The Seattle Seahawks will soon be on the clock at the NFL draft, and crucial decisions will have to be made in short periods of time. Pete Carroll and John Schneider are going to ask the fans for their input, right?
Just for the sake of argument, let’s assume that the Seattle leadership is not going to ask Seahawks nation for their opinion on draft strategy. However, that doesn’t change the reality that Seattle fans have thoughts on what this team needs.
Obviously the Seahawks do not have their first round pick, but they can still select a number of quality players in the later rounds. It is fair to suggest that leadership has earned some respect from the fans for finding some stars late in the last few drafts.
This doesn’t guarantee that there is consensus on priorities.
With that in mind, here are a few positions that the fans would like to be addressed in the second round. Opinions vary greatly, but this represents some of the sentiments expressed by the masses over the last couple of months.
For many fans, the defensive line is still an area of concern. Seattle has a number of options at defensive end, but a run-stuffing defensive tackle to clog up the middle would enhance the effectiveness of this unit.
The signing of Tony McDaniel is generally regarded as a stopgap solution until a younger defensive tackle can develop in the middle. Therefore, a big body from a pro-style college defense could be a solid pick in the second round.
Possible target: Jessie Williams, Alabama
Assets: Power, quickness and run-stuffing ability.
Fans have mixed thoughts on whether Malcolm Smith is ready to step up and start in place of Leroy Hill. Even if Smith does start, depth is always good on the defensive side of the ball and outside linebacker keeps coming up as a key need.
The Seattle defense is built on speed, instinct and aggressive play. Therefore, the fans want a young athlete that can mesh well with the talent of K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner.
Possible target: Sio Moore, Connecticut
Assets: Fast, instinctive and physical.
The offensive line is perhaps the most debated position group on the team. Specifically, there is some concern about the right side of the line. There are existing pieces in place, but injuries and inconsistent play have hampered the development of certain players.
Do the Seahawks stick with their current group and keep developing continuity, or do they think about an upgrade? There are pros and cons to standing pat or trying to develop another rookie. Plenty of fans would like to see a rookie.
Possible target: Kyle Long, Oregon
Assets: NFL pedigree and athletic potential.
Percy Harvin is in, and he will give the Seahawks a dynamic weapon on offense. Still, some fans seem to be a bit leery about the depth of the receiving corps. Despite the running ability of Russell Wilson, there is some concern that he won’t have enough consistency at receiver.
Will Sidney Rice stay healthy? Will Doug Baldwin bounce back? Will Golden Tate continue developing? There are enough questions that some fans would like to see a tall playmaker or another slot receiver.
Possible target: DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
Assets: Speed, good hands and solid route runner.
The Seahawks have one of, if not the best secondary in the NFL. Therefore, the ‘Hawks are not looking for starters in the secondary.
Still, there is some worries about depth, simply because certain backups have struggled with health. There is also some sentiment that the Seahawks could use another athlete to give the team more options when they put a nickel package on the field.
Possible target: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
Assets: Tall, fast and a solid fit for the Seahawks philosophy on defensive backs.