Thursday, February 6, 2014
Kiper/McShay mock draft reax: Seahawks
By Terry Blount
Both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. see the Seattle Seahawks adding to their receiving corps with their first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
But it might raise a few eyebrows among Seahawks fans if Seattle selects a tight end with its first pick, as McShay suggests in his mock draft. McShay has the Seahawks picking Jace Amaro, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound tight end from Texas Tech.
Starting tight end Zach Miller is signed through 2015. Backup Luke Willson had a strong rookie season, a steal as a fifth-round pick. But the Seahawks are a team that relies heavily on its tight ends as part of its power running and often employs a double-tight end set.
Help on the offensive line appears to be Seattle biggest need, but McShay makes a good point in stating that six of them could be gone before Seattle picks.
Kiper has the Seahawks selecting Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson. At 6-3, 210, Robinson would solve a need as a big receiver, assuming Sidney Rice does not return. And the Seahawks could lose Golden Tate to free agency.
The Seahawks are believed to have an interest in Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson, but Kiper has him going to New Orleans in the 27th pick. Look for Seattle to take Richardson if he falls to them.