The Seattle Seahawks are weighing all of their options for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. The latest mock drafts have begun to suggest that the Seattle team will be looking for defensive help in the early rounds to improve the team next season.
Mock draft website Draft Tek has released their latest mock draft, which suggests that the Seahawks may use their No. 11 overall pick to select North Carolina Tar Heels outside linebacker Zach Brown. Here is their take:
29 year old soon-to-be free agent Leroy Hill was particularly inept at his duties at WILL LB and the Hawks will be looking to correct this issue in 2012. For the second consecutive week the DRAFTSIM model projects Zach Brown OLB/UNC to the Hawks in R1. Brown is an athletic marvel who could come in and immediately takeover at the WILL. He provides the ability to lock down the edge and is an effective counter against opposing teams' fast and elusive personnel. Brown is a bit undersized (6'2, 230), and while his freakish athleticism is drawing comparisons to rookie Pro-Bowler Von Miller, those same buzz words were used to describe everyone's former favorite Seahawk Aaron Curry. If he is indeed drafted by Carroll, I think it's safe to assume all of Seahawks nation will be praying for him to resemble the former. That being said, Brown has the physical tools to succeed and would be well worth the risk as a mid 1st round BPA selection.
They certainly make a strong case for the Seahawks going all in on a first-round linebacker. We will have to wait to see how things continue to shape up.