FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks

With The Fourth Pick In The FanIQ NFL Mock Draft, The Seattle Seahawks Select...

4/14/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we'll feature picks from the Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals. Every day until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis. Next up is Billy Watson from Seahawks Central, with the 4th pick for the Seattle Seahawks.

Here are the picks so far:




A few months ago, the Seattle Seahawks biggest needs were at wide receiver and defensive tackle. The team somewhat addressed those needs by signing the free agent wide receiver – T.J. Houshmandzadeh – and adding defensive tackles Colin Cole (in free agency) and Cory Redding (in exchange for Julian Peterson). However, wide receiver and defensive tackle are still positions that need work. The loss of Peterson leaves the Seahawks with a new hole at outside linebacker. Julius Jones leaves something to be desired at running back, and the aging offensive line needs to be revamped. The Seahawks also need help at safety, but there probably isn’t a first round talent in this year’s draft class, let alone someone worthy of a Top 5 pick.

If LB Aaron Curry, OT Jason Smith, and OT Eugene Monroe are taken with the first three picks (as they are in this mock draft), the Seahawks will likely trade this pick. Jason Smith won’t last, but the Seahawks would take either Curry or Monroe if they were available. I believe the Seahawks will end up with one of those two players. After that, there isn’t a good choice. WR Michael Crabtree or OT Andre Smith would be possibilities, but the team could trade down to get one of them and either could be a bust. DT B.J. Raji is the best available player on a pure need basis for the Seahawks.

Given the picks in this mock draft, I’m taking QB Matt Stafford as the fourth pick. There isn’t enough value to use the #4 pick on anyone else left on the board. There are multiple teams that would be willing to trade up to get Stafford (or possibly QB Mark Sanchez) at this spot. The Seahawks would then move down in the first round and take Raji, Crabtree or Andre Smith, while picking up an additional second round pick. If there isn’t a willing trade partner, the Seahawks could do worse than keeping Stafford for themselves as the future face of the franchise.

by Billy Watson
Seattle Seahawks Blog
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4/15/09   |   Dream_Machine   |   13448 respect

MarkTheShark wrote:
Did I miss something? I think the Seahawks stay and are delighted when Raji falls to them at #4.

Honestly, Raji Can't Be A Top Three Pick, Maybe 5,6 and i know for sure he will be available when the Hawks are on the clock!

4/15/09   |   brianmc0331   |   10 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
Quarterbacks are too deep in this draft class for Seattle to get one at #4. And am I the only one who think that Seneca Wallace has shown that he is capable of starting?

I agree about Wallace being a capable back up and starter when needed....bottom line is he is to good of an athlete to not be playing so if Seattle can get a guy in the 2nd or later that they are comfortable with the maybe we will see Wallace more in a slash type position or as a slot receiver.

4/15/09   |   brianmc0331   |   10 respect

MarkTheShark wrote:
Did I miss something? I think the Seahawks stay and are delighted when Raji falls to them at #4.

they have signed 2 d linemen already and both while not the best have shown flashes of greatness so Raji at 4 is no longer a necessity.

4/14/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Quarterbacks are too deep in this draft class for Seattle to get one at #4. And am I the only one who think that Seneca Wallace has shown that he is capable of starting?

4/14/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Did I miss something? I think the Seahawks stay and are delighted when Raji falls to them at #4.

4/14/09   |   Dream_Machine   |   13448 respect

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Hawks Are Stuck In A Pickle, I Agree With Watson And Would Trade For the Pick. I'd Be Kicking Myself If Stafford Turned Out To Be A Top Notch QB, But That in Itself Is Not A Given. I Would Trade The Pick To Anyone Who Is Willing To Also Give Up A Couple More Picks. I Think The Seahawks Are Definitely In A Position To Have Quantity Over Quality. Hasselbeck Is Back 100% The Housh Is a Hawk Now And I think He Is Enough To Hold It Down For The Hawks At Top Receiver along with Branch And Burelson. Heck, Koren Robinson Did What He Had To Do Last Year To Get A Paycheck, What Would Be The Difference This Year If He Didn't Already Find Another Team. That Would Make It Settled On The WR's End. I'm Just Suprised The Hawks Didn't Get A QB In Free Agency. I Mean There Was A Bunch That Would have Done Well in Relief In Hasselbeck If His Injury Bug Would Come Back; Jeff Garcia, Marques Tuiasosopo (Hometown Fav), Patrick Ramsey, Mat Cassell, Kurt Warner, Byron Leftwich, J.T. O'Sullivan and David Carr For Starters. But in The End It's Pretty Much More Bang For Your Buck. Go Seahawks ! ! !

4/14/09   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

brianmc0331 wrote:
I agree completely .....they can get a QB in the later rounds ...I like O line at this spot if Monroe or Jason Smith if still there.... they can pick up a QB like chase Daniels or Graham Harrell in the 2ND or even third and get better value. Seattle doesn't have to much luck on first round DTs living up to expectations ...so if one of the OTs aren't there my vote is maclin or crabtree to play opposite of T.J.

For the most part their luck with high pick D-linemen is crap, but they did get Cortez Kennedy with the #1 overall pick and that dude was with the team forever and had HOF talent...... just too bad his teams were always terrible.

4/14/09   |   brianmc0331   |   10 respect

beerstudk wrote:

That would be a total waste of the pick (not to mention the $20+ million) if they go after a QB to sit for 2 or 3 years and learn from Hasselbeck.  This team can win now and needs players that can help them win now.  The smartest thing for Seattle to do is get an O-lineman or pick up Raji, outside of that they should trade down and maybe pick up a prospect QB on the second day of the draft.

I agree completely .....they can get a QB in the later rounds ...I like O line at this spot if Monroe or Jason Smith if still there.... they can pick up a QB like chase Daniels or Graham Harrell in the 2ND or even third and get better value. Seattle doesn't have to much luck on first round DTs living up to expectations ...so if one of the OTs aren't there my vote is maclin or crabtree to play opposite of T.J.

4/14/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

DigitalSquire wrote:
 Maybe Raji from Boston College

Man I hope he drops to my niners.

4/14/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

 Maybe Raji from Boston College

4/14/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

 Seahawks are moving out of this spot if this happens. But if you take the pick ... you pick the DE out of Texas Orakpo

4/14/09   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Pat wrote:
I'm not too high on Stafford, but I believe that the Seahawks are the first team that could draft him where it would actually make sense. Despite a rough year in '08, the team isn't a total disaster. And with Hasselbeck, they have a guy who can give Stafford a chance to develop for a year or two, which I believe is exactly what he needs to maximize his potential. If he goes to a team like the Lions, it will be much harder for him, but Seattle is an ideal situation for Stafford, in my opinion.

That would be a total waste of the pick (not to mention the $20+ million) if they go after a QB to sit for 2 or 3 years and learn from Hasselbeck.  This team can win now and needs players that can help them win now.  The smartest thing for Seattle to do is get an O-lineman or pick up Raji, outside of that they should trade down and maybe pick up a prospect QB on the second day of the draft.

4/14/09   |   yanksawboy   |   8 respect

 I just hope we just get a good draft pick that will be great!

4/14/09   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

I'm not too high on Stafford, but I believe that the Seahawks are the first team that could draft him where it would actually make sense. Despite a rough year in '08, the team isn't a total disaster. And with Hasselbeck, they have a guy who can give Stafford a chance to develop for a year or two, which I believe is exactly what he needs to maximize his potential. If he goes to a team like the Lions, it will be much harder for him, but Seattle is an ideal situation for Stafford, in my opinion.

4/14/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

Steve Largent available?