The Seattle Seahawks have seven picks to work with in the 2020 NFL Draft. Here is their latest 2020 NFL mock draft. Who will they end up taking?
It’s always interesting to see what John Schneider plans to do in an NFL Draft. For every Seattle Seahawks’ botch job of a first-round pick, there almost always seems to be a hidden gem that makes multiple Pro Bowlers who somehow fell to day three. Seattle loves to trade back under Schneider, even if he has plenty of draft picks to work with.
This year, the Seahawks have a full allotment of seven picks, but it’s a little thin on day three. That’s not the end of the world, as Seattle has a picks in each of the first four rounds, as well as a pair in the second round and a pair in the fourth round. So in total, Seattle has three top 100 picks, nearly four with their fourth selection coming in at No. 101 and six in the top 150.
Primary draft needs for the Seahawks are at offensive tackle, out on the edge defensively and at safety. Second draft needs are at wide receiver, cornerback and along the defensive line. The Seahawks also have tertiary draft needs at quarterback, tight end and running back. They should be able to address most of their draft needs, but not all of them.
Here is the latest 2020 NFL mock draft for the Seahawks. Who will they take in the coming days?
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Seattle can go in a lot of different directions here at No. 27 in the latter part of the first round. If they wanted to go with a safety, Alabama’s Xavier McKinney could be available. If the Seahawks were looking at a pass-rusher, Penn State’s Yetur Gross-Matos might drop to them. But let’s be real. Seattle is always in need of help along the offensive line. They go offensive tackle here.
So with the No. 27 overall pick in the first round, the Seahawks will go with a West Coast kid in the form of USC Trojans offensive tackle Austin Jackson. This is a deep offensive tackle draft, and the Seahawks are going to get a tremendous player coming their way in the second wave. In most years, a player like Jackson would push towards the top 10, but he’ll be around at pick No. 27.
Jackson is 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds. He was First-Team All-Pac-12 as a junior in 2019. After playing on special teams and in a backup role as a freshman, Jackson emerged as the Trojans’ starting level tackle in 2018, a role he didn’t relinquish until declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft.
It should be noted his grandfather Melvin Jackson played in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers.
So Seattle would be getting an emerging talent who started for multiple seasons at a Power 5 school with a good pedigree. Drafting an offensive tackle used to be the surest thing any team could do in a draft, but that is no longer the case. For a guy who’d go in the top half of the draft in most seasons, the Seahawks could be a getting a bargain and a long-time starter here in Jackson.