COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 01: Melvin Ingram #6 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates after a sack during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CBS Sports and NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang published his final draft on Monday, and had a familiar name going to the Seahawks.
There's now just one day until the 2012 NFL Draft takes place, and analysts and football writers around the nation are submitting their final mock drafts, basing their picks on the most current information available. Generally speaking, these mocks are much more reliable (if any mock drafts could be considered 'reliable') than those from a couple of months, weeks, or even days ago, and as writers try and get as close to the real thing as possible, they eschew wild ideas and scenarios for what they believe will happen. CBS Sports and NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang published his final draft on Monday, and had a familiar name going 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.
A vast majority of mock drafts of late have the Hawks taking either Quinton Coples, Courtney Upshaw, Luke Kuechly, or Melvin Ingram. As Rob spells out, Ingram's versatility and ability to play as the LDE opposite of Chris Clemons, as an outside linebacker, or even on the inside as a defensive tackle (not to mention possibly as a middle linebacker as well, something he's done before in his career), would be extremely tempting for Pete Carroll and his defense. Ingram could be a three-down impact player in year one.
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