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Opinions vary amongst the Seattle fanbase on what is a more pressing need: the quarterback play or the absence of a pass rush. In this case, the Seahawks should pursue the latter.
Quarterbacks Matt Barkley of USC and Landry Jones of Oklahoma both decided to stay at school for their senior years, leading to Andrew Luck of Stanford and Robert Griffin III of Baylor as the only surefire franchise quarterbacks worthy of being drafted in the upper half of the first round.
While quarterbacks will come at a premium in this draft, pass rushers are quite the opposite.
There is a whole slew of upper-end talent that could help revive Seattle's anemic pass rush. Chris Clemons is the only consistent pass rushing threat on the roster, and he's already past 30 years old. Furthermore, his counterpart Raheem Brock is too old, too slow and a free agent. The defensive end position must be improved.
Quinton Coples has the talent to be taken in the top five picks of this year's draft, but there is a likely scenario that he falls out of the top 10 due to more pressing needs of the other eleven teams ahead of Seattle in the draft order.
The Seahawks would be happy to select Coples.
He provides versatility as either a DE or DT, and fits in with the current defensive scheme. If Coples is not available, Nick Perry from USC or Devon Still from Penn State would both be adequate alternatives.