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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock 4.0: Seahawks

By Eric D. Williams

Owners of the No. 32 and final pick in the first round of this year's draft by virtue of the team's first Super Bowl win, the Seattle Seahawks still can get a player who can help them defend their title in 2014.

Seattle could use another playmaking receiver, along with help at cornerback and defensive and offensive line to replace players who left in free agency.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay's fourth 2014 NFL mock draft is available at ESPN Insider, and his selection for the Seahawks should help fill the void at a positional need.

McShay has Seattle selecting UCLA interior offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo at No. 32, and Ohio State offensive tackle Jack Mewhort at No. 64.

The Seahawks lost versatile offensive lineman Paul McQuistan to Cleveland in free agency, and former 2011 first-round pick James Carpenter has not played up to his potential, so Su'a-Filo makes some sense.

Measuring in at just over 6-foot-4 and 308 pounds at this year's scouting combine, Su'a-Filo has decent size. He played left tackle his freshman season, and switched to guard for his final two seasons with the Bruins, so he brings versatility.

Su'a-Filo also can play center, providing depth behind Pro Bowler Max Unger and reserve Lemuel Jeanpierre.

Su'a-Filo has played in zone and man blocking schemes -- the Seahawks run a mix of both. And Su'a-Filo is agile for his size, able to get out and pull around the edge in the run game.

At 6-6 and 309 pounds, Mewhort could fill the void left by starting right tackle Breno Giacomini, who signed with the New York Jets. And it would protect the Seahawks in the unlikely event starting left tackle Russell Okung does not re-sign with the team once his contract is up after the 2015 season.

Mewhort does not have elite athleticism, but has size and is versatile. Mewhort could compete for the starting right tackle job for the Seahawks with young developmental players Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie.

With offensive line coach Tom Cable using six starting offensive line combinations last season, Su'a-Filo and Mewhort could help provide some stability up front for the Seahawks.