Klete takes home the top prize in our fifth annual Seahawks Insider mock draft competition.
We had four contests correctly predict two of the 11 players the Seattle Seahawks selected in this year’s draft:
Klete: Jordan Hill (3rd) and Tharold Simon (5th) Paulsj: Christine Michael (3rd) and Ty Powell (5th) HonHawksLSB: Jessie Williams (2nd) and Christine Michael (6th) CDN_C_Hawk: Christine Michael (4th) and Chris Harper (5th).
Of those four, Klete was the only contestant to predict the right player being drafted in the right round.
We had an impressive five players predicted by our 52 contestants to be drafted by Seattle – Jordan Hill (1), Jesse Williams (4), Christine Michael (3), Tharold Simon (4) and Chris Harper (4).
Check out the final results here: Mock draft competition. Congrats to Klete. Email me at email@example.com and I will send you the prize package. And thanks to everyone who participated this year.
That’s right, it’s only a week after this year’s draft – so why not start the look toward 2013?
What’s interesting about all three mock drafts is not so much the players they have Seattle selecting, but the fact that all three project the Seahawks to miss the playoffs this season.
Andrew Perloff of Sports Illustrated makes the predictable choice of Seattle selecting USC quarterback Matt Barkley at No. 8 overall. Miami selected No. 8 this year and finished 6-11 in 2011. I’d be very surprised if Seahawks are drafting in the top 10 next year with the talent they have returning on the roster.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports has a much more realistic take, with Seattle drafting No. 14 and falling just short of the playoffs. Schrager has Seattle selecting Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, the son of longtime NFL defensive lineman Jim Jeffcoat.
ESPN’s Todd McShay has Seattle selecting Baylor receiver Terrance Williams at No. 12 overall in his 2013 mock draft. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
First of all, my apologizes for not posting this earlier as advertised, but welcome to our fourth annual Seahawks mock draft.
Our defending champion from 2011 is Palerydr, who correctly had Seattle selecting Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter in the first round.
In 2010, Hefferous and HawksfaninMT took home title honors. Both got two picks right, correctly picking the Seahawks to select Russell Okung and Earl Thomas with the team’s first, two picks.
In our first contest in 2009, Schlede from Denmark took home first prize by getting two picks overall correct, Aaron Curry in the first round and Nick Reed in the seventh round.
That said, here’s my feeble attempt to predict who Seattle might select beginning on Thursday. Post your own mock draft in the comments section down below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll throw them into an excel spreadsheet and announce the winner on Monday. Again, one per customer please, and you have until 5 p.m. on Thursday to enter your pick.
Here’s my mock draft for this year. I have Seattle selecting Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower at No.12, although I think it will be more likely that they trade down a few spots and to get him.
In my mock South Carolina defensive end/linebacker Melvin Ingram goes to Jacksonville at No. 7 and Kansas City grabs Boston College middle linebacker Luke Kuechly at No. 11, so Hightower is the next best linebacker prospect available at an obviously need position for the Seahawks.
Other potential candidates include Alabama safety Mark Barron, who goes to Dallas at No. 14, LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers, selected by Philadelphia at No. 15 and David DeCastro, selected by San Diego at No. 18.
I think Hightower makes sense because of his run stuffing ability on first and second downs, and the fact that he can serve as a pass rusher on third down, with K.J. Wright moving to middle linebacker in passing situations. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has said he likes the way Wright patrols the middle of the field with his long wing span in coverage.
Hightower has been a team captain the past two years, so he has good leadership skills. He’s played in a pro-style defense under Nick Saban with multiple looks, so Seattle’s defensive playbook should not overwhelm him. And he’s a good blitzer from his linebacker position.
Several of the 29 entrants in this year’s Seattle Seahawks mock draft managed to predict at least one of the Seattle’s picks right.
However, only one person got the right player in the right round, and that was Palerydr, who correctly had Seattle selecting Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter in the first round, so he wins this year’s contest.
Seven others, including myself, had Carpenter being selected by Seattle, in the second, third and even fourth round.
Six others had Seattle selecting John Moffitt, but none in the third round.