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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Kiper mock 2.0: Thoughts on Seahawks

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Mel Kiper's second mock draft for 2011 serves as a good conversation starter for NFC West fans looking forward to April.

I'll begin with a look at his plans for the Seattle Seahawks, who hold the No. 25 overall choice.

25. Seattle Seahawks: Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida

Kiper's give: When Seattle was at its best, it was a running team built behind the left side of Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson. The Hawks addressed the tackle position in last year's draft, adding Russell Okung for the left tackle spot. Pouncey, who has good bloodlines and good smarts as an interior blocker, can help at either guard or center. Seattle needs better blocking after starting many different line combinations this past season, and Pouncey will shore it up.

Sando's take: Kiper had the Seahawks taking quarterback Ryan Mallett in his previous mock draft. Mallett fell out of the first round entirely in Kiper's updated mock. It's tough to argue against building along the offensive line. Seattle has funneled resources toward its line, with underwhelming results. Chris Spencer was a first-round pick in 2005. He might not be back. Max Unger was a second-rounder in 2009. He's coming off a season-ending toe injury and could replace Spencer at center. Mike Wahle was a moderately priced signing in free agency a few years ago, but he could not hold up physically. Drafting Okung a year ago was a very good start in the rebuilding process. Adding Pouncey to the mix would help upgrade the ground game.