By Sports Radio KJR
The NFL draft is fast approaching and despite the Seahawks not having a first round pick, there should be plenty of intrigue for the team come Friday and the weekend.
To help break down the draft, Bucky Brooks from the NFL Network and NFL.com joined Ian Furness and Jason Puckett to talk about what the Seahawks and other team will potentially do.
Seattle’s first draft pick is number-56 in the second round and Brooks feels that many able bodies on the defensive line will be available when the Seahawks select. One interesting name to tuck away is Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short, who stands 6’3 and weighs 299 pounds.
“Outstanding interior defensive lineman. He’s quick. He’s aggressive. But, the biggest thing is that you don’t see the motor running all the time. But, his flashes are outstanding.”
“Kawann Short would be an outstanding addition to that defense,” said Brooks.
Short isn’t the only lineman that Brooks pointed out to Ian and Puck, he also mentioned Brandon Williams from Missouri Southern State, who is slightly shorter than Short, but weighs more at 6’1 335.
However, Brooks was quick to point out that despite signing Antoine Winfield, the Seahawks shouldn’t’ sleep on drafting another defensive back that can play the nickel.
“They (Schneider/Carroll) are going to be committed to taking the best player available.”
When pressed more on what defensive back would be a good fit for Seattle and what would be a “surprise type player” for him. Brooks didn’t hesitate to name LSU corner back Tyrann Mathieu.
“Tyrann Mathieu will not get out of day two. Too many people I’ve talked to who absolutely love him. People he’s the best nickel corner in the draft,” Brooks said.
And, the best part about Mathieu is that not only is he a great corner, but he’s an unbelievable return man – something Seattle is missing in the punt return game.
“People who make plays with their hands on the ball at every level: high school and college – continue to make them in the pros.” Tyrann Mathieu is a special player,” said Brooks.
Brooks wrapped up his comments on Mathieu by comparing him to Charles Woodson…which would be a great player to be compared to.
Brooks also touched on some of the other top teams in the NFC, San Francisco and Atlanta.
Here’s what he said about the 49ers: Losing Dashon Goldson hurts them and they need to find a replacement. In addition, they need to draft help for defensive lineman Justin Smith.
For the Falcons: Their “inability to rush the passer” needs to be addressed. “They need to get a dominant pass rusher.”
Brooks mentioned that they, “only have one starting cornerback” and he talked about former Husky Desmond Trufant being a possibility at number-30, if Trufant is still available.