The Seattle Seahawks can choose a number of different routes to take with their first few picks in this year's NFL draft, with many of them coming on the defensive side of the ball. And according to ESPN's Todd McShay's latest mock draft, defensive end will be their position of choice in the first round, choosing Quinton Coples out of North Carolina No. 12 overall.
Here's McShay's take on Coples and Seattle:
No. 12 Seattle Seahawks- areas of need: DE, LB, TE, WR, G/ROT, RB
A great value at a position of primary need. Coples is a versatile prospect with solid measurables, good pass-rush ability and the ability to hold up against the run.
And since the draft is getting closer, McShay went as far to pick their second round choice as well, selecting inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks out of Cal No. 43 overall. Those are two solid defensive editions in the first two rounds, though a number of offensive weapons will likely be gone by then. Either way, I think McShay made two selections in Coples and Kenricks that will improve their team with young, hungry players for Pete Carroll to shape.
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