Here's what we've been told:
(UPDATED for new info on Thursday night)
* Ryan Mallett is not on Seattle's radar, but only due to his lack of mobility and not his character concerns.
* Mike Pouncey is a priority target, but is expected to be gone by #25.
* Stephen Paea is very popular in the Seahawks' war room but is unlikely to be drafted for unspecified reasons.
* Same with Mark Ingram, Adrian Clayborn, Marcus Cannon, Phil Taylor, and Marvin Austin.
* Seattle does indeed want to trade down, preferably into the first few picks of the second, in order to recoup a middle-round pick, preferably a third-rounder (which sounds about right for such a trade). Trading up probably won't happen.
The glut of high second-round teams looking for a QB may well provide Seattle such a trade partner, but could also easily take away...
* ...Colin Kaepernick, the one QB the front office unanimously approves of. HOWEVER, it has been said that Kaepernick is still second-fiddle to the top QB on Seattle's draft board. That QB is unknown. Dalton is #3.
* Seattle rates Jimmy Smith higher than Prince Amukamara.
* Mid-rounders to watch: Curtis Marsh (CB, Utah State), DeMarcus Van Dyke (CB, Miami), Lee Ziemba (OL, Auburn), Jeff Tarpinian (LB, Iowa).
This is interesting info. The initial rumor on Paea didn't seem to fit with Seattle's personnel needs: Stephen Paea is almost exclusively a 1-tech prospect and kind of a schematic mismatch for Seattle, especially one-dimensional for a first-rounder. A few disagree, such as Mocking the Draft, who see a 3-tech in Paea. In that case, he becomes more interesting.
Honestly, if this news is true, it's kind of discouraging barring the true emergence of Colin Kaepernick. Unlike the brief day in the first-round sun that Andy Dalton and Christian Ponder enjoyed, and which was promptly shot down by anyone with access to tape, the first-round buzz surrounding Colin Kaepernick isn't going away. He's not as big as Josh Freeman, nor as accurate with the deep ball as Mallett, nor does he have a lot of experience in a pro-style offense or good college competition. He may be one of those "X-factor" guys.
While I personally see Rob's source as reliable, that doesn't mean that he's got the right info this time. I can easily imagine a sports organization intentionally leaking good info to a guy, purely for the purposes of creating a credible source should the team ever need to sell a really big lie somewhere down the road. If ever there's a need for Seattle to lie convincingly, it'd be standing on the cusp of the hunt for the next franchise quarterback.
Or perhaps he's right. This guy never did reveal his sources within the organization, nor would he be smart to do so. I want to stay clear of any biases or wishful thinking here. Honesty requires me to admit that neither Kaepernick nor Paea would be very exciting picks to me, not even for an extra third-rounder.
If Seattle does want to trade down, you have New England and Buffalo probably itching to jump ahead of each other (and the Jets at #28). New England tends to trade down more often than up, but they're not as jealous of their third-rounders as they are their Top 64 picks. I agree with Scott Williams, who sees Buffalo as the most likely trade partner.
As far as who Seattle's top QB is, a simple process of elimination suggests Mallett or Locker. I see no reason to think that it won't be either one. The real question is, if Kaepernick or Dalton are left as Seattle's top choices, do they content themselves with such a pick at #25 or try to trade down first?
Thank God we only have a week left to wait.