2014 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle Seahawks Select...

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Remember all those years when Seahawks fans would whine about Super Bowl XL? At long last that seems to be over and done with now. Here with the final pick in our 2014 community mock draft is BTSC reader Thoroughbred of Sin.

"So," this lonely Steelers fan making his way in the Pacific Northwest said to his endless supply of blue-and-teal-clad buddies, "Who do you want the 'Hawks to draft with pick 32?"

"Super. Bowl. Champs." Mic drop.

the Seahawks were rebuilt from the ground up, in just a few short years, into one of the most dominant Super Bowl winners in recent memory-Thoroughbred of Sin

OK, I'm paraphrasing. A little bit. A very, very little bit. But I'm not exaggerating when I say that of all the friends I polled about this pick, not one came back to me with a single name. They're all still in shock, walking on sunshine, dancing on clouds, kissing puppies and, of course, shamelessly rubbing their success into 49ers fans at every opportunity.

And to be honest, I can't blame them, even if I'm still a little in awe of how quickly my buddies have evolved from "whiny" to "smug" over the past few years. Because when all is said and done, the Seahawks were rebuilt from the ground up, in just a few short years, into one of the most dominant Super Bowl winners in recent memory. Better yet, Seattle is still stacked, a heavyweight contender primed for a repeat performance, even while competing in the NFL's toughest division.

Seattle's Offseason

Key departures: Red Bryant, Chris Clemons, Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond, Golden Tate, Breno Giacomini

Key re-signings: Sidney Rice, Tony McDaniel, Michael Bennett

Other moves: Extended Earl Thomas, extended Pete Carroll, traded for Terrell Pryor

On defense, Seattle returns the same linebacking corps and secondary that lead them to a Super Bowl. Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane filled in admirably for Browner and Thurmond down the stretch last year, and appear to have proven the latter pair expendable. Losing both Bryant and Clemons definitely hurt the DL, but the team clearly prioritized retaining the talents of Bennett, Thomas and (likely soon) Richard Sherman. And frankly, a defensive line of Bennett, McDaniel (who saw over five hundred snaps last year), Brandon Mebane and Cliff Avril is still plenty dangerous.

On offense, Seattle has a chance to make a marked leap forward. Russell Wilson shows no signs of regressing. Marshawn Lynch is still one of the more dependable backs in the league, and the depth behind him is fantastic. The re-signing of Sidney Rice and return of Percy Harvin to pair with Doug Baldwin gives Seattle one of the more varied and dangerous (if perhaps injury-prone) wide receiving corps in the league, and certainly compensates for the loss of Golden Tate.

Seattle's Draft Needs

Positions of priority: WR, DE, DT, WR, CB, OG, OT

The Seahawks are in the enviable position of being able to draft for depth rather than immediate need if they so choose.

Carroll and Schneider seem to have no qualms about getting "their guy", even if it appears to outsiders to be a reach-Thoroughbred of Sin

With one of the more rotation-dependent defensive lines in the NFL, it would be nice to bring in a defensive lineman or two, either one in the LEO role to replace Chris Clemons, or a versatile five-technique DT/DE in the mold of the recently departed Bryant. If the athletic Ra'Shede Hageman falls to 32, I could easily see him being the pick here. I'm less sold on drafting an edge rusher like Dee Ford (gone at 20 in this mock) or Kony Ealy so high, but there's no denying that Seattle has had success stockpiling pass rushers, and Carroll and Schneider seem to have no qualms about getting "their guy", even if it appears to outsiders to be a reach.

Prior to the resigning of Sidney Rice, it was commonly assumed that the Seahawks might look to add some size to the WR position in the form of someone like Kelvin Benjamin, Cody Latimer or Allen Robinson in the late 1st round. With Rice now back on the roster, I think it's safe to assume Seattle waits for a talented player to fall later on in an exceedingly deep WR class.

Though Seattle returns three cornerbacks who played well down the stretch last year, it might be worth re-loading on the position too, even if they do plan on re-signing Richard Sherman. In this mock, however, with every 1st-round-caliber corner not named Bradley OVI-Roby off the board, I don't think the Seahawks pull the trigger.

Which brings us to the offensive line - which was undoubtedly the 2013 Seahawks' biggest weakness. Center Max Unger and left tackle Russell Okung are solid starters, but the rest of the line experienced serious fluctuations in play last year, and I expect the Seahawks to spend a 1st round pick shoring up Russell Wilson's protection and beefing up Marshawn Lynch's rumble escorts.

In this mock, the Seahawks were praying Xavier Su'a-Filo, who plays with a mean streak and technique that has drawn favorable comparisons to David DeCastro, would fall to 32. But perhaps in retaliation for Super Bowl humiliation, the Broncos snapped him up at 31. With no remaining guard prospects worthy of a 1st round pick, the Seahawks turn their attention to the remaining offensive tackles.

With the 32nd pick, the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks select Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama.

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while it isn't clear whether Kouandjio will ever live up to his physical gifts, I believe the Seahawks will see him as a fortuitous confluence of need and opportunity-Thoroughbred of Sin

Kouandjio is something of an enigma. Projected as a top-10 pick a year ago, he had an inconsistent final year at Alabama - struggling against Virginia Tech, Oklahoma and Auburn, but flashing dominance against LSU and other SEC opponents. He has fantastic size for the position, but tanked hard at the combine, leading many to re-evaluate his supposed mobility and athleticism.

What can't be questioned is Kouandjio's value as a run-blocker - where he excels - which has led many to suggest that his best fit might be at right tackle in the NFL. And it just so happens that the Seahawks find themselves in the market for an upgrade at right tackle after the departure of Breno Giacomini. So while it isn't clear whether Kouandjio will ever live up to his physical gifts, I believe the Seahawks will see him as a fortuitous confluence of need and opportunity at pick 32.

The biggest mystery, to me, is whether their fans will come down from their post-Super Bowl high long enough to even notice.


Team Player Pos School BTSC rep/link to pick
1 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/HOU.png Blake Bortles QB UCF SteelerWolf
2 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/STL.pngviahttp://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/WAS.png Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M Jack Finn
3 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/JAC.png Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville twault
4 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CLE.png Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina Double-Eagle
5 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/OAK.png Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M diehardsteelerfan625
6 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/ATL.png Khalil Mack LB Buffalo Erik Stone
7 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/TB.png Sammy Watkins WR Clemson TheCommish
8 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/MIN.png C.J. Mosley LB Alabama VinnySteel
9 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/BUF.png Greg Robinson OT Auburn Sean Geddes
10 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/DET.png Anthony Barr OLB UCLA JDSpartan
11 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/TEN.png Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St slatts17
12 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/NYG.png Mike Evans WR Texas A&M omara891
13 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/STL.png Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama Panther pride 76
14 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CHI.png Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh Michael Uhlhorn
15 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/PIT.png Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan St (BTSC vote)
16 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/DAL.png Calvin Pryor S Louisville steeler fever
17 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/BAL.png Taylor Lewan OT Michigan Steelers_Fan_to_the_Core
18 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/NYJ.png Eric Ebron TE North Carolina DropTheHammer
19 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/MIA.png Zack Martin OT Notre Dame steeler_chris_5
20 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/ARI.png Dee Ford OLB Auburn Wichita SunSteeler
21 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/GB.png Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State NoVaBurgher
22 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/PHI.png Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU c63tho
23 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/KC.png Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State WelcomeToReality
24 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CIN.png Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech Steel Spike
25 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/SD.png Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota L-Ray
26 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CLE.pngviahttp://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/IND.png Derek Carr QB Fresno State AMKrup
27 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/NO.png Marqise Lee WR USC Ike Evans
28 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/CAR.png Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State asmith87
29 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/NE.png Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State Mr MaLoR
30 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/SF.png Jason Verrett CB TCU Collision Course
31 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/DEN.png Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA alexryan
32 http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/nfl/logos/50x50/SEA.png Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama Thoroughbred of Sin
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