Colt Lyerla, Oregon (Paul Connors/AP)
What will the Seattle Seahawks do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.
March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)
Round 1, pick 32: David Yankey, OG, Stanford
We said: Seahawks line coach Tom Cable has been spackling guard prospects together over the last few years, and at some point, it’s going to catch up to Russell Wilson. Wilson was pressured over 40 percent of the time in the regular season, and more than half the time in the postseason. In addition, there were times when Marshawn Lynch couldn’t even take a handoff before defenders were past Seattle’s guards and on him in the backfield. It’s time for Seattle to take this position more seriously. Yankey is a tough, athletic blocker with experience in different blocking schemes and the right kind of attitude for Seattle’s power-based offense.
Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)
Round 1, pick 32: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
We said: The rich get much richer. Amaro is a lethal weapon in the passing attack, plus he showed unexpected strength in the combine bench press. That’s important because it may mean Amaro is better equipped than expected to handle a blocking role in front of Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson. And he already proved time and again at Texas Tech that he can shift out away from the line to smoke linebackers and safeties in the passing game.
Round 2, pick 64: David Yankey, G, Stanford
We said: Opinions on Yankey are split, especially after a disappointing combine. The Seahawks need guard help enough to roll the dice.
Feb. 19, 2014 – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)
Round 1, pick 32: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
We said: The Seahawks are deep enough that they won't be desperate for any particular position in the first round, but guard, defensive line and tight end are some of the more likely areas to target. But you can't rule out receiver either. Golden Tate is a free agent, Sidney Rice looks likely to be cut, and it would be nice to get another passing game weapon for quarterback Russell Wilson. Adams has NFL size and is adept at catching the ball in a crowd, with very dependable hands and a strong track record of collegiate production.
Feb. 6, 2014 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)
Round 1, pick 32: David Yankey, G, Stanford
We said: Seattle’s guards have been average at best since Steve Hutchinson poison-pilled his way out of the Emerald City after the Seahawks’ Super Bowl appearance in February 2006, and the fact that the franchise nabbed its first Lombardi Trophy last Sunday doesn’t erase that issue. Pete Carroll and John Schneider have had great success with low-drafted (Richard Sherman) and undrafted (Doug Baldwin) players from Stanford, and Yankey could fill a major hole at a patchwork position. He’s a tremendously strong blocker with impressive athleticism, and an implicit understanding of NFL-level concepts.
Jan. 9, 2014 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)
Round 1, pick 32: Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Missouri
We said: The Seahawks proved last offseason that they never can have too many versatile pass-rushers. That’s exactly what they would get in Ealy, whose stock climbed throughout the season. There is a definite possibility Ealy — and his teammate Michael Sam — come off the board earlier (Dallas looks like a fit). Should he last, the Seahawks might not hesitate to snatch up another dangerous defender.
Dec. 5, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)
Round 1, pick 32: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
We said: The rich get richer. Amaro’s in the midst of a huge year with the Red Raiders (98 catches for 1,240 yards), and he would absolutely devastate defenses up the seams in Seattle’s efficient offense. Zach Miller has done a serviceable job as Seattle’s tight end, but Amaro would represent a step up at that position.
Sept. 24, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke)
Round 1, pick 31: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
We said: The Seahawks used a 2013 fifth-round pick on TE Luke Willson. Lyerla’s way, way better. There is very little the Ducks’ star cannot do on offense, and coming from that Oregon system would put him ahead of the curve in Seattle’s attack.
April 30, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)
Round 1, pick 27: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
Lyeria made headlines this offseason by suggesting on Twitter that the Sandy Hook tragedy was a government conspiracy. So, maturity could be an issue. His numbers won’t leap off the page — 25 catches for 392 yards and six scores last season — but Lyeria (6-5, 240) is perfectly built to be an option in a creative offense.