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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Select Melvin Ingram

The Seattle Seahawks just missed the playoffs in 2011 and are looking to take that next step with a strong showing in the upcoming NFL Draft. Armed with the No. 12 overall pick in the first round, the team can look to improve a variety of areas, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Some have mentioned the idea of moving up and selecting an elite quarterback -- likely Robert Griffin III -- but this latest mock from SB Nation's Mocking The Draft has the Seahawks taking a defensive end.

12. The Seattle Seahawks select: Melvin Ingram, Defensive End, South Carolina.

Perhaps this is a slight reach here, but Ingram is climbing boards after a nice Senor Bowl week where, at times, he looked the best pass rusher there. He's a little undersized, but like the 49ers did with Aldon Smith this year, you find a way to get him on the field to rush the passer because that's what he does best.

As mentioned in the blurb, Ingram turned a lot of heads the last few weeks while working out and playing at the Senior Bowl, but some have questioned his ability to become an elite pass rusher at the next level. Should the Seahawks settle on finding defensive line help, they may be able to move back a few picks and gain an extra selection or two in the later rounds.

In addition to a defensive lineman, Seattle could also look at taking a wide receiver or running back to bolster their offense.

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