2020 Mock Draft Tracker v1: Who will the Seahawks select at No. 27?
We’re just under three months away from the 2020 NFL Draft, which takes place from April 23-25 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While the Seahawks have the No. 27 overall pick in the first round, some have speculated they may not pick at 27th after all. Since 2011, when Seattle selected James Carpenter, the Seahawks have either traded back in the first round, out of the first round, or traded their first pick for a player ahead of the draft.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the options the Seahawks could pursue with their first-round pick, No. 27 overall:
ESPN Football Analyst Mel Kiper predicts Seattle will take Zack Baun with the No. 27 overall pick.
More from Kiper:
"The Seahawks produced a very un-Pete-Carroll-like 28 total sacks, tied for second fewest in the league. This front seven could be depleted in free agency -- Jarran Reed is another who could leave -- which means Baun, whom I really wanted to find a way to sneak into the first round here, makes a lot of sense. He's not going to be a traditional hulking 4-3 defensive end, but he gets after quarterbacks in different ways. His 2019 breakout season (12.5 sacks) included a few "wow" moments from his relentlessness, and he's going to get some comps to former Badger T.J. Watt. If he lands in Seattle, he'd play outside linebacker, but he'd get plenty of opportunities to get after quarterbacks.
R.J. White of CBS Sports has the Seahawks taking a safety at No. 27: Grant Delpit of LSU.
More from White:
"The Seahawks defense was at its best when it had elite talent at safety, and while Delpit's stock dipped in 2019, he brings that kind of upside back to the Seattle secondary. If his tackling improves, he'll end up being one of the best in the league at his position."
PFF’s latest mock draft from Michael Renner has Seattle taking Trevon Diggs at No. 27.
More from Renner:
"The Seahawks love long corners as much as any team in the league, and Diggs is one of the longest to come out in recent memory. Length is one thing, but knowing how to use it is another. And Diggs proved he could do that this past season, as he allowed a 44.5 passer rating against."
Kevin Hanson of Sports Illustrated released his third mock draft of the season. He proposed the idea of a trade, which would send Washington’s Jacob Eason to Tampa in exchanger the 45th overall pick and a second-round pick in 2021.
More from Hanson:
"Over the past seven drafts, the Seahawks have made just three first-round selections—Germain Ifedi (2016), Rashaad Penny (’18) and L.J. Collier (’19)—and they traded back from their original pick within the first round to make all three of those selections. Coming off a rare 30/30 (TD/INT) season, there’s a reasonable chance that Jameis Winston won’t be back in 2020. Perhaps the Buccaneers trade back from No. 14 to target Eason as opposed to trading back into Round 1, but Eason has the arm strength to fit well in Bruce Arians’ vertical passing attack.”