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NFL Draft 2014: 5 players who could fall to Seattle in first round

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If the Seattle Seahawks have proven anything in the NFL draft under John Schneider and Pete Carroll, it’s that they are unpredictable.

The Seahawks’ past few drafts have been characterized by reaches, head-scratchers and unknowns. So far, it has worked out to the tune of three playoff appearances in four seasons and a Super Bowl championship.

This year’s NFL draft promises to be no different. Seattle has done a great job of grabbing talent no matter the pick number or round and could have some intriguing options fall to them at pick 32.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

The Seahawks need to add depth at wide receiver and seem likely to take one in either the first or second round. Cooks doesn’t exactly fit the Seahawks’ specific need at receiver, but he is a special talent that would be hard to pass on should he fall to the end of round one.

Cooks, the 2013 Biletnikof Award winner as the top college receiver in the country, is an electrifying athlete with tremendous ability to move in the open field after the catch which helped him to 16 touchdowns in 2013. Putting that type of player on the same field as Percy Harvin, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch has to spark at least some interest from the Seahawks.     

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

Although they have more flexibility after re-signing Sidney Rice last Friday, many expect the Seahawks will still look for a big, physical target to add to their offense. At 6-foot-3 and 209 pounds, Robinson isn’t the largest receiver available, but has the ability to fulfill what Seattle is looking for.

Robinson’s draft stock has skyrocketed after an impressive pro day more than made up for a rough combine. He is one of the more well-rounded receivers in the draft with no glaring weaknesses who recorded the sixth-most receiving yards in Division I last year.

Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

On paper, Seattle’s biggest weakness heading into 2014 is the offensive line. The Seahawks will be looking to upgrade from starters James Carpenter and J.R. Sweezy while also replacing lost depth.

Su’a-Filo appears to be the best guard available in this draft and can immediately compete for a starting spot. For a while, it looked like he might land with the Denver Broncos one spot ahead, but Monday’s news that Denver has decided to move tackle Orlando Franklin to guard could open the door for Seattle.

The Seahawks would have to think long and hard about passing on a player who is the best in his class at a position of need.

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

The Seahawks are set at tight end with Zach Miller returning and Luke Willson developing, but this year’s draft offers multiple tight ends with the versatility to line up all over the field. Of those tight ends, Eric Ebron is sure to be gone at pick 32, but Amaro could still be available.

Amaro is a rare blend of size and speed that will cause matchup problems for NFL defenses. At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Amaro could provide the big target the Seahawks are looking for while making Seattle’s offense that much more dynamic.

Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Seattle still has an outstanding front seven, but lost some depth on the line and could use another defensive tackle. Hageman has the upside to be picked in the top 20, but could fall to 32 with Aaron Donald and Louis Nix on the board.

A great athlete at 311 pounds, Hageman has the versatility that fits in well with the Seahawks’ system of using a deep rotation of defensive linemen. He could be a nice value pick at 32, but the big question is if the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers will pass on Hageman before that.  

Photo Credit: Steve Dykes / Getty Images

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Nathaniel Reeves

Nathaniel Reeves is a journalism student at the University of Washington, currently covering sports for The UW Daily in addition to Sports Out West. He has been closely following Seattle sports his entire life.