Wednesday, April 25, 2012
2012 Kiper mock 5.0: Seahawks thoughts
By Mike Sando
Mel Kiper Jr. is back with his fifth 2012 NFL mock draft for the first round.
The San Francisco 49ers (Kevin Zeitler) and Arizona Cardinals (Melvin Ingram) were first up.
The Seattle Seahawks, picking 12th, are next.
12. Seattle Seahawks: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
Kiper's give: The Seahawks need a pass-rusher, and I really like the fit. Pete Carroll can use a player with Jones' length and athleticism in a "Leo" role, and create an added dimension to the rush. The Seahawks will built a pretty formidable defense if they can add a final piece or two up front. Jones makes sense here.
Sando's take: Kiper will get no argument on this one. After all, Jones was the pick for Seattle during our recent ESPN Blogger Mock Draft, published Monday. In Kiper's mock, the Seahawks take Jones when Melvin Ingram, Mark Barron, Stephon Gilmore, Quinton Coples and Whitney Mercilus were also options for teams looking to upgrade on defense. Scouts give Jones high marks for work ethic, physical potential and versatility. As Scouts Inc. put it , "Best fit will be as a LDE for a 4-3 scheme. Can develop into 5-technique if he continues to get stronger and learns proper technique. Has good core strength, room on frame, and long arms. ... Has experience reducing inside to a three-technique on obvious passing situations, as well." Sounds like an outstanding fit for the Seahawks given their needs.