The 2011 Seattle Seahawks were a strange team that somehow managed to improve as a collective unit while shedding big names and not making the playoffs.
Granted it's easy to argue the season wasn't a success given the team's 7-9 record, yet in hindsight when compared to the initial expectations many had for this team, it certainly gave hope to the masses.
Which begs the question, "What's next?"
Head Coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider are now entering year three in charge of the 'Hawks. Thus far, the two have managed to find quite a few gems through the draft with current Pro Bowl safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor coming to the team in 2010 through the first and fifth rounds respectively.
In 2011, Carroll and Schneider found two more defensive starters with Richard Sherman and K.J. Wright, both in the later rounds after selecting potential offensive line cornerstones James Carpenter and John Moffitt with the team's first two picks. Meanwhile the signing of Doug Baldwin at wide receiver after the draft was arguably the biggest steal of all...
Can the 'Hawks continue to fill in the pieces?
Predicting a full draft for one team at the beginning of February might seem a bit premature, but for fun let's take a look at some of the possibilities for the Seahawks.
Disclaimer: All picks guaranteed wrong come April...or your money back!