NFL Nation reporters did a mock draft Tuesday night with each writer making the selection for the team he or she covers.
The final results of our NFL Nation Mock Draft. pic.twitter.com/TLRdmtVbX0— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 27, 2016
The Ifedi selection came down to a few factors. Most importantly, he has elite physical tools (6-foot-6, 324 pounds, 36-inch arms) and is a tremendous athlete. He has positional versatility with experience at both guard and tackle. And this is obviously a need position for the Seahawks.
The organization has talked about demand outweighing supply when it comes to offensive linemen. John Schneider's stance seems to be to identify prospects with great physical attributes and let offensive line coach Tom Cable work with them. Ifedi is not polished and might not even start right away, but he fits that description.
Kelly could certainly be an option, but ultimately it is easier to find a center in the middle to later rounds than it is a tackle prospect with Ifedi's measurables. Butler and Jones would both fill a need, and they have upside as interior pass rushers.
My biggest takeaway from the mock-draft exercise was that the Seahawks could be in position to trade down and still get a player they covet. We did not include trades in our projections, but if the Seahawks can find a team that wants to move up (perhaps to land a quarterback?), they could deal out of the first round for the fourth consecutive year.