The big position runs in the second round of the NFL draft figure to focus on linemen on both sides of the ball, quarterbacks and receivers.
The Seahawks really need to add to their offensive line, especially after seeing the Rams add pass-rush defensive tackle Aaron Donald to their already awesome defensive front.
But the question is: Does Seattle think it needs to add a top-level lineman? Or would a mid-round pick do? The Hawks surely don't want to get stuck in the scenario they were in last year, when they had to make a last-minute run on linemen in the hopes of finding a couple. Developmental linemen are fine, but the Hawks need at least one guy who can step right in.
If they are willing to pass on Joel Bitonio, Xavier Su'a-Filo and other second-round options, it sounds like the Hawks could have plenty of opportunities to trade down from 40.
Any of the teams in the 45-50 range could be interested in coming up to get their preferred lineman or receiver. The Hawks could score as little as a sixth-rounder for dropping three spots to the New York Giants' pick at 43 or as much as a fourth and fifth from Miami for dropping 10 spots.
Mock drafts have the Hawks coming away with any of these players in the second round: Bitonio, WR Jordan Matthews, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, WR Jarvis Landry, DT Timmy Jernigan, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, TE Jace Amaro, DE Stephon Tuitt, OT Morgan Moses, WR Davante Adams, CB Phillip Gaines.
The Seahawks don't really need to jump on a receiver in the second round. Yeah, it is a sexy pick. But the Hawks got their sexy back last year when the traded for Percy Harvin. And who were the top two receivers in the Super Bowl? Undrafted Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. The Hawks have proven they don't need "pedigree" receivers to win it all.
Red flag central for Kouandjio and Jernigan. Kouandjio, who has medical concerns about a knee, seems like a redo of James Carpenter. Who wants that? Jernigan tested positive for a banned substance at the Combine. Do the Hawks want to add to their reputation as a safe haven for druggies?
The Hawks are so good at developing cornerbacks in the later rounds it does not seem like they would take one in the second unless the guy stood way above other players. And with so many good options, that does not seem possible. The Hawks are likely to wait until Day 3, as usual, where eight of their nine DB picks have come from.
Not sure why everyone keeps saying the Hawks need to take a tight end. They are fully stocked at the position with Zach Miller, Luke Willson and Anthony McCoy, and it is not a need -- now or next year. Drafting Amaro or Washington's Austin Sefarian-Jenkins in the second round would seem to be a waste of a pick. Of course, the Hawks did that very thing with Christine Michael last year.
The one thing a tight end would do is alleviate the need to seek a receiver. If the Hawks load up at tight ends, they certainly don't need a bunch of receivers.
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Might the Hawks take a linebacker in the second round for the second time in three years? They traded down and took Bobby Wagner in 2012. Kyle Van Noy of BYU has K.J. Wright's size and seems like a very well-rounded player with the versatility the Seahawks love.
If the Hawks forgo a lineman at or around 40, they still probably pull one at the bottom of the round or in the third round (via trade down from 64 or trade up using their fourth-rounders). Guard Gabe Jackson and OTs Antonio Richardson, Cameron Fleming and Jack Mewhort could all be there for them.
If the Hawks did indeed tip their second-round hand again with their pre-draft visits, their top options could be LEO Demarcus Lawrence and receivers Cody Latimer, Davante Adams and Paul Richardson.
Prediction: The Hawks will move down from 40 to add a pick or two and then make their choice in the middle of the round. And then they will move down from 64 into the third round, picking up another selection to set up a big finish Saturday, when they will have as many as eight selections.