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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Updated Projections With Only Days Until the Draft

Here's a roundup, with analysis, of some of the players that the experts have predicted may land in Seattle and where some of the experts have predicted local players will land.

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Mike Mayock Mock Draft Has Seattle Seahawks Taking Quinton Coples

The Seattle Seahawks have loved to take big athletic players since Pete Carroll arrived, and they might go that way again with no sure things likely to be available at the 12th pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Mike Mayock released his first and only mock on NFL.com, and the Seahawks end up taking someone in that mold in defensive end Quinton Coples. Coples could be another pass rusher along the line to further bolster Seattle's ability to stuff opposing offenses up front.

He's a boom-or-bust candidate. He had a big year as a junior at defensive tackle and got on everyone's radar. But to me, Coples is not a first-round pick off his senior year of tape, when he was playing defensive end. I recognize his talent, though. He had a great Senior Bowl week and I think Pete Carroll can get the most out of him.

More from Mayock on this pick by the Seahawks can be found in this video here.

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Mel Kiper Mock Draft 2012 Has Seahawks Taking Chandler Jones

The Seattle Seahawks are ready for the 2012 NFL Draft, and have the twelfth pick in the first round. The Seahawks have a few needs on both the offensive and the defensive side of the football, and they could probably use a few pass rushers.

Mel Kiper released his latest and final mock draft for Thursday's first round (click here to see if there's an ESPN Insider account) and the Seattle Seahawks end up taking one of the top pass rushers in the draft, Chandler Jones of the Syracuse Orange. Jones could really be needed.

The Seahawks need a pass-rusher, and I really like the fit. Pete Carroll can use a player with Jones' length and athleticism in a "Leo" role, and create an added dimension to the rush. The Seahawks will have built a pretty formidable defense if they can add a final piece or two up front. Jones makes sense here.

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2012 NFL Draft: Seahawks Should Look At Chandler Jones, Shea McClellin

The Seattle Seahawks might be looking at trying to upgrade their front seven with their first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Mike Mayock of NFL.com ranked his top defensive ends and linebackers, and two familiar names that have appeared on many mock boards are near the top of the list. Defensive end Quinton Coples of the North Carolina Tar Heels and outside linebacker Melvin Ingram of the South Carolina Gamecocks were both ranked second overall at their positions. However, the top players on Mayock's list haven't been circulated around that much, as Chandler Jones of Syracuse and Shea McClellin of Boise State have passed under the radar.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle Sehawks Should Pick Melvin Ingram According To Greg Cosell

The Seattle Seahawks are coming close to filling out their whole front seven. What they really could use is a solid pass rusher to really complete their team, and they might be able to fill that need out in the 2012 NFL Draft.

NFL Films expert Greg Cosell breaks down the tape on the top players in the draft and tries to evaluate which player is needed the most by each team. In his estimation, the Seahawks should pick South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram to further bolster their pass rushing needs with the 12th overall pick.

The most intriguing front-7 player comes off the board to the Seahawks. Melvin Ingram is remarkably athletic for his body type (6’1½", 264 pounds at the Combine). He aligned all over the South Carolina defense: DE, DT, LB. He was the movable chess piece looking for matchups to exploit. At times he moved like a running back with his lateral agility and nimble feet. Don’t overreact when I say this, but his spin move was reminiscent of Dwight Freeney. He had that kind of explosive quickness.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Seahawks Take UNC DE Quinton Coples In SB Nation's Latest Mock Draft

The Seattle Seahawks continue to be one of the most talked about teams in the draft as what they do at the no. 12 spot will dictate a lot of what happens after them. It seems like a consensus is developing that the Seahawks will indeed look to upgrade their defense with the no. 12 pick but who that person turns out to be still remains to be seen.

Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation's latest mock draft has the Seahawks taking North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples. Here is Van Bibber's reasoning.

Coples is like [Memphis defensive tackle Dontari] Poe in that some are questioning his ability to reach his potential, just like teams were with Robert Quinn last year. Seattle will gladly take a chance on him to add an outside threat.

Both Sports Illustrated's Peter King and NFL Films' Greg Cosell have the Seahawks taking South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram in this spot. But Van Bibber has Ingram going no. 7 the Jacksonville Jaguars which explains his Coples selection.

It also proves that nobody really knows anything about what's about to happen. Don't you just love the pre-draft? It's almost as much fun as the draft itself.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Greg Cosell's Mock Sends Melvin Ingram To The Seahawks

NFL Films' Greg Cosell put up his first mock draft and presented it a way only Cosell would. More personable and much longer than most mocks, Cosell brings his own perspective to what has become a mad dash for football people to nail down their picks before the draft finally commences.

Cosell has the Seattle Seahawks taking South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram. This is what Cosell had to say about the pick.

The most intriguing front-7 player comes off the board to the Seahawks. Melvin Ingram is remarkably athletic for his body type (6'1 ½, 264 pounds at the Combine). He aligned all over the South Carolina defense: DE, DT, LB. He was the movable chess piece looking for matchups to exploit. At times he moved like a running back with his lateral agility and nimble feet. Don't overreact when I say this, but his spin move is reminiscent of Dwight Freeney. He had that kind of explosive quickness.

Cosell is clearly high on Ingram so we'll see if the Seahawks heed to his words and snag Ingram if he's still on the board at this spot.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: LaMichael James Selected By Jacksonville Jaguars

Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James was really good in the Pac-12, and helped lead his team to three straight Rose Bowl appearances. James is on the diminutive side though, so he might have trouble translating that play to the next level as an NFL feature back.

DraftTek releases his latest mock, and James was picked in the second round with the 38th pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars already have a mainstay runner in Maurice Jones-Drew, but Jacksonville could use more offensive weapons, and James definitely is the type of player who can really provide additional options on the field.

Surprise, surprise; LaMichael James is the 3rd RB to come off the board. The Jags are in the market for playmakers and James fits the bill. James' 4.37 speed would be a welcome addition in the open field. It's uncertain as to how Rashad Jennings will recover from his knee injury that forced him to miss last season. Deji Karim was a disappointment therefore they must look in another direction. James would be the perfect complement to MJD thus helping out with some of the heavy lifting.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle Seahawks Take Melvin Ingram, Chris Polk

The Seattle Seahawks have a few needs in the 2012 NFL Draft. Perhaps the most prominent need is pass rushing to further upgrade the team defense.

DraftTek releases their latest mock, and the Seahawks take defensive end Melvin Ingram of the South Carolina Gamecocks to further upgrade their pass-rushing abilities with the 12th pick in the first round.

Which is the superior draft strategy; BPA or Team Needs? We all have our preferences on the subject, but ultimately it's only the opinion of a teams front office which matters. Going off the draft history of this current Seahawks regime, it's safe to assume they fall under the "Team Needs" camp of thought. Upgrading the pass rush is currently the greatest need for Seattle, so expect Carroll to target a a fast edge rushing DE/LB like Ingram.

With their second round pick, the Seahawks take another running back to try to give the run game more punch behind Marshawn Lynch. With the 43rd pick in the second round, the Seahawks select one Chris Polk of the Washington Huskies.

Seattle needs another stud RB to pair with Lynch, both to back him up in case of injury, and take on some of the workload. Like Lynch, Polk runs angry, and he will routinely gain many of his yards after contact. As a former Husky, the powerful Polk would be a surefire fan favorite in Seattle. Doug Martin is an option here as well, and if both Polk and Martin are on the board at pick 43, Carroll will have a difficult (in a good way) decision to make.

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NFL Draft 2012: Mel Kiper Talks Quinton Coples, Courtney Upshaw & Other Seahawks Targets

Just about every mock draft released these days has the Seattle Seahawks selecting a defensive player in the first round. Rather it be a defensive lineman, linebacker or secondary player, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is likely to have a talented young rookie to work with next season. It could be a big step in the Seahawks reaching the playoffs once again in 2012.

Mel Kiper recently partook a long Q&A with various football writers discussing a wide range of topics. He mentioned numerous prospects the Seahawks have been linked to in recent weeks, including Courtney Upshaw and Quinton Coples.

Kiper likes Coples, but he explained why he dropped a bit in his latest mock draft:

Quinton Coples has come down a bit, just because he wasn't productive from the start to the finish, and he doesn't have the great wingspan of some of the other defensive linemen that have come out with his hype of height at 6'6″, so he's dropped a bit.

He also addressed Upshaw and what a few scouts don't like about him:

Upshaw is a good football player. I think people just don't know where to play him. You talk to some teams, they say, well, he's only a defensive end. He's 280, he can only be a defensive end. Then others say, well, he's 6'1″ and a half and he's got short arms, he can't be a defensive end, he's going to have to be a linebacker. But he's 280 and he's not that explosive.

I compare him to LaMarr Woodley. LaMarr Woodley wasn't even a first round draft choice himself. So this notion that everybody loved LaMarr Woodley is ridiculous; it wasn't true. LaMarr Woodley didn't go until the second round.

It will be interesting to see if Seattle does indeed go the defensive route in the first round or if they throw a curveball and pick up a wide receiver or quarterback. You just never know with this team, and there are always a few clubs that like to throw a curveball on the first night in New York City.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: An Interesting Draft Day Scenario for the Seahawks

ScoutTheDraft.com and FieldGulls.com's Derek Stephens published his most recent mock draft today, just under one week away from the NFL Draft, and proposed a very interesting and quite possibly realistic scenario for what might happen in Round 1 for the Seahawks.

Derek projects a trade between Cincinnati and Seattle, where the Bengals move up the board to grab athletically gifted DT Dontari Poe. Seattle picks up some picks and moves to back 21, to select...

Pick #21 - Seattle
Player Selected: Shea McClellin - OLB/DE - Boise State (Acquired in trade with Cincinnati for 12th overall pick)

Comments: Pete Carroll and Co. have worked hard to rebuild a defense that is now one of the best young units in the league. They still have a glaring weakness though in their lack of consistent pass pressure from anyone other than Chris Clemons. McClellin is an intriguing prospect whom some will view as a reach here at 21, but there's a strong possibility that if Ingram and Coples are both off the board, the Seahawks will look to trade back and try to grab another versatile pass-rushing prospect later on. McClellin has been blazing up draft boards after impressive workouts and an undeniably strong '11 season at BSU. He can rush the passer, cover and play the run, and it's this versatility that makes him a great fit for Seattle's defense.

Like Stephens notes, if Melvin Ingram and Quinton Coples are off the board at #12, and Hawks have an opportunity to move down to pick up some draft capital, they would likely consider it (though it might be tough to pass on Courtney Upshaw - even though they do so twice in this particular mock). With Shea McClellin, they're getting a player that can play outside or even in the middle as a linebacker, but could also put his hand in the dirt as a defensive end opposite Chris Clemons, depending on down and distance. His versatility is what makes him such an intriguing player, and his athleticism and strong football instincts are what set him apart.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Select Melvin Ingram, According to SI's Peter King

With the NFL Draft so near you can almost taste it, the Seattle Seahawks are closing in on their targets to acquire this season.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King has his latest mock draft fresh out of the oven, and has the Seahawks choosing DE Melvin Ingram out of the University of South Carolina.

Here is Peter King with the commentary:

One note: Seattle will take Ryan Tannehill if he's there at 12. Write it down. If he's not, Ingram is the kind of versatile rush guy Pete Carroll could use both outside and inside; he had 25 tackles behind the line in 2011. Barron? Even with the Seahawks' terrific secondary, his addition would mean Carroll could play three thumping safeties on every down but first.

I guess when the draft is so close you can say things like "write it down" when creating a mock draft, but I stil t hink there are too many variables to make a concrete prediction. That is, of course, as long as your name isn't Andrew Luck .

Nevertheless, Ingram or Tannehill both will be solid additions bringing their unique flavor to Pete Carroll and Co. It's all a matter of who takes whom and where in the draft process.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Linked To Dontari Poe, Luke Kuechly In First Round

The Seattle Seahawks are armed with the 12th overall pick at the 2012 NFL Draft. There are numerous areas of their roster that need to be addressed, but most feel they will look at either a defensive lineman or linebacker in the first round. Given the lack of available wide receivers or quarterbacks in the middle of the first round, this seems like a smart way to go for Seattle.

USA Today recently surveyed numerous draft experts for their first round projections.

Jarrett Ball has the Seahawks going with Memphis DT Dontari Poe, who put on a show at the NFL Combine. Jim Corbett has the club going with linebacker Luke Kuechly out of Boston College. Both Nate Davis of USA Today and Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com have Seattle going with defensive end Quinton Coples out of North Carolina, while Wes Bunting of National Football Post has Whitney Mercilus heading to the Hawks.

The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft is set for Thursday, April 26 from New York City.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Select DE Quinton Coples

Now that the NFL Draft is about a week away, most mock drafts are becoming more solidified as the top talents are lining up with their potential best matches. The seattle Seahawks have a lot of options to find a match in the first round, but according to National Football Post's latest mock draft, DE Quinton Coples is the best suited to join Pete Carroll and Co. up in Seattle.

Here's Natonal Football Post's Wes Bunting with the commentary:

The Seahawks have a real unique blend of athletes on the defensive side of the ball and because of that it makes me think Coples would be able to fit right in and fill a number of roles at both DT and DE. Plus, Pete Carroll seems like the kind of coach that could get the most out of Coples's talent.

You know Coples is tough, just look at his arms. But he is also disciplined, and will be a great teammate and consumate professional. Seattle would definitely hit a home run with this pick here.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Seahawks Select DE Melvin Ingram In Don Banks' Latest Mock

The 2012 NFL Draft is getting so close you can almost hear Roger Gooddell warming up him pipes. Well, it's not that close yet, but there's a whole lot of of possibility to be had in this year's draft for every NFL team, including the Seattle Seahawks.

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has released his latest mock draft, and after some deliberation settles on DE Marvin Ingram out of South Carolina as the Seahawks' first round draft choice this year.

Here is Banks with the commentary:

The Seahawks need pass rush help and linebackers, and Ingram is versatile enough to handle whatever job Pete Carroll asks him to do. Ingram is slipping a bit on some boards, but he doesn't tumble out of the top 12 on this one.

Even though he is slipping elsewhere, the talented Ingram isn't getting out of the top 12 according to Banks. He would certainly help Seattle keep their QB's upright, and provide some stable, long-term protection once he is acclimated with Pate Carroll's system. Listed as 6'2" 276 pounds, he could use some extra weight to throw around once in the league, but not a whole lot. This seems like a great fit for both Ingram and Seattle.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Rob Rang Projects Two Linebackers To Seahawks

NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang has some very intriguing options for Seattle in his latest mock draft, and projects two very highly rated linebackers will go to the Seahawks.

12. Seattle Seahawks
Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina: Adding free agents Barrett Ruud and Deuce Lutui at middle linebacker and offensive guard filled two of Seattle's primary areas of concern with starting-caliber veterans. Those additions should allow the team to draft the best available player, who happens to fill their other glaring area of need -- a pass rusher opposite Chris Clemons. Just as he did with the Gamecocks, Ingram's versatility could see him line up at outside linebacker, defensive end and even defensive tackle in obvious pass rush situations. That type of versatility is sure to intrigue Pete Carroll.
Later, in the 2nd round, Rang has the Seahawks taking a ridiculously athletic linebacker out of Utah State.
43. Seattle Seahawks
Bobby Wagner, OLB, Utah State: The signing of veteran Barrett Ruud helps ease concern at middle linebacker, but Wagner would give the club a younger, more athletic option.
Not a bad haul for the Seahawks if this scenario played out, and I can't say I disagree with his assessments. Ingram could do a lot of different things for the Hawks' already burgeoning defense, likely able to play three downs in different roles, providing Pete Carroll a versatile new weapon. Wagner too would have the potential to start in year one, and if he didn't develop quite quickly enough, Barrett Ruud provides the team a little insurance.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Trade Up to Grab Ryan Tannehill

CBSSports.com's Will Brinson published his most recent mock draft on Tuesday and laid out an interesting scenario for the Seahawks, projecting that they'll trade their second-round pick to swap spots with Jacksonville in the first round to nab Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill. Per Brinson:

7. Seattle Seahawks (Mock trade from Jacksonville)
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M: For only a second-round pick and a swap of first-round picks, the Seahawks are able to hop the two teams -- Miami and Kansas City -- that might nab Tannehill from them. And say what you want about the Matt Flynn signing, but Carroll's reportedly been "giggling like a schoolgirl" over the quarterback and he's had little rhyme or reason behind his acquisition of signal callers.

This is prediction makes a lot of sense from Brinson, as it comes on the heels of a Peter King report that said the Seahawks are very, very interested in Tannehill. Whether this is true or is but a smokescreen by Seattle's front office remains to be seen, but a trade-up scenario is very hard for me to picture happening. John Schneider -- who subscribes to and has been a big part of the Green Bay mode of drafting that heavily favors trading back and acquiring more picks -- is likely already uncomfortable with merely six picks this year, and I doubt he'd trade up and give up another. It's just my opinion, but even if the Hawks do like Tannehill as much as King says, I just can't see them trading up to try to grab him, even if it would be relatively inexpensive. We'll see soon enough!

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Take Quinton Coples

The Seattle Seahawks don't have any idea what kind of needs they have to address in the 2012 NFL Draft. There are no real offensive playmakers out there yet that could be available with the 12th overall pick, and it's hard to see a great defensive talent out there either that they could just plug in there.

Ryan Van Bibber releases his latest mock on SB Nation, and the Seahawks again look like they're ready to upgrade their pass rush in this one, taking defensive end Quinton Coples of the North Carolina Tar Heels. Van Bibber explains the reasoning.

Coples is sliding down draft boards amid questions about his dedication and passion for the game. There's just too much potential for Seattle to overlook Coples if he makes it to the 12th pick.

Related Video: Quinton Coples Scouting Report

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: San Diego Chargers Scoop Up LaMichael James

There are concerns about how well LaMichael James will translate to the next level as a pro. He's relatively small for a running back, and despite possessing all the necessary attributes to be a strong running back (toughness, versatility, open field speed, elusiveness), there are questions about how well he'd fare in the NFL. There's no need to risk a first-round draft pick on him. A second rounder might be the best place to pick up James.

In their latest mock, DraftTek has James ending up with the San Diego Chargers with the 49th pick in the second round of the draft. This is probably not that bad a spot for him, although the Chargers might have to ask him to do a lot very soon.

Though Ryan Mathews has proven capable of carrying the load for the Chargers, it seemed like Philip Rivers really missed his security blanket in Darren Sproles last year. Though James only has 51 career receptions at Oregon, he has proven capable of catching the ball out of the backfield and is far from a liability in pass protection. In short, he could easily fill Sproles' shoes for the Chargers this year and provide an excellent option as a change-of-pace back when Mathews needs a break.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Pick Melvin Ingram, Lavonte David

The Seattle Seahawks have some decisions to make regarding who they pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. With no real priorities, Seattle might just spend time upgrading the defensive side of the football to make them one of the more complete units in the league.

DraftTek released its latest mock, and it has the Seahawks going defense with their first two picks. First Seattle goes ahead and takes Melvin ingram with the 12th pick in the first round, the defensive end from South Carolina.

It seems plenty of Seahawks fans out there are hoping Carroll and Co. will be able to trade down the board in order to secure more picks, either for this year (Hawks lack a 5th rounder) or for 2013. However, trading down is easier said than done as it requires another team which actually wants to move up. No matter what happens, the Hawks will target "their" guy just as they have done the past 2 drafts. Is that guy Ingram? Stay tuned 12th men, we're just over 2 weeks away from finding out!

In the second round, Seattle gets another edge rusher, this time someone who can come from the outside linebacking spot and provide that extra punch. Lavonte David is their choice with the 43rd pick.

While a hybrid DE/OLB like Ingram should provide the pass rush boost the Hawks have sorely needed, it doesn't help to improve the Hawks lack of coverage in the short passing game. The Seahawks were brutalized underneath all last year, and they need to find someone who can keep pace with the Darren Sproles and Gronkowski's of the world. With his ability to move sideline-to-sideline and blanket TE's, David is one of the best coverage LB's in the draft.


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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Seahawks Select Courtney Upshaw in SB Nation Blogger Mock

It's nice to change it up a bit with your NFL mock drafts, trying to have some fun with them from time to time. And with the release of SB Nation's latest blogger mock, they've done just that, having each NFL blog make the pick for their respective team. And though these folks have fun putting these together, you best believe the picks are deadly serious.

Here is the Seahawks blog Field Gulls and their choice for Seattle's No. 12 overall pick, linebacker Courtney Upshaw out of the University of Alabama:

Seattle's priority in round one has to be improving the team's outside pass rush, as it currently relies too much on Chris Clemons. Pete Carroll will be looking for someone who can fit as a DE/OLB hybrid, get to the quarterback and provide solid run support. Courtney Upshaw played the exact same role for Alabama and in many ways is ideal for the Seahawks. Don't be surprised if they make him the 12th overall pick.

The guys over at Field Gulls really know what they are talking about, you should trust their judgement on these kind of things.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle Seahawks Pick Melvin Ingram

There are plenty of talents in the 2012 NFL Draft, but not all of them are guaranteed to pan out. For the Seattle Seahawks, they'll be looking for a good fit for a couple particular positions. One possibility is a pass rusher to further bolster their already solid defensive line, perhaps to help make them one of the best front fours in the league.

DraftTek releases his latest mock, and it has the Seahawks pick South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram to fill that need.

There have been a few emails concerning Ingram and why a "4-3" defensive team would draft a 3-4 LB to play DE, over a more traditional 4-3 end. Rob Staton over at Seahawksdraftblog.com has a wonderful write-up on the subject , which explains in great detail the Hawks hybrid 4-3 under scheme and the "Elephant" position that a 3-4 OLB prospect like Ingram would be an ideal fit for.

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Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Select DE Quinton Coples According To SI's Don Banks' Latest Mock

The landscape of the 2012 NFL draft seems to ebb and flow with every passing day and mock draft, though the Seattle Seahawks are focused on getting the best possibly talent for their team with the No. 12 overall pick.

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has been busy scouting all the talent, recently releasing his latest installment of his 2012 mock draft. And with the twelfth overall pick, the Seattle Seahawks will select defensive end Quinton Coples out of the University of North Carolina.

Here's what Banks thinks of Coples and the Seahawks:

There's a lot to love about the young defense the Seahawks are assembling, but they've got to create more pressure on opposing passers. Coples could drop well into the teens, but he's got double-digit sack talent if Pete Carroll and Co. can figure out how to keep his intensity and effort level high at all times.

Intensity and effort levels have never really been issues for Pete Carroll, and a stud defender like Coples joining the fray would be a great use of their pick here. Obviously there is a lot of talent to choose from this year, but if Coples is still around when Seattle hits the clock not many could complain with their decision to choose him.

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Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Take Middle Linebacker With 12th Pick

Former NFL Coach and now CBSSports.com analyst Pat Kirwin published his most recent mock draft on Tuesday and his projection for the Seahawks was a familiar one. Said Kirwin:

Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College: The Seahawks could go in a few directions at this spot, but Kuechly makes the most sense to me to QB Pete Carroll's defense. As Carroll said to me last week, linebackers in free agency moved off the board slowly because there are some very interesting linebackers in the draft.'

This echoes something that Kirwin tweeted a couple of weeks ago -

Whether Carroll had Kuechly in mind for the Seahawks when he said that to Kirwin remains to be seen, but with the recent departure of starting middle linebacker David Hawthorne to New Orleans, the Seahawks need at that position certainly needs to be addressed. The signing of free agent Barrett Ruud doesn't necessarily preclude the Hawks from looking at Keuchly with the #12 pick, but there are a couple of inside linebackers in the 2nd and 3rd round discussion that could make some sense. It will be very interesting indeed.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle Seahawks Pick Quinton Coples

The Seattle Seahawks have tinkering they can do at every position, but no overwhelming needs that have to be satisfied. So there's plenty of experimenting they can do with their 12th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. This might in fact be one of those times where the best talent available on the board would be the wise course of action.

Ryan Van Bibber released his latest mock draft, and he has the Seahawks taking a defensive end, the very talented Quinton Coples from the North Carolina Tar Heels. With solid defensive line talent everywhere else along that front, it would certainly upgrade that pass rush even further.

Seattle's defensive line has already become, quietly, one of the tougher units in the league. Adding an edge rusher like Coples could make it a real problem for opponents. Can Pete Carroll keep the UNC product's fire lit?

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Take DE Melvin Ingram In 1st Round

The 2012 NFL Draft is less than a month away. The NFL scouts and evaluators are likely working overtime, attempting to lock down who their respective teams will target.

The latest mock draft over at Draft Tek suggests that the Seattle Seahawks will use their first-round pick to select South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Melvin Ingram as the No. 12 overall pick. Here is their take:

With Hawthorne gone for good the Seahawks now have multiple holes to fill at LB, to go along with the need to upgrade the pass rush. The versatile Ingram, would be a "kill 2 birds with one stone" type of addition, being able to play both OLB and DE. He would most likely be the SAM (with KJ Wright being moved to MLB) and attack off the edge on passing downs. Upshaw is also a possibility here for the exact same reasons.

The Seahawks could certainly stand to beef up the pass rush and this selection would be in line with the popular thinking surrounding Seattle's plans for building toward the 2012 season.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle Seahawks Take Quinton Coples

The Seattle Seahawks don't have many outstanding needs in the 2012 NFL Draft, so it's good to see them with the 12th overall pick. They have plenty of guys they can pick from and make a choice.

Quinton Coples of the North Carolina Tar Heels is starting to become a popular choice. Mel Kiper already picked him, so why not Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, who has Coples also ending up in the Pacific Northwest in his latest mock draft.

Seattle needs to generate more heat on opposing quarterbacks, and Coples has natural ability in the pass rush department. His effort level has been inconsistent, and he could drop into the teens because of it. But his upside makes him a decent gamble at No. 12 for the Seahawks.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Kiper 4.0 Has LaMichael James To Denver Broncos

Running back LaMichael James of the Oregon Ducks is one of those guys who was so impressive in the college level that you're not quite sure how great he'll be in the NFL. He's definitely a little bit smaller than your atypical pro running back, so we'll have to see how he translates at the next level.

Mel Kiper put out his newest mock draft for the 2012 Draft (version 4.0, to be precise), which you can view if you have an ESPN Insider account. Could you imagine Peyton Manning using James as his primary runner out of the backfield? You might have to consider it, because Kiper has James to the Broncos.

Would be a great fit in Denver, and people forget how much Peyton Manning loves to throw to backs.

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Mel Kiper Mock Draft Has Seattle Seahawks Picking Quinton Coples, Ronnell Lewis

The Seattle Seahawks have specific needs to address in the 2012 NFL Draft, particularly on their front seven and their linebacking corps. And it makes sense to solve both of those issues with their first and second round picks.

Mel Kiper has released his latest mock draft (view the entire mock draft here if you have an ESPN Insider account) and the Seahawks end up picking a solid defensive end who can fit into their system with their first round pick. Seattle takes defensive end Quinton Coples at this spot.

Even if [Luke] Kuechly is still on the board, it would be tough for Seattle to pass on perhaps the safest 4-3 DE option available. Coples has prototypical size, can play every down as a pass-rusher and has a solid arsenal of moves to get to opposing quarterbacks, but with the size and discipline to be a force against the run. Seattle can't go wrong here with either the top LB or DE available. This defense is close to being considered among the NFL's finest

Seattle looks for a linebacker in the second round, and they go with Ronnell Lewis.

His production dipped some in 2011, but Lewis could start as a situational pass-rusher and become more.

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Seahawks Take Stanford OG David DeCastro, According To SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber

SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber released his most recent NFL Mock Draft today and there were plenty of changes. But one thing stayed the same - Van Bibber has the Seahawks taking Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro with the no. 12 overall pick.

Even though taking an offensive guard this high in the draft is not the norm, it makes sense on a couple of fronts.

One, the changes in the rookie pay scale make it easier to swallow paying an offensive guard no. 12 overall pick type money.

Two, and most importantly, DeCastro fills a need on the Seahawks and considered to be one of the best interior linemen to come along in a long, long time. Van Bibber as well as other draft pundits are high on him. He could be one of the best guards in the league by season's end and with the Seahawks looking to finally produce a passing game to go with Marshawn Lynch in the running game, protection will be paramount. DeCastro can help in that capacity.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Seahawks Select WR Justin Blackmon, According to Mocking the Draft

With every passing mock the Seattle Seahawks seemingly have a new option with their first round pick, and with the latest installment from Mocking the Draft, the variations continue to pile up.

Brad Wells over at MTD has made his selection, and has the Seahawks choosing wide receiver Justin Blackmon out of Oklahoma State with their No. 12 overall selection in this year's draft. Here's Wells with the commentary:

An unwillingness to run the 40 at the Combine coupled with a4.46 time at his Pro Day (on a track noted for skewing speed results) drops Blackmon completely out of the top ten. Consensus is he is not an elite talent, ala Calvin Johnson. However, for new Seahawks QB Matt Flynn and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, he doesn't have to be. The "West Coast Offense" in Seattle is perfect for Blackmon's size and playmaking ability.

One person who would undoubtedly love Blackmon to the Seahawks is Matt Flynn, giving him a great pair of hands to make him look better in his first year in Seattle, as well as coach Carroll who would be licking his chops with the thought of his new deep threat. Hopefully Blackmon is still on the board by then.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Seahawks Select Quinton Coples, Mychal Kendricks In Todd Mcshay's Latest Mock Draft

The Seattle Seahawks can choose a number of different routes to take with their first few picks in this year's NFL draft, with many of them coming on the defensive side of the ball. And according to ESPN's Todd McShay's latest mock draft, defensive end will be their position of choice in the first round, choosing Quinton Coples out of North Carolina No. 12 overall.

Here's McShay's take on Coples and Seattle:

No. 12 Seattle Seahawks- areas of need: DE, LB, TE, WR, G/ROT, RB

A great value at a position of primary need. Coples is a versatile prospect with solid measurables, good pass-rush ability and the ability to hold up against the run.

And since the draft is getting closer, McShay went as far to pick their second round choice as well, selecting inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks out of Cal No. 43 overall. Those are two solid defensive editions in the first two rounds, though a number of offensive weapons will likely be gone by then. Either way, I think McShay made two selections in Coples and Kenricks that will improve their team with young, hungry players for Pete Carroll to shape.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle Seahawks Pick David DeCastro

The Seattle Seahawks have plenty of things they need to fix up. No one position is of such huge importance that they need to draft to fill a particular spot. It could be better off for Seattle to just grab someone they think is the most likely to pan out, or draft the best talent available that's left on the board.

Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation released his latest mock draft, and it has the Seahawks picking Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro with the 12th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

It seems odd to see another offensive lineman in the draft for Seattle, but they did a pretty solid job of fixing other areas in free agency. They need someone to replace Robert Gallery. DeCastro is a rare specimen at guard, a guy who might be one of the league's best by October.

Indeed, Seattle doesn't really have any spot that they really need to completely upgrade in this year's draft. DeCastro will be a fine consolation prize though. He's that good.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Take Stanford's David DeCastro, According To SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber

The NFL Draft is coming soon and everyone is rushing to try to figure out what teams are going to do once it is finally time to actually make their selections. It's still anybody's guess, but that's the fun part of this time. Nobody really knows. But our man Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation gives it his best shot and currently has the Seattle Seahawks taking Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro, something that hasn't changed for a while.

Van Bibber had this to say about the Seahawks and DeCastro.

"It seems odd to see another offensive lineman in the draft for Seattle, but they did a pretty solid job of fixing other areas in free agency. They need someone to replace Robert Gallery. DeCastro is a rare specimen at guard, a guy who might be one of the league's best by October."

Seems like a solid selection from the eyes of Van Bibber. Two weeks into free agency and with the draft only a month away, the Seahawks have positioned themselves well to be able to draft based on need. They need a player like DeCastro. We'll see if they pull the trigger.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: SB Nation Writers Mock Kicks Off

I'm about as big of a fan of mock drafts as the next guy. That is to say, I recognize that are just educated guesses, most of the time, and the sheer number of variables involved makes them very, very inaccurate, typically. I also recognize they're a useful tool or exercise and help any fan or analyst better understand his team's needs and holes, its strategy and priority for different player positions.

As a Seahawks fan, I've been monitoring the various mock drafts going up. Generally speaking, the consensus for the Seahawks has been, well, not a consensus. A lot of mock drafts have the Seahawks taking a defensive end, most often Courtney Upshaw or Melvin Ingram. Some have them taking an offensive guard, almost always David DeCastro, while some have them taking a receiver -- Michael Floyd being a popular choice -- and some have them taking a middle linebacker, typically Luke Kuechly. Some mocks have the Seahawks taking a quarterback, and some have them taking a defensive tackle. I've seen several that have them taking Trent Richardson at No. 12. That's the beauty of mock drafts and just the NFL Draft in general -- apart from the top two picks, it's anybody's guess as to who will go where.

Despite the level of guesswork that goes into these things, I appreciate the experts' picks, especially when they're well-researched. They're great conversation starters, and typically these writers and analysts have a better idea than the average Joe what each specific team has for needs and where they might be leaning. We here at SB Nation are taking that thought and going a little further with it. Using writers from our network of team blogs, we'll have each blog represent its team as a GM -- and use intimate knowledge of the roster, depth chart, philosophy and history of their respective front offices, and hopefully, in some cases, some inside information to make their choices in the now ongoing SB Nation Writer's Mock Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Select Memphis DT Dontari Poe, According To NFL.com

In NFL.com latest mock draft, put together by Charles Davis, the Seattle Seahawks select Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe with the No. 12 pick in the 2012 draft. The Seahawks have picked a number of different players in different mock drafts as they can use some help at a lot of different positions. However, Poe would give the Seahawks a solid force at nose tackle for seasons to come. As for Davis' explanation on the pick, he only had this to say: "Potential over production in college, as Pete Carroll often gets the production to emerge."

Poe is ranked by many as this draft class' top defensive lineman. He's a 6-foot-3, 346-pound run stopping boulder of a defensive tackle, but he also proved with a quick 40 time and an impressive combine workout that he has the athleticism to rush the passer by overpowering linemen from the defensive tackle position. He's the kind of guy that the Seahawks could build a defensive front seven around.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Select David DeCastro According to SI's Don Banks

The Seattle Seahawks certainly have some decisions to make before the 2012 NFL Draft, especially when it comes to how their utilize their first round pick this year.

Sports Illustrated Don Banks made quite the interesting choice in his latest mock draft, choosing offensive lineman David DeCastro with the No. 12 overall pick instead of trying to pick up a offense target or defensive player.

Here's what Banks has to say about DeCastro and the Seahawks:

The Seahawks are out of the quarterback market in the draft, having signed free agent veteran Matt Flynn on Sunday night. With Robert Gallery released and Steve Hutchinson signing in Tennessee, DeCastro has emerged as an obvious candidate for the No. 12 slot. He's the kind of tough, physical player that Seattle line coach Tom Cable prefers, and as the top-rated guard prospect, he's a nice melding of value and draft slot.

DeCastro did a great job with his O-line with the Stanford Cardinal in his tenure there, keeping Andrew Luck protected and upright more often than not. Hopefully he can do the same thing for Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson. Someone special would likely have to drop to Seattle for them not to take a player of DeCastro's caliber in this position.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Select Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois, According to Pro Football Talk

Evan Silva and the folks over at NBC's Pro Football Talk have released their very first edition of their 2012 NFL Mock Draft, and have the Seattle Seahawks making quite the interesting pick in the first round.

According to Silva, The Seahawks will select defensive end Whitney Mercilus out of the University of Illinois with their first round pick.

Silva notes that Mercilus is a 'relentless outside rusher' but that he also needs some work 'cleaning up' his technique. The 6'4" 265 pound lineman would make a terrific addition to the 'Hawks D-Line after he led the nation in sacks (13.5), sacks per game (1.23) and forced fumbles (8) through Nov. 19, 2011 as a Fighting Illini. He could become a beast with a little work from Pete Carroll and Co.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Is Luke Kuechly an Option for Seattle at #12?

CBS Sports' Rob Rang -- a northwest native and an analyst with a great perspective on the Seahawks' roster and tendencies -- recently released his latest mock draft and had the Seahawks taking a familiar name with the 12th pick:

Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College: A year ago the Seahawks' starting three linebackers were Aaron Curry (strong side), David Hawthorne (middle) and Leroy Hill (weak side). After trading Curry to Oakland during the season, Seattle doesn't appear particularly concerned about the possibility of losing Hawthorne or Hill to free agency. Perhaps that's because they're targeting the All-American Kuechly, who'd be an upgrade in the middle.

As Rang points out, the Seahawks are slow-playing the linebacker free agency market -- I heard GM John Schneider on the radio today and he pointed out, and I'm paraphrasing, that there are still a lot of linebackers out there unsigned, and that it's tough to gauge their value because none of them have signed anywhere. That changed a bit this afternoon as Stephen Tulloch re-signed with the Lions, but the financials of the five-year deal were not disclosed.

Either way, the point is that if the Seahawks do end up losing both Hill and Hawthorne in free agency and don't make any major moves of their own at that spot, the draft is the likely source for their starting weakside and middle linebacker spots. Kuechly is one of the highest-rated linebackers in the class and wouldn't be a bad pick, but at the #12 spot there should be a lot of options. In this case, Rang has the Hawks overlooking Courtney Upshaw and Melvin Ingram to take the Boston College middle linebacker, a situation that I'm not sure will play out. Time will tell, but it's an interesting thought.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Mocking The Draft Has The Seahawks Taking Stanford's David DeCastro

Mocking The Draft's Dan Kadar and SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber differ - slightly. Both have updated their NFL Mock Drafts and the player Kadar has the Seattle Seahawks taking is taken in the spot that follows in Van Bibber's mock.

Kadar has the Seahawks taking Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro to help solidify an offensive line tasked with protecting quarterback Matt Flynn and providing running room for running back Marshawn Lynch. In steps DeCastro into a hole made by the release of Robert Gallery. But Kadar also mentions Baylor's Kendall Wright and Notre Dame's Michael Floyd as possibilities in this spot.

And that's exactly where Van Bibber went with his prediction. Van Bibber has the Seahawks taking Floyd with DeCastro going to the Cardinals a pick later. Van Bibber's reasoning?

"Matt Flynn was used to having a handful of wide receivers to target when he was with the Packers - in practice anyway. Seattle will want to give him as many options as possible, especially with Sidney Rice's health a continual question mark."

So, wide receiver or offensive line? We'll know soon.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Select Michael Floyd

The Seattle Seahawks have to upgrade certain parts of their team if they plan on contending for an NFC West title next season and knocking off the San Francisco 49ers from their current perch. Getting some solid talent at the skill positions would better improve their chances of beating the best teams on a consistent basis.

Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation has released his latest mock draft, and it has the Seahawks taking a wide receiver.

Matt Flynn was used to having a handful of wide receivers to target when he was with the Packers -- in practice anyway. Seattle will want to give him as many options as possible, especially with Sidney Rice's health a continual question mark.

Floyd probably isn't a number-one talent, but he definitely can get into the thin receiving rotation Seattle has in place. The Seahawks could use more options for Flynn or Tarvaris Jackson in the passing game regardless, so Floyd is definitely a strong possibility here.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: No Consensus With Seahawks No. 12 Pick

According to various websites, nobody knows what the Seattle Seahawks are going to do with the no. 12 pick except for the Seattle Seahawks. But that doesn't keep them from trying.

The Sporting News, ESPN, NFL.com and SB Nation all have the Seahawks taking different players with the 12th pick in the NFL Draft.

Sporting News has the Seahawks picking wide receiver Michael Floyd of Notre Dame; ESPN has quarterback Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M; NFL.com's three writers have defensive tackle Michael Brockers of LSU, linebacker Luke Kuechly of Boston College and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama; and SB Nation has defensive end Melvin Ingram of South Carolina.

With so many players at so many positions being mentioned as possibilities, it tells us two things: 1) nobody really knows what's going to happen in the nine picks that follow the first two which impacts who is available at no. 12 and 2) the Seahawks have a lot of places where they can improve which lends itself to a lot of options on who to pick.

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Todd McShay Mock Draft: Seahawks Select Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College

The Seattle Seahawks have a number of different paths they could travel with their first round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, but according to ESPN's Todd McShay and his latest mock draft, the Seahawks would selected inside linebacker Luke Kuechly out of Boston College.

Per McShay on ESPN:

Linebacker is among the Seahawks' top needs, and Kuechly would immediately improve Seattle's linebacker corps with his instincts, consistency, production and leadership.

Keuchly was a consensus All-American in 2011, worked his way to a 22 game streak of at least 10 tackles (longest in the nation), and was the fastest player in Boston College history to record 200 tackles. The dude has an unstoppable motor, and would be a terrific addition to Pete Carroll's squad. Hopefully he's still around when the 12th pick comes along, for he may be highly touted by other teams before them.

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Mel Kiper Mock Draft 3.0: Seahawks Select Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

With rumors swirling about Peyton Manning and the lackluster season had by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in 2011, the Seattle Seahawks could certainly use a new signal caller for next season. Even if Manning isn't a reality, the 'Hawks can still make an improvement in the draft, with ESPN's Mel Kiper projecting QB Ryan Tannehill joining Pete Carroll's squad in his lastest mock draft.

Per Kiper on ESPN:

There's no question that Tannehill's stock was helped when a couple of other QBs opted to stay in college, but his growth curve has been exceptional, and he's a guy you draft with a very high ceiling in mind. Good arm, the athleticism you'd expect from a former wide receiver and with very good instincts for the position, some team will take him in the upper half of Round 1. We know Seattle isn't set on a long-term solution at QB, and Tannehill makes sense as a guy that gets a full year of developmental time.

Tannehill reminds me of former University of Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick, now with the 49ers, in regards to needing a bit of tweaking when coming into the NFL. I believe after a bit of polishing Tannehill can be a legit QB in this league, and help Seattle win some ball games down the line.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Select Clemson DE Andre Branch In First Round

The Seattle Seahawks had representatives live and in person at the 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis this past week. Along with scouts and evaluators from every NFL team and most sports publications and news outlets, they had a first-hand look at the talent displayed by the top college football players in the country. The Combine almost certainly changed the plan of attack for any team not named "Indianapolis Colts."


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The latest, post-Combine mock drafts are making the rounds. Over at Draft Tek, the speculation is that the Seattle Seahawks will use their first-round pick to select Clemson Tigers defensive end Andre Branch as the No. 12 overall pick.

It's been almost 2 months since the Seahawks last game, and little has occurred in that time...that is untill now. In just a week's time Schneider has announced the Hawks plan to franchise tag Lynch (if they can't reach a deal first), the combine was this weekend, and good old Leroy Hill was arrested yet again. All of these events will play a role in how the Seahawks approach the draft. But one thing hasn't changed, and that is the glaring need to upgrade the pass rush! Luckily this is a great year for edge rushers and one of the top 4 (Upshaw, Ingram, Coples, Branch) are almost surely going to be available when the Hawks pick. Branch just had a stellar combine and was a top performer in both the 40 yard dash and broad jump. Andre is one of the best pass rushers in this class which is exactly what the Hawks are in the market for, so don't be surprised to see him in Seahawks blue come April.

Branch is certainly an interesting thought. In a few weeks, we will see how it all plays out.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Select Melvin Ingram In First Round

The Seattle Seahawks just missed out on the playoffs in 2011 and appear to be poised for a return to postseason play with a strong showing at the upcoming NFL Draft. While there are quite a few spots the team would like to improve upon with their numerous selections, including the No. 12 overall pick in the first round, many feel they will look for a pass rusher at either the defensive end or OLB positions.

In the latest mock draft from FOX Sports, the Seahawks selected Melvin Ingram from the University of South Carolina. Here is a snippet from the article and scouting report.

12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina: Ingram solidified himself as a top-20 pick with a dominant week of Senior Bowl practices. Capable of playing either outside linebacker or defensive end, he's a pass-rushing force who can cover tight ends in the passing game, too.

Seattle's got needs at wideout and the local fan base may be pushing for a quarterback here, but I think they go with Ingram, the 6-2, 270 pound scheme versatile defender.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Select Melvin Ingram

The Seattle Seahawks have an important need to fix up this offseason. Seattle needs to go and find a pass rusher to really make sure their defense is in the strongest shape possible and make them equally versatile to stop the run and defend the pass as best they can.

Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation released his latest mock draft, and he seems to think Seattle is getting a great player to fit their needs. The Seahawks are slated to pick 12th, and Van Bibber has Seattle taking Melvin Ingram of the South Carolina Gamecocks because of his pass rushing ability. It matches needs, and it gives the Seahawks one of the best available talents on the board.

Seattle fans, you should applaud this pick. Ingram looks like the real deal as a pass rusher. He might be a better fit as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 system. Pete Carroll finds ways to use talented players, rather than trying to force players into his scheme. Ingram has the strength and skills to be a threat from almost anywhere on the field, even on the inside. Wait and see what Seattle does in free agency. If they decide to pursue Mario Williams, they might look for a quarterback here.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Another Mock Has Seahawks Taking Michael Floyd At #12

Last week, I saw the first major mock draft project Notre Dame wide receiver to the Seahawks and thought to myself that it seemed like a reach. Sure, Floyd is a great talent and had elite production in his time with the Irish, but he was more commonly projected toward the end of the first round or later, not at 12. Well, I'm beginning to warm to the idea a bit, as Rob Rang recently projected Floyd to the Seahawks as well. Per Rang:

Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: Many expect the Seahawks to consider a quarterback to compete with incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson with this selection but in beating the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens last year and matching up well with division champion San Francisco, the club may not be willing to reach to fill a perceived need. Don't be surprised if Seattle instead turns their attention to other areas of concern like receiver or defensive line. With Sidney Rice's durability a concern, Seattle might be hard-pressed to let Floyd slip by, especially after he erased any concerns about his speed with a 4.47 showing at 6-3, 220 pounds.

Floyd blew up the Combine with his freakish athleticism and assuming his interviews went well and eased teams' concerns with his maturity, it's hard to argue against his potential. Pete Carroll has said this offseason that the Seahawks will look to add "touchdown makers" and Floyd certainly appears to have that ability. It might be a bit of a reach, but if the Seahawks are sold, it could be an interesting selection.

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Dontari Poe Moving Up Draft Boards with Ridiculous Combine

Every year a few players will post athletic feats that are so ridiculously unbelievable that they find themselves earning extra millions in the draft in just a few days of workouts in front of NFL scouts. This year the cream of that crop might be Memphis DT Dontari Poe.

Poe put up more reps of 225 lbs than anyone in the class with 44, just five short of the record posted by Oregon State DT Stephen Paea last year. However, on top of those feats of strength, Poe ran a 4.87 40-yard dash at 346 pounds.

From CBS Sports:

The fact a guy who weighs that much can be that strong and that fast is fairly ridiculous. As NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington writes, "RG(3)’s 4.41 40 is proportionate to a 346-lb man running it in 6.84 secs. And Poe (at 346 lbs) just did it in 4.87 secs.”

It’s hard to say if Poe will lift his stock up to the Seahawks at 12, but there’s a strong possibility that if Seattle trades back to the bottom third of the first round that Poe could be seen as the man to team in the middle with Brandon Mebane.

Thus far, the biggest knock on Poe is that he hasn’t translated his freakish athletic abilities into on-field success, but some NFL team will believe that they can be the ones that will turn him into one of the top defensive lineman in the game.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Select Michael Floyd In SB Nation's Latest

The Seattle Seahawks need help at a number of positions, but the biggest areas of need are at quarterback and wide receiver. Many mock drafts have them selecting a player from one of those two positions in the first round and SB Nation's latest mock, put together by Brad Wells, is no different.

In SB Nation's latest mock, the Seahawks select Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Seattle could very well be a landing spot for Peyton Manning. If so, they don't need to do anything too crazy here, like take Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden. If they get Manning, finding quality receivers for him would become paramount. Floyd is a big target (6-foot-3, 224 pounds) and works the underneath routes really well. This will allow Sidney Rice to do what he does best, which is go deep.

If Manning actually would land in Seattle, a pairing of the future hall of fame quarterback and Floyd has the potential to be a two-man highlight reel. It's possible for Manning to play for the Seahawks in 2012, but Seattle natives shouldn't hold their breath. They could go after a quarterback with this pick too.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Fletcher Cox Selected By Seahawks In Three-Round Mock

It's not too often you see a mock draft that goes all the way to the third round. Draft Breakdown decided to give it a shot and presented the Seattle Seahawks with some interesting options in the 2012 NFL Draft.

With the 12th overall pick in the draft, they have the Seahawks selecting Mississippi State DE Fletcher Cox.

In an ideal scenario, the Seahawks will be sitting here with their quarterback situation figured out in late April...Here they opt to add defensive line help in the versatile, athletic Fletcher Cox. A rare athlete for his size, Cox is capable of playing running downs at left end and moving inside to rush the passer on third down. Were the Seahawks really feeling the pressure, they may explore trade options in attempt to land Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden.

In the second round, they have Seattle going quarterback and taking Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden.

After missing out earlier, the Seahawks make a move here to secure their quarterback of the future. Weeden may be 28 years old, but he has the ability to start in Seattle some time during his rookie season.

Finally in the third round, they see Seattle taking Vinny Curry, a defensive end from Marshall.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: QB Ryan Tannehill To Seahawks

Texas A&M Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has become a popular name in Seattle Seahawks circles recently. That noise will only get louder as he is beginning to be placed in mock 2012 NFL Drafts as the team's selection with the 12th overall pick.

SI.com has released their most recent mock draft and Tannehill is wearing Seahawk green in this one.

An immediate disclaimer to hopefully ward off frantic calls from Seattle radio stations: I don't know for a fact that Pete Carroll is high on Tannehill, but I do know the Seahawks have to find competition for Tarvaris Jackson in the first or second round (barring a big signing in free agency), and more NFL scouts all the time tell me that Tannehill will end up in the first round before this thing is done. I'm connecting dots here, folks.

After all the talk in Seattle about how it was Luck/RGIII or Bust, it's interesting to hear the tune change so quickly. Seatle will be keeping a close eye on the Aggie signal-caller during the Combine this weekend.

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NFL Combine Could Rise QB Ryan Tannehill's Stock to Seahawks Draft Pick

One player that Seattle will almost definitely have a close eye on this week at the NFL Combine is Texas A&M Quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Seahawks would like to have somebody to compete with Tarvaris Jackson but thus far nobody has grabbed a firm hold on that number three QB spot in the draft behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.

If Tannehill has a great Combine showing he could not only prove himself worthy of being the third best QB on the board, but move himself up to Seattle at the 11/12 spot in the first round.

ESPN’s Todd McShay’s said this of Tannehill on the Kevin Calabro Show:

“So there’s a wide array of opinions on him, but it wouldn’t shock me if we wound up seeing Tannehill. I do think he’s the third best quarterback, so if he comes off the board at 11 or 12 it certainly would be no greater shock than Christian Ponder a year ago to the Vikings.”

He was the Aggies leading receiver during his first two years at Texas A&M and then took over as starting quarterback as a junior. Last season he threw for 3,744 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.

Pete Carroll has always seemed to like quarterbacks that are athletic and can move around, so it would make sense to see an interest there and Tannehill may have the tools to wow scouts at this week’s Combine.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Devon Still Looking To Impress At NFL Combine, Selected By Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks are looking to return to the postseason once again after just missing out in 2011. The team has multiple needs to address with their draft picks at the 2012 NFL Draft, and a strong showing could propel the Seahawks back into the playoffs should they strike gold with their selections.

While some mock drafts have Seattle taking a wide receiver or linebacker with the No. 11 overall pick, the latest update from SB Nation has them taking a defensive stopper up the middle.

12. Seattle Seahawks, Devon Still, DT, Penn State

Seattle already has a pretty solid defensive line, but it needs a little more to threaten opposing quarterbacks. The Penn State product provides that as well as the flexibility to move around in Gus Bradley's hybrid defense. This pick could change if the Combine reshuffles the rankings for pass rushers. Another factor to consider here is whether or not Red Bryant gets away in free agency, though he has said he would like to stay.

There is little doubt that Still has the athleticism and potential to become a force at DT in the NFL, although finding a spot for him to play out of the gate may be an issue. As the snippet mentions, the Seahawks already have a strong defensive line and it figures to be in place for the foreseeable future should Bryant return.

Still continues to be linked to Seattle and his performance at the 2012 NFL Combine will likely have a big impact on his draft stock moving forward.

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Penn State DT Devon Still Could Be a Possibility for Seahawks

When the NFL Combine starts tomorrow, it may be worth keeping an eye on a certain big man from Penn State. Several experts have mocked Devon Still to the Seahawks at 12, including Rob Rang at CBS Sports, and there are several reasons to believe that he’d help improve Seattle’s offensive line.

Mike Mayock had this to say about Still:

Probably four or five will go in the first round. Devon Still has a great body, a great skill set. He helped himself this year but there is a consistency or lack of consistency factor that he’s got to work on when he’s talking to scouts and coaches about his ability to show up on every snap.

Mayock also says that defensive tackle is the deepest position in the draft, with as many as seven players getting a potential first round grade. This could allow Seattle to wait on selecting a DT until later in the draft.

Still is listed at 6’4", 310 pounds and he recorded 55 tackles and 4.5 sacks for the Nittany Lions last season. He’ll certainly be one to watch for Seahawks fans at this weeks combine.

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NFL Draft 2012: Alameda Ta'amu May End Up Second Round Pick

Alameda Ta'amu was a projected first round pick by most heading into his senior season with the Washington Huskies, but nagging injuries and a lack of production hurt his stock a considerable amount. Gifted with size and athleticism, Ta'amu has the all the potential to become an impact defensive tackle at the next level. And while some are thinking he'll slip into the third or even fourth round, Brady Henderson of 710 AM ESPN radio does not think so.

He talked with Todd McShay on the matter:

"It won't surprise me if he is still a second-round pick," McShay said. "It's so hard to find guys that are, what, 341 pounds that can move a little bit and can be very disruptive in the middle. So I think when it's all said and done, even though his stock quote, unquote 'dropped' a little bit, I still think he winds up in the second-round range."

"He didn't play as well this past year as he did in years past," McShay said. "I can't figure out why it is other than the obvious of maybe players don't want to get injured or maybe they're thinking too much about their pro careers or maybe it's the fact that teams are preparing for them, but I've seen a lot of defensive linemen this year -- (Quinton) Coples, Brandon Thompson from Clemson, a defensive tackle -- a lot of these guys did not play as well in 2011 as they did earlier in their careers. And I think with Ta'amu that's the same case."

There are certainly plenty of theories on why Ta'amu might not have lived up to expectations as a senior at UW, but that is in the past and NFL scouts are solely looking at combine performances and workout drills at this point in their evaluations.

Ta'amu might not go as high as the second round, but I would be very surprised to see him go anywhere after midway through the third round. You cannot teach size and he has plenty of it. Some team in the league will be hungry for a run stopper up the middle and there are few better than Ta'amu.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus Continues To Be A Good Fit For The Seahawks

The mock drafts are beginning to take a more cohesive shape before their next shake-up following the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The Seattle Seahawks are once again being pegged by certain analysts to select an option that will improve their pass rush in the 2012 NFL Draft.

For the third week in a row, the analysts over at Draft Tek suggest that the Seahawks will select Illinois Fighting Illini DE Whitney Mercilus as the No. 11 overall pick. Here is their take:

The CMD sticks with Mercilus again, slotting him into the 11th overall pick for the 3rd week in a row. The Hawks simply have to find a way to upgrade their anemic pass rush. Outside of Chris Clemons, it seems nobody can get to the opposing quarterback . . . RDE Red Bryant (a 323 lb DT by trade) is strong against the run, but had more interceptions (2) than sacks (2) in 2011, Anthony Hargrove contributed 3 sacks in part-time duty, and will LSU rookie Lazarius Levinston ever see the field? It is extremely likely that Carroll will be targeting someone who can get into the backfield and help the Seahawks D rack up more than a mediocre 33 sacks in a season. Could the man with arguably the best last name in football since Dick Butkus be just the guy Carroll is looking for? If college production is any indicator, then Mercilus will have no problem as he posted 16 sacks and had the 2nd highest number of forced fumbles in a season in NCAA history (9).

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Mel Kiper Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Select Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

ESPN's Mel Kiper has released his 2.0 version of his NFL mock draft, with the Seattle Seahawks selecting South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram with their first round pick, 12th overall.

Here's is Kiper's analysis of Seattle's pick:

Seattle Seahawks. Record: 7-9. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

Some see the Seahawks looking at a QB this high, but the value doesn't make a lot of sense for me just yet. On the defensive side of the ball, the big need is help for the pass rush. Ingram has enough size to hold up in the 4-3, and will provide an upgrade. The Seattle defense is really fast, and could become dynamic if it can generate more pressure on opposing passers. If Kuechly is still here, I can also see that pick, but the development of K.J. Wright makes Ingram a good target.

Many mock drafts at this point have the 'hawks going defensive out of the gate, and Kiper is no different. Ingram is talented enough to immediately make an impact with this team, something coach Carroll certainly will be looking for with his first round pick. Even with their glaring need for a QB, this would be a great match for Seattle in the long run.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Select Michael Brockers From LSU In First Round

The Seattle Seahawks just missed out on the playoffs this past season and the team appears to be right on the cusp of the postseason. A strong showing at the 2012 NFL Draft would go a long way in achieving that goal. It seems like a new mock draft is out every day or so, and this latest update from SB Nation has the Seahawks going with a defensive lineman in the first round. Check it out.

12. Seattle Seahawks, Michael Brockers, DT/DE, LSU

Brockers might not look like the most obvious fit for the Seahawks, but they cannot pass on this kind of talent. Pete Carroll has a knack for getting the most of his players. He will find a way to utilize Brockers' natural talent.

This would definitely be a bit of a surprising pick, especially with there being multiple needs pressing on both sides of the ball, but there is no denying that Brockers could become a star at the next level with the proper coaching. He was a force in the SEC this past season.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Chris Polk Could Go To Broncos In Second Round

Washington Huskies are certainly well aware of the talent level of running back Chris Polk. As of mid-February, however, he is only projected to be selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. A strong showing at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine may change all that, but for now, let's take a look at where the mock draft analysts are placing him.

In the latest mock draft over at Drafttek, analyst Scott Nelson predicts that the Denver Broncos could select Polk in the second round, as the No. 57 overall pick. Here's Nelson's rationale:

With FoxBall in full swing, the NFL's leading rushing attack needs to add to its stable of workhorses and Polk definitely fits that bill. He's had a truly prolific career at UW with a bit over 4,000 yds in just the past 3 years. His YPC has consistently hung around 5 and his TD production has climbed every year (to 15 in 2011). He's a solidly-built, hard-hitting kid, who doesn't go down on first contact. His reception totals went up this year (31 for 332 yds), and he's a willing and able pass blocker. The big concern here, and it's a very legitimate one, has to be his injury history. With two shoulder surgeries and a knee scope, NFL teams will want to take a close look at the combine. If he checks out, this would be a solid pickup at a position of need. If he doesn't there are a couple other great backs available here like LaMichael James (Yeah, baby) as well as some very solid WR possibilities (both (e.g., Doug Martin).

The Broncos made an improbable run into the postseason last year. A talented rusher could only improve their chances in 2012.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Could Select Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus In First Round

The Seattle Seahawks are looking for the best way to improve their roster via the 2012 NFL Draft. They will have excellent placement in the first round, so there are many different options they will have available to them.

In their latest NFL Mock Draft, the analysts over at Draft Tek suggest that the Seahawks will target a defensive end in the first round. Draft Tek suggests that the Seahawks will select Illinois Fighting Illini DE Whitney Mercilus as the No. 11 overall pick. Here is their take:

The CMD sticks with Mercilus again, slotting him into the 11th overall pick for the 2nd week in a row. The Hawks simply have to find a way to upgrade their anemic pass rush. Outside of Chris Clemons, it seems nobody can get to the opposing quarterback . . . and that's why it's extremely likely that Carroll will be targeting someone who can get into the backfield and help the Seahawks D rack up more than a mediocre 33 sacks in a season. Could the man with arguably the best last name in football since Dick Butkus be just the guy Carroll is looking for? If college production is any indicator, then Mercilus will have no problem as he posted 16 sacks and had the 2nd highest number of forced fumbles in a season in NCAA history (9). Mercilus would probably be tasked with taking over Raheem Brock's duties (who is unlikely to return) in his first year and would be used in 3rd down packages opposite of Clemons in order to improve the pass rush from both sides.

The Seahawks could certainly stand to improve their pass rush and Mercilus was one of the few players who impressed in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. It would appear to be a good match.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: LaMichael James To San Francisco 49ers

Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James is one of those great college players that you're not certain will

Draft Tek released his latest new mock draft, and James is going fairly high up. In this mock, James was picked 62nd in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Find out more about why by clicking here.

On the offensive side of the ball, adding an electric playmaker like LaMichael James will give the 49ers greater confidence (and expanded playbook opportunities) in spelling Frank Gore, and thereby prolonging Gore's legs into the post-season. Yes James is undersized (5'9", 185 lb) and has legs that go dead on contact, but he has mid 4.4 speed, is dangerously elusive in open space, and has reliable hands.. He brings a "home run" bat to the plate, and when he's not on the field, he is improving his football IQ by devouring game tape. .

Still, the 49ers could use a change-of-pace to make their offense a little more explosive, and James might be that kind of runner who gives San Francisco something different and makes their offense more versatile. If LaMichael can be half as good as he was in college, it'd have to be considered a worthy risk for San Francisco to take.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Take Whitney Mercilus

The Seattle Seahawks have some decent possibilities in the 2012 NFL Draft. Seattle needs a pass rusher and there will be some good options to choose from. If Seattle can get the best option available at outside linebacker or defensive end, they should probably feel good with their first round pick.

In this latest mock draft from Draft Tek, the Seahawks used their first rounder (the eleventh pick of the 2012 NFL Draft) on Whitney Mercilus, defensive end from Illinois.

The Hawks simply have to find a way to upgrade their anemic pass rush. Outside of Chris Clemons, it seems nobody can get to the opposing quarterback . . . and that's why it's extremely likely that Carroll will be targeting someone who can get into the backfield and help the Seahawks D rack up more than a mediocre 33 sacks in a season. Could the man with arguably the best last name in football since Dick Butkus be just the guy Carroll is looking for? If college production is any indicator, then Mercilus will have no problem as he posted 16 sacks and had the 2nd highest number of forced fumbles in a season in NCAA history (9). Mercilus would probably be tasked with taking over Raheem Brock's duties (who is unlikely to return) in his first year and would be used in 3rd down packages opposite of Clemons in order to improve the pass rush from both sides.


With the Seahawks getting a guy like Mercilus, Seattle will definitely have a more complete defensive line up front that can make it harder for offenses to get going. That'll help the Seahawks get one step closer to contending for the NFC West.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Select Melvin Ingram

The Seattle Seahawks just missed the playoffs in 2011 and are looking to take that next step with a strong showing in the upcoming NFL Draft. Armed with the No. 12 overall pick in the first round, the team can look to improve a variety of areas, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Some have mentioned the idea of moving up and selecting an elite quarterback -- likely Robert Griffin III -- but this latest mock from SB Nation's Mocking The Draft has the Seahawks taking a defensive end.

12. The Seattle Seahawks select: Melvin Ingram, Defensive End, South Carolina.

Perhaps this is a slight reach here, but Ingram is climbing boards after a nice Senor Bowl week where, at times, he looked the best pass rusher there. He's a little undersized, but like the 49ers did with Aldon Smith this year, you find a way to get him on the field to rush the passer because that's what he does best.

As mentioned in the blurb, Ingram turned a lot of heads the last few weeks while working out and playing at the Senior Bowl, but some have questioned his ability to become an elite pass rusher at the next level. Should the Seahawks settle on finding defensive line help, they may be able to move back a few picks and gain an extra selection or two in the later rounds.

In addition to a defensive lineman, Seattle could also look at taking a wide receiver or running back to bolster their offense.

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NFL Draft 2012, Alameda Ta'amu: Pittsburgh Steelers Could Be Interested In 2nd Round

Washington Huskies defensive lineman Alameda Ta'amu has been repairing his draftability ever since the season ended. The Senior Bowl ended up becoming a big coming out party for him as he was dominant force.

Via SI.com:

If scouts were hoping to be wowed by Ta'amu, all they need to due is watch the Senior Bowl game film. The big defensive tackle was dominant every time he lined up and was a constant nuisance for opponents. He collapsed the pocket on several occasions, overpowering opponents to make plays behind the line of scrimmage or force the action. His quarterback pressure at the end of the first half ended what looked to be a potential scoring drive for the South. In the second half the South was forced to double team Ta'amu in the attempt to slow him down.

Not one but two Pittsburgh Steelers blogs thinks Ta'amu would make a perfect 2nd round selection for the team and its history of stifling defenses.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Seahawks Trade Up For Robert Griffin III

Ryan Van Bibber's latest NFL mock draft for SBNation came out today and it includes an interesting change at the top - and it deals with the Seattle Seahawks.

With Stanford's Andrew Luck going no. 1 to the Colts, every team after that who was looking for a quarterback was trying to find a way to get their hands on Baylor's Robert Griffin III. But as teams start to look for veterans elsewhere, it is opening up various scenarios for where RGIII lands.

That's where the Seahawks come in.

Right now, this mock has Seattle trading up with the Minnesota Vikings and snatching RGIII. Everything about the situation seems to make sense both for the player and the team. This is what Bibber had to say.

"This is not necessarily a prediction; I'm just exploring the possibility. With Washington and Miami finding solutions elsewhere, and Cleveland waffling on trading their picks, the next best fit for RGIII would be the Seahawks. Minnesota would be more than willing to trade down. Seattle is a good landing spot for Griffin with a pretty good roster to make the transition easier for a rookie quarterback. Hell, he could even sit for a while behind Tarvaris Jackson."

Sounds like a plan that should be explored.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Todd McShay Projects Trent Richardson To Seattle Seahawks

Trent Richardson had a prolific career at Alabama and is now looking to continue his football career at the next level. Just about every mock draft out there has him going somewhere in the first round, although the recent struggles of first round running backs may have dampened the likelihood of Richardson going early at the 2012 NFL Draft.

Todd McShay of ESPN doesn't quite buy into this trend and has the Seahawks drafting Richardson with the No. 11 overall pick.

Richardson is a top-five talent but will likely slip a bit because of positional value considerations. Falling this far would be a surprise, but none of the teams in the top 10 have a pressing need at running back. If none of them ignore need to take the best player available, the Seahawks will feel like they've won the lottery. Both Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett are free agents, and Richardson would bring with him an elite combination of size, speed, power, quickness and vision.

The Seahawks will likely look to retain Lynch and it makes sense to go with the proven commodity, but the team could definitely look towards Richardson if they are unable to keep their All-Pro running back. It's be interesting to see which direction the franchise decides to move going forward.

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Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Could Have Interest in Penn State's Devon Still

Mock Drafts tend to hit every point in the fan spectrum psyche, from people that absolutely hate them, to people that take them as unassailable truth. For me, mock drafts do serve a useful purpose, and that's to educate. I would say most of the experts' main goal in mock drafting is to generate discussion and provide educated guesses on what teams may be thinking. From there, fans can go out and research those players that have been connected to their teams and everyone's the wiser.

Now, I don't take any mock draft as much more than this, but I will say that Rob Rang is one of the voices in the media that I take a little more seriously than others. In his latest mock, he had the Seahawks taking a defensive tackle with their first pick:

Per Rang:

Devon Still, DT, Penn State: Many expect the Seahawks to consider a quarterback to compete with incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson with this selection but in beating the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens last year, and matching up well with division champion San Francisco, the club may not be willing to reach to fill a perceived need. Don't be surprised if Seattle instead turns its attention to a bounty of talented defensive linemen likely to be selected in the top 15.

Still, a 6-4, 310-pound defensive tackle, showed his talent and despite all of the distractions in Happy Valley last year, was the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year. Still could help inside at defensive tackle as well as provide the Seahawks with some flexibility at the five technique defensive end position should incumbent starter Red Bryant be heavily pursued in free agency.

I've seen Still talked about in connection to the Seahawks before and by some accounts, he's the premiere 3-tech defensive lineman in the class. It's certainly a position of value and an interior pass rush is an area the Seahawks have been lacking in, either by design or due to the talent available. Still could provide a versatile and athletic presence on the defensive line, and I am intrigued.

Check out a couple of scouting videos of Still, as brought to us by DraftBreakdown.com.

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2012 NFL Draft: Would Seahawks Select South Carolina's Melvin Ingram In First Round?

SB Nation partner Sports Illustrated's Don Banks published his most recent mock draft and as many have been doing lately, projected a defensive end to the Seattle Seahawks at the 11/12 spot. Here's what Banks had to say:

Seattle Seahawks
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina. Like Jacksonville and Buffalo above them, the Seahawks are seeking pass rush help, and Ingram seems a decent fit as a 4-3 end with top-15 value. The back two-thirds of the Seahawks defense grew up rapidly in the second half of this past season, but another threat up front is needed to balance out the unit.

Banks is right in that the Seahawks are likely looking to upgrade their front seven to match the talent in their secondary and Ingram is an interesting choice. The other two obvious defensive end/outside linebackers that the Seahawks have been linked to in this range are Alabama's Courtney Upshaw and North Carolina's Quinton Coples. In this mock though, Banks has Coples going seventh to Jacksonville and Upshaw to the Bills at the tenth spot, as he alludes to above. Considering those two are gone by the time the Seahawks pick in this case, it makes for an easier selection. Regardless, Ingram certainly has an intriguing skillset and he'll be one player to watch Saturday in the Senior Bowl.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Could Take Devon Still

The biggest issue on the defensive side of the football for the Seattle Seahawks would be at the defensive end position. Seattle has great interior lineman and decent linebacker play, but they could use an upgrade on the outside to give their offense more dimensions.

Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation had his latest mock draft, and Devon Still from the Penn St. Nittany Lions is the choice for the Seahawks in the first round with their eleventh pick to get that pass rush going.

Seattle is another team that mixes and matches their defensive alignments. Still looks more like a defensive tackle, but he has the skills to work from the outside as well. The Seahawks need pass rush help, and this pick could change as the spring events start shuffling opinions about defensive line prospects.

With a guy like Still, the Seahawks will be that much closer to sporting a defense close to what their NFC West counterpart the 49ers have been putting out there the last few weeks.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Oregon RB LaMichael James May Head To Buccaneers In Second Round

The 2012 NFL Draft is getting closer, with mock drafts and analysis still popping up regularly and beginning to achieve some sort of uniformity.

One of the more recent mock drafts includes a suggestion about Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James. Mock draft website Dreft Tek suggests that the Ducks star may be selected as the No. 36 overall pick, which would send him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early in the second round. Here is their take:

The Bucs could go in several directions with this pick. The most glaring need is at linebacker, where all 3 of the Bucs starter were among the league's worst performers, per ProFootballFocus.com and their system of metrics. In recent mock drafts, good fits have not been available at LB. This time out, the Bucs could pull the trigger on Vontaze Burfict. It's mayhem when he plays, a violent wrecking ball to opposing offenses. But that's only when he plays. He's a personal foul waiting to happen, and was suspended for the Las Vegas bowl (vs Boise State). We think the Bucs would've made this pick in past years, but not now - they don't need Aqib Talib II. The DRAFTSIM model has mocked LaMichael James to the Bucs in previous weeks. The pick makes sense. He's a change of pace back who will complement LaGarrette Blount, rather than replace him were the Bucs to pick Trent Richardson in R1. James will add speed to an offense badly in need of it.

Following the season that the Buccaneers put together, it seems plainly obvious that they need help any way they can get it.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks May Select Clemson DE Andre Branch In Second Round

The Seattle Seahawks have a lot of weaknesses that need addressing in the offseason. One of those weaknesses is the need for improved pass rushing. To that end, the Seahawks will be looking to the 2012 NFL Draft to help fill some holes.

One of the possibilities is addressed over at mock draft website Draft Tek. In their latest mock draft, the analysts at Draft Tek suggest that the Seahawks may use their second-round draft pick to select Clemson Tigers defensive end Andre Branch as the No. 44 overall selection. Here is their take:

Last week's selection at this spot, Tyler Wilson QB/Arkansas announced his intentions to return for his senior season; thus, the pool of early round caliber quarterbacks continues to shrink, making it less likely the Hawks will find that elusive QBOTF in the 2012 draft. But let's not lose all hope Seahawks fans, as there are still holes to fill and big talent left to acquire! 1st team All-ACC DE Andre Branch of Clemson is a force to be reckoned with on the edge. The 6'4, 260 lb Branch is a high motor guy who does an excellent job of chasing down the QB and catching RB's from behind. He can be explosive off the line at times, but occasionally hesitates and can sometimes struggle against athletic tackles who force him outside. If Branch works on developing a quicker and more consistent first step, he could become a more than suitable successor for the aging Chris Clemons.

Certainly more help would be welcomed by the Seahawks where pass rushers are concerned. Branch may be a good option for the team to consider.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks May Select North Carolina OLB Zach Brown In First Round

The Seattle Seahawks are weighing all of their options for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. The latest mock drafts have begun to suggest that the Seattle team will be looking for defensive help in the early rounds to improve the team next season.

Mock draft website Draft Tek has released their latest mock draft, which suggests that the Seahawks may use their No. 11 overall pick to select North Carolina Tar Heels outside linebacker Zach Brown. Here is their take:

29 year old soon-to-be free agent Leroy Hill was particularly inept at his duties at WILL LB and the Hawks will be looking to correct this issue in 2012. For the second consecutive week the DRAFTSIM model projects Zach Brown OLB/UNC to the Hawks in R1. Brown is an athletic marvel who could come in and immediately takeover at the WILL. He provides the ability to lock down the edge and is an effective counter against opposing teams' fast and elusive personnel. Brown is a bit undersized (6'2, 230), and while his freakish athleticism is drawing comparisons to rookie Pro-Bowler Von Miller, those same buzz words were used to describe everyone's former favorite Seahawk Aaron Curry. If he is indeed drafted by Carroll, I think it's safe to assume all of Seahawks nation will be praying for him to resemble the former. That being said, Brown has the physical tools to succeed and would be well worth the risk as a mid 1st round BPA selection.

They certainly make a strong case for the Seahawks going all in on a first-round linebacker. We will have to wait to see how things continue to shape up.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Would Seahawks Take A Cornerback In Round One?

Sporting News' Russ Lande published his most recent mock draft on Friday and had some interesting projections in the first round. Now, Lande is a former NFL Scout and Front Office Executive so I respect his opinion, and as a guy that's been in war rooms on Draft day, his mock drafts carry a little more weight with me. So what does he have the Seahawks doing at the number 11/12 spot?

11. (tie) Seattle Seahawks: Dre Kirkpatrick*, CB, Alabama. Before his arrest this week for marijuana possession, Kirkpatrick was in the mix to be the first cornerback drafted. But this problem will likely cause him to lose out to Claiborne.

An interesting choice, considering the Seahawks have three up-and-coming cornerbacks on their roster, in Pro Bowl alternate Brandon Browner, rookie Richard Sherman, and former Duck Walter Thurmond III. I don't dispute that on paper Kirkpatrick looks like a prototypical Pete Carroll/John Schneider cornerback at 6'2, 192 pounds. He plays physical at the line and is considered one of the elite talents at the position this year. What I question is whether the Seahawks see that position as a need or if they'd spend that high of a pick on another defensive back after selecting three in last year's Draft. Regardless, it's an interesting pick and a great discussion starter.

For all news and information regarding the Seattle Seahawks, please visit Field Gulls. For lots more mock draft coverage, head on over to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: ESPN's Mel Kiper Has Seattle Seahawks Taking DE Melvin Ingram In Latest Mock

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. is busy tinkering away with with litany of NFL mock drafts, and in his first update has the Seattle Seahawks choosing talented defensive end Melvin Ingram out of the University of South Carolina with their number one pick.

Here is Kiper’s take on Ingram and the Seahawks:

Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
The Seahawks have quietly made major strides in overhauling the roster and finding solutions to grow with in the past two years. Last year, they targeted offensive linemen early, and with the addition of Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin, also have good talent at wide receiver. Even banged up at O-line, they ran the ball with some effectiveness. Obviously, quarterback remains a big question, but that’s not something they can target at this spot in the draft. What they can do is add a final piece to a defense that is young, fast and extremely good in the secondary. The linebacking corps was strengthened by the emergence of K.J. Wright. So the work is up front and at defensive end for a team that was just 23rd in the NFL last year in sack percentage. Ingram is just big enough to fit this system as a 4-3 defensive end, and should add a boost to the pass rush early.

I agree that a player of Ingram’s caliber would be a terrific addition to Pete Carroll’s squad, a team needing to focus on their struggling pass rush and sack percentage this offseason.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Would Seahawks Risk Another First Round Linebacker Pick?

Excellent NFL Draft site DraftBreakdown.com released their most recent mock draft on Monday, and Ryan Lownes has projected a player to Seattle that I haven't seen linked to the Seahawks thus far, Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Said Lownes:

Luke Kuechly - LB - Boston College - Ok, so maybe the last time the Seahawks targeted a linebacker in the first round it didn't work out. With both Leroy Hill and David Hawthorne free agents, it looks like it is time for Seattle to revisit the position high on draft weekend. Luke Kuechly may very well be the anti-Aaron Curry. What he lacks in athleticism, he more than makes up for with rare instincts and tackling ability. Simply put: he has a nose for the ball and will be an impact player at the next level behind a solid front.

Lownes is right to bring up Aaron Curry because Seahawks fans are still undoubtedly snake-bitten about the performance of the former 4th-overall pick and subsequent trade bait to the Raiders. That said, the Seahawks do have a great need at linebacker and may look to pick up a player with the kind of instincts that Kuechly possesses.

For all news and information regarding the Seattle Seahawks, please visit Field Gulls. For lots more mock draft coverage, head on over to Mocking the Draft.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Another Vote for Quinton Coples to the Seahawks

So far we've seen mock draft artists project a wide range of players and positions to the Seahawks, from quarterback to wide receiver. One position that is coming up a lot recently is the defensive end. SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber had just such a player going to the Seahawks in his latest mock. Here's what Van Bibber had this to say:

11. Seattle Seahawks*, Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Seattle's defense played well this season, but they had a worse sack rate than the Bills. Coples is a versatile pass rusher who can play on the inside or the outside. Coples comes with some questions about his attitude, but it's nothing that Pete Carroll can't handle.

I agree with Ryan that one of the Seahawks main issues is their lack of pass rush and it could easily be argued that it should be their number one priority this year in the Draft, even over quarterback, possibly. The Coples pick is interesting because he can play both on the inside as a pass-rushing defensive tackle or move to the outside as a defensive end. Coples, though, has been knocked for his effort, especially in his senior season, and the Seahawks may shy away from drafting another North Carolina defensive end after swinging and missing on E.J. Wilson two seasons ago.

For all news and information regarding the Seattle Seahawks, please visit Field Gulls. For lots more mock draft coverage, head on over to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Focus Should Be Quarterback, Wide Receiver And Corner

Not that you didn't already know this but the Seattle Seahawks need to think about the quarterback position, be it in the 2012 NFL Draft or in some other way.

The NFL Network's Jamie Dukes went through the first round to determine what needs each team would best be served to fill. When it came to Seattle, he came to a familiar conclusion.

Pied Piper Pete Carroll picked a pair of pickled quarterbacks. Though Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst haven't been awful, their games have worms. See the above comments on serviceable quarterbacks. Jamie's Judgment: Find a franchise quarterback, wide receiver or cornerback.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a mock draft out there that doesn't already have the Seahawks taking a quarterback here. With Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III likely out of reach, guys like Arkansas' Tyler Wilson and Tenn-Chatanooga's B.J. Coleman have started to come up.

For all news and information regarding the Seattle Seahawks, please visit Field Gulls. For lots more mock draft coverage, head on over to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks Might Select Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson In The Second Round

The Seattle Seahawks have some very specific needs to fill in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. Many mock draft websites and analysis has picked apart who the Seahawks might draft in the first round, but let's take a look at a potential second-round option for the team.

DraftTek already suggested that the Seahawks would use their first-round pick to acquire outside linebacker Zach Brown. In their second round breakdown, DraftTek goes on to suggest that the Seahawks would select Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson in the second round as the No. 44 overall pick. Here is what they have to say:

Wilson has been a fast riser this year after successfully taking over the starting job for the Razorbacks. The 1st team All-SEC QB threw for a solid 3,422 yards and 22 TD's with only 6 INT, which is even more impressive when you take into account that he did it while facing many of the best defenses in college football. While he doesn't have the howitzer of an arm that Mallett possesses (few QB's do), his arm strength is more than adequate and he should have no problem making all the throws at the next level. However unlike his predecessor, Wilson is far more mobile (4.7, 40 time) and excels at throwing on the run. While he would probably be better served by staying another season (potentially be a Top 10 pick in 2013), if he does declare I would be more than happy to see him drafted in round 2 and in Seahawks blue come August.

If the Seahawks do end up waiting until the second round to select a potential future quarterback for the franchise, Wilson may well be the best option still on the board at that time.

For all news and information regarding the Seattle Seahawks, please visit Field Gulls. For lots more mock draft coverage, head on over to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Chris Polk To Atlanta Falcons In Second Round

LaMichael James isn't the only high profile Northwest running back prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft. Chris Polk of the Washington Huskies is also the mix. Polk is a physical runner with great skills and could develop into a solid player in the league, and provided a great complement to breakout quarterback Keith Price and the efficient Washington offense.

Polk is one of those guys a team that really needs to rebuild their running game could absolutely use. The Atlanta Falcons seem to be a logical candidate to draft him, as Draft Tek has them taking him with the 54th overall pick in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. More on the reasoning for this pick below (click here for the full draft board).

As scary as it sounds for Atlanta fans, Michael Turner is on the decline and Jason Snelling is a Unrestricted Free Agent this offseason. Chris Polk fits Atlanta's tendency to take guys who are academic seniors and graduate college before they go pro as Polk is a three year starter and a RS Junior. Was a leader for the Huskies off the field, and kept his nose clean in college. Also is one of the better rushing guys in the Pac-10 the past 3 years. Had 1100 yards for the Huskies in 2009 and over 1400 in both 2010 and 2011, all while staying under 300 carries all 3 years. Will be the workhorse to pair with Jacquizz Rodgers for the next 5-6 years. All this being said, look for Atlanta to also consider the LT, RG, DE and TE positions here - losing that 1st round pick to Cleveland hurts!

To discuss Polk and the Falcons, head to The Falcoholic. To talk about Polk with Washington football fans, go to UW Dawg Pound. To talk about the NFL Draft in general, head to Mocking the Draft.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: LaMichael James Picked By Jets In Second Round

LaMichael James is ready for the 2012 NFL Draft. But where will he end up? It remains to be seen whether James can bulk up to withstand the weekly punishment the pros put on even the best college players, but there's no denying that he's fundamentally one of the stronger running backs out there for a team to pick up and try and develop into a big-time weapon.

Draft Tek seems to think very highly of James in their latest draft, as he goes to the New York Jets midway through the second round with the 47th pick. Here's the explanation for this pick.

Same pick as last week - but this time James is officially in the draft pool, having annoucned late last week. With an upgrade at Right Tackle from Round 1 (Adcock), the speedy shifty LaMichael James will replace LaDainian Tomlinson as the Jets change of pace back. Expect James to run in the 4.3's at the Combines in February - he will provide a boost to the Jets entire offensive, forcing defenses pay more attention to what was a predictable running attack in the 2011 Season. James had a storybook season for the Ducks in 2010, but he's arguably been better in 2011. Despite missing 2 games, and playing sparingly vs Washington State, he's accumulated 1805 yards, 18 TDs and has averaged 7.3 ypc this season (vs 5.9 ypc in 2010). Whereas LT served as a pass-catching 3rd down option for the Jets, Coach Ryan will look to integrate James into the Jets attack much moreso that Tomlinson, who ran the ball just 75 times in 2011 (but caught 42 balls).

James is a pretty strong all-around back, as he can play in space, play between the tackles, and catch balls out of the backfield. But doing it at college is one thing. Can he replicate those numbers in the pros?

To discuss LaMichael with Oregon fans, head on over to Addicted to Quack. To talk about the possibility of James joining the Jets, head to Gang Green Nation. To talk about the 2012 NFL draft in general, go to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks May Target OLB Zach Brown

The Seattle Seahawks certainly have more than a few holes to fill for the upcoming season. There are a great many options available to them in the approaching 2012 NFL Draft. Lately, most mock draft analysis have suggested that the Seahawks might target a quarterback in the first round, to prepare for the coming seasons when Tarvaris Jackson is no longer around. A new round of analysis suggests that the team may instead focus on problems that need to be addressed immediately. To that end, they may take a look at North Carolina Tar Heels outside linebacker Zach Brown.

Here's what mock draft website Draft Tek has to say:

The Hawks defense while stout (7th overall in pts allowed) could still use a few upgrades in certain areas. 29 year old soon-to-be free agent Leroy Hill was particularly inept at his duties at WILL LB and the Hawks will be looking to correct this issue in 2012. Zach Brown is an athletic dynamo who could come in and takeover at the WILL, and provide the Hawks with the ability to lock down the edge and keep those speedy and elusive scat-backs from slipping through the cracks for big gains. Brown is a bit undersized (6'2, 230) and while his freakish athleticism is drawing comparisons to rookie Pro-Bowler Von Miller those same buzz words were used to describe everyone's former favorite Seahawk Aaron Curry as well. If he is indeed drafted by Carroll, I think its safe to assume all of Seahawks nation will be praying for the former. That being said, Brown has the physical tools to succeed and would be well worth the risk as a mid 1st round BPA selection.

For all news and information regarding the Seattle Seahawks, please visit Field Gulls. For lots more mock draft coverage, head on over to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Should Seattle Seahawks Consider Trading For Matt Flynn?

The Seattle Seahawks are preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft, along with every other team that is not currently in the playoffs (and likely a few that are). The incoming class of players eligible for the draft is talented and diverse and the Seahawks have a decent pick in the first round, owning the No. 12 overall pick.

Seattle has a lot of needs that they'll be looking to fill. One of those needs is a young quarterback that they can groom to take over for Tarvaris Jackson in the next few years.

And perhaps the next Seattle QB isn't available in the draft. Perhaps that pick is better spent trading for Matt Flynn.

Seahawks blog Field Gulls broke down Flynn's play with the Green Bay Packers to figure out if he's the right fit for the team. They come to conclusion that he might just be.

Personally, assuming he won't cost any picks and won't get a contract anywhere close to Kolb's, I could definitely live with our front office adding Flynn, especially since Schneider has much more familiarity with him than we'll ever have. Honestly, after scouting him out, I don't see how any NFL front office could give him a Kolb-level contract, and if the Packers franchise him I don't see them getting a first round pick for him - even the lower of the two Cleveland first rounders would be asking too much.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Take Devon Still

The Seattle Seahawks have some serious issues at certain positions. They definitely do have particular needs, but they particularly desire a pass rush to pick up the team and get them going. The Seahawks have an average defensive front with a decent ability to clamp on the run, but their pass game needs some help. They need guys who get to the quarterback to help complete a defense that needs some work.

In this mock draft by Pick 256 of Mocking the Draft, Devon Still of the Penn St. Nittany Lions is the pick here. Still is a great pass rusher, one of the best on the board, and he's definitely someone who should be considered here with this pick. Find out more about why this was the pick below.

The Seahawks find themselves in no-man's land here. The QB's are gone and it's probably too early to consider any of the remaining DE's (to play the LEO position). If Marshawn Lynch departs, a RB would be a possibility. However, their pass rush is lacking, especially from the interior DL. Devon Still gives them a big guy who can push the pocket and should take some pressure off Brandon Mebane.

To discuss the Seahawks, head to Field Gulls. To talk about Still and the NFL Draft, check out Mocking the Draft. To ask Penn State fans about Still, go to Black Shoe Diaries.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Rob Rang Has Seahawks Taking Pass Rusher

NFL Draft Analyst Rob Rang has emerged as a very highly respected source for player analysis and I've found his evaluations to be fair and well-argued. He's also a native of the Pacific Northwest and has a finger on the pulse of what the Seahawks need so I take his mock drafts a little more seriously than others. Rang, in his latest iteration, has the Seahawks taking a very intriguing prospect at the 12th spot:

Per Rang:

Nick Perry, DE, Southern California: Having captured a full third of Seattle's 33 sacks in 2011, Chris Clemons has quietly emerged as one of the NFL's most productive pass rushers. His statistics are inflated due to the matchups presented by Seattle's LEO position, a hybrid pass-rushing role. Carroll recruited Perry to Southern Cal three years ago to fill precisely this role. The 6-3, 255-pound Perry led the Pac-12 with 9.5 sacks as a junior and may be just scratching the surface of his potential. Whether serving as a complement to Clemons or as his eventual replacement, Perry's speed and pass rushing potential will be highly valued come draft day.

As could be expected, Rang's analysis is well-researched and more in-depth than the norm, citing Perry's specific role at USC and theoretically with the Seahawks. We've talked about Nick Perry over at Field Gulls recently and have identified him as a possible round one candidate as well so he's definitely someone to keep your eye on as we get closer to Draft day.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Will Ryan Tannehill Go To The Seahawks?

Mock Draft season is heating up as we inch closer to the 2012 NFL Draft, and sportswriters are busy doing their best to project where certain players might be a fit. Although throughout the college football season, consensus opinion was that Ryan Tannehill was probably a second round value as a raw, toolsy project, the need for quarterbacks ultimately drives teams to reach based on need. Will that happen this season? Sports Illustrated's Andrew Perloff thinks so.

Perloff has mocked the Texas A&M quarterback to the Seahawks at number 12, and he's not the first one I've seen do so.

12. Seattle Seahawks* -- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
The former college wide receiver will shine during the pre-draft process. He has athletic ability and the brains to wow teams in interviews. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has to be smarting that Matt Barkley returned to USC, but will still go quarterback to develop someone behind Tarvaris Jackson.

Though I don't doubt the logic when Perloff states that Tannehill's athleticism would wow some teams pre-draft, news came out after this article was written that the Texas A&M product suffered a pretty serious foot injury last week that may hurt his ability to do just that. My first thought is that this may ultimately hurt his stock, but we saw the mad rush for QBs in last year's draft so nothing would shock me at this point.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Take Dre Kirkpatrick

Dre Kirkpatrick of the Alabama Crimson Tide is coming off a strong performance in the 2012 BCS National Championship game with the opportunities he had on the field. He registered three tackles (one unassisted, two assisted) and proved to be very solid in his coverage and tackling skills.

In the latest SB Nation Mock Draft, Kirkpatrick is being considered with the first pick of the Seattle Seahawks at the 11th pick. The Seahawks have promising young players in the secondary, but hardly any of them would be considered sure locks to be guys who will start at the position for the rest of the decade. Kirkpatrick could be that type of guy.

The big question remains as to whether Kirkpatrick is ready to go to the pros. He is a junior, so he could return for another season. But most likely he will leave the Tide and try and take advantage of his high draft stock.

To discuss the Seahawks and their draft pick, head to Field Gulls. To talk about Kirkpatrick leaving or staying with the Tide, go to Roll Bama Roll.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Weighing The Quarterback Options For The Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks are preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft, along with every other team that is not currently in the playoffs (and likely a few that are). The incoming class of players eligible for the draft is talented and diverse and the Seahawks have a decent pick in the first round, owning the No. 12 overall pick.

Seattle has a lot of needs that they'll be looking to fill. One of those needs is a young quarterback that they can groom to take over for Tarvaris Jackson in the next few years. In a recent ESPN Insider article, Mel Kiper rates the various top quarterbacks in the draft and what they can each bring to the table.

It's a virtual certainty that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will long have been off the table by the time the Seahawks make their pick. Here, then, are Kiper's breakdowns of the Nos. 3-5 quarterbacks, in his estimation.

3. Nick Foles
He may have lost a little shine this season because of the way the Wildcats performed as a team, but Foles is a really solid developmental prospect. He's a big kid, at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, is accurate, moves and throws well to both his right and his left, and has solid mechanics. Questions for Foles start with decision-making, but I think he may have tried to force his throws too often as the team struggled, and the numbers tell some of that story. But you can draft Foles in the late first or early second round and develop him.
Grade: Late 1st to mid-2nd

4. Ryan Tannehill
He's a really intelligent player, with a strong arm. He displays a good grasp of the offense and has come a long way in a short time -- you're talking about a former wide receiver -- and was able to put up good numbers. Tannehill is a guy with more upside than polish, and part of that stems from the fact that I have him at just 19 starts after the bowl game. He had a really rough game against Texas, which looked worse when Griffin went out and lit up the Longhorns soon after, but all in all, I still saw this as a solid growth season. Again, he's not a player a competitive NFL team wants starting games in 2012, but there are skills to work with.
Grade: Early to late 2nd

5. Brandon Weeden
Hey, you subtract one key number, and Weeden jumps up this list. He has a big-time arm, is accurate, plays with poise and can beat you over the top. The bottom line is if you think this is a guy you want to draft and develop for a year, he might not make his first NFL start until he's 30 years old. Let's face it, that's a number nobody will overlook. It says a lot for Weeden's ability that he's in the position to be drafted at all.
Grade: Late 2nd to middle rounds

It seems likely that the stigma from the 2011 Arizona Wildcats may result in Foles being picked later than Tannehill, or maybe even Weeden. But make no mistake, any of these three quarterbacks would be a solid "get" for the Seahawks.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seahawks May Try For QB Ryan Tannehill

The Seattle Seahawks are entering the 2012 NFL Draft with some specific needs, one of which is a strong quarterback to shore up the depth chart and prepare for a not-too-distant future without current QB Tarvaris Jackson.

The Seahawks will have the No. 12 overall pick in the draft, so top arms Andrew Luck and recent Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will be long-gone by then, but the Seahawks can still snare a definite top prospect with their placement in the draft order.

More: Check out SB Nation's latest NFL mock draft.

Website New NFL Draft suggests that the Seahawks will opt to target Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M, whom they rank as the No. 3 quarterback in the 2012 draft. Here's what they have to say:

The Seattle Seahawks need to get a QB in this 2012 NFL Mock Draft. The Seahawks have to take Ryan Tannehill in this NFL Mock Draft because they don't have a top tier QB and Barkley and Landry Jones (hasn't decided yet so could still declare in the 2012 NFL Draft) seem to both be going back to school. After the game with Andrew Luck and Brandon Weeden I think that Weeden has the potential to be a first round selection. With that being said because Weeden is 28 I would be surprised if he went before the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Tannehill finished the 2011 season with a 61.6 completion percentage, going 327-for-531 on pass attempts and finishing with 3,744 passing yards. He had 29 touchdowns against 15 interceptions.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: In Which Round Will LaMichael James Likely Be Picked?

Along with the announcement that LaMichael James will go pro comes the inevitable furious mock-draft adjustments and probable rising and falling of his stock both before and after the Combine. Right now as it stands, though, where should we expect James to be taken in this year's Draft?

Though at this early stage it's hard to predict exactly where teams will place him on their board, a conservative guess would be somewhere between rounds two through four. Rob Rang, a respected draft analyst, had this to say about James' potential for the NFL back in mid-November.

Despite staggering production, scouts can't help but be cautious when grading [LaMichael James] for the next level. Listed at 5-9, 195 pounds -- many suspect he's considerably smaller than the Oregon program indicates -- James clearly doesn't possess the size most pro clubs want in a featured back.

He's also not necessarily the traditional scat-back as some peg him to be. James has only 13 receptions this season and finished each of the past two years with 17. Though his relatively low catch totals hardly mean that James lacks the hands to be an effective outlet receiver, any concerns about his ball skills weren't helped Saturday night with only one catch (for 10 yards) and a muffed punt in which the ball simply slid through his hands.

James is a stronger runner than you'd think considering his size. He finishes runs like a big back -- feet chugging, twisting and leaning forward to gain ground as he's being tackled. That said, his value lies with his elusiveness and blazing straight-line speed -- and teams have traditionally been unwilling to invest a top 100 pick in undersized backs with this limited skill-set.

Some of the other speedy, undersized backs James has been compared to -- Darren Sproles, Taiwan Jones and Jacquizz Rodgers -- made it to the fourth round despite similarly jaw-dropping collegiate production.

I think what Rang writes, though possibly discouraging or unbelievable for Duck fans, is logical and is based on historical precedent. Even if James lasts that long and doesn't go until day three of the Draft, it doesn't mean he won't be effective for his team and ultimately have a good career. Jacquizz Rodgers, for example, has played solidly in his rookie campaign in a backup role, racking up 205 yards rushing and a touchdown to go with his 21 receptions for 188 yards and a touchdown through the air, and may play a key role in the playoffs.

On the other hand, with the success that Rodgers and Darren Sproles have had this season, Sproles with 600+ yards on the ground and 700+ yards through the air on his way to 9 total touchdowns, perhaps teams will begin to see a higher value in running backs of LaMichael James' ilk. Time will tell, and it will be one of the more interesting storylines of the mid-rounds.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle Seahawks Could Try Devon Still, Andre Branch In First Two Rounds

The Seattle Seahawks do have pressing needs to generate pass rush at the quarterback and get a quarterback to run the offense on a consistent basis. Those are the big things keeping Seattle from contending in the NFC, and they'll have to fix up those needs in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Seattle could move toward a strategy of fulfilling positions of need instead of focusing on the best player possible. One possibility is picking the best pass rusher available, in this case being defensive lineman Devon Still from the Penn St. Nittany Lions.

The Seahawks are in the bottom 10 in sacks. A lacking pass rush, both on the exterior and interior, is their greatest issue, outside of the quarterback position. Devon Still had a fantastic 2011 campaign and is the top consensus player on the board, so this pick makes a ton of sense.

I'm moving away from mocking a signal-caller after slotting Ryan Tannehill here for the past month. The pick could happen, but I don't think Pete Carroll would consider Tannehill as a safe bet for an upgrade over Tarvaris Jackson.

The theme of pass-rushing continues in the mock draft with the second pick. Defensive end Andre Branch from Clemson seems to be another big target.

The feeling is that Jones is returning for his senior season, but since he hasn't announced yet, he's being considered for this mock. He's not the athletic quarterback the Seahawks may look at, but at this point in the draft he's a good pickup.

After that, things get interesting, with offensive lineman Nate Potter of Boise State, and project quarterback Ryan Lindley from San Diego. Both are definitely positions of need, although they're hardly the players you expect to be the ones to take over.

Seattle isn't a bad football team. They're a team with plenty of solid talents, but they have certain weaknesses at certain positions that they desperately need to fill. Getting two marquee defensive ends is super-important.

To discuss the possibility of Still or Branch joining the Seahawks, head to Field Gulls.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Could Seahawks Upgrade Defensive End Position?

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