Seattle Seahawks 2013 Draft Updates: Latest News, Trade Rumors & Predictions
Since taking over in 2010, general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have had a practically flawless draft resume. Players like Earl Thomas, Russell Okung, Kam Chancellor, K.J. Wright, Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin and Russell Wilson have all helped make the Seattle Seahawks one of the NFC's most feared teams.
In 2013, the brilliant front office duo won't be working with as many picks as they are accustomed to. Yet they should still be able to fair quite well considering needs on both sides of the ball are few and far between. On a short list, defensive tackle, offensive tackle and cornerback will be positions of interest for the 'Hawks.
Let's take a look at the latest news, rumors and reports regarding Seattle and the 2013 NFL draft.
Latest News, Rumors and Reports
April 3: According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle will host wide receiver Tyrone Goard prior to the draft. Goard is an athletic red-zone target out of Eastern Kentucky University.
Latest Trade Rumors
Will be updated when breaking news happens.
Who Should the Seahawks Target with the 56th Pick?
With very few needs across the board, expect the Seahawks to target the best player available at No. 56.
Many believe Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short should indeed be the pick at the end of the second round. He would immediately bolster the interior of the defensive line, which has quickly become an awfully thin area after losing Alan Branch and Jason Jones to free agency.
However, depth at offensive tackle has become equally thin. Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead also makes sense at No. 56. The multi-sport collegiate athlete has been one of the draft's biggest risers since the NFL Scouting Combine.
As a 6'5", 306-pound offensive tackle, he ran a 4.71 second 40-yard dash, jumped 34.5 inches and put up 31 reps on the bench press. Incredible numbers for a player of his size, especially a left tackle. But will the athletic, versatile big man play left tackle in the pros?
He's being touted as a player who can play on either side of the offensive line, but in all likelihood he will end up playing right tackle, which spells good news for the Seahawks. If he lasts until the second round, Seattle's brass should run to the podium and announce Breno Giacomini's eventual replacement.
Does Seattle Really Need Another Wide Receiver?
Even though the Seahawks acquired Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings less than a month ago, it is widely believed they are still in the market for another playmaker at wide receiver.
Names like Da'Rick Rogers, Markus Wheaton and Quinton Patton have all been thrown around since the NFL Scouting Combine. Patton is a talented slot receiver, Wheaton is a true burner and Rogers is an all-around nuisance to opposing defenses.
Rogers would undoubtedly make the most sense in the second round because of the Harvin trade. The other two receivers are more limited to the slot, whereas the former Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle can play both outside spots.
He is a fantastic route-runner who plays with an attitude and has good run-after-the-catch ability. There's been some chatter (per Bill Barnwell of Grantland) that Sidney Rice may not make it past the 2013 season, so it shouldn't come as a surprise if Rogers is drafted this year.
His skill set wouldn't necessarily need to be accounted for in 2013, and it would give him the opportunity to learn for a year before being entrenched as the starter. Moreover, he needs a strong clubhouse because he has had more than one off-the-field-related issue while in college.