With the NFL scouting combine coming, the latest 2011 NFL mock draft from SB Nation has expanded, spanning both the first- and second-round this time around. The picks are, once again, changing, with Cam Newton shooting up the boards and into the top-10, ahead of Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert. Newton impressed last week at a workout in front of the media, giving him a mock draft boost in the first update since.
For the Seattle Seahawks, the first round pick has changed again this time around. Instead of a quarterback, offensive lineman or defensive lineman, the Seahawks are projected to take a cornerback in the first round. It’s a name I haven’t seen before, but is an intriguing pick.
Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado. Despite its surprising playoff run, the Seahawks are still sufficiently lacking in overall talent that they can get away with taking the best player here.
And, of course, since we’re working with two rounds, we can also take a look at the Seahawks’ second pick at No. 57. SB Nation projects Seattle will take an offensive lineman in the second round, addressing an immediate need in an effort to shore-up pass protection and run-blocking.
57. Seattle Seahawks: Rodney Hudson, OG, Florida State. NFL scouts are concerned about Hudson’s playing weight, but he’s too talented to last much further than this point in the second round.
Hudson sounds like a high-upside guy with questions, and could be a great fit with that second-round pick.
Though a cornerback from Colorado and an offensive lineman from Florida State may not be “sexy” picks, both fill needs and seem to fall in line with the Seahawks needs. That can all change with the NFL combine coming up as players look to impress. We’ll see plenty of draft stock movement in the next few weeks, but should come out of it with a better idea of which prospects are rising, which are falling and who could end up in Seattle.
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