Our series “32 NFL Mock Drafts in 32 Days” continues with the Seattle Seahawks NFL mock draft. Seattle has been frantic in trying to please QB Russell Wilson after talking to the media on his issues with the lack of protection. They’ve made some big moves already to show Wilson he’s being heard but more needs to be done. This team underperformed last year and exited the playoffs in the Wild Card round. There is around $9.5 million in cap space available and they only have 3 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft and no first-rounder.
Russell Wilson has proven year in and year out that he can perform at the top level in the NFL. He’s taken this team on his back many times but he needs a solid supporting cast to find a path back to the Super Bowl. DK Metcalf is an emerging superstar alongside Tyler Lockett. Gerald Everett came in on a 1-year/$6 million deal and should be a nice compliment to the offense. TE Greg Olsen was released but he won’t be missed too much, to be honest. The same goes for WR Josh Gordon.
We all know the offensive line is in shambles. Wilson’s been sacked an average of 43.8 times per season and has well over 100 more sacks than passing TDs. After voicing his concerns to the media, the team traded a 5th round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders for G Gabe Jackson. Jackson didn’t allow a sack last year and was the 18th-best pass protection guard last year according to PFF. Seattle also retained starting center Ethan Pocic but there is still a lot of room for improvements.
With just three total draft picks and just one in the first three rounds, there is little the Seahawks can even do. Sure, they can dance around and pick up another pick or two. No matter what they do, each of these picks needs to be a solid hit. The biggest needs right now are edge rusher, offensive tackle, and cornerback, along with depth needed at center, interior defensive line, and wide receiver.
Seattle Seahawks NFL Mock Draft: Day 2
2.56 | Landon Dickerson | OL | Alabama
Landon Dickerson was a versatile weapon in college, playing snaps at every position on the line. Eric Pocic was re-signed for a one-year deal but he doesn’t have a strong grip on the starting gig. He also provides depth for every position, which Seattle can use to their advantage in special packages. Yes, durability and his injury history are a red flag but the reward outweighs the risk. This is someone who could make Russell Wilson smile. Dickerson is a large man who’s nimble on his feet and possesses impressive speed off the snap. He can easily steer his assignment to his will and away from the ball carrier.
Seattle Seahawks Mock Draft: Day 3
4.130 | Keith Taylor | CB | Washington
Seattle brought in former San Francisco 49er CB Ahkello Witherspoon in free agency but that doesn’t warrant the team from not drafting another. Witherspoon is a promising addition with a high ceiling but has many lingering issues. He’s extremely talented and a superb athlete but lacks urgency, mentality, and physicality. Washington’s Keith Taylor is not afraid of contact and getting dirty on a blitz. He is quite similar to Jamal Adams‘s role on this defense with skill in zone coverage. He could battle and possibly even push Witherspoon to a mere rotational position.
7.252 | Brennan Eagles | WR | Texas
Many were surprised to see Brennan Eagles skip out on a much-needed senior year at Texas. He’s talented but would have benefited more in working on his route-running and run blocking. That being said, he has excellent ball security and rarely drops a pass. He fights for the jump balls and wins more often than not. What team overlooks a 6’4” WR with good hands? To back this pick, there’s a lack of productive depth on the roster. He is by no means a starting receiver but he can come in on special occasions and make a play or two per game. There is a need at TE and some scouts could see him playing time there.
Seattle Seahawks Mock 2021 NFL Draft Recap
Again, there are only three picks to work with and two are on Day 3. Seattle can at least add a starting-worthy offensive lineman that can bring depth everywhere. Keith Taylor is not Shaquill Griffin but could push for snaps against the newly signed Ahkello Witherspoon. Seattle basically needs some WRs who can catch and that fits Brennan Eagles at this point.
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