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Rounding up Seahawks mock draft projections with the 26th pick

Robert Nkemdiche's talent might be too much for the Seahawks to pass up at No. 26 in the draft. AP Photo/Thomas Graning

With the NFL combine officially kicking off today, here's a roundup of who analysts have the Seattle Seahawks taking with the 26th pick in the first round.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has the Seahawks taking Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche.

Todd McShay has them going with Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings.


Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com projects Kansas State guard Cody Whitehair to the Seahawks:

The Seahawks offensive line got manhandled by the Panthers in the divisional round and Russell Okung's future is in the air. Look for Seattle to beef up the line, and Whitehair, who could play tackle or center, may be the guy. He played well -- not great -- at the Senior Bowl. Should be a late-first, early second-round guy.


Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Seahawks going with Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins:

Both Brandon Mebane and Ahtytba Rubin are free agents. Rankins really impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl.


Rob Rang of CBSSports.com has Seattle taking Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker:

Seattle's offensive line was a weak spot season long and with pending free agent left tackle Russell Okung likely to draw significant attention on the open market, the cap-challenged Seahawks may be forced to look to the draft for reinforcements. The 6-7, 315 pound Decker has the size and physicality Seattle's offensive line coach Tom Cable prefers at tackle and is athletic enough to block in space.


Josh Norris of Rotoworld also has the Seahawks going with Rankins:

Don’t get me started on Rankins. He is a top 10 talent in this draft. He is a true upfield disruptor who is smooth, quick and versatile with his hands to win the balance advantage. I’ll go as far to say that Rankins could be this year’s Kawann Short. The Seahawks love disruption, and Rankins would offer it.


Bucky Brooks of NFL.com has the Seahawks taking Nkemdiche:

Pete Carroll has never shied away from talented prospects with character concerns. Nkemdiche is unquestionably a top-10 talent with a destructive game, but off-field behavior could lead to a draft-day slide.


Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has them going with Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson:

The Seahawks could take some hits in free agency at the position and Robinson has enormous upside.


Chris Burke of SI.com has Ohio State CB Eli Apple going to the Seahawks:

Apple is a big (6'1", 200), physical coverage corner who occasionally uses his hands too much. If that doesn’t sound like a Seahawks CB, I don’t know what does. Both Jeremy Lane and DeShawn Shead are set to be free agents, and Seattle would prefer not to repeat the Cary Williams nightmare via free agency.


Nate Davis of USA Today has Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin going to the Seahawks:

Seattle struggled with its blocking for much of 2015 and probably can't afford to re-sign free agent LT Russell Okung. Conklin needs some polish, but few are better at making the big uglies shine than assistant coach Tom Cable.


Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports has the Seahawks taking Whitehair:

A college left tackle out of necessity, Whitehair likely projects best inside in the NFL. The Seahawks have shown they’re not afraid to go outside of league value to land their guy, and Whitehair’s businesslike approach, versatility (some scouts like him as a developmental center) and extreme toughness would be a perfect balance for this band of misfits. The Seahawks also need quality blockers -- badly.


Dan Kadar of SB Nation has the Seahawks taking Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson:

By the time the draft comes around, Lawson may project much higher than the No. 26 overall pick. But if he's around, he could be the type of pass rusher who could thrive in Seattle's defense. He plays with strength and quickness, and has enough size to fit the system.