From the very first talks of the draft, everyone was certain Seattle would take Michael Crabtree for the fourth overall pick. Since then, talks have opened up to Aaron Curry, Andre Smith, Brian Orakpo, and other high rated prospects. We need to consider what Seattle Needs and what Seattle Wants. So, I'll sort them out and tell you why.
Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech: Want
Michael Crabtree is a very talented receiver. By far, he has the most TDs of any receiver entering the draft, and he looks like he would be the best fit for the NFL and would make an immediate impact on whatever team he went to. However, does Seattle really need him?
The Seahawks have a very talented receiving core. Despite the loss of Bobby Engram, Nate Burlesson and Dieon Branch provide a range of options for Matt Hasslebeck and a very talented offense.
Then, T.J. Houshmandzadeh brings a whole new element of stardom and talent to their game, as well as replaces Engram. As for the whole argument of looking to the future, Seattle has a good backup plan, too, with a speedy receiver out of Oregon and two other promising WRs that got some needed playing time last season.
The Seahawks don't need Crabtree, they just want him to get headlines and some attention.
Aaron Curry, LB Wake Forest: Need
Aaron Curry is a needed attribute to Seattle. The first thing I think about is replacing Julian Peterson using the draft, and the best guy for doing that is indeed Curry.
In almost every prospect rating, he is the No. 1 overall. He has stats about equal to that of Pro Bowler Julian Peterson's when he was in college, and could replace him without nearly any notice or effect on the Seattle defense.
He is very strong, 25 reps in his bench press, and pretty darn fast for a LB, the fastest time for an LB at 4.25 seconds on 40 yd. dash and the fastest shuttle run at 11.35 seconds.
So, the Seahawks need Aaron Curry hands down to replace Peterson, and to think ahead to the next generation.
Knowshon Moreno, RB Georgia: Need
I know what you're thinking. "Seattle doesn't need a running back, they've got Jones and Ducket." That may be true, but both of those runners are inside runners that like to power their way through the middle and knock some guys down.
They don't have an outside, fast runner that they had last year with Morris, who is now gone. To add some balance to the Seahawks running game, a young Knowshon Moreno would be the perfect thing. With a six yd. per carry average and 16 TDs in '08, Moreno would complement Seattle's power running duo nicely, adding a whole new layer of skill to their game.
Andre Smith, Jason Smith, and Eugene Monroe, OTs: Want
These are the three best offensive tackles in the draft. They're all fast, with all running under 5.30 in the 40 yd. dash, they're pretty strong and durable, each getting over 20 in the bench press, and they can jump pretty far, getting eight feet and 9'3" on the long jump.
Those are impressive stats, but does it matter when you don't really need an OT? The Seahawks only allowed 35 sacks last season, and haven't lost any of their guys from the front line. Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe's stats are impressive, but they don't need them.
Andre Smith has been questioned lately, making Seattle think he'll be trying twice as hard and performing twice as hard to prove himself. Still, Seattle better steer away from OTs this year.
Brian Orakpo, DE-LB Texas: Need
Brian Orakpo, as I see it, is exactly what Seattle needs right now. He plays LB, which Seattle needs to replace Peterson, and DE, a position that Seattle needs to add young energy to. Orakpo seems like the best guy for the job.
He had 11 sacks last season and one shared sack, 32 tackles and eight shared tackles, and 112 lost yards off a total of 17.5 tackles for losses. With these incredible stats and a motivation to get better, the Seahawks could move Orakpo around from DE to LB and he would perform at the same skill level.
Orakpo is definitely what Seattle needs and most likely what they should take in the first round of the draft.
Aaron Maybin, DE Penn State: Want
Aaron Maybin has very impressive stats. Totals of 49 tackles, 20 tackles for losses, and 12 sacks prove he's a vicious player who is ready for the NFL. He fits Seattle's need for adding youth to the defensive line, but he could be more.
Brian Orakpo has nearly the same stats, maybe a little worse, and he plays LB fitting another need. Maybin is a skilled player, but in the end, he's all stats and doesn't really fit all Seattle's needs. Maybin is a Want because of his slightly better stats from Orakpo, not a need.
My consensus? I'd say the best way to go for Seattle is Brian Orakpo. He's like putting Aaron Curry and Aaron Maybin together, fitting in to two needs of Seattle's while still putting up incredible stats. If he's gone, I'd go for Curry, then Crabtree, then Moreno. If they're all gone, my choice would be Maybin, even though he's more of a want than need.