NFL Mock Draft 2013: SI's Don Banks projects DE Sam Montgomery to Seahawks


With Chris Clemons' injury at the end of last season, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks believes the Seahawks must solidify their pass rush at this year's NFL Draft.

The Seattle Seahawks improved their pass rush in the 2012 NFL Draft by selecting defensive end Bruce Irvin, and yet, the defensive line will need further help in 2013.

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Irvin, along with Chris Clemons, accounted for 19.5 of Seattle's total 36 sacks. A two-pronged pass rush attack has proven successful in the past, but injuries throw a wrinkle in that equation. Clemons tore his ACL in the Wild Card round, and the team does not expect him to return for Week 1. And a one-pronged pass rush attack just won't cut it.

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks believes the Seahawks will again draft a pass rusher. In his latest mock draft, at pick No. 25, he projects Seattle to select LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery.

The Seahawks need an upgrade for their pass rush, and are thought to be interested in UCLA defensive end Datone Jones, who we have going 19th overall to the Giants. Montgomery was the "other" end at LSU, the one not named Barkevious Mingo. But he may be a safer, more consistent bet in the NFL. SMU defensive end Margus Hunt had a strong combine and is another name to track for Seattle's neediest position.

Montgomery ran a 4.81 40-yard dash at this past week's NFL Combine and measured in at 6'3, 262 lbs. Montgomery is known for his size and aggression, and although he may not be as touted of a prospect as his defensive end mate at LSU, Barkevious Mingo, he is still a solid pick.

Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation's Mocking the Draft ignores any defensive end issues and looks at making the Seattle Seahawks the most exciting offensive team in the NFL. In his latest mock draft, Fairburn projects West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin to Seattle.

Austin ran a lightning fast 4.34 40-yard dash at the combine. Paired with Wilson, Austin and the Seahawks' passing offense would be a joy to watch.

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