Why Germain Ifedi was the Seahawks' pick in the NFL Nation mock draft

Seahawks go with Germain Ifedi in NFL Nation mock draft (1:15)

ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia says Seattle needs to protect Russell Wilson and that's why they're going with offensive tackle Germain Ifedi. (1:15)

NFL Nation reporters did a mock draft Tuesday night with each writer making the selection for the team he or she covers.

When it got to the Seattle Seahawks' pick, I had a few options but ultimately went with Texas A&M offensive tackle Germain Ifedi. Here's a look at the complete board.

I had four options: Ifedi, Alabama center Ryan Kelly, Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler and Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones.

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.