After missing the playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks need a strong 2018 draft class to help rebound from a disappointing 2017 campaign.
Whether or not you like the term “rebuilding,” the Seattle Seahawks enter 2018 closer to that term than any time in recent memory. With heavy coaching and personnel turnover already taking hold of their offseason, John Schneider and Pete Carroll must find a way to reconstruct their roster on the fly to have a chance at playoff contention next season.
With no second or third round selections, look for Seattle to trade down at least once in order to rack up more picks on day two. For now, however, we mock based on where the club is currently selecting. So, without further ado, here is the seven-round Seahawks mock that you all have been waiting for.
By the time all is said and done, Seattle’s first-round pick figures to be quite a bit lower than their current standing at No. 18. With a gap of nearly 100 selections between this and their next pick, John Schneider figures to be itching to trade down in the first round.
For now, we’ll look strictly at a player that does fit in the end of the first round range and could make sense for the Seahawks, Georgia running back Sony Michel. The former Bulldogs workhorse possesses an outstanding blend of size, speed and toughness that the Seahawks have been missing since the departure of Marshawn Lynch. With Mike Davis and Chris Carson seeming to be the only two backs with a solid path to a roster spot next season, Seattle will more than likely take a running back early on in 2018.
It helps that the Seahawks may have a good intel pipeline to both of Georgia’s talented running back prospects (Michel and Nick Chubb), as new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer filled the same role at Georgia for the 2015 season. That season, Michel logged over 1,100 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, in addition to 26 receptions out of the backfield.
If Seattle passes on running backs like Michel, Chubb, Derrius Guice, or Ronald Johnson, the team could instead look at wide receivers or defensive lineman. Florida State’s Josh Sweat, Michigan’s Mo Hurst, Memphis’ Anthony Miller and Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk could all be potential targets.