DRAFT TANGENT: Too good to be true

50 yard line on an american football field

I’ve been talking draft with some friends the past couple weeks regarding the Hawks. We all agree that we need some o-line help, defensive tackle, and my current favorite, running back. (Although punter is rapidly going up the charts)

My dream would be for a back like Jonathan Stewart or Darren McFadden to find his way onto our roster. My mostly uneducated guess is that these guys are early 1st rounders and would require us making a major trade to land them. I, for one, am in favor of such a dramatic move based on what I’ve seen at the RB and o-line position this year, and where we are in our “championship window.”

While trolling the web for Hawks news just now, I came across this ESPN Mock Draft (requires insider subscription) that predicts this for the Hawks:

24. Seattle Seahawks

Current record: 8-4
Scouts Inc.’s three biggest needs: OL, S, TE
Projected pick: Jonathan Stewart*, RB, Oregon
The Seahawks have some tough questions to ponder at the running back position in the upcoming offseason. Will Shaun Alexander return to form? Can Maurice Morris be the full-time load-carrier if not? Stewart has yet to indicate his intentions but it wouldn’t be a bit surprising if he followed QB Dennis Dixon out of Eugene. Stewart has the versatility, power and burst to thrive in coach Mike Holmgren’s system.

Can I get an “amen?” How sweet would that be? He can catch, run inside, run outside and just plain run away from people. Not to mention the hometown ties.

My heart says “yes!” but my head says the guy is nuts. Stewart is probably a Top 15 pick after the combine. Even so, it’s fun to dream.

ADDENDUM:
I forwarded this post to one of my friends that is a die-hard Duck fanatic. Here’s his take:

Your Seahawks can’t have Stewart….yet! I need him for one more year! No word out of Eugene yet. I’ve heard he’s leaving, staying etc… He has the opportunity to be the best back in Oregon history if he stays. His career has been great but he has underachieved a little bit with the injuries so it would be great to have him for one more year. I’ve heard that he really is a down-home kid that promised his mom a degree and really isn’t caught up in a lot of the hype and other things that I young prospect gets caught up in.

On the flip side I look at him and say how can’t he go. He has battled injuries throughout his career but has been fortunate enough not to blow a knee or have a severe injury that could threaten him long-term. This guy will be a combine king, so if he does come out expect his draft status to rise after his performance in the combines.

I just hope he stays, if we can have Jonathan Stewart and a healthy Jeremiah Johnson in the backfield next year it will help cope with the loss of Dennis “heisman” Dixon. By the way it was an insult that Dixon didn’t even get invited to New York for the Heisman. East Coast Bias sons of b*tches.

You have to give it to those Ducks fans. They’re nothing if not classy. 🙂