At No. 26, he projects defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson. Robinson (6-foot-4, 307 pounds) is part of a loaded class of defensive tackles. He had 3.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss last season.
At the owners meetings Wednesday, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talked about the possibility of adding a defensive tackle in the draft.
"Fortunately, in this draft, too, there’s a lot of defensive tackle prospects, and maybe we’re fortunate enough to nail a guy somewhere throughout the draft," he said. "That would be something we’ll be watching. I think a lot of teams will be. There’s just an attraction to that spot this year. There happens to be more guys than we can ever remember that are graded highly enough to be drafted. So it’ll be a good spot in the draft."
The factor that will determine whether they want to spend an early pick on an interior lineman is pass rush. If the Seahawks feel Robinson can be a three-down player who can complement guys like Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Frank Clark, going with him at No. 26 makes sense. If they view him more as a two-down player who comes off the field in sub packages, he's probably not worth a first-round selection.
In the second round, McShay goes with running back Derrick Henry to the Seahawks with the 56th overall pick.
Henry (6-3, 247 pounds) is a special athlete. He ran for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns last season, averaging 5.62 yards per carry and taking home the Heisman Trophy.
It will be interesting to see what the Seahawks do at running back. The team believes Thomas Rawls is capable of being the lead back, but he's coming off of an ankle injury, and there's not a lot of depth behind him. The Seahawks did bring back Christine Michael earlier this month.
If they think Henry can be special, and he's still on the board at No. 56, drafting a running back could fall into the "best player available" category in the second round.