Just about all of my mock drafts to date have revolved around trading Earl Thomas, this time I wanted to have a go at the draft without moving him for valuable resources. Here’s how I did it.
Firstly, Seattle pairs up with the Panthers for a trade back.
Seattle sends #18 in return for #24 and #85 (3rd round)
Seattle isn’t done on the trade backs, though. They then move #24 + #156 (5th round) to Cleveland for #35 and #64 (both 2nd round)
That leaves their draft board as follows –
Now onto the selections –
2/3 – Justin Reid, FS
Despite not moving on from Earl Thomas before the draft, Seattle finds their long term replacement at free safety. Justin Reid is, in my opinion, the best free safety in the 2018 draft.
2/32 – Rashaad Penny, RB
Seattle find their answer at running back with this pick. Penny is set to be a 3 down back with great upside, absolutely one of the safer picks this year.
3/21 – Duke Ejiofor, DE
Ejiofor may end up going before this pick however he was available so I had to take him. He didn’t have the most productive collegiate career however is primed to excel in the NFL under proper coaching.
4/20 – Tyquon Lewis, DE
The Seahawks go back to back EDGE guys here. Lewis is one of the most athletic defensive ends in this draft. As with Ejiofor, with the correct coaching he will go far and set Seattle up at the position.
5/4 – Allen Lazard, WR
Seattle adds to their receiver group. I wouldn’t expect too much out of Lazard in his rookie campaign, but will likely flourish once he’s used to the system and will surely show promise later in the season.
5/9 – Dalton Schultz, TE
A valuable addition to a position group with quite a few question marks. Schultz will perform well in Seattle.
5/31 – Genard Avery, LB
Avery is a superbly athletic and will add much needed depth to the linebacker group.
7.8 – Christian Campbell, CB
Another high scoring SPARQ guy here, Campbell was one of the highest testers amonst the position group for SPARQ, he also has insanely long arms (33 ½).
7.30 – Troy Apke, SS
For some reason Apke fell in the draft and just kept falling. Rather than hope to pick him up in free agency immediately after the draft, I used the pick here to secure him to add to the competition at strong safety and contribute to special teams immediately.
Notable UDFA’s –
Mike Boone, RB
Ryan Nall, RB
Jordan Smallwood, WR
Jaylen Samuels, TE
David Steinmetz, OT
Austin Golson, OC
Julian Taylor, DT
Sebastian Joseph, DT
Jacob Martin, DE
Zaire Franklin, LB
Marcus Newby, LB
Keion Crossen, CB
Andre Chachere, CB
Steven Parker, SS
Jordan Martin, FS