True dominance is hard to project, but these five players could get pushed down the draft board due to a run on QBs or other needs that has teams drafting guys beyond their value.
1.) CB Jimmy Smith
Smith is a Top 15 talent, and possibly a Top 10 talent, that could fall to the Seahawks due to bunch of off-field issues like passing the dutchie on the left-hand side (or maybe he’s not passing it). I leave it to the Seahawks to decide if he’s Jerramy Stevens. Getting a young shutdown corner is always worth your draft choice.
2) DT Phil Taylor
Taylor is a load at 334 lbs. He was impressive at the Senior Bowl, and could be a great pairing with Brandon Mebane (after the Seahawks hopefully re-sign him) and Red Bryant. Colin Cole was terrific last season, but is not getting any younger, and there was absolutely no depth behind him. This is a guy who could change the defense immediately, and for years to come.
3) G/C Mike Pouncey
Pouncey was hovering in the 20s in early mock drafts before moving his way into the mid-teens, for whatever that’s worth. He wouldn’t need to be his brother to be worth picking at #25 for the Hawks. For a team that needs help at both guard and center, getting Pouncey would open up a variety of options in free agency. The image of a dominating center pulling around LT Russell Okung for 10 seasons makes me smile.
4) OT Gabe Carimi
Carimi is a mean SOB who could play either tackle position and also works as a guard. He played for a nasty Wisconsin Badger offensive line that embodied the type of mentality Tom Cable will be looking to recreate in Seattle. Carimi stood out during the Senior Bowl workouts among a list of other high-profile prospects. He could become the immediate starter at RT and give the Seahawks potentially dominant book-end tackles for a long time.
5) DT Corey Liuget
He’s Liuget. He’s too Lieget to quit. Need I say more? Yes, I made that joke. Deal with it. Liuget is a Mebane-style wrecking ball that could either reduce the team’s reliance on re-signing Mebane if they wanted to direct money elsewhere, or give them a great rotation candidate. He is stout against the run, and may be a potential fit for the 5-technique spot with Red Bryant.