Seattle Seahawks Draft Needs
The Seattle Seahawks were one of the surprise teams last year. They ended up just a .5-game back of San Francisco in the NFC West with an 11-5 record. The Seahawks went into Washington and defeated the Redskins 24-14 in the first round of the playoffs, but would lose a heartbreaker 28-30 at Atlanta in the Divisional round. Seattle has made some big time moves this offseason. They traded away their first round pick in this year’s draft for Minnesota’s wide out Percy Harvin and signed a couple of free agent defensive ends in Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to solidify their pass rush. There’s not a lot of glaring holes on this roster heading into the draft, but here’s a look a the five positions I feel the Seahawks could target this April.
The Seahawks are set on the outside with Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, but I think they need to be looking for a corner who can cover the slot inside. With a deep corner class in this year’s draft and plenty who specialize in nickel and dime packages, Seattle should have no trouble addressing this need with one of their picks.
Starting weakside linebacker Leroy Hill is a free agent and has not been re-signed and I’m not completely sold at the other outside linebackers on this roster. I think this needs to be a priority in the draft with either their second or third round pick. A lot of 4-3 outside linebackers don’t go all that early, so they should be able to add in some help.
Seattle lost Alan Branch to the Bills in free agency. While they added in a solid player in Tony McDonald, there’s not a whole lot of depth here. If something were to happen to Brandon Mebane this unit would be in some serious trouble. I personally think this should be the primary focus with their second round pick and someone like Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins would be a perfect fit.
Wide Receiver/Tight End:
This might come as a bit of a surprise considering they just added in Harvin, but I think they need to continue to explore their options when it comes to adding in weapons for Russell Wilson. Harvin is a special player, but he’s also has a history of not being able to play whether its an injury or a migraines. I think it’s worth a look late to bring in another wide out.
For the most part the Seahawks offensive line is in pretty good shape, but I think they could use an upgrade over current starting right tackle Breno Giacomini. Not to say Giacomini couldn’t do a serviceable job, but when you have a quarterback as gifted as Wilson you want to do everything in your power to make sure he is protected. I also think an improvement here would help out in the run game.
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