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Last but not least, I believe the Seahawks will invest a draft pick in getting All-Pro Earl Thomas some help backing him up.
Weeks ago, right after the combine, I had Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas listed as a sixth-round pick, but since that time his stock has risen considerably to the point that he now looks like a Day 2 pick.
Similar to Tyrann Mathieu at cornerback, I'm not sure the 'Hawks will be willing to draft Thomas that early; meanwhile over the past few weeks I've grown quite fond of NC State's Earl Wolff as an alternative.
In college Wolff was overlooked (NFLDraftscout.com) and you have to wonder if the experts are making the same mistake now?
NFL.com describes Wolff's strengths as follows:
Solidly built defender able to make plays against the run and pass. Physical tackler coming downhill to attack ballcarriers, not afraid to bring intensity to the stop. Diagnoses and attacks. Breaks down quickly and wraps up the legs of receivers effectively to bring them down quickly after the catch. Uses relentless hustle to reach plays, even if on the opposite sideline. Flashes quickness to move from two-deep to a single-high look after the snap, as well as pick up vertical routes and stay with receivers in deep coverage. Displays sound footwork and technique in coverage. Aware zone defender who watches the quarterback and keeps an eye out for targets in his area. Has physical nature and athleticism to contribute on special teams immediately.
Granted he still needs to develop, but like all of the players listed here there is a good deal of potential to work with at the start.
Isn't that what you're essentially looking for on Day 3?
While potential can be a double-edged sword, if you trust in what John Schneider and Pete Carroll are doing, what happens on Day 3 could pay off in spades not just next season but for several yet to come.
This draft with so many late picks for the 'Hawks will likely leave us with a lot of questions, but hopefully the braintrust will come up with some answers and provide the team with depth.
Perhaps none of the players listed here should be expected to start from day one, but some might make a meaningful contribution sooner than later this season if given the right opportunity.
What's great about the Seattle Seahawks is that anyone can play if they prove themselves worthy. To a lot of players I'd imagine that is a huge motivator, especially when you take someone like Richard Sherman, for example.
One minute you're a fifth-round pick out of Stanford looking to make the team, two seasons later you're first-team All-Pro.
In other words, you never know.
So feel free to pan these players listed here today, but do so at your own risk as one of them could be the missing piece needed to win it all either this year or next.