An outstanding defense and an opportunistic, run-heavy offense with a playmaking quarterback won the Seattle Seahawks a Super Bowl last season. They can get even better on offense as Russell Wilson enters his third pro season, and that could start up front with better offensive line play, according to Kenneth Arthur of Field Gulls.
|64. Seahawks||Antonio Richardson, Tennessee||OT||6'6||336||JR|
"I narrowed Seattle’s choices down to an initial list of 15 players, including offensive linemen, defensive linemen, wide receivers and anyone who jumped off the page as an outstanding prospect of any position. It didn’t take long really to whittle that list down to a couple of names, one of which being Richardson and the other being a wide receiver. The Seahawks have needs at right tackle, guard and wide receiver, but no need for the defending champions is too great to ignore simply taking the best player they can get at 64.
If they wait to take a receiver or an offensive lineman, either way they will still be fine. Ultimately, the tiebreaker for me was that offensive line coach Tom Cable paid a visit to Tennessee’s pro day to get a closer look at Richardson and Ja’Wuan James, so there may be some favoritism there if the board fell this way. Richardson can compete against Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey for the starting RT position, while possibly pushing one of them inside to guard and providing significantly more depth along the line that needs to do a better job of protecting Russell Wilson."
Dan Kadar, SB Nation's NFL Draft analyst, has some thoughts and opinions to share on the Seahawks' mock draft pick of Richardson:
A very good team is getting a very good player. This is what can happen when a player tumbles in the draft for whatever reason. Richardson projects as a starting offensive tackle in the NFL because of his size, length and athleticism. Don’t let Richardson’s combine numbers fool you, either. He’s a good athlete for the position. He showed plenty of times at Tennessee that he can get up the field and block a moving target if needed. More importantly, though, he has the length to stick on the left side. Just look at his tape from two years ago against Jadeveon Clowney. That’s when Clowney was at his best and Richardson stonewalled him.
That's a wrap for the picks portion of the 2014 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft! Dan will be back tomorrow to hand out some grades to our bloggers for their work in this annual event. Thanks for following along!
|41||Scott Crichton||DE||Oregon State||6'3||273|
|43||Lamarcus Joyner||S||Florida State||5'8||184|
|54||Antone Exum||CB||Virginia Tech||6'0||213|
|1||32||Seattle Seahawks||Ra'Shede Hageman||DT||Minnesota|
|2||64||Seattle Seahawks||Antonio Richardson||OT||Tennessee|