This is the time of year -- a few weeks before the draft -- where speculation on possible draft scenarios kicks into high gear. But don’t believe everything you read, which brings us to an interesting report from draft expert Tony Pauline.
In the report, Pauline says the Seahawks want to trade down from the team’s No. 12 overall pick, which make sense. Pauline goes on to say Seattle would be interested in moving down and drafting Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower to replace the departed David Hawthorne at inside linebacker.
Okay, I'm still with him.
However, if the Seahawks cannot move down, according to the report Seattle would consider drafting Alabama safety Mark Barron and moving current Seattle strong safety Kam Chancellor to linebacker.
Well, let’s take a closer look at that.
At 6-3, 232 pounds, Chancellor has the size to play closer to the line of scrimmage on a regular basis. I’m assuming Chancellor would play SAM, which means K.J. Wright would move to inside linebacker.
So you would have three players performing at new positions on a top-10 defense from last year.
Chancellor made the Pro Bowl in his first year as a starter last season. One of the reasons Seattle did not bring back veteran safety Lawyer Milloy is they wanted to give Chancellor a chance to flourish. And guess what? It worked. And now they want to move him to a totally different position and go with another unknown quantity at strong safety?
It’s unlikely the Seahawks would be willing to make such a drastic change with Chancellor and Earl Thomas becoming one of the best young safety tandems in the league.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 also dismisses the notion of Chancellor moving to linebacker in this video link.
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