It’s a need draft for the Seahawks coming off a 5-11 season and Pete Carroll’s new team is about as needy for change as the gaggle of beggars that harass fans for spare nickels and dimes as they park their cars across from Qwest Field.
Seattle likely needs to upgrade its talent at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, left tackle, defensive end and both safety spots. Matt Hasselbeck will turn 35 next season and has just one year left on his contract. With retirement looming for future Hall of Famer Walter Jones, left tackle becomes a major concern. On the defensive line, the Seahawks struggled to pressure the quarterback and the defense as a whole had just 28 sacks in 2009.
Oklahoma State mammoth Redskins featured columnist Jack Anderson">left tackle Russell Okung, selected with the fourth pick by Redskins featured columnist Jack Anderson , would have been a perfect fit, but he is already off the board. At quarterback, Sam Bradford is still available, though the team could make a fortune on Jake Locker jerseys if they draft him next year. Given the circumstances, in my opinion, the Seahawks will select Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan with the sixth pick.
At 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, Morgan possesses a decent combination of size and strength, but could add a little weight. He has a full array of moves, though some scouts say he depends on his spin move too much. If you watch film on Morgan, however, you might wonder why he doesn’t use it more. Against Clemson last season, Morgan easily shredded a double team by spinning right to left and using his brute force to split it down the middle. It was one of 12 sacks he had on the season.
Carroll wants ends that aggressively attack the quarterback and shorten the signal caller’s release time in his 4-3 under front. Last year’s starting left defensive end Patrick Kerney is unlikely to return and backup Darryl Tapp is a restricted free agent. In a scenario similar to last year’s opening round selection of LB Aaron Curry, Morgan could be penciled in right away as the opening day starter.
If the Seahawks go in a different direction, there are several other possibilities. Iowa left tackle Bryan Bulaga neutralized Morgan in the Orange Bowl, but might be a stretch. Seattle also has the No. 14 pick formerly owned by Denver and could package it to move up. It will probably take more than two first round picks to land Rams featured columnist Ron Clements">Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh, selected with the first overall pick by Rams featured columnist Ron Clements , though it might be worth a shot.
Also, without game breakers at running back or wide receiver, the Seahawks could trade the pick for a veteran such as Brandon Marshall or as part of a deal for Jonathan Stewart. Seattle would come off as bandits if they can land Stewart and Carolina’s second or third round pick for the No. 6 overall pick. Stewart could excel in the Seahawks’ zone-blocking scheme and the Panthers could find a potential replacement for Julius Peppers.
The Cleveland Browns are up next with the seventh pick.