Mock draft roundup: Who will the Seahawks select at No. 18? Here’s what the experts are saying

A running back? Another offensive lineman? Some help in the secondary? How will the Seahawks use their first-round pick — or will they use it at all?

It’s never really not mock draft season anymore. Just about any hour of any day of any year, someone somewhere is projecting which NFL team will take which college player in that year’s NFL draft.

But with the Super Bowl and the 2017 season now receding into rearview mirror, draft season kicks into an even higher gear (the draft will be held April 26-28 with the Combine starting two weeks from now).

Which makes it a good time to review what some of the more noteworthy mock drafts are predicting for the Seahawks.

Recall that Seattle has the 18th pick in the first round, the only pick the team currently has in the first three rounds with the second-rounder shipped to the Jets as part of the Sheldon Richardson trade and the third-rounder now the property of Houston as part of the Duane Brown trade.

Anyone reading this likely needs little reminding that the Seahawks rarely use their own first-round pick — Seattle hasn’t drafted in the first round in its original spot since taking offensive lineman James Carpenter at No. 25 in 2011.

So yes, the biggest reach of all may be projecting the Seahawks to actually pick at No. 18.

Still, for now it’s what we know the Seahawks have. So here’s a review of what some of the better-known mock drafters are picking for the Seahawks along with my own comment.

Pick: Derwin James, S, Florida State.

What he said: “This is an easy fit for James, whose game is too similar to Kam Chancellor’s to ignore his potential in the Seahawks’ defense.”

My analysis: While often compared to Chancellor — James is 6-3, 211 pounds — he also has said Earl Thomas is one of his idols. Which indeed would seem to make him an almost perfect fit for the Seahawks, who as this is written aren’t certain if either Chancellor or Thomas will ever…

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