Mock: Round 4, Pick 104

Posted Apr 21, 2010

"With the 104th overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks select ..." We'll find out the actual answer later this week, but it's time for the guys at, with additional help from staff alum Scott Eklund, to continue speculating how they think the team's draft will go. In the fourth round, we all start looking for sleepers.

Scott Eklund, Recruiting Editor,
RB LeGarrette Blount
, Oregon -- Blount went ballistic following Oregon’s loss to Boise State to kickoff the 2009 season and was vilified by many. While controlling his temper will be something he has to deal with as a pro, I believe he has things under control and would be a great fit in a pro offense. Blount is big and very physical. He’s also an underrated receiver and he’s adept at picking up blitzing linebackers and safeties in pass-protection.

Brian McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief,
S Darrell Stuckey, Kansas
As mentioned previously, the Seahawks are extremely thin in the defensive backfield, so do not be surprised to see multiple picks expended back there. Stuckey is the big-hitter Pete Carroll prefers at strong safety, capable of knocking balls out of the hands of receivers and running backs. Stuckey was praised at KU for his leadership, and will contribute immediately on special teams, perhaps even in the return game. (Averaged 25.9 yards per kick return in ’09)

Doug Farrar, Publisher,
S Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech --
If you’re going to take an athletic project at any position, the first round isn’t the place to do it .And for all the talk about Taylor Mays’ measurables, there’s equal truth to the notion that he might not be game-ready. Taking such a player in the mid-20s is a good way to ruin your draft. Taking such a player in the early 100s, however, might be a clear path to draft value.

Chancellor shares many of Mays’ characteristics – he’s very impressive when coming up to fill a gap against the run, and he’s a dynamic tackler. Teams will like his straight-on speed for his size. However, his transition from rover to free safety in college will likely be reversed in the pros – he simply doesn’t have the ball skills to stick to receivers in complex routes. However, he can play center field well, and he looks like a real sleeper as a box safety who can also flash out in intermediate coverage.

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