Nice work HighlandHawk. Good job finding new names instead of just recycling through the same stuff. Appreciated the video and rationale.
I don't think we will draft a RB, but I think Ray Graham was my favorite pick. Kind of reminds me of Ray Rice, or perhaps J-Force with speed.
Gavin Escobar is getting mocked in the 5th round a lot around these parts, but that is beginning to seem like a pipe dream unfortunately. Scott Pioli had Escobar #10 on his underclassmen big board. It is likely that Escobar will go in the first two rounds; it's possible he could be the first TE taken.
LSU's defensive line coach sucks. Montgomery, Mingo, and Logan all struggle badly with technique.
Giacomini and Okung look like fixtures. If PC did draft someone, it would be a player with sky high potential hoping to coach him up, so your reasoning is sound. They wouldn't make that pick in round 3 though- rounds 1-3 tend to be the rounds they address needs and the later picks tend to be where they draft depth and projects.
Love John Simon, but I suspect he'll end up in Baltimore or Pittsburgh. He's pretty similar to Courtney Upshaw last year, and Seattle didn't rate Upshaw as highly as we were initially told. Upshaw was drafted by the Ravens. Like Upshaw, Simon is a classic Steelers/Ravens OLB type- with power and technique rated over speed. The Ravens are probably losing Kruger this offseason, and the Steelers have some old dogs in their LB corps too, so I suspect he'll end up higher on their draft boards than ours. Would love to be wrong though. If Simon can add 20-30 pounds, I think he could be JJ Watt lite.
Kawaan Short is my preferred choice of the likely DTs available at #25. He has an odd skillset though- he's not a rock against the run but confusingly his best penetration ability is on running plays, especially against zone blocking schemes. When he breaks into the backfield, it's usually on a running play. That has value, but I think it deceives the unguarded observer who simply thinks he can break into the backfield at will.
I'm not a big fan of Sly Williams, but I think Seattle might lean more in his direction. He gains more from coaching than Short would, and he's a tank against the run. It would basically be like drafting Alan Branch. I like Alan Branch, and if Seattle conceded that the Red Bryant idea isn't working, it would be a good pick. Should be interesting offseason. It's been a while since PC/JS outsmarted themselves. Maybe that streak of savvy decisions ends this offseason.