With pick #23 you can be sure that many of the players we would all just love to see in a Seahawks uniform simply will not be there for us, they will be long gone. Players like Shawne Merriman DE Maryland (projected at OLB), Marcus Spears DE L.S.U., Derrick Johnson OLB, Texas Thomas Davis OLB Georgia, even possibly David Pollack DE Georgia (who has moved up on most boards lately), or Erasmus James DE Wisconsin, will already have been taken by the time we pick.
So here's the thing, our Seahawks two biggest needs are LBer (unless we find a way to add Sharper) and DE.
This particular upcoming draft is one of the deeper drafts (at least in my memory) at DE but is not especially deep at all at LBer. Yet it could be argued that we need LBer more than DE at least right now.
So, I thought that I would provide a list of players who might actually still be around when we pick at #23.
Keep in mind that this is no science, players can certainly slip much further than projected or be taken much earlier than projected (that's half the fun of draft day), so this is just to provide a little info and inspire debate.
Darryl Blackstock OLB Virginia : projected Rd.#1-2 Ht.6'2" Wt.247
Has an excellent ability to get to the QB is a great pass rusher. Has excellent size.
Is a liability against the run,is not a natural in pass coverage, also plays in a 3-4 defense and would be best in 3-4 at the pro level.
Kevin Burnett OLB Tennesee : projected Rd.#1-2 Ht.6'2" Wt.239
Extremely athletic, explosive tackler, great in pursiut because of good speed and sideline to sideline skills.
May not be completely recovered from a major knee injury, needs to put on more weight, does not always play up to ability.
Ernest Shazor OLB Michigan : porjected Rd.#2 Ht.6'3" Wt.228
Loves to hit, is good against the run, is a playmaker, still has alot of upside.
Is a bit of a tweener Safety/LBer, needs to bulk up, is raw, needs to work on technique, may make a better Safety than LBer.
Michael Boley OLB Southern Mississippi : projected Rd.#2-3 Ht.6'2" Wt.236
A playmaker who is very aggressive against the run,
Must hit the weights and get stronger, struggles against blocks at times.
Rian Wallace OLB Temple : projected Rd.#2-3 Ht.6'2" Wt.241
Has excellent size and a fiery demeanor on the field.
Struggles in coverage, has had off field problems, was suspended for puching a teammate. (I seriously doubt that Ruskell would allow this guy to be taken because of his attitude).
Channing Crowder MLB Florida : projected Rd.#2-3 Ht6'0" Wt.252
Productive, tough, physical, has excellent size, good speed, has good upside.
Is still somewhat raw, has had injury issues, as well as off the field problems.
Dan Cody DE Oklahoma : Projected Rd.#1 Ht.6"5" Wt.254
Has a large frame so can carry more weight, is a very good pass rusher and good run stopper as well. Plays smart and instinctive gives 100% effort.
Quit the team in 2001, was treated for depression, may be a concern. Needs to put on weight and muscle mass, is somewhat of a tweener.
Justin Tuck DE Notre Dame projected Rd.#2 Ht.6'5" Wt.268
Explosive speed, has played against good competition, tall and lanky, can be unblockable at times. A natural athlete.
Needs to work on the run, also needs to be more disciplined. Must hit weight room.
DeMarcus Ware DE Troy St. projected Rd.#1-2 Ht.6'4" Wt.251
Very quick good speed very athletic.
Undersized. Must get bigger in order to make it at next level.
Matt Roth DE Iowa projected Rd.#1 Ht6'3" Wt.278
Has a non stop motor. Overachiever who gets most out of his talent, relentless, very aggressive. Plays whistle to whistle.
Made switch from LB to DE, so must work on technique. Average speed, can get in trouble if lineman is locked in, needs to develop more moves.