Will the Seattle Seahawks select a defensive end in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft? It would be a bit of a shocker, but ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. sees it as a good possibility.
Kiper has the Seahawks drafting Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt with the final pick of the first round. Tuitt (6-5, 305) has the size and strength to play defensive tackle, but the speed to rush the passer off the edge.
Tuitt is a talented athlete, but picking a defensive lineman probably wasn't a first-round consideration of Seattle a week ago. However, after releasing defensive ends Red Bryant and Chris Clemons, and losing defensive tackle Clinton McDonald to free agency this week, it's not out of the question.
But I still see the Seahawks going with an offensive lineman or a big wide receiver with the first pick. UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo looks like a good option, or maybe Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin, if he falls to the end of the round.
Here's what Kiper sees for the entire first round in his mock draft 3.0.