Last year you correctly predicted that the Hawks would take Marcus Trufant,
Ken Hamlin, and Seneca Wallace. Who do you see the Hawks taking this year?
for noticing the accuracy last year, though I have to admit last year was much
easier than this year because the Hawks picked so much earlier and their needs/talent
available were so much more defined. The team, as always, will be looking for
the best available player. That very easily could be at a position Seattle sees
as a clear need – like outside linebacker (Karlos Dansby) defensive tackle
(Marcus Tubbs, Junior Siavii) or even defensive back (Sean Jones, Keith Smith).
It also might mean, however, that a pure athlete drops into their lap. Receiver
Michael Clayton of LSU is a possibility if he drops, as would Washington’s
Reggie Williams if his choice of agents, and prideful talk drop him as much
as some are reporting. Don’t be shocked if the team selects a running
back either – as the club has to prepare themselves for what appears to
be the inevitable – Shaun Alexander moving on next year. If Steven Jackson,
Kevin Jones, or potentially even Greg Jones fall into their lap at #23, Seattle
will be tempted. Obviously this is a big list, and I know you are looking for
one player. Based on his pure athletic upside then, I’m going with Karlos
Dansby – OLB – Auburn in the 1st. Based on this pick, I’ll
go with Keith Smith – CB – McNeese State in the 2nd round and Jordan Carstens – DT – Iowa State.
Rob, thanks for a great draft site and thanks for coming here to talk with us.
What is your surprise pick for the Seahawks, regardless of which round?
really think it is going to come in the first round. The defensive tackle and
linebacker group is solid, but not so good that it holds Seattle’s sure-fire
first round choice even though this is clearly an area of need. Once the team
has selected the best available athlete in the first round, it will be a lot
easier to predict the rest of their selections. Even though I think their 1st
round pick could easily be a surprise (WR, RB, S), I stated previously that
I’m going with Dansby as the #1 pick. So, based on that, I’m going
to go with wide receiver Devard Darling of Washington State as a potential 3rd
Rockhawkx: We hear a lot about drafting either BPA or for position/need.
Which has been better historically for the Seahawks and which way do you see
them going in this draft, first round and otherwise?
the Seahawks have been more successful selecting the Best Available Player.
I really believe they’ll go BPA in the first round, then focus more on
their particular needs in the next few rounds, before switching back to the
BPA for the last remaining rounds. They will go BPA in the first round, and
quite frankly, I’d be surprised if it isn’t a surprise pick, which
I consider Dansby to be since “everyone” seems to think the team
is focusing on the defensive line.
How much weight does character play in the draft, particularly when that player
happens to be the BPA at #23 at a position of need. (Ex: Darnell Dockett)
really depends on the club and type of character concerns we’re talking
about. I can tell you that teams have noticed that New England (and Carolina)
has taken more of a high-road approach to character recently and it is pretty
tough to argue with their recent success… The players on Seattle’s
roster who have had character concerns have shown flashes of superstardom. That
said, they’ve seen especially prone to periods of inconsistency, as well.
Call me a sucker, but I looked Darnell Dockett in the eye at both the Senior
Bowl and Combine. I’ll think his problems are behind him and he’ll
enjoy success at the next level.
now that all the workouts are done who are your favorite defensive sleepers
in the draft? Offensive?
is pretty hard to call players I see as 2nd rounders sleepers, but I’m
a huge fan of SS Bob Sanders, and CBs Keith Smith, Ricardo Colclough, and Joey Thomas. Some others for the later rounds I like are Jordan Carstens, Dave Ball,
Alex Lewis, and Gibril Wilson… As far as the offensive players I really
think Lee Evans is going to surprise at the next level though he is considered
a potential 1st round pick. I’m also higher on QB Chris Lewis, RB Fred Russell and Adimchinobe Echemandu, WRs Andrae Thurman and Justin Jenkins, TE
Chris Cooley, Tim Euhus, and Brett Pierce, and offensive linemen Mark Wilson
and Drew Strojny.
Rob, have you heard anything about the Seahawks possibly moving up or down in
the draft? Also I heard somewhere that the Hawks might make a draft day trade
for Jerimiah Trotter, have you heard anything about this?
is always the possibility that Seattle will move up or down, but they have been
noticeably absent from the talk I’ve heard behind the scenes. I think
they have a group of 3-4 players they’re looking at and expecting to be
available at #23. I do not see the club trading for Trotter, though they might
be interested in him if he is released.
Can Seattle afford to not draft for need at MLB, DT, and S? I'm afraid that
passing on some of the offensive players on the first day will come back to
haunt us -- especially at guard and center.
really think they can address their “need” positions on the 1st
Day while still using the BPA philosophy. They might need to address one of
their weaker “need” positions earlier – like OLB or S rather
than DT, but I do think these positions will be addressed. You can find some
very good OG and C prospects early on the 2nd day. One player I know Seattle
is interested in is Stanford C and LS Drew Caylor. He obviously could be groomed
as the long term replacement for Tobeck and contribute as a long snapper, as
What are the best (most outrageous) smoke screen reports you've heard in the
press this week leaked from teams.
of the more interesting questions… Every year dozens of wild rumors and
terrible smokescreens are conjured to confuse other teams, the media, and fans.
That said, the most outrageous smoke screens I’ve heard all week long
are coming from two unidentified teams who are questioning the health of Kenechi Udeze’s shoulder and labrum. Though he has been cleared by some of the
top surgeons on the west coast and his medical reports have been circulated
to each of the 32 teams, rumors still persist that he isn’t healthy. Expect
the rumors to be proven as just that – rumors – and for Udeze to
remain a top 15 pick.
in our draft chat last month you commented on the Shaun Alexander trade rumors
indicating that you wouldn't be surprised if he was traded before or during
the draft. Do you still feel Alexander is still on the trading block and what
is likely hood of a draft day trade for a pick or two? If a move happens with
him, how important is it for the Hawks to draft an RB early to fill in?
absolutely feel that there is still a possibility that he gets traded simply
because the team is in a Seattle Mariner/Randy Johnson/Alex Rodriguez type situation.
The Hawks can keep Alexander and see him walk away next season with nothing
as compensation, or they can look to trade him now and get something for him.
Alexander is saying all of the right things and it obviously would be a very
risky move for a team seemingly on the verge of great things so the likelihood,
at this point, seems diminished, but it is still an option. Even if the club
traded Alexander, the Seahawks feel comfortable enough with Morris and Carter
to not be forced into drafting a RB early. That said, both of these players
have struggled with durability throughout their collegiate and NFL careers and
the team would be wise to add talent if they, indeed, moved Alexander.
the Patriots recent trade for Corey Dillon, it becomes increasingly possible
that either Steven Jackson or Kevin Jones might fall to us. Given the fact that
Alexander is in the final year of his contract might we see the Seahawks draft
one of those guys if they are there at 23?
is certainly a possibility, as I’ve mentioned before, though I wouldn’t
necessarily throw the behemoth Greg Jones out of the list, either. The kid has
are the chances of the Hawks trading up to get Vince Wilfork or Jonathan Vilma?
slim. Wilfork would fit, but it would take a substantial move up. Vilma, I almost
want to apologize to say to all of you HUGE Vilma fans, simply doesn’t
fit Seattle scheme at any position other than weakside linebacker and the team
isn’t about to draft him and move Anthony Simmons.
Do you believe Vilma is too small to play MLB, and what are the realistic chances
of him falling to the Seahawks?
I believe he can be successful as a NFL middle linebacker, but he’d need
to be protected by great size and experience at defensive tackle in front of
him. Seattle has some size, but little experience and thus, even if he made
it to Seattle, I strongly doubt he’d be the selection.
the redskins making arrangements to replace Jeremiah Trotter (they have been
talking to Michael Barrow, according to KFFL), and so much interest being voiced
in Vilma by teams ahead of our 23rd pick, do you see the Seahawks drafting a
MLB in rounds 2 or 3, moving up for Vilma, or waiting until June 1 for Trotter
see Seattle drafting a middle linebacker in the middle to late portions of the
draft, potentially considering a veteran free agent (like Trotter), but basically
walking into next season planning on either Huff or Bates being their starter.
speculation being Vilma and D.J. Williams being gone what do you think of the
Seahawks selecting John Garrett in a later round, he seems to have everything
except luck with his health.
will likely be available as a free agent. Health is certainly a concern, but
his so is his struggles to find one position for Baylor. He was used both inside
and outside here, but might lack the instincts for the middle and the change
of direction skills for the outside. A kid who has some upside, but an undrafted
free agent on every team’s board I’ve spoken to…
is Randy Starks’ draft stock dropping? I remember earlier in the year
he was projected in the top two or three DTs, now I see him projected in the
second round and hopefully to us?
simply, when you look at his statistics it seems like he makes a ton of plays,
but he doesn’t make as many plays on the field as his stats seem to indicate.
He plays high and is fairly raw because he has moved back and forth between
DT and DE. Seattle is not very high on him, and I would be surprised to see
them select him – even in the 2nd round.
you still hearing that the Hawks are very high on Marcus Tubbs, DT (Texas)?
are very high on Tubbs and he will certainly be a strong consideration at #23.
their “raw” talent, can Igor Olshansky or Isaac Sopoaga be a late
first round selection given there size, speed and strength? Would a team like
Seattle have these guys on their board in the first round considering the need
for a DT?
Despite all of the media attention these players have received, they are more
2nd round prospects. That said, teams do tend to get crazy at the end of the
1st round with big defensive linemen, but the DL I see as potential surprise
1st rounders include Junior Siavii, Tank Johnson, Donnell Washington, and Dwan
the wealth of top shelf WR talent in this draft and the seemingly endless parade
of solid but unexceptional DT's, what do you think the odds of a first-round
WR and second-round DT are?
but I think the odds of grabbing a player at a different position – DT,
OLB, S is better early on and then adding a WR later. Remember, as nice as it
would be to add a receiver from this draft to groom behind Engram (who will
be slipping soon), Koren Robinson (who is going to want to be paid like a #1
receiver), and Jackson (who knows how hard he’ll play now that he has
the big pay-day), it still isn’t the clear need other positions are. Only
if a spectacular athlete drops into their laps should the Seahawks consider
this position. That said, I consider both Clayton and Reggie Williams to be
this type of athlete – and they could be available at #23.
do you see the Hawks taking one of the many WR's that are in this draft sometime
on the first day? And do you see Holmgren taking another QB in the draft's second
necessarily on the 1st Day, but almost surely a receiver at some point in the
draft, probably in the 3rd to 4th round area. QB doesn’t seem as likely
a position now with Huard on the roster, but with Holmgren you never know. He
no longer has the say over draft picks that he once had.
you are looking at taking the top defensive end in the draft, do you choose
Kenechi Udezi or Will Smith?
on what you are looking for. Against both the run and pass? Udeze. Strictly
a pass rusher? Smith. Looking for a guaranteed impact player as a rookie? Take
the veteran, consistent, technique-driven Smith. Looking for more upside? Take
are probably 7 or 8 WRs that warrant a first round grade. Obviously, not all
will be first round picks. Which will fall to the 2nd round? More importantly,
which of Fitzgerald, the 3 Williams (assuming Mike gets there somehow), Clayton
and Evans are mostly likely to be the busts?
big name receivers that I see potentially falling to the 2nd round are Rashaun Woods, Lee Evans, and potentially Devery Henderson. I’ve said it before
and I’ll say it again here, I think the riskiest of the elite WR prospects
remains Texas’ Roy Williams. He has very good size and is the most spectacular
athlete of all the receivers with good size. That said, I didn’t seem
him make the phenomenal plays athletes of his caliber should. The case could
be made, of course, that Roy played in a terrible offense or with a terrible
quarterback, but then again, so did Reggie Williams, Michael Clayton, and Lee
Evans and they are simply three of the elite playmakers in this draft…
analysts have the Seahawks taking a safety in the 2nd or 3rd round and many
on this board think we need one. I personally like Terreal Bierria and was wondering
what you know about his skills and his chance of earning the starting strong
safety job this summer.
like Bierria and think he certainly has a shot to win the starting job even
if the club adds a strong safety prospect early in the draft. I do expect them
to add some competition to this position relatively early, in fact. Sean Jones
would make a lot of sense on the first day, or the team could opt to take one
of the OLB/SS prospects from this draft later and try to develop them (ala Rashad Washington, Kendyll Pope, or Bryce McGill in the mid to later rounds or even
an athlete like Michael Boulware or Dansby earlier).
what have you heard about Notre Dame strong safety, Glenn Earl and how is his
knee injury coming along? Do you expect his knee to be fully recovered by the
time pre-season starts? Have teams been talking to him and where do you expect
him to be drafted on the second day? Do you think he'd be a good fit for the
Hawks as a mid to late second day pick to eventually pair with Hamlin.
is one of the better safety prospects in this draft when healthy, but a big
question had always been his change of direction ability and pure speed and
his knee injury will not help this situation. I do not see Seattle spending
anything more than a late, late pick on him based on his potential. If Seattle
drafts a safety prospect – and I think they will – it won’t
likely be this late.
I'd say Holmgren tends to really like talented athletic tackle types along his
offensive line. Given this, do you know if the Hawks have shown much interest
in Jason Peters, TE/OT (Arkansas)? Any leaks getting to you regarding the Hawks
interest in this kid?
have spoken to Seahawk scouts specifically about Peters and they – like
everyone else are intrigued with his potential. That said, the team already
has their OL project in Wayne Hunter and I’d be quite surprised to see
them draft another player needing years of development.
Rob, when I look at the way the draft board is falling into place,
I have this strong feeling the Seahawks will go offense and not defense with
their first round pick. The guys I am thinking we could pick are Shawn Andrews
or Vernon Carey...both offensive linemen of course. Do you think the Seahawks
would select Shawn Andrews if he fell past Miami at 20, to the Seahawks at 23...if
for anything to send Walter Jones a very distinct message?
Rob Rang: I
think the distinct message they sent to Walter Jones came when they drafted
Wayne Hunter last season and have publicly announced his progress from last
season to this one. I’d be quite surprised to see Seattle select an offensive
lineman this early even if a talent like Andrews or Carey dropped into their
laps. A later pick would make some sense, but not this early with so many other
positions of more need and these two players in particular, not likely ranking
among the highest rated players on the Seahawks’ board due to their run-first
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