We officially kicked off our draft coverage today in print and online, with several features for your perusal.
The New Tribune columnist Dave Boling weighs on who he believes the Seattle Seahawks will selected with the team’s No. 12 overall choice.
Boling narrows his list down to two potential linebacker prospects in South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram and Boston College’s Luke Kuechly.
Boling: To serve the reader, I devoted considerable time and resources to the study of these two prospects. Here’s what I came up with in 15 minutes of YouTube study:
Kuechly was stunningly productive in his three seasons at BC, averaging 14 tackles a game, showing great instincts, versatility and durability.
At times you’d see his intelligence, sniffing out reverses well before anybody else on the defense. And his pass coverage was such that he might be one of those rare middle linebacker types you could leave on the field every down.
Word is that he’s a true leader who could take over that role on the Hawks’ defense.
But, at 242 pounds, he also got shoved around pretty well by big linemen, and a lot of those tackles he made seemed to take place after the ballcarrier already had gained considerable ground.
Ingram is much bigger, at 6-foot-2, 264 pounds, and would be more of a threat with the pass rush. This analysis might be mostly attributable to the creativity of the person who put together his highlight package, but Ingram looks more like the big-play, turnover-forcing defender Hawks coach Pete Carroll loves.”
My story today points to the difference of this year’s draft compared to Pete Carroll and John Schneider’s first draft with Seattle. In 2010 everyone knew the Seahawks needed a left tackle with the retirement of Walter Jones. But in their third year, Carroll and Schneider are more situated to let the draft board come to them and take the best player available. Seattle will look to add impact players that can put them over the top in the team’s drive to make the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.
Jeff Graham of the Kitsap Sun weighs in on Eastern Washington University defensive tackle Renard Williams, a possible undrafted rookie free agent prospect who prepped at South Kitsap High in nearby Port Orchard, Wash. This article also includes a list of draft eligible local prospects.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks are heading into this year’s draft with an air of confidence, and won’t be a prisoner of need.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a closer look at the top pass rushers in this year’s draft.
Former Colts GM Bill Polian takes a look at every team’s work in the draft the past three years in this ESPN Insider piece. He ranks the Baltimore Ravens as the best team in finding talent and value in the draft.
Polian lists Richard Sherman as Seattle’s best value pick in the last three years, and safety Earl Thomas as the team’s cornerstone pick. Polian: “Seattle has done a good job of putting valuable pieces in place on all sides of the ball. If free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn solves the problem at QB, this is a team on the rise.”
According to this database project by the Cleveland Plain Dealer that looks at all 32 teams selecting All-Pro players in the draft in the last 10 years, the Seahawks are 19th overall.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post examines the different methods teams use to measure a player’s desire and passion on the field.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports has Seattle selecting South Carolina DE/LB Melvin Ingram in the first round, Wisconsin OL Peter Konz in the second round and Nevada LB James Michael-Johnson in the third round.