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This Kiper mock, unlike its predecessors in 2013, runs through the second round. That provides an opportunity to check out what Kiper has in mind for the Seahawks, who traded their first-rounder (25th overall) to Minnesota in the Percy Harvin deal.
56. Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Kiper's give: He's fallen due to draft depth at the position, but Hankins helps at a need position.
Sando's take: The players Kiper projected to Seattle at No. 25 in his first and second mock drafts were both available when the Seahawks selected in the second round of this one. Hankins was one of them. Kiper had Seattle taking him 25th overall in his second mock. Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins, projected to Seattle at No. 25 in Kiper's initial mock for 2013, went to Houston at No. 57 in this one. Teams generally don't allow the most talented defensive linemen with size to slip very far in the draft, so it's worth asking whether Hankins would be available this late.
Selecting an interior defensive lineman would make sense for the Seahawks. Alan Branch, a free-agent addition before the 2011 season, provided value at the position over the past two seasons. The Seahawks weren't willing to make much room in their budget for Branch this offseason, leaving Branch to sign with Buffalo in a soft market. Seattle has more than $25 million in 2013 cap space committed to veteran defensive linemen Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane and Michael Bennett. The team could use a lower-cost player to develop at defensive tackle. Hankins would qualify as one.
Seattle signed veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel to a one-year deal. He's a low-cost addition to the rotation. McDaniel has five starts in seven NFL seasons.
Our Saturday series analyzing Mel Kiper Jr.'s fourth 2013 mock draft concludes with a look at his projection for the Seattle Seahawks.This Kiper mock, unlike its predecessors in 2013, runs through the second round.