With the 2009 NFL draft behind us the Hawks selected talent Aaron Curry with their first pick and added some depth to other positions of the team.
The Hawks are likely to contend in the 2010 year facing NFC North teams and AFC South teams.
However, the most intriguing part of the 2009 draft is the Hawks were able to trade an early second Round pick to the Broncos for Denver's first Round selection in 2010.
No, not the Bears first rounder from the Cutler trade, the Broncos first rounder.
This pick is likely a top 10 selection, and possibly a top five pick if the Broncos struggle facing AFC North and NFC East teams, which include the Giants, Redskins, Cowboys, Eagles, Steelers, and even a matchup against the Patriots. Facing the Chargers and other AFC West opponents will be a challenge for the Broncos that could work in the Hawks favor.
If the Broncos struggle in 2010 and the Hawks do well, it would leave Seattle with two first round selections that would be far enough to ease off the pain of paying top dollars for two first rounders.
Selecting Taylor Mays, whose sure to be a top 10 pick, would help Seattle with their secondary help and another first rounder would allow Seattle to look for an heir apparent to Matt Hasselbeck or even add the pass rusher the Hawks were looking for in 2009.
Mays fits GM Tim Ruskell's profile of players from big schools in major conferences with good character.
Also, Mays is a Seattle native and would add serious help to a secondary that looks like they'll be in trouble again in 2010. If Seattle is able to "steal" Mays in 2010, look out.
The Hawks would be poised for major contention in the following years, led by their defense.
Defenses win championships.
Either way, the 2009 NFL draft is over, but now I cant wait until 2010.