With the fifty-seventh pick in the 2011 BGN Mock Draft, KeepSwinging selects...
Titus Young - WR, Boise State
In the first round, Gabe Carimi fell to Seattle, giving them someone to shore up the offensive line. It also gave Marshawn Lynch more chances to go into beast mode and protect Matt Hasselbeck, Charlie Whitehurst, or whoever's playing QB next year. Cornerback is Seattle's other huge need, but there's nobody left on the board worthy of a second round pick (I think all of BGN has gone CB crazy due to our own woes).
Quarterback is another position that should be addressed, but Pete Carroll gave up a bunch of picks for Whitehurst, so that conversation will have to wait until next year. The Seahawks best wide receiver, Mike Williams, only caught 751 yards and 2 touchdowns. The next man up is Ben Obomanu who only caught 494 yards and 4 touchdowns. Golden Tate is also having trouble adjusting to playing at an NFL level. Whoever's playing quarterback there next year is going to need to more weapons.
More, including outsyderz34's alternate pick, after the jump...
Titus Young was a game-changer at Boise. He averaged 17.1 yards per catch this past season and caught 9 touchdowns. He's a fast and shifty player who can get behind safeties and is a headache for defenses when he gets in open space. He was also used in rushing plays and got 452 yards and 7 TD's on the ground during his tenure at Boise. Titus was also a factor in the return game and could be a great compliment/insurance policy for Leon Washington.
Young will be a great deep threat for Seattle and stretch defenses to help their run game. He's a high character player who stayed until his senior season and, despite his small frame, gives a lot of effort throwing blocks for his teammates. Some people might say he's too small, but a lot of people also said that about some guy we drafted a couple years ago, and he's turned out pretty good.
And now, outsyderz34 with an alternate pick...
Davon House - CB, New Mexico State
The Seahawks were the only 2010 playoff team that finished in the bottom third of the league in both total offense and total defense. In the first round, the Seahawks selected Gabe Carimi out of Wisconsin. Right tackle was not their biggest need, but it fit Pete Carroll's practice of best player available that fit a need. Last year, in the first round, the team selected Russell Okung and Earl Thomas to play left tackle and safety, respectively. The offense should be improved with another year of Lynch and Okung and the addition of Carimi.
The focus in the second round will turn to the secondary just as the second pick of the first round did last year. Lawyer Milloy was the starting safety opposite Thomas and he was atrocious throughout the season. Anyone that watched the playoffs saw Milloy get continually embarrassed. However, the value at safety is not in the second round and it'd be a major reach right now for Seattle to select one. The Seahawks will look to replace the aging and ineffective Marcus Trufant (only one forced fumble and one interception last year) and the more-than-likely free agent Kelly Jennings (only one interception last year) at cornerback.
Seattle was dead last in the NFC last year with only 22 takeaways (second to last in interceptions). The simple conclusion is this - they need to get better, younger and more athletic in the back end. If it wasn't for Thomas' steller rookie campaign, I can't imagine how bad the secondary could have been.
The top cornerback still on the board is Davon House from New Mexico State. House has great size (6'1, 200lbs) for a corner and great speed (4.35 second 40 at his Pro Day). His low vertical jump (33 inches) may cause some teams to shy away, but House plays big both vertically and down the field.
House struggles at times in recognizing and reacting to plays and can be poor in run support. Run support will have to be a learned thing for him after better coaching and playing time. While Seattle is not necessarily a winning environment, unlike the Aggies, Seattle is an up-and-coming team that is only a few players, specifically quarterback, from really breaking out. House is most comfortable in a man press-coverage system with little experience in zone coverage. Again, something that he'll need to be coached up on.
Hopefully Seattle can hold onto Jennings for another year or two and pair him with House as House grows. Otherwise, Seattle had better hope that they can pull off a coup and get someone in free agency like Nnamdi Asomugha to fill in a vital and immediate need.
Last, but certainly not least, will be NowWhat? with the Baltimore Ravens.
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