Seattle prepares to spring into draft action today

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comApril 26, 2013 

RENTON — The Seahawks stood pat Thursday night.

They remained spectators during the first round of this year’s NFL draft, one of four teams that did not pick in the opening round, along with Tampa Bay, Washington and New England.

With the first round completed, Seahawks general manager John Schneider and the rest of his staff can reset their draft board in preparation for Seattle to select for the first time with the No. 56 overall pick in the second round.

The second and third rounds will begin this afternoon, and Rounds 4-7 will be held Saturday.

The Seahawks did not have a first-round pick because they traded it to Minnesota, along with their third-round pick in 2014 and a seventh-rounder this year, to secure the services of receiver Percy Harvin.

So without a pick in the opening round, the Seahawks had who they consider their first-round

pick this year — Harvin — make an appearance in their draft room for a videotaped conversation with coach Pete Carroll on Thursday.

“It’s not many chances guys get to be a No. 1 pick twice,” Carroll joked.

“It’s all a blessing for me,” Harvin said. “I’m glad to be here, and I’ll take full advantage of the situation.”

There’s still plenty of talent left on the board to fill one of the Seahawks’ priority needs.

Looking for a run-stuffing defensive tackle?

Alabama’s Jesse Williams, Purdue’s Kawann Short and Brandon Williams of Missouri Southern are available.

How about a play-making receiver?

Tennessee’s Justin Hunter, Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton and Cal’s Keenan Allen are among the best options still on the board.

If Seattle is looking to add another edge rusher, LSU’s Sam Montgomery, Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore and Alex Okafor of Texas could make some sense.

But the most intriguing available player who could make an impact for Seattle is LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, otherwise known as the “Honey Badger.”

A playmaking defender and explosive return man, Mathieu saw his stock drop after he was dismissed from LSU’s program in August for reportedly failing multiple drug tests.

But Mathieu is a first-round talent, and he could give Seattle another capable slot defender behind recent addition Antoine Winfield.

Mathieu reportedly took a pre-draft visit to the Seahawks’ Renton facility. In two seasons with LSU, Mathieu finished with six sacks, 19 pass deflections, four interceptions, eight fumble recoveries and a ridiculous 11 forced fumbles.

Mathieu also returned two punts for touchdowns, something the Seahawks need to replace with Leon Washington in New England.

“I think my football skills speak for itself,” Mathieu said at the NFL combine in February. “I don’t think I lost a step. I’m not totally focused on football right now. It’s more about the person and getting those things I’ve done wrong corrected.”

WHEN THE SEAHAWKS DRAFT

ROUND (Overall)

 • Second round (56)

 • Third round (87)

 • Fourth round (123)

 • Fifth round (138, 158)

 • Sixth round (194)

 • Seventh round (220, 231, 241 and 242)

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @eric_d_williams

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