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:
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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