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NFL Draft 2012: Prospects The Seahawks Passed Up

Time will tell if if the Seahawks made the right decision of picking Bruce Irvin at No. 15 in this year's draft. However, for those who want to play the "what-if" game already, here is a quick summary of some key players that the Seahawks passed up with their first round pick.

Name, position, (actual pick)

  • Quinton Coples, DE (No. 16 to New York Jets)-- Several mock drafts projected the Seahawks picking Coples at No. 12. Even after the Seahawks traded down to No. 15, Coples was still on the board. ESPN ranked Coples as the number one defensive end prospect.
  • Melvin Ingram, DE (No. 18 to the San Diego Chargers)-- Ingram, like Coples was another popular pick by the Seahawks in several mock drafts. Ingram was a versatile prospect with some experience at defensive tackle in college. The Seahawks drafted Irvin, but many scouts believed both Coples and Ingram were better pass rushers.
  • Don'ta Hightower, ILB--Like Coples and Ingram, Hightower was one of the top pass-rushing prospects available at the time of the Seahawks pick. The No. 2 ranked inside linebacker according to ESPN. Hightower is not as fast as Irvin, but is one of the strongest and most powerful players in the draft.

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