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2012 NFL Free Agents and NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks' Options for Pass Rushers

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2012 NFL Free Agents and NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks' Options for Pass Rushers
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As much progress as the Seahawks made last season, there are still two positions where they really need to get better if they want to win in the playoffs -- and they just happen to be the most impactful positions on either side of the ball.

We've already talked ad nauseum about Seattle's quarterback situation -- from Tarvaris Jackson's shortcomings to Matt Flynn's potential to ways the Seahawks might find a QB in the draft.

But, in addition to getting a quarterback, the Seahawks need to get to the quarterback.

The Hawks could use a guy to complement Chris Clemons and perhaps replace him in 2013. They also could use a quick-twitch big man to push the pocket in the middle.

We have pointed out that the Hawks don't necessarily need to get an outside rusher if they can find someone to create pressure from the middle. But, in his season-ending press conference, Pete Carroll said he wanted to get a pass rush from both spots.

The question: Are the Seahawks willing to spend on a big-ticket rusher or would they prefer to stock that spot through the draft? Or both?

With Clemons a free agent in 2013, the Hawks could use more than one. Besides, the NFC champion Giants have shown you can never have enough pass rushers (e.g., Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, at al.).

With the Senior Bowl played Saturday, franchise tags due next month and free agency starting in March, let's take a look at some pass rushers the Hawks might explore.

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