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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Kiper mock 1.0: Thoughts on Seahawks

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Mel Kiper's first mock draft Insider for 2010 serves as a good conversation starter for NFC West fans looking forward to April.

After assessing the Rams' projection, I'll continue with a look at Kiper's plans for the Seahawks, who hold the sixth and 14th choices.

6. Seattle Seahawks: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech.

Kiper's give: Many in Seattle will view the offensive line as a greater need, but Morgan fills another huge hole for a team that simply couldn't get to the quarterback in 2009. He represents great value because he can rush the passer, is productive against the run and can even drop back -- a versatile talent. Pete Carroll knows defense and should love what Morgan can offer.

Sando's take: Carroll has the ultimate authority, but new general manager John Schneider will influence how the Seahawks value players and positions. Schneider's teams have used five first-round picks for offensive linemen, more than they've used at any other position, but that includes none since Schneider's Seahawks selected Chris McIntosh in 2000. New offensive line coach Alex Gibbs has made a career out of developing less talented linemen into effective zone blockers. Like Kiper, I could see Seattle looking elsewhere early.

14. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

Kiper's give: He's not an offensive lineman, but Spiller could be a Reggie Bush-like option for the Seahawks. For a coach uniquely familiar with what Bush can do, Spiller is a missing home run threat in the run game, a good receiver and a valuable returner. Fans will want O-line help, and I'd expect it in Round 2.

Sando's take: The Seahawks badly need offensive playmakers. If Spiller is a dynamic threat out of the backfield, as advertised, I could see the Seahawks considering him. Carroll mentioned Bush's specific skill set during the news conference to introduce Schneider. Schneider's teams have used one first-round choice for a running back (Shaun Alexander in 2000). Seattle lacks front-line talent at the position and Carroll wants to build around the running game.