With the Seahawks first two selections in Round One, I think the organization needs to go CORE.
What I mean by CORE is back to foundational players in this pass happy NFL. That would include QB, LT, pass rush and secondary play.
Former GM Tim Ruskell wasn’t able to get it done in those four paramount areas, but hopefully Pete Carroll and John Schneider will strike gold.
We swept in and grabbed our QB, now hopefully we’ll get two of the following four players in the first round.
In this comparison to Ronnie Lott I laid out the reasons why I wouldn’t pass on Berry if he falls to the Hawks at No. 6, which is likely with No. 4 Washington needing a QB or LT and No. 5 K.C. needing a LT.
While No. 6 would appear to be a bit high to draft Earl Thomas, the ball-hawking safety from Texas, but there are trade-down options with not only Buffalo but other squads to land Thomas anywhere from No. 9 to No. 16. Earl won’t get past the two 49ers selections at No. 13 and No. 17.
This team needs a total overhaul in our secondary; cutting Deon Grant was the first maneuver and grabbing a free safety would be the second maneuver.
Earl had 8 picks last year and took two back to the house in the pass-happy Big 12.
While some consider Thomas to be too small, he has the versatility to ball-hawk the secondary and play a WR in the slot which makes him an excellent choice for our defense and overrides height concerns.
Thomas checked into the combine at a shade over 5’10’’ but at a robust 208 lbs. Earl showed his strength by benching 225 at 21 reps and his arms were still over 31” long.
Earl also flashed some speed in the 40 with a nice 4.44 and was fluid in the drills.
Combines are nice but turn on games against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska or Kansas and you’ll know why he’d be a nice fit in our secondary if we don't choose Berry.
I don’t analyze LT play like I do for QBs, RBs, WRs, DL or DBs, so I can only give my opinions based on a few plays and whether these tackles would fit our ZBS (Zone Blocking Scheme).
I believe Trent’s athleticism was on display in ‘09 and at the combine.
He’s not real strong but would be that nimble footed LT with a nice slide step that would keep Whitehurst upright to find streaking 'Hawk WRs.
A nice combination of size at 6’4’’ and over 300 lbs with quickness and explosion.
Realizing it’s all about football production and not combine numbers, Trent did get off a LT best 34” vertical and 9’5” broad jump, which gives an idea of his athletic ability.
As long as his athleticism translates to the football field in production, that is all our fan base should care about.
A converted TE to LT at USC, Pete Carroll is familiar with Brown’s athletic ability and potential to be a pillar LT in the 'Hawk’s ZBS.
Like Williams, Brown is not very strong for a big man (he checked into the combine at 6’5” and 300 lbs), but is athletic and has 35”+ long arms to fend off and drive oncoming rushers around the pocket.
We need a LT and I don’t care if assistant coach Alex Gibbs thinks he can convert trash collectors to all pro linemen.
This draft has a solid core of first round players and then it drops off, so to look for projects with pick No. 60 or later would be a foolish mistake.
I doubt Brown lasts past Green Bay’s selection at No. 23 as they need to keep Aaron Rodgers upright.
There are playmakers I’d have to pass on in Round One like CJ Spiller and Dez Bryant, but our team has too many CORE holes to fill at this time.
Ruskell did a poor job analyzing draft talent and we are starting over. We’re going to have to find some offensive playmakers with pick No.'s 60, 104 or 121.
I still hold out hope that we utilize No. 60 and other compensation to nab Brandon Marshall from Denver and give us a playmaking receiver and use one of our two fourth rounders to grab a powerback like Ben Tate or Anthony Dixon for redzone TDs.
I hope we nab one of the two ball-hawking safeties and one of the two athletic LTs in our first round rebuild.
What are your thoughts and opinions?