2013 NFL Mock Draft: Could Seahawks target defensive line help with first pick?

Kevin C. Cox

Rob Rang of CBS Sports thinks that Seattle has a need in the middle of their defense in his latest mock draft.

The Seattle Seahawks suffered a few injuries on the defensive line this season and could be looking to bulk up that unit in the 2013 NFL Draft. One such player that was injured, Jason Jones, will also be an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Seahawks spent a 2012 4th-round pick on Jaye Howard out of Florida, but he was inactive for the year.

Rob Rang of CBS Sports tabbed Seattle's first-round pick (26th overall in this case, though it's not yet known exactly where they will select) as defensive tackle John Jenkins out of Georgia.

One area in which Seattle hasn't been quite as consistent as perhaps their hot streak would seem to indicate is their run defense, where expensive big-bodies Brandon Mebane and Red Bryant haven't been as consistent this season as last year and the team stands to potentially lose two others (Jason Jones, Alan Branch) to unrestricted free agency.

The Seahawks finished 10th in the NFL against the run, but 23rd in yards per carry as they were the second-most run-on team in the league. They could still re-sign Jones and/or Branch, both of whom played well at times, in which case they could still find more defensive line help later in the draft if they elect to go with another position in the first round.

Jenkins is a 6'3", 358-pound defensive tackle that had 50 tackles, two tackles for a loss and one sack in his senior season. He was held out of the Capital One Bowl for 'academic reasons'.

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