2020 Seahawks Mock Draft Tracker: Pass rush still Seattle's top need
The 2020 NFL Draft is just under 10 days away. Teams and players are preparing for what will be perhaps the most unique draft in league history.
This year's draft is going to feel eerily similar to fantasy football drafts in homes around the country. Even NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will conduct the draft from his basement.
OK, back to the Seattle Seahawks. They hold the 27th overall pick in this year's draft and Jadeveon Clowney watch has come to screeching halt. No one knows where the star edge rusher will land next and the latest mock drafts have been very telling of that narrative.
Let's go ahead and take a look at who the Seahawks might select at No. 27 overall come draft day.
Austin Jackson- Tackle, USC
With the 27th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah predicts the Seahawks will take Austin Jackson out of USC.
He is expected to be one of the top offensive lineman in this year's draft. He finished his career with 26 starts at left tackle and 40 total appearances over three years.
More from Jeremiah on Jackson:
“Jackson was very up and down last season, but he's an outstanding athlete. He should continue to improve as a pro.”
Ross Blacklock- DT, TCU
In Danny Kelly's recent mock draft for The Ringer, Seattle selects defensive tackle Ross Blacklock at No. 27.
Blacklock is slightly undersized at 6-3, 290 pounds, but he is quick and athletic on the inside. He racked up 15.5 tackles for loss in 24 games, including 5.5 sacks. Blacklock also notched first-team All-Big 12 honors as a redshirt junior.
More from Kelly on Blacklock's natural talent:
"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.”
A.J. Epenesa- DE, Iowa
Defensive end A.J. Epenesa lands at No. 27 in Peter Schraeger's mock draft for NFL.com.
In three seasons at Iowa, Epenesa accumulated 101 total tackles, 36 tackles for loss and 26.5 sacks. He received first-team All-Big Ten honors in back-to-back seasons during his junior and senior year.
More from Schraeger on why Epenesa would be a solid fit in Seattle:
"Epenesa is a favorite of a lot of NFL GMs. He's all business, a student of the game, was a multi-sport star in high school and can play different positions across the defensive line.
The Seahawks have one of the savviest front offices in the sport. Epenesa would be a good fit with what they do up in Seattle."
K'Lavon Chaisson- Linebacker, LSU
The Seahawks need edge rushers, whether Jadeveon Clowney returns to Seattle or not. That's why Todd McShay of ESPN.com has the Seahawks taking K'Lavon Chaisson with the 27th pick.
Chaisson led the Tigers with 6.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss and 60 stops in 13 games during the championship run that pushed his career totals to 92 tackles – 19.0 for loss – and 9.5 sacks overall.
More on Chaisson via McShay:
"Value, value, value. In my eyes, Chaisson is the second-best edge rusher in the draft class behind Young, and he really popped at the end of the 2019 season, so getting him here is a terrific return. With Jadeveon Clowney's future still up in the air, Seattle's edge is a dearth of playmakers. In fact, the Seahawks only got home on the quarterback 28 times last season, tied for No. 29 in the NFL, with Clowney. Chaisson has good bend and burst off the edge."
Zack Baun- Linebacker, Wisconsin
Zack Baun is a versatile player the Seahawks could snag at No. 27 on draft day, according to Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports.
After excelling as a dual-threat quarterback in high school, Baun made the switch to edge rusher at Wisconsin. With the Badgers, he finished among the nation's leaders with 19.5 tackles and 12.5 sacks, earning second-team AP All-American honors and first-team All-Big Ten honors.
Wilson believes Baun could be an assset for Seattle:
"Yes, the team brought back Bruce Irvin but Jadeveon Clowney is still on the open market and L.J. Collier has a long way to go to becoming a reliable pass rusher in Year 2."