With the 25th pick of Pride of Detroit's 2011 NFL Mock Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select Texas cornerback Aaron Williams. Forty Handz is serving as the Seahawks' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
I think the Seahawks have to be looking at the defensive side of the ball to start their picks in 2011. Seattle's defense was not very good all-around last season, ranking 21st and 27th against the run and pass, respectively. Seattle has a solid core of young LBs and good safeties. They may be losing starting CB Kelly Jennings to free agency, but he only accounted for one interception on the year (Seattle ranked 25th in interceptions). That being said, a good pass rush is a great way to make a mediocre secondary look good and the Seahawks did provide decent pressure for much of the year, garnering 37 sacks, which was good enough for 13th in the league. What does all this mean? Seattle needs a corner.
There has been a bit of a late run on CBs. The player that Seattle really wanted at 25, Jimmy Smith, is gone, and so is the next best option in Brandon Harris. That leaves the Seahawks in a bit of a pinch. Should it reach a bit and take the next best CB to replace Jennings or do they improve upon a strength and take a DE? Essentially, it comes down to Cameron Heyward or Aaron Williams. As GM for the ‘Hawks, I believe that finding a replacement for Jennings is more crucial to the team, so the 25th pick is Aaron Williams.
Check out the 2011 Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.