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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Defensive Tackles For Defensively Challenged Seattle Seahawks

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Moving on from the quarterback spot, a know deficiency for the Seattle Seahawks, there’s another area of great need. In 2010, it became abundantly clear the Seahawks needed help along the defensive front, specifically in the interior. In Brandon Mebane, Seattle has an underrated defensive tackle that can be both a space eater and penetrator. But, in the interest of depth and in an effort to boost the talent level, plenty of updated 2011 NFL mock drafts have the Seahawks getting defensive with the 21st pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

We begin at Fanhouse, where the draft has been updated, taking into account Andrew Luck’s decision to stay at Stanford. Fanhouse’s mock draft version 1.1 has the Seahawks taking a versatile defensive lineman out of Miami: Allen Bailey. Included is a quick scouting report.

Whether it’s on the outside or the inside of the defensive line, the Seahawks need players that can get after the quarterback. Bailey, who has the size and speed to excel either rushing from the edge or from the interior, should be an instant upgrade at any of the four spots along Seattle’s line.

Draftek also went defensive, pegging another lineman as the Seahawks choice at No. 21. Draftek analyst Michael Schottey thinks 6-foot-3 285 pound defensive end Adrian Clayborn, out of Iowa, is the answer to Seattle’s pressing needs.

Seattle’s defense actually got worse in 2010 and a lot of that was mediocrity on the defensive line. Pete Carroll needs to get that fixed ASAP and a top prospect like Adrian Clayborn is a great start. Clayborn isn’t the premier pass rusher (at least this year) that a lot of scouts thought he was. But, he’s a great all-around DE and will do a lot for your team on all three downs

Stay tuned to our StoryStream as we continue to break down the latest NFL mock drafts and the prospects that may be available when the Seahawks step to the podium at the NFL Draft.