I mocked Clelin Ferrell to the Seahawks last week, but he's going back to school. Fortunately for Seattle, this mock has Mike McGlinchey available for the first time, and I'd have to believe he'd be the pick if available. Right tackle is a major problem, so the Seahawks could move Germain Ifedi inside and start McGlinchey at his spot. Then, once Duane Brown moves on, McGlinchey could shift to the blind side.
Pick change; previously Clelin Ferrell, DE
Rd. 4, Pk. 20
Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech
It's been pretty clear this season - even before the Richard Sherman injury - that the Seahawks need to find some help at cornerback.
Sources have told me the Seahawks love Melifonwu, and it is easy to see why. He could be a replacement for Kam Chancellor if he leaves in free agency, or Earl Thomas if he retires, or even Richard Sherman if he gets traded. The Seahawks can play the versatile Melifonwu at corner and safety since he is a perfect fit in their defense.
Melifonwu has ideal size with length to help defend receivers. In 2016, he totaled 118 tackles with three passes broken up and four interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 219-pounder had an excellent week at the Senior Bowl to ignite a buzz about him that he carried over into a tremendous performance at the combine.
Melifonwu possesses a great combination of size and speed. He has the cover skills to play corner on big receivers, can be the deep free safety, and also is able to come down in the tackle box. In a matchup league, Melifonwu should provide his defensive coordinator the solution to a lot of problems.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
The Seahawks could use young corner talent, and Seattle and Witherspoon are a perfect fit.
Some team sources really like Witherspoon and have given him second-day grades. Teams like the size and length of the 6-foot-3, 198-pounder, but also say that he has speed to run. The senior notched a staggering 22 passes broken up in 2016. He also chipped in one interception with 23 tackles. As a junior, Witherspoon recorded 36 tackles with three pass breakups and two interceptions.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU
The Seahawks could grab some interior offensive line help.
Pocic was generally solid for LSU in 2016. He had some problems with Auburn's Montravius Adams and Alabama's defensive front, but he performed well, overall. The senior was effective at opening holes up the middle and reliable in pass blocking. Even if his height is slightly exaggerated, the 6-foot-6, 310-pounder is taller than most interior linemen. Pocic was an excellent blocker for Leonard Fournette in 2015. Pocic broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Davon Godchaux, DT/3-4DE, LSU
The Seahawks could use some interior defensive line disruptors.
Godchaux caused his share of havoc in the backfield in 2016, demonstrating the skills to be an interior pass-rusher. He had 62 tackles with 6.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss on the year. Godchaux was very disruptive for LSU in 2015. He totaled 41 tackles with nine for a loss, six sacks and a pass broken up on the season.
The 6-foot-4, 293-pounder is fast and explosive at the point of attack. He has a lot of potential.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Shaquil Griffin, CB, Central Florida
The Seahawks could use some more cornerback talent even if they don't trade Richard Sherman.
At the combine, Griffin was a star. The 6-foot, 194-pounder illustrated surprising speed with a 4.38-second time in the 40-yard dash. Griffin's impressive combine could cause teams to take a second look at him and reevaluate where they would take him.
Sources say that Griffin didn't play up to his combine speed in college as he was beaten deep and his instincts were off. Thus, they had given him late-round grades. However, his stock is rising after his great combine, and the press-man defenses especially could be interested in him. In 2016, Griffin had impressive production with 50 tackles with 15 passes broken up and four interceptions, which was similar to his junior year totals (50-13-2).
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Texas A&M
Seattle grabs a mismatch receiver for the red zone.
The Seahawks are in bad shape, and need to decide how to proceed. There has been a power struggle between many of the Seahawks aging defensive stars and QB Russel Wilson, who they don't like because... he acts white. Ugh. Its a mess.
I don't think the Seahawks have much to discuss though. Wilson has developed into a very solid QB who is in his prime. Meanwhile, defenders like Sherman and Bennett are old and increasingly ineffective, while Chancellor may never play again. So I expect most of the aging and expensive defenders to be cut to save the cap, while the team focuses of making Wilson the unquestioned leader and build around him. And fixing the worst offensive line in football needs to be priority one. Brown is massive, maybe too big,a dn struggles against speed rushers. But his length, strength and mean streak make him a possibly dominate right tackle.
The Seahawks paid a huge price in giving up three picks for Duane Brown, particularly the third-round choice in the 2018 NFL Draft and the second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. While Brown is still a solid but declining player, they could use more talent on their offensive line. If they draft a tackle like Mike McGlinchey, they could move the disappointing Germain Ifedi inside to guard. McGlinchey could end up, in a couple of years, replacing Brown as the blind-side protector for Russell Wilson. <br> <br>
As a senior, McGlinchey has blocked well for Notre Dame. The 6-foot-7, 310-pounder is a tough run blocker and has been part of a good Notre Dame line for years. He has good enough feet and athletic ability to get depth in his kick slide and cut off speed rushers. As a run blocker, McGlinchey can get movement at the point of attack. He flashes heavy hands to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes for his back. McGlinchey also has a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers. He uses his strength to sustain blocks and has developed good hand placement. His performance in 2017 and 2016 protecting Notre Dame's quarterbacks is evidence that McGlinchey is a future starting left tackle in the NFL and a first-round pick. <br> <br>
McGlinchey was very impressive at left tackle for the Fighting Irish in 2016. He looked natural in pass protection, and one wouldn't have thought that he wasn't playing the position before last season. In 2015, McGlinchey showed well as a right tackle and had a more physical style of play than former Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. The main area that McGlinchey really needed to improve was his repeated problem with false starts as a junior. McGlinchey seems to have fixed that as a senior.
The Seahawks continue to have a horrible offensive line. Here's a potential long-term starter at left tackle. <br> <br>
Williams is out indefinitely after tearing a knee meniscus and straining some other ligaments against USC. In speaking with one general manager, he said he thinks Williams is overhyped and clearly needs to spend a lot of time in a weight room for the NFL. Williams had a moderately disappointing showing in the 2017 season opener against Maryland. He allowed a few pressures and had plays where he allowed defenders to gain leverage on him. He also had two critical holding penalties in the fourth quarter, including one that negated a successful conversion of a fourth-and-14 situation. <br> <br>
Williams (6-6, 290) started at left tackle as a freshman and sophomore for the Longhorns. He was a steady pass protector and a consistent run blocker. Williams has good length, quickness and athleticism. It would be good to see him become stronger and show more heavy hands.
Luke Joeckel started at guard for the Seahawks in 2017. I don't think much more really needs to be said. Here's an upgrade. <br> <br>
Price (6-4, 315) impressed NFL evaluators, both with his work in fall training camp and in the games of the 2017 season. They say that Price plays within himself. They like his awareness and call him an above-average athlete. He isn't overly fast or twitchy like the Pouncey brothers, but Price has movement skills and is better than average in space. The sources also like that Price handles big nose tackles well, which can be difficult for centers and is a hard-to-find talent. As a result of his well-balanced play, Price is being viewed as a prospect who could go in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. One team source thought that if Josh Garnett and Laken Tomlinson were worthy of first-round picks, then Price could be as well because they feel Price is a better prospect than either Garnett or Tomlinson. Teams are projecting Price to be a starting center in the NFL, but he also has the flexibility to play guard.
The Seahawks continue to have a horrible offensive line. Here's a potential difference-maker at guard. <br> <br>
Nelson has been exceptional in 2017. He destroyed Boston College, leading Notre Dame to have two players go over 200 yards rushing with seven rushing touchdowns. Nelson also tossed around Boston College defensive end Harold Landry like a rag doll on one play. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Nelson was dominant in 2016. He is strong at the point of attack to open holes in the ground game and athletic in pass protection. Sources say that Nelson is receiving first-round grades, and one national scout told WalterFootball.com that they think Nelson is a future Pro Bowler. One general manager told me this fall that they have Nelson as clearly the best guard prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft.