In part one of the Seahawks “moving rebuild” I explained how the Seahawks were aiming for a “win now” mentality in 2009/2010. Fast forward through the season and now this is the part where it’s just a “scenario” or projected outcome of the season and the 2010 NFL draft.
In the 2009 NFL draft the Seahawks took OLB Aaron Curry, C Max Unger and WR Deon Butler. Curry won the defensive rookie of the year award. The Seahawks finished the 2009/2010 season 7-9 and earned the 10th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft (only a projection).
Reasons why: Hasselbeck was injured for eight games (beginning of the Season) with a knee injury, but when Hasselbeck came back he did very well leading the Seahawks to wins in their final five games. The defense was the only reason they did as well as they did while Hasselbeck was gone.
Now here comes the off-season. Seattle has impending free agents CB Ken Lucas, DT Cory Redding, RG Rob Sims, C Chris Spencer, and DE Darryl Tapp. Possible trade chips for the Seahawks include QB Matt Hasselbeck, LT Walter Jones, WR Deion Branch, and QB Seneca Wallace.
Walter Jones could either decide to retire OR turn into an “Orlando Pace” situation which is trade him or release him. In this case, because Jones played all 16 games and played in the pro-bowl he would be very appealing to a team that needs at HOF LT and would be worth a first round pick. Hasselbeck, because of his great second half performance could earn either a late first round pick or early second round pick.
Branch and Wallace could bring back mid second round picks. Now the bonus for Seattle, the Denver Broncos have earned the sixth overall pick (projected by Walterfootball.com). So lets but this scenario into play. Seattle trades QB Matt Hasselbeck to the Buffalo Bills for their first round pick (13th overall projected by Walterfootball.com). Seattletrades WR Deion Branch to the Tennessee Titans for a second round pick. The Seahawks will keep OT Walter Jones and QB Seneca Wallace.
For free agency, the Seahawks won’t re-sign center Chris Spencer and DT Cory Redding. They will how ever re-sign RG Rob Sims and CB Ken Lucas.
Now the Seahawks finish off their two year “moving rebuild” with the 2010 NFL draft. As of now the Seahawks hold the 6th overall pick via Denver, the 10th overall pick (their own), and the Buffalo Bills first round pick, 13th overall.
NOTE: this is after the trade scenarios. So with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft the Seattle Seahawks select Taylor Mays, FS USC. With the 10th pick in the 2010 NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks select Colt McCoy, QB, Texas. With the 13th pick in the 2010 NFL draft the Seattle Seahawks select Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska.
Now what theses three picks to for the Seahawks is give them a great, young, Laron Landry type of safety. A great, young, smart and most important ACCURATE QB to replace Matt Hasselbeck to lead this team back to a super bowl. It gives them a great, strong DT in Suh to pair along side Brandon Mebane and combined those two they will have one great defensive line.
The Seahawks on defense already have LB’s Lofa Tatupu and Aaron Curry, along with CB Marcus Trufant, DE Patrick Kerney and SS Deon Grant. Adding Mays and Suh to that defense will give the Seahawks what they had in 2005 when they went to the super bowl. The best defense in the NFL. Now what it gives the offence is the most accurate QB in the 2010 NFL draft in Colt McCoy who already has a talented supporting case in Houshmandzadeh, Deon Butler, Carlson and a great OL in Jones, Wahle, Unger, Sims and Locklear. McCoy will do great in his first season because of his supporting cast and Jim Mora will do a great job teaching him