Seahawks 7-round 2018 mock draft

Draft day – months of scouting, evaluating and ranking players comes to a glorious conclusion. Here is my Seahawks 7-round 2018 mock draft (plus bonus mocks).

Seahawks 7-round 2018 mock draft

ICYMI – here are the links to HawkTalk’s Seahawks Draft Guide and Seahawks Draft Board. They are must-have resources for 12’s on draft weekend, and the source of today’s 7-round mocks:

The Ultimate 2018 Seahawks Draft preview

Seahawks 2018 Draft Targets Board

There is a lot of unpredictability this year, so I’m posting multiple 7-round mocks here containing top Seahawks targets. Last year, that method yielded mock-picks of Malik McDowell, Shaquill Griffin, Delano Hill, Amara Darboh. 2018 will be tougher with so many team needs, though I hope to nail a few picks this time around as well. Here’s a snapshot of my final Seahawks 7-round 2018 mock draft, with a full breakdown below:

Common sense trades

We all know John Schneider is going to find his way back into Day-2 of the draft. Most likely ending up with multiple picks in that range. The easiest way to do that is through trading down from #18 in the first round, so let’s start there:

– Seahawks trade #18 to the Patriots for #31 and #63: This is what I projected in my final 2018 mock draft, with New England making a big move up for Lamar Jackson. Seattle gets outscored slightly on the new trade chart, but are reportedly willing to trade down at a discount. Other realistic trade back targets are Cleveland at #33/35, Atlanta at #26, or New England’s other 1st rounder (#23).

– Seahawks trade #31 to the Colts for #37 and #104: Indianapolis wants to trade back up into the 1st round, and Seattle looks like the perfect partner. Unless someone like Connor Williams falls to #31, they may be best off moving back into the early 2nd round. Which is where many Seattle VMAC visitors project to come off the board. After both the above trades, the #18 pick yields the 37th, 63rd and 104th. Not bad.

– Seahawks trade Earl Thomas to the Cowboys for #50, #81 and a 2019 pick: I’m not advocating for this, nor do I necessarily expect it to happen (I think it’s near 50-50). Including this trade simply allows us to look at more options in the draft. Dallas remains unwilling to trade their 1st round pick for Thomas, so Seattle gets the next best thing. Two day-2 picks in this draft, and a 2019 pick (R3, perhaps).  That full package is materially less valuable than the Cowboys’ 19th overall pick, according to the new trade chart.

Where does that leave Seattle?

  • R2 – 37th, 50th, 63rd
  • R3 – 81st
  • R4 – 104th, 120th
  • R5 – 141st, 146th, 156th, 168th
  • R7 – 226th, 248th

That’s 12 total draft picks. If you think that’s too many, consider that Seattle currently has 24 open spots on the 90-man roster. Pete & John are going to have a field day in undrafted free agency, though there’s room to accumulate draft picks first.

Seattle could go several different ways in the early 2nd round: CB, DE, OG, FS, or RB. They could even take a TE if Dallas Goedert somehow falls that far. I’ll start with my “official” Seahawks 7-round 2018 mock draft, and look at each other scenario below that:

Final Seahawks 7-round 2018 mock draft

R2 (37) – Nick Chubb, RB

Among the Day-1/2 RB’s available, Chubb stands out the most as a Seahawks’ draft candidate. Few consider him a top-3 RB in this class, making him a potential steal for the lucky team that draft him. He also perfectly fits Seattle’s profile as a big, physical and explosive runner. I ranked Chubb as the #2 RB in this class last fall, and not much has changed – he’s a stud. Isaiah Oliver is a consideration here, but I don’t think he’ll last to this far. Other potential targets at 37 include Billy Price, Justin Reid and (if he falls) Dallas Goedert.

R2 (50) – Austin Corbett, OG

Seattle’s shown a ton of interest in Corbett during the pre-draft process, a connection I looked at in January. He’s getting hyped as an early-2nd round pick, which seems rich to me. I think there’s a big gap between him and the other R1-2 guys. In fact, I have the same early-3rd round grade on him that I had on Ethan Pocic & Germain Ifedi.

 R2 (63) – Josh Sweat, EDGE

Sweat appears to be the top candidate for a Seahawks EDGE pick. Seattle met with him at his Pro Day, then brought him in for a top-30 visit. He’s an athletic marvel and physical run defender with just enough pass rush production to warrant a 2nd-round pick. I covered his game in detail back in October.

 R3 (81) – Isaac Yiadom, CB

I covered Yiadom extensively both during and following Senior Bowl week. In fact, his performance was so impressive that I mocked him to Seattle in the 5th round of my Seahawks Senior Bowl mock draft. His size, length, speed, athleticism, physicality and skills all scream “Seahawks cornerback.” He is 6’1” with over 32” arms, but a little thin in the high 180’s. However, he plays much bigger than that, utilizing wiry strength and explosiveness to win at the line of scrimmage. That includes an ability to annihilate WR’s in press coverage, as well as some striking plays in run support. There are few CB’s in this draft class who can better defend vertical routes, making him a fantastic fit in a press cover-3 scheme (aka – Carroll’s defense).

R4 (104) – Shaquem Griffin, LB

Griffin is everything that Carroll & Schneider are looking for this offseason: highly athletic, the ultimate competitor, smart-tough-reliable, and skilled. He’s the twin brother to Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin, has overcome the mother of all adversity, and met with Seattle at the Combine. Last year, I was most certain of Seattle targeting Delano Hill among all mid-draft prospects – Griffin is up there this time around.

 R4 (120) – Tony Brown, CB/S

Seattle twice met with Slot-CB Tony Brown, which is interesting considering his sub-32” arms. He’s a bit raw & limited in coverage, but perhaps they’d like his 4.35 speed and physicality at Free Safety?

R5 (141) – Natrell Jamerson, FS

I’d love for Seattle to wait and select Jamerson at FS, rather than go with one of the early-round guys. Here’s what I wrote about Jamerson after he met with Seattle on his Pro Day in March:

“Jamerson wasn’t on my radar until the NFL Combine, where he put on a show. I’ve since studied his film, and there’s a lot to like about his game as well. As a former CB and WR, he lacks the Safety experience of Reid & Bates despite 4 years at Wisconsin. That manifests in some tentativeness vs. the run on tape, though he played smart, disciplined football. His coverage skills are advanced, and he tested like a high-end athlete as well. My initial grade on Jamerson is R3-4, which is quite a bit higher than most analysts have him.”

R5 (146) – Jullian Taylor, DT

The Seahawks are targeting undersized DT’s who could play a little 5-Tech in their Under defensive front. Taylor is an incredible athlete, was a VMAC visitor, and perfectly fits that profile. He wasn’t invited to the Combine, but his stock soared after his tremendous Pro Day workout.

 R5 (156) – Will Dissly, TE

Dissly is the best blocker in the draft and meets Seattle’s 3-cone threshold (<7.10) at TE. He’s also very similar physically to former Seahawks TE Zach Miller…

R5 (168) – Chase Edmonds, RB

The Seahawks looked at several small-ish complimentary backs during the pre-draft process. Also considered here: Jordan Wilkins, Boston Scott, Ito Smith, Kalen Ballage.

R7 (226) – Damion Ratley, WR

Compared to Texas A&M teammate Christian Kirk, Ratley is bigger, a superior athlete, and posted 70% of Kirk’s production last year. Yet he’ll be available in the late rounds. I think Seattle met with Kirk in part to gather info on his less-heralded teammate.

R7 (248) – Foye Oluokun, SS/LB

I don’t know whether Seattle likes Oluokun at LB or SS, but I understand their curiosity in him. The Seahawks brought him in for top-30 visit and attended his Pro Day, indicating a very high interest. I tracked down some game tape of the Yale defender, and there is so much to like about him. He hits like a train and flies all over the field. There’s a little bit of Kam Chancellor to his game.

Seahawks 7-round 2018 mock draft (CB-first)

Seahawks 7-round 2018 mock draft (OL-first)

Seahawks 7-round 2018 mock draft (DE-first)

Seahawks 7-round 2018 mock draft (FS-first)

Seahawks 7-round 2018 mock draft (TE-first + Dream Draft)