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NFL 2015 Draft: Predicting Seattle Seahawks 2015 NFL Draft Picks

The Seattle Seahawks will not have a draft pick the first day of the draft...yet.  Don't worry they still have 11 picks in the 2015 NFL Draft.  And we all know that the Seahawks excel in finding the diamonds in the rough.  And oh by they way, did you hear?  They acquired tight end Jimmy Graham in free agency?  But they also lost left guard James Carpenter and center Max Unger. 

So the Seahawks will enter the draft with some needs.  They need to address a need for left guard, a center, maybe another running back, a wide receiver and maybe even a quarterback? 

Here are some possibilities for the team that excels in draft strategy:

Round 2: Pick 63

Ali Marpet, Guard 6'4", 307 lbs, Arm Length 33 3/8, Hands 10"

The offensive line is the main concern for the Seahawks this season.  He is a good fit for the blocking scheme the Seahawks utilize.  

Round 3: Pick 95

Grady Jarrett, Defensive Tackle, 6'1", 304 lbs, Arm Length 32 3/8", Hands 10"

Okay so I know I stressed the offensive side of the ball, but the Seahawks need a back-up for Brandon Mebane and his hamstring issues.

The NFL scouting reports: " Jarrett is a perfect shade-nose fit for teams looking for a disruptive force in a one gap penetrating front."

Round 4: Pick 112

Reese Dismukes, Center, 6'3", 296 lbs, Arm Length 32 1/4", Hands 8 7/8"

Marpet is listed as a center but look for the Seahawks to move him to left guard.  This is the pick they got from the New Orleans Saints for Max Unger.  It is only reasonable that they get his replacement here. 

Dismukes shined in the Senior Bowl.  He demonstrated good awareness in pass protection.  And with newly acquired weapon of Graham that is a good thing.

Round 4: Pick 130

Stefon, Diggs, Wide Receiver, 6'0", 195 lbs, Arm Length 31 1/4", Hands 10"

Does not excel in long speed.  But would make a good slot receiver.  Makes things happen when he gets the ball. 

Round 4: Pick 134

Jordan Hicks, OLB, 6'1", 236 lbs, Arm Length 32", Hands 10"

NFL draft profile states, "Hicks is an improving player who will live in the film room and might end up overdrafted on the upside potential." 

Round 5: Pick 167

Chris Conley, Wide Receiver, 6'2", 213 lbs, Arm Length 33 3/4", Hands 9 7/8"

Comes from a run heavy college offense.  At the Combine he blazed the 40 yard dash in 4.35 seconds.  When he did get the ball he demonstrated productivity after the catch.  

Round 5: Pick 170

Justin Cox, Cornerback, 6'1", 191 lbs, Arm Length 31 1/4", Hands 9"

Gone is Byron Maxwell.  Not so good was Tharold Simon.  An NFC East Scout reports, "We have him as a draft reject based on character and his overall tape."  

Can you describe a more cookie cutter Seahawks late round draft pick than that?

Round 6: Pick 181

Tyler Varga, Running Back, 5'11", 222 lbs, Arm Length 30 3/8", Hands 10 5/8"

Varga is a tweener.  Will be caught between fullback and running back.  But is adept at catching the ball out of the backfield and is an instinctive runner.  Willl also serve team well on special teams. 

Round 6: Pick 209

Nick Boyle, Tight End, 6'4", 268 lbs, Arm Length 33 3/8", Hands 10 3/8"

He needs work as a receiving threat.  Shows promise as a blocking tight end.  Working behind Graham will make him better.

Round 6: Pick 214

Connor Halliday, Quarterback, 6'3", 196 lbs, Arm Length 31 1/4", Hands 8 3/8"

He is coming off  a season ending broken leg.  In 2014, before the leg injury, he completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in nine games.

He does however come from the spread system, so may need some time to adjust. 

Round 7: Pick 248

Nick Seither, Defensive End/OLB, 6'3", 255 lbs 

Predicting what the Seahawks or anyone will do is, let's face it a crap shot.  Mainly because we all expect Chip Kelly to do something crazy beautiful.  We want the San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans to do anything expectedly unexpected. 

It's draft day and it's on!

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