’s a generational talent that, with time, can make game-winning drives and plays.
Jones is a pure athlete who would be a great addition at left tackle. He’s quick off his stance and gets to the second level of blocks. Many prospects also noticed improvements made during his final season with Houston, specifically with pass protection. In fact, most of his errors are deemed easy to fix under the right system. Jones would be a bruiser for the Seahawks run game as well, an area that the Seahawks need to address as well.
Round 2 Pick #59: Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU
The team released safety Tedric Thompson, so they’ll need to find a long-term solution to help their secondary. Delpit would be a prime candidate for the starting job. The All-American had 65 tackles, 4.5 for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, and seven pass breakups, according to the NFL’s official website.
He’s aggressive, willing to come downfield to make big hits against opponents twice his size. He does have issues with tackling due to his angling, but the strong safety prospect would be a great asset on both the run and pass defense. Many scouts worry he took too far a step back from his 2018 season, but that alone shouldn’t scare the Seahawks away. He has excellent coverage skills and a physical demeanor; he’d be a menace for the Seahawks.
Round 2 Pick #64: Brycen Hopkins, Tight End, Purdue
Hopkins would be a tremendous addition to the Seahawks offense. They have Greg Olsen, who’s older and Will Dissly, who is still recovering from a 2019 injury. Hopkins is a great route runner and took off in 2019 with 61 receptions for 830 yards and seven touchdowns according to the NFL’s official website. His performance for the Boilermakers even earned him Big-Ten Tight End of the Year.
He has issues with his blocking and often struggles to break man coverage. However, he’s willing to maneuver into open throwing windows and take a beating to create more passing opportunities. The key here is that he’s physical and isn’t highly injury-prone. The Seahawks would be able to count on him as a passing option with durability.
Round 3 Pick #101: Terrell Lewis, Defensive End, Alabama
Even if Clowney re-signs, the Seahawks would be wise to add on to their defensive line. Lewis would be a monster for the team’s pass rush. Despite only starting three games, he had 31 tackles, with 11.5 for losses. He also contributed six sacks and two pass breakups. Lewis has struggled with injuries, hurting his draft stock. Despite that, he’s got a great build and pure athleticism. He’s a gamble, but the Seahawks could end up with a high-caliber pass rusher who would pair nicely with Clowney or even become the team’s go-to guy to get the quarterback.
Round 4 Pick #133: K.J. Hamler, Wide Receiver, Penn State
The wide receiver class of 2020 is deep, so a player like Hamler could slip right into the Seahawks hands. He would be a great speedster to open up defenses. His speed and athleticism led to over 900 yards and eight touchdowns this past season. His route running needs work, but it’s an area that is believed will catch up with proper instruction. Likewise, he also was a serviceable kick returner and would be an explosive weapon on kick off or punt return.
Round 4 Pick #144: Zack Moss, Running Back, Utah
The Seahawks lost two running backs last season to injuries. In a league where this position can come and go so quickly, it would wise to stock up on another younger back. What Moss brings to the table is a powerful back with excellent field vision. In fact, were it not for an injury in 2018, Moss would’ve declared for the draft a year earlier. That extra year may have helped his cause, for he had 1,416 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. Moss is also a threat in the passing game. He absorbs contact well and will punish defenders for trying to tackle him.
Round 6 Pick #214: Luq Barcoo, Cornerback, San Diego State
Barcoo maybe is the most significant sleeper pick for cornerbacks in this draft. He’s a ballhawk who high points the ball perfectly. As a result, he had nine interceptions for the Aztecs last year. It seems like Barcoo would be competing for minutes. However, his athleticism and hunger to go after the ball could earn him starting time. If at nothing else, he’s a good depth piece that could also contribute on special teams.
This mock draft would add more firepower on the Seahawks offense, as well as bring power to both the offensive and defensive lines. They’d also fill in gaps for their secondary.
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