I'm higher on Sio Moore at this point.
Yeah, I'd have to think after his performance at the Senior Bowl that he's certainly in the mix there.
j hawk wrote:
I like Greene but not our first pick. The age old adage of war won in the trenches. Im in the DL,DE,or OL camp. JS and PC have done great in later rounds to get their LB talent. What JS does in FA will make a great impact on the draft. I think the right side of the OL could use some help, RW needs protection and can always improve the run game. My hope is that at least two of our greatest needs are satisfied in FA. Much of the best DL/DE talent will be gone by #25.
I understand that sentiment ... and believe me I'm all for nabbing a quality DT or DE if they're there. The problem from what I'm seeing of how things are projected to go is that most (if not all) of the really top end talent on the DL will be gone by the time the Hawks pick at #25.
Now, I would say that they MIGHT look to trade up there to grab (say an Ezekiel Ansah) if he gets down to that #17-#19 range ... but that would cost them probably their 3rd Round Pick (and maybe another pick) to do it. At that point I find myself asking value questions (what they'd be giving up vs. the value of the player that they'd get).
As far as OL is concerned, guard is a position that this organization seems to have a propensity to find in the later rounds.
Also, I'm completely agreed with you that this team will probably address some of those needs through Free Agency. On the DE side, my hope is that Michael Bennett doesn't get franchised (he would be my dream pick-up). Unfortunately, Tampa Bay has a ton of cap space, so I don't believe he's going anywhere. Osi Umenyiora I would say is far more likely.
On the DT front, here are a couple of names that I threw out there a few weeks ago ...DT – Desmond Bryant (6’6” 311 Pounds)
(who turns 28 in December) is another stealth bomber who could go undetected by many. After Richard Seymour went down with a season ending injury, Bryant took over as the starter for the last 8 games of the Raiders season. He had 0 sacks through Week 13 … but finished the season with 4.0 Sacks and 6 Tackles for Loss. Although he went undrafted in the 2009 Draft, this highly intelligent Harvard graduate appears to know what he’s doing, as he’s developing in to a solid pass rusher and run defender. He made $1.927 Million last season, and stands to improve upon that as the Raiders view his re-signing as a priority this offseason. As stated above though, that could be easier said than done, as the Raiders are currently $4.5 Million over the Salary Cap. Given the perpetual disarray of the organization, a team like the Seahawks could be a more attractive alternative for him.DT -- Vance Walker (6’2” 304 Pounds)
is another young Defensive Tackle (he turns 26 in April) who could be deserving of an extended look by the Seahawks. In a part time role with the Falcons (he played on 51.9% of their defensive snaps this year), Walker notched 3.0 Sacks and 2 Tackles for Loss. Those numbers don’t exactly going to set the world on fire, but Walker was considered an unsung hero and a fairly integral part of the Falcons defense this year. In fact, head coach Mike Smith went so far as to call Walker the Falcons “most productive defensive tackle in terms of pass rush statistically.” Walker’s job this season was to do the dirty work of taking up space by occupying more than one blocker – a job that he did very well this year. At Georgia Tech, Walker was considered an extremely good run stuffer and he demonstrated an ability to consistently get in to opposing backfields to disrupt and put pressure on the quarterback. He made $1.26 Million in the last year of his rookie deal and will certainly draw some interest from other clubs. Though the Falcons want him back, they will have other priorities in free agency like re-signing Strong Safety William Moore and Left Tackle Sam Baker. Walker could be just the kind of young defensive tackle that the Hawks might want to swoop in and carry back to their nest … and it realistically shouldn’t cost a wing and a talon to do it.
Should definitely be interesting to see how things go with the draft for sure.