The second round of the 2010 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft winds down. We're having each SB Nation blogger make selections for their respective teams. John Morgan, lead blogger at SB Nation's Seattle Seahawks blog, Field Gulls, checks in to make the No. 60 overall selection in this year's mock. Take it away!
With the No. 60 overall pick in the 2010 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Taylor Price, WR, Ohio
John says: From the second Seattle hired John Schneider I believed the Seahawks would draft Taylor Price. I can retroactively explain why, but there was no why when it happened. I knew a little about Price and I knew a little about Schneider and there was this intuitive coupling. Schneider’s record in Green Bay is pretty opaque. I don’t have much to draw from, but, shoot, let’s pursue this.
I think Price is possibly the best wide receiver prospect in the 2010 class. He has excellent tools. He is a good if sometimes methodical route runner. Price’s performance has been hidden by an inept Ohio passing attack. That is not uncommon. Neither Eddie Royal nor Steve Breaston ever surpassed Price’s anemic-seeming 784 yards receiving as a senior, but then none of their teams surpassed 3,000 yards of passing offense the season before they were drafted. Surrounding talent and diverse schemes make it almost impossible to properly translate college stats.
Price has speed, agility, size, power and tantalizing route running skills to build off. Seattle has a good possession receiver in T.J. Houshmandzadeh, a very good young tight end in John Carlson, Deion Branch, Deon Butler and some auxiliary hands out of the backfield, but it has nothing resembling a number one receiver. Its offense has shriveled. It needs maximum upside picks that maybe fail but could turn into something special. Price could be as good or better than any other receiver in this class.
Mocking Dan reacts: This is somewhat unexpected. But given that John went with Taylor Mays with the sixth pick, my surprise was tempered. I'm not quite as high on Price as John is, but his reasoning is sound. If another direction is taken, there are some solid guards out there – Mitch Petrus is a perfect scheme fit – and Lamarr Houston could be another good, young piece for the defensive line.
Mocking the Draft's Top 5 remaining prospects: 1 - Rob Gronkowski/TE/Arizona, 2 - Brandon Spikes/LB/Florida, 3 - Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida, 4 - Toby Gerhart/RB/Stanford, 5 - Brandon LaFell/WR/LSU
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