Defensive lineman Yetur Gross-Matos of Penn State runs a drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 29 Indianapolis, Ind. Numerous mock drafts project Gross-Matos as Seattle’s top pick in the NFL Draft. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Defensive lineman Yetur Gross-Matos of Penn State runs a drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 29 Indianapolis, Ind. Numerous mock drafts project Gross-Matos as Seattle’s top pick in the NFL Draft. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Seahawks NFL mock draft roundup: Here’s who the experts think Seattle will take

  • Wed Apr 22nd, 2020 3:30pm
  • Sports

The Seattle Times

Draft day is finally here! If you’ve been looking forward to an actual event on the sports calendar, counting down the days until the NFL draft, you’ve also no-doubt sifted through dozens of mock drafts. Well, allow us to do some of the leg work for you and offer one last, comprehensive roundup of who the experts are predicting Seattle will take with the No. 27 pick tonight — provided they actually make the pick and don’t trade it back.

NFL.com, Rhett Lewis

Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

A big, powerful offensive lineman heading to Seattle — stop me if this sounds familiar. … Wilson will fit right in up front as the ‘Hawks continue their commitment to the ground game.

NFL.com, Charles Davis

Yetur Gross-Matos, defensive end, Penn State

Willowy and rangy with some juice. Some believe Gross-Matos won’t make it out of the teens on Day 1.

Peter King, NBC Sports

Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

There’s not much of a chance Seattle sits and makes this pick, honestly; GM John Schneider has traded down in the first round eight straight years. I still think he could deal down, particularly if there’s a lesser-light big corner he likes available high in the second round. But I couldn’t find a logical dance partner for the Seahawks. My feeling is Seattle is doling out hope for Jadeveon Clowney in the $15-million-a-year range, or maybe Everson Griffen; they’re the kind of veteran rushers Seattle thinks are necessary in a high-powered NFC West. But Gross-Matos is a good alternative as a backfield disruptor.

Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated

Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

The Seahawks need pass-rush help, even if Jadeveon Clowney comes back next year. Gross-Matos fits their athletic profile, and still has a lot of room to grow. I’d watch this as a spot for someone to come up and get an offensive tackle, too—Seattle will be listening to offers to move out of the first round.

John Clayton, for The Washington Post

Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

There is a good chance the Seahawks could trade down. But if they stay here, a lot will depend on whether they re-sign star edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, who hasn’t received the free agent offers he was expecting. If Clowney goes elsewhere, Gross-Matos would help the pass rush.

Danny Kelly/Kevin Clark, The Ringer

Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU

Explosive, gap-shooting defensive tackle with a wrecking-ball mentality. He’s raw, but has all of the necessary traits to develop into a chaos creator.

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn

Davidson was overshadowed by Derrick Brown, but he can line up inside or out, though he’s much better coming off the edge at this point in his career.

Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report

Trevon Diggs, Cornerback, Alabama

…Let’s just fill a need and move on. Cornerback Tre Flowers had a rough 2019 campaign. Diggs, the younger brother of Stefon Diggs, is your typical NFL-ready Alabama cornerback with good eyes and great feet. He’s also 6’1”, the perfect height for a Seahawks cornerback.

Mel Kiper, ESPN

Cesar Ruiz, C/G, Michigan

Seattle wants to be a run-first team, and it could upgrade at guard, where Ruiz is my top-ranked interior offensive lineman. He started the past two seasons at center for the Wolverines but is athletic enough to play either guard spot. Since it appears Jadeveon Clowney won’t return to Seattle, I thought about defensive end here. Iowa’s AJ Epenesa could be a fit.

Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus

Julian Okwara, DE, Notre Dame

Okwara has a fantastic combination of burst, length and power, and the Seahawks might like Mike Renner’s Chris Clemons comp from the PFF draft guide. Okwara has the movement skills to dabble at linebacker in the right scheme, but he’s likely a pure edge rusher for Seattle. He finished with an outstanding 90.4 pass-rush grade last season, though he’s got work to do against the run where he graded at just 64.0.

Conor Orr, Sports Illustated

Josh Jones, OT, Houston

An interesting note here: Jones had a 0.0% blown pass block rate this past season. Jones also comes from a zone-heavy system that could translate more easily into Brian Schottenheimer’s offense. The Seahawks need to get some young prospects into the pipeline.

Draft details

• What: 2020 NFL Draft

• When: April 23-25, 2020

• Where: ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and analysts, reporters and other experts will contribute remotely from home studios. Teams will also work from home.

Thurday (5-8:30 p.m. PT): NFL Draft, Round 1 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

• Friday (4-8:30 p.m.): NFL Draft, Rounds 2 and 3 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

Saturday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.): NFL Draft, Rounds 4–7 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

 

Defensive back Trevon Diggs of Alabama runs a drill during the NFL Combine. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Defensive back Trevon Diggs of Alabama runs a drill during the NFL Combine. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Michigan center Ceasar Ruiz, right, escorts running back Karan Higdon during a 2018 game against Western Michigan. Listed at the NFL Combine at 6-foot-3, 307 pounds, the interior lineman could come off the board on Day 1 of the 2020 draft. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press)

Michigan center Ceasar Ruiz, right, escorts running back Karan Higdon during a 2018 game against Western Michigan. Listed at the NFL Combine at 6-foot-3, 307 pounds, the interior lineman could come off the board on Day 1 of the 2020 draft. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press)

Texas Christian defensive tackle Ross Blacklock records a sacks against Texas. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Texas Christian defensive tackle Ross Blacklock records a sacks against Texas. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)