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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle Seahawks select Taylor Decker

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The Seattle Seahawks select Taylor Decker with the 26th overall pick in the POD Community Mock Draft.

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With the 26th pick in the Pride Of Detroit Community Mock Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select offensive tackle Taylor Decker. Getoffmylawn is the acting general manager for the Seahawks. Below is the rationale for the pick.

Taylor Decker makes sense as a pick for the Seattle Seahawks for one major reason.  The reason is that Seattle recently suffered the loss of Russell Okung who was the starter at left tackle, creating a need for a new starter.  The choice of Taylor Decker also makes sense because he is one of the highest ranked players overall on the board and a definite fit for the team in question.  Taylor Decker is a day one starter on the Seattle offensive line that allows Seattle to continue being able to run the ball and improves their pass protection.

Other players I considered for the pick were Eli Apple and Mackenzie Alexander to give a long-term starter next to Richard Sherman to the Seattle Defense at cornerback.  I decided to go with Decker though mostly because Seattle has a need for a new starter at offensive tackle.  The fact that Decker was and is a player who is quite high on my board and I view as a mid-to-early first round prospect who I expected to have been selected before my pick.

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Check out our 2016 POD Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.