Seattle Seahawks Offseason: Pre Draft and Pre Free Agency

Richard BowlerSenior Analyst IFebruary 7, 2010

RENTON, WA - JANUARY 12:  Pete Carroll answers questions at a press conference announcing his hiring as the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks on January 12, 2010 at the Seahawks training facility in Renton, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The 2009 Seattle Seahawks were much like the 2008 Seahawks, terrible in all phases of the game. Serious issues with the offense line, practicularly in the run game, hamstrung the teams up tempo offense.  This resulted in an almost complete over haul of the football operations and coaching staff.

Pete Carroll has put together an exciting young staff headlined Jermey Bates at offensive coordinator. Bates is disciple of Mike Shannon and got the best out of Jay Cutler while in Denver.  The message from owner Paul Allen and CEO Todd Leiweke was that losing will not be tolerated and that everyone is replacable.

New GM John Schneider comes into Seattle with a strong resume.  He has an agressive draft style that will utilized by the Hawks this year.  The Seahawks draft room draftroom should be among the busiest in the entire league. 

The 2009 Seahawks draft was head lined by Aaron Curry and Max Unger.  Both showed flashes of great talent and spells of their youth and inexperience. They will both be key pieces for 2010 Seahawks with expanded roles.  Wide receiver Deon Butler showed a great deal of promise and should see an increased role with the likely departure of veteran Deion Branch.  Other notable picks Mike Teel and Nick Reed played well in the preseason but didn't get much of a chance to prove themselves in the regular season.

The positional needs for the Seahawks start up fron on both offense and defense.  The Seahawks are in desperate need of a replacement for both Pat Kerney and Walter Jones.  Safety is also a priority because of the rapid decline of Deon Grant.  A potential successor for Matt Hasselbeck and another running back to compliment Justin Forsett would be nice but are not at the top of the list.

The team has two picks in the first round, 6 and 14, and a high pick in the second round.  Seattle will have left tackle at the top of their list along with picking up a saftey, a pass rusher, a young QB and a power running back.  The Seahawks will not be able to fill all of these need in the draft and will have to bring in some veterans through free agency to fill one or two of these holes.

Seattle will be hoping that one of a group including, Jimmy Clausen, Russell Okung or Eric Berry, falls to them at the number Three.  If all of those players are taken they will likely look at defensive end Derrick Morgan, corner back Joe Haden and the rest of the top talent at the left tackle position.  With their second pick in the first round Seattle will be looking at defensive end Carlos Dunlap, left tackle Brian Bulaga, left guard Mike Iupati and safeties Earl Thomas and Taylor Mays depending on who they nab with their top pick.

This team is in a rebuilding phase in a very weak division.  It is hard to imagine the team making the playoffs but with new coach Pete Carroll and new GM John Schneider being competitive and acquiring talent are the priority.  The goal is to change the stagnant culture that has fostered losing over the past couple of years.

2009 draft picks: 1st rd. Aaron Curry OLB, 2nd rd. Max Unger OG/C, 3rd rd. Deon Butler WR, 6th rd. Mike Teel QB, 7th Courtney Greene S, 7th rd. Nick Reed, 7th rd.

2010 draft picks:

1 (6)

1 (14)

2 (40)

4 (101)