2012 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 43

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Keith Price #17 of the Washington Huskies scrambles away from Mychal Kendricks #30 during the first quarter at Husky Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. We're into the second round and the Seattle Seahawks are back up with the No. 43 pick.

With the 43rd pick in the 2012 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select California middle linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

Danny Kelly, who runs our Seahawks site Field Gulls, called in his resident draft expert Rob Staton to make the pick. Staton writes for Field Gulls and also operates Seahawks Draft Blog, one of my favorite draft sites. So for more on the Seahawks, check out FieldGulls.com and Staton's SeahawksDraftBlog.com. Find his explanation and my reaction to the pick after the jump.

Rob Staton explains: Having addressed the team's greatest need by getting a pass rusher in round one, there's likely two be two other target areas in rounds 2-3. The Seahawks need to draft at least one linebacker, either to fill the MIKE or WILL. With Upshaw filling in as a hybrid DE/SLB, KJ Wright would likely be moved to fill one of the other spots. Malcolm Smith is also highly regarded and Barrett Ruud was added in free agency. Pete Carroll wants to add speed to the front seven, so finding an athletic linebacker with coverage potential is crucial.

The other important need is running back. Seattle's offense is built around the run and when Marshawn Lynch missed time in 2011, the team's offense collapsed. Although Lynch recently signed a big extension, it won't stop the Seahawks looking to draft for the position early. They need a prospect who can take some of the heavy work load away from their offensive MVP and match Lynch's impact if he picks up injuries.

Zach Brown and Doug Martin would've been ideal options but both are off the board at the start of round two. Seattle could turn attentions to Mychal Kendricks and Lamar Miller who both fit the criteria in this range. I've gone for Kendricks due to Pete Carroll's knowledge - and appreciation - for the Pac-12. The California linebacker was named Pac-12 defensive MVP last year. He has the speed Carroll craves plus experience playing both outside and inside linebacker. The Seahawks would then be expected to address running back in rounds three or four.

Dan Kadar responds: For what it's worth, this pick was made before the Seahawks re-sgned linebackers Leroy Hill and Matt McCoy to one-year contracts. Regardless, the Seahawks have a lot of questionable players at linebacker after Wright. Ruud was a good signing, but not a dynamic player. He's also coming off an injury. Hill's future is unknown after this season.

Regardless of the player drafted here, whether it's a linebacker, quarterback or running back, he will likely be a backup for the Seahawks. So it's just a matter of targeting best player available with good upside potential. With that in mind, I may have gone with a player a running back like Lamar Miller or David Wilson. But choosing Kendricks isn't necessarily outlandish.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
23 Brandon Thompson
DT Clemson
scouting report
25 David Wilson
RB Virginia Tech
scouting report
29 Lamar Miller
RB Miami scouting report
30 Dwayne Allen
TE Clemson
Coming soon!
32 Chris Polk
RB Washington
Coming soon!

Pick Team Player Pos. School Story
1 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck QB Stanford Story
2 Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III QB Baylor Story
3 Minnesota Vikings Matt Kalil OT USC Story
4 Cleveland Browns Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State Story
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Morris Claiborne CB LSU Story
6 St. Louis Rams Trent Richardson RB Alabama Story
7 Jacksonville Jaguars Quinton Coples DE North Carolina Story
8 Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M Story
9 Carolina Panthers Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State Story
10 Buffalo Bills Mike Adams OT Ohio State Story
11 Kansas City Chiefs Riley Reiff OT Iowa Story
12 Seattle Seahawks Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama Story
13 Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Martin OT Stanford Story
14 Dallas Cowboys David DeCastro G Stanford Story
15 Philadelphia Eagles Luke Kuechly LB Boston College Story
16 New York Jets Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina Story
17 Cincinnati Bengals Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina Story
18 San Diego Chargers Mark Barron S Alabama Story
19 Chicago Bears Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Story
20 Tennessee Titans Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama Story
21 Cincinnati Bengals Cordy Glenn OT Georgia Story
22 Cleveland Browns Kendall Wright WR Baylor Story
23 Detroit Lions
Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
24 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dont'a Hightower MLB Alabama
25 Denver Broncos
Michael Brockers DT LSU
26 Houston Texans
Dontari Poe DT Memphis
27 New England Patriots
Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
28 Green Bay Packers
Devon Still DT Penn State
29 Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Zeitler G Wisconsin
30 San Francisco 49ers
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
31 New England Patriots
Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut
32 New York Giants
Peter Konz C Wisconsin
33 St. Louis Rams
Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
34 Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener TE Stanford
35 Minnesota Vikings
Rueben Randle WR LSU
36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin RB Boise State
37 Cleveland Browns
Zach Brown OLB North Carolina
38 Jacksonville Jaguars
Brian Quick WR Appalachian State
39 St. Louis Rams
Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
40 Carolina Panthers
Lavonte David OLB Nebraska
41 Buffalo Bills
Chandler Jones
DE Syracuse
42 Miami Dolphins
Andre Branch DE Clemson
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