Ras-I Dowling CB Virginia
The seahawks have two major needs. Secondary and QB.
While earl thomas played great in his rookie season collecting four INT's their CB's aren't nearly up to scratch. They ranked 27th in the league in pass yards allowed last season and when you watch the tape that was almost always to the outside against their CB's.
With Jimmy Smith being taken two picks previous I think the Seahaqks have to go with the next best pure CB in this draft and that is Dowling. He ran a 4.40 at the combine which is most definately quick enough. He does have some durability issues playing only five games in 2010 but with an NFL strength and conditioning program those issues can hopefully be sortid. But that being said double moves by NFL recievers and double moves by College recievers are two different things.
He is very solid against the run. He notices a run play developing very quickly and fights past reciever blocks effectively. When a RB is running at him he uses the sideline as an extra man trying to force the RB to run towards that. This has helped him develop some very good tackling techniques. However he does sometimes get beaten by smaller more agile players as he tries to intimidate them by putting in big hits which sometimes goes wrong.
In four years at Virginia he collected 8 INT's and 30 Passes defended.
One thing i love about Dowling is he never seems to be beaten by recievers. double moves never fool him and when he has the reciever in his sights he always turns toward the QB looking for the ball something that many CB's don't posses when coming out of college.
Many people would like to see Seattle take Jake locker here but I think Pete Carrol may want his former QB from USC in next years draft (Matt Barkley). Plus in my opinion Locker doesn't possess good enough accuracy in the pocket to be a first round QB he would need alot of work and need to sit behind a veteran for a season or two and if you select a QB in the first round in my opinion they should play.