As we hurtle toward the conclusion of the 11th annual SB Nation NFL writers’ mock draft, we finish off the week with the Seattle Seahawks.
Much of the conversation about the Seahawks this offseason has centered on the uncertain Seattle future of ace cornerback Richard Sherman. Even if a breakup is unlikely this offseason, he’s signed only through the 2018 season.
Seattle could go into a very deep cornerback draft looking for pieces in the secondary. That is, of course, unless value is too good to pass up. For Kenneth Arthur of Field Gulls, that was the case.
58. Seattle Seahawks: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
Arthur: If the boards falls like this, I have no idea what the Seahawks would do. There are a decent number of players still available who I would like to see them draft here, as well a few I’d just go nuts for, including Jordan Willis, who I was very close to taking before ultimately deciding Davis was too good to pass up at 58. The insane thing being that neither of these guys are corners, I took a tackle in Round 1, and Seattle fans reading this are probably cursing my name in ways that their parents would not be proud of. Unless their parents were also Seahawks fans, in which they’d be saying the same curse. The fact of the matter is that while there are some decent corners left on the board — Jourdan Lewis, Ahkello Witherspoon, Shaquill Griffin — (they’ve met with all three of those guys), none are on the level of Davis and Willis athletically and as football players. Not yet, at least. (The “football players” part, because this athleticism can’t be taught.)
At his pro day, Davis had a 38.5” vertical, 10’8 broad jump, and ran a 4.56 in the 40-yard dash at 6’1, 238 pounds. If he had done that at the combine (he couldn’t participate in most drills because of injuries), he would have ranked first in the vertical and broad among all linebackers. He tied T.J. Watt on the broad, and was a full inch better than second-place Tyus Bowser in the vertical. His SPARQ rating of 133.6 is special and well ahead of Zach Cunningham or Raekwon McMillan. He’s been compared to Bobby Wagner, and though the Seahawks already have Wagner, it would be just as fine to put Davis at strongside (where a lot of people project him anyway) and then let the cards play out as they may. Davis is probably a stronger pass rusher than he is a tackler anyway (he might be a rather poor tackler for a linebacker) and suddenly with him, Wagner, and K.J. Wright, Seattle has potentially the best middle of any defense in the league. Not bad when the front and the secondary isn’t shabby either.
I know the Seahawks would still have a huge hole at cornerback in this situation, but I just don’t know if it’s even possible that they’d let Davis sneak by at 58 if he was there. In fact, if he fell out of the top 40, I wonder if they’d get on the phones and use one of their three third-round picks to move up. It’s not the biggest need, but he would be the best player they could possibly get with their second rounder if the board fell like this. With Garett Bolles in the first and Davis here, Seattle is maybe getting their starting right tackle (at least) in 2017 and a new SAM to replace Mike Morgan. Those aren’t the greatest areas of interest for most teams, but it is definitely an upgrade for next season, and as players leave or retire in coming seasons, Bolles could become a premier left tackle and Davis has a ceiling that could put him on virtually any pedestal. These picks would be good for now but possibly great in 2-4 years.
Analysis: I agree on this leaving the Seahawks with a need at cornerback, but it comes down to value. The best cornerback available in this mock draft is Cordrea Tankersley of Clemson. Although he’s a good player, he’s more of a third-round pick. If you’re arguing against value for a cornerback, you have to love the pick of Davis because of the value. Davis is an aggressive linebacker who thrives on being physical. At Florida, he knew how to make an impact even in sometimes limited starts. In a situation like Seattle that could help him.
Dan’s top five players remaining
- 26. Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
- 41. Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
- 50. Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State
- 53. Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama
- 55. Raekwon McMillan, MLB, Ohio State
- 1-26: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
- 2-58: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
What grade do you give the pick of Davis by the Seahawks?
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