Draft day: Hawk eyes on Lamp & Bolles?

NFL draftThe NFL’s Christmas Day has arrived. And it looks like the Seahawks are hoping to find one of two offensive linemen under their tree.

Some well-informed mock drafts are giving the Seahawks an offensive lineman at No. 26, either Western Kentucky’s Forrest Lamp or Utah’s Garett Bolles.

The first round figures to include four O-linemen, with as many as seven teams eyeing them. Seattle’s competition includes Baltimore (pick 16) and almost all of the teams in the 20s directly ahead of Seattle — Denver (20), Miami (22), New York Giants (23), Oakland (24), Houston (25).

Oakland and Houston have been linked to Bolles, but both teams seem more likely to draft other positions. That still leaves four teams ahead of the Hawks potentially sweeping up all of the linemen.

Baltimore reportedly favors Alabama tackle Cam Robinson or UCLA pass rusher Takk McKinley, and many think Denver will take Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk.

Miami has been linked to Lamp, but Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero insists the Dolphins will not draft a guard.

If that is true, Lamp probably will slide to 26. The Giants might take Bolles, making Lamp the easy pick for Seattle. But there is a chance Bolles slides past New York, Oakland and Houston to 26 as well.

That would present the Hawks with a best-case scenario — their top two linemen both available — and open them to moving down. John Schneider reportedly has spoken with Atlanta about a five-spot flip — the Falcons apparently wanting to leap over Dallas to get a pass rusher.

If the Falcons were willing to pay the proper price — a third-rounder — for that move, the Seahawks would make out very well. They could take whichever lineman they prefer and enter Day 2 with five picks.

Even if only one of Lamp or Bolles is there, the Hawks might be willing to skip down a few spots and take the odds that he would still be there. But, if they really want the player, they might just take him.

If all the O-linemen are gone, the Hawks almost surely will trade down — especially if QB Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes slides to them. If the top three QBs are all gone, it still is possible a team will want to come up for Davis Webb. We previously ran through some of those options.

On the off chance there’s no lineman and no trade option, the Seahawks probably would be looking at one of these players: Michigan DE Taco Charlton, Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey, Washington CB Kevin King, Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie, Florida CB Quincy Wilson, Houston LEO Tyus Bowser, Michigan State DT Malik McDowell.

The Seahawks have been looking at a lot of Day 2 secondary guys: Connecticut’s Obi Melifonwu, Washington FS Budda Baker, Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley, Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis, Colorado CB Ahkello Witherspoon and Central Florida CB Shaquill Griffin.

We have known from the beginning that they prefer tall corners with long arms (32 inches). Draft analyst Rob Staton says wingspan is perhaps a better indicator.

Schneider essentially said they might have to ignore some of their standard specs for corners.

“Leave it to us to kind of pick everybody apart,” he said. “Then it comes to the draft and it’s time to pick, and you have to pick somebody. So, you can poke holes in anybody. We always talk about how we are trying to accentuate a guy’s positives.”

The Hawks also seem pretty interested in adding an interior rusher. Barring a blockbuster move up in the first round, they won’t be able to get Solomon Thomas or Jonathan Allen. McDowell seems likely to be there at 26, but it sounds like his football character is a major concern. The Hawks brought him to VMAC last week to see what they think of him, probably as a second-round contingency if they trade down.

Draft analyst Rob Rang called it “a pretty weak year at (inside rusher), which is why I think Seattle was intrigued enough by Malik McDowell to give him a closer look by inviting him to the VMAC.”

The next group of interior rushers does not come until Day 2: Michigan’s Chris Wormley, Charlotte’s Larry Ogunjobi, Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker and Clemson’s Carlos Watkins.

FINAL MOCKS

Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp, Bob McGinn of Journal Sentinel: The plan probably is to take Lamp, install him immediately at RG and move second-year RG Germain Ifedi to RT. Few of the many O-line moves made by coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider worked. Maybe this will.

Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp, Mike Mayock of NFL Network: If I have a favorite player in the draft, he’s one of two or three I would nominate. He’s played tackle, but he’s going to be an inside player in Seattle.

Utah OT Garett Bolles, Rob Staton of Seahawks Draft Blog: It’s unusual to be able to land an offensive lineman as athletic and talented as Bolles in the late first round, so this could be a unique opportunity. He scored a 3.00 in TEF. The Seahawks have also consistently shown a willingness to spend first-round picks on the O-line.

Connecticut SS Obi Melifonwu, Rob Rang of CBS Sports: While general manager John Schneider recently suggested that disgruntled All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman likely will be playing in Seattle next season, the depth behind him is a significant concern. Melifonwu checks a lot of the boxes that Seattle looks for in the secondary, including durability, versatility, length and sheer athleticism.

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