2(56): DT John Jenkins, Georgia - There have been no rumors linking Jenkins to Seattle, which makes him a perfect selection for our first pick. Other than Okung, Seattle's initial picks under Schneider and Carroll have been shockers and surprises with no previous links to the team. Why Jenkins? Because he fits the profile of being an extreme prospect. He's simply massive and strong with excellent size and long arms with above average agility (for a 340 lb man). He compliments the existent tackles on the team, is versatile enough to play three positions along the line, and is a high effort player with excellent intangibles.
3(87): OT David Quessenberry, San Jose St. - Another long athlete with good measurables, Quessenberry also stood out to me in Senior Bowl Practice tapes against top competition. Has the ability to play inside at guard, but with his length I see him as a swing tackle with the ability to push Giacomini as a rookie and supplant him next year. He needs to gain strength, but has the mean streak Cable likes and is technically sound.
4(123): CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU - Just a hunch. We might have to take him earlier. He might be available later. Fact is, we brought him in for a visit, which means we're at least interested, and in terms of performance and ability, he's fits the bill. I remember Carroll passing on CB Jimmy Smith two years ago because he was concerned that his team didn't have the leadership to coral a player with issues . . . we have that now, and Mathieu is the ideal prospect to groom behind Winfield. He's tough as nails, hits hard, makes the big play, and can contribute on special teams in both coverage and as a returner. The question is the ethic, desire, and substance abuse issues. Big gamble on a player with big upside. I think its a risk we can afford to take.
5(138): SS Duke Williams, Nevada - Williams is listed as a SS, but can play both positions equally well. His sideline to sideline speed is exceptional and makes him an ideal backup to Earl. But despite being smaller for the position, he hits like a truck. He's got some minor off the field issues, and a tendency to be over aggressive attacking the LOS, but all the skills are there. Another guy who will make his mark on special teams as well.
5(158): OLB Trevardo Williams, UConn - Not sure I have the right guy here, but I'm pretty sure it the right position. If I were Tim Ruskell, I'd put Sean Porter here, who is a much safer prospect, but Williams athletic ability and pass rushing ability will be him intriguing. He's not a smooth coverage guy or sideline to sideline player like Malcolm Smith, nor is he a jack of all trades like teammate Sio Moore. He's a up field pass rusher similar to Bruce Irvin . . . but I think he's got the raw ability to learn the WSLB position and contribute early as a pass rusher and special teamer.
6(194): WR Aaron Mellete, Elon - Small guy prospect who absolutely dominated against lower competition, which is what you want to see. He's got the length, size and speed to ball at the next level. He's not a strong after the catch guy, though. Reminds me a lot of Sydney Rice . . . the kind of guy who can compete in traffic and win the jump ball and contested catch, but won't give much after getting the ball. Could be the next Kris Durham . . .
7(220): DT Stefan Charles, Regina - Seattle likes big raw tackles this year, having looked at both Montori Hughes and Brandon Williams. And Charles (or Kwame Geathers) may be redundant after drafting Jenkins, but I good see them doing the double dip at the DT position similar to what they did with Howard and Scruggs last year. Charles looks dominant in very raw youtube footage from Canada. Exceptional first step and dwarfs the competition.
7(231): TE Ryan Otten, San Jose St. - Otten isn't exceptionally fast for an undersized TE, but he's got exceptional length and excels at settling in a blocking out. Plays the position like a basketball player. As a blocker he needs to gain strength, but has good feel and willingness to get physical at the LOS. Might compare to much to Sean McGrath, so maybe Seattle goes toward Chris Gragg or WR/TE Mark Harrison here, but I like Otten.
7(241): QB BJ Daniels, South Florida - What can I say? He's a 5-11 athletic QB who is competitive and commanding. Much more raw than that other short athletic competitive commanding QB from last year whose name I can't remember, and quality of competition is a question mark, but he makes good sense for Seattle in the late 7th.
7(242): CB Jeremy Harris, New Mexico St - He's built like a twig, but he's a long twig with octopus arms and an excellent 40 time. Impossible to find game video, but he's got training videos . . . dude is so long limbed, he reminds me of an exceptionally skinny Brandon Browner.