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February 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM

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Seahawks draft prediction: Expect the unexpected

Matt Coomes, 42, is from Marysville, where he lives with his wife and two children. He has lived and breathed Seattle sports since attending his first Mariners game in 1977, but has yet to catch a foul ball.

Now that the NFL season has wound down and the fervor surrounding the Seahawks has quieted, it’s time to look ahead and prognosticate what the dynamic duo of coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have in mind for the upcoming draft.

Good luck with that.

The Seahawks are in desperate need of a pass rush. It wouldn’t hurt to add an impact wide receiver. No one will be too upset if they pursue an improvement at right guard on the offensive line. They could be in the market for another linebacker.

If we’ve learned anything during their tenure with the Seahawks, it’s to expect the unexpected when it comes to forecasting their next move. Armed with the knowledge of their most glaring needs, then, I think we can safely assume that Seattle will NOT spend a high pick on an interior defensive lineman, a wide out, an offensive lineman or a linebacker.

And why wouldn’t they select any of those positions on the first day of the draft? Honestly, I have no idea. Perhaps they will read every publication available, with the all the “experts” laying out what the Seahawks will do, and purposefully do everything but. Maybe they’ll throw darts at a board and just roll with whatever name they land on. Trying to figure these two out is more complicated than solving the riddle of the Sphinx. For all we know, it could be that they snatch key words from whatever conversation they are having at the moment, matching names from various words spoken, then trying to link them to whomever might be available.

Wait a minute. That may be it.

Imagine John and Pete sitting in their NFL draft war room, killing time as they wait for their turn in the third round last year.

John: “That’s a slick-looking sweatshirt you have on there, Pete. Who makes that, Champion?”

Pete: “Close, it’s a Russell. Say, you were striking the ball pretty well there last week. Saw you break out a new driver. Pick up a Calloway or something?”

John: “Yeah, the driver was looking decent, wasn’t it? Snagged a deal on a new Wilson.”

The conversation stops, both men reaching the same conclusion simultaneously.

“That’s it! Russell Wilson! See if he’s available!” they both order in unison. A keyboard clicks furiously.

Both men peer at the computer screen intently as a profile pops up. An intern opens up another window, and another, accessing different scouting reports. Each paints a similar picture: Russell Wilson, quarterback, undersized, dual-sport athlete, played at a couple different colleges, the most recent being Wisconsin. Projects as a capable backup in the NFL.

Well, we know what decision was made, and so far it’s looking good. Whether it was darts, the desire to keep the experts guessing or simply a well-timed conversation, who knows?

But imagine the possibilities if this year their draft-room conversation revolves around an ad advising them not to “pass” up the chance to take a self “defense” class, one that offers a great low price for those that “rush” in today.

If you’d like to write a Take 2 post, email Sports Editor Don Shelton at dshelton@seattletimes.com or sports@seattletimes.com


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