There are times when I wonder why I’m even in the game of blogging football, but it’s mainly when I read Shawn Dolence’s work on 12th Man Rising, of the few Seahawks blogs you’ll find on the intertubular webiverse. Puts me to shame. If you even remotely care about the ‘Hawks, I’d bookmark the site. (Even though he has the Chiefs going Okung #5 overall in his latest mock. Bastard.)
Shawn was kind enough harrassed enough to share his thoughts on who the Seahawks might target. The Seahawks are going to be a ton of fun in the first round, fielding both the 6th overall selection and the 14th overall selection, formerly Denver’s. Where will they go with all that opportunity?
To the surprise of no one, Shawn has about the best answer we’ve had in our “Who They Want” series, via email:
After winning only nine games the past two seasons, the Seattle Seahawks are obviously talent-deprived at several positions on both sides of the football. Fortunately, they hold three selections in the top forty this April; obtaining three starting difference makers shouldn’t be out of the question.
On offense, the Seahawks desperately need a playmaker. They don’t have a “homerun threat” or anyone who will scare opposing defenses; C.J. Spiller from Clemson seems like a good fit if he is available at fourteenth overall.
The Seahawks also need help on the offensive line. Walter Jones’ return is questionable, and even then, he’s getting old and recovering from major knee surgery. The rest of the line isn’t very durable and hasn’t impressed anyone. The Seahawks will probably look at adding talent here at some point in the draft, especially if one of the top-tier offensive tackles is available at sixth overall.
On defense, Seattle needs to add talent and depth to a defensive line that underachieved and was anything but disruptive last season. Patrick Kerney’s best days are behind him, Darryl Tapp could be on his way out, and Lawrence Jackson hasn’t impressed since he was selected in the first round a few years ago. The Seahawks need someone up front who can get after the passer and still need a big body in the middle. A defensive end is a possibility at six, and if Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy drop out of the top five it will be a Godsend.
Despite having so many needs across the board, I’ve got a feeling the Seahawks will still target value with early selections. Their draft day will obviously be dictated by what happens in front of them; the Seahawks would prefer to obtain players at six and fourteen who add both value and fill a need, but it depends who is on the board. Based on current draft projections on what the top five will look like, I think the Seahawks will look at an offensive tackle at six (Anthony Davis, Russell Okung, Bryan Bulaga), then add a playmaker like C.J. Spiller at fourteen.
Any thoughts, Addicts?