I've been thinking about the upcoming draft a lot lately. I am much more confident about who I want us to avoid than I am about who I want us to choose. Instead of a list of who I'd like us to choose, here is a list of who I don't:
1) Brandon Marshall
Any use of our top three picks to get Brandon Marshall would be a huge downer. Not only is the guy a cancer, but he's 26 and due a ton of money. The Seahawks are not a "Brandon Marshall" away from being a Super Bowl contender, so why would we waste the chance to pick a Top 40 player in a talent-rich draft?
2) Jimmy Clausen
Not only have I read that this guy is a punk, but I ran into a friend who played college football in the Pac-10 who told me the same thing. I would take that risk in the 3rd or 4th round if the player has undeniable talent, but it would be a mistake to risk it at the 6th or 14th pick.
3) Taylor Mays
Mays is in a different class than the first two because I'd love to have him on the team, but not at the #6 pick. Nobody is suggesting that the Seahawks would do that, but given his strong combine and relationship with Carroll, it's not unfathomable.
4) Any WR
Very few WRs drafted in the first round earn that draft position, and the ones that do, rarely do it quickly. I'd rather see us use a 4th rounder on a WR with raw potential that runs reliable routes.