The Seattle Seahawks hold the 12th pick in the 2012 NFL draft. They finished the 2011 season at 7-9 for the second consecutive season. The Kansas City Chiefs were also 7-9, and a coin toss at the NFL combine landed in their favor, awarding them the 11th pick.
While the Seahawks were also one game under .500 in 2010, when they famously became the first team to back into the playoffs with such a record, they were clearly a better team in 2011 in nearly every facet. In 2010, they were outscored overall by 97 points (407-310). In 2011, they actually outscored their opponents by six points (321-315). Obviously the big difference was their defense. So would we expect them to focus on improving the offense?
The offense will improve purely through the seasoning of the young roster as it meshes within the scheme. Seattle's defense has had success, but it has some significant holes. Pete Carroll and John Schneider have been pretty clear about their intent to focus on the defense in the draft, particularly the front seven.
Most active football minds have spent the last several months littering the web with mock drafts, each proffering their take on the direction they believe each NFL team will go in a month. Over at DraftTek, they've developed a pretty nifty simulator that is constantly updated with a subjective ranking of team needs. It's a pretty detailed system, so feel free to read up on it before analyzing the picks.
Oh, and it's completely customizable, so you can edit the individual team rankings if you disagree with the default settings.
Okay, let's take a look at the most recent Seahawks mock.