With new coach and player personnel leader Pete Carroll from USC at the helm, expect the Seahawks to become a lot like the 2000s Trojan teams.
The Seahawks quickly fell from Super Bowl runner ups a few years back after losing to the Steelers to having two straight spots in the top ten of the NFL Draft.
After devoting much of their free agent and draft time on their defense, adding pieces like Lawrence Jackson and AJ Curry in recent years, it’s time to address the slowly crumbling offense.
With two first round picks and seven picks overall, they have a great shot to take a step in the right direction.
Early 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Round Picks
Quick Team Needs:
Matt Hasselbeck is on the wrong side of 30 and has played very inconsistently the past few years. He still can contribute at least another year at a high level, but he’s a free agent in 2011.
Walter Jones just announced his retirement from football, leaving a gaping hole at left tackle that’s needed upgrading since Shaun Alexander’s reign ended. Sean Locklear isn’t the answer long term.
While Deon Grant at age 30 can still be solid for a few more years, he’s still no star and could always use upgrading. Plus, Lawyer Malloy is 36 and has only special teams roles left in his bag.
1st Round Targets:
Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
New coach Pete Carroll has the final say for his team’s roster moves, but he won’t have the final say of which quarterback he wants unless he trades up above the Redskins at No. 4. Bradford likely fits best in Carroll's scheme because he is a pocket passer with good field vision.
Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
If Bradford isn’t there and he doesn’t feel Clausen’s the answer, Carroll could look at an offensive tackle. While he could go with Bulaga, Campbell, or Trent Williams if Okung is gone by now, he’d prefer Okung because he moves the best and can contain speed rushers.
Taylor Mays, S, USC
With that second first-round selection, I’m almost ready to mark it down now. Mays has seen his stock drop all season because he simply doesn’t make enough plays.
However, if anyone can help Mays, it’s the player he’s been coached by the past four seasons. Carroll knows that, and with Mays' athletic ability, he could be dominant.
2nd Round Targets:
Charles Brown, OT, USC
If Carroll can grab his quarterback of the future in round one, he might try to scoop up his left tackle as soon as he can. By the second round, the top five offensive tackles will likely be gone, but a player I like and Carroll coached at USC has left tackle potential as well.
Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan
I don’t usually like to put a team and a player together in a projection if I haven’t heard a slight rumor that their linked, but I really think he’s a good fit for Carroll’s offense. He has great touch and accuracy on his passes, and looks like a more athletic version of Matt Leinert. His arm strength will scare some teams away, but the West Coast-like offense Carroll runs may be perfect for LeFevour.
Later Round Target:
Riley Cooper, WR, Florida
At the Senior Bowl, the Seahawks staff really took a liking to Cooper. While I don’t think he’s a top 3 round guy, he could be a great sleeper pick for a team with good receivers already in place. The Seahawks could pull the trigger on Cooper around the fourth round.
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