You have to see what you have before you know where you need to go. The Seattle Seahawks will plenty of tough decisions in the upcoming draft.
The skill position players will be part of the teams focus in the draft. The team has lacked explosive offensive plays over the past two season and may or may not be able to help fix that problem via the draft.
Seattle has done very little in the way of bringing in veteran player to augment this team. They are banking on having a productive draft and building through the draft as an organizationl phylosophy.
Who the Seahawks draft could be an indication of what position the new regime feels the team is weak at and what positions they value most.
Matt Hasselbeck- The way I see it Matt Hasselbeck could be an effective player in 2010 if the offensive line is sured up. Matt will have to learn a new offense and may not have a significant upgrade in the skill positions around him. It may be make or break time for the only QB in franchise history to lead a team to the Super Bowl.
Charlie Whitehurst- The controversial acquistion has impressed some at mini camp. Despite not having any real NFL playing time Whitehurst has a great deal of upside with a strong arm and ability to move around in the pocket. Not sure yet if Charlie is the QB of the future or just a pricey insurance policy for an aging player.
Mike Teel- Teel may be watching this years draft as close as anyone. Depending on if or where Seattle selects a QB will directly effect his chances of having a future with the team. What Carroll and Schnieder see in Teel could greatly influence the way they look at the position in this draft.
Justin Forsett- Forsett showed flashes of brilliance in 2009 that has the fan base clamoring for more. It is not yet known how much of the load Justin's body can take and how effective he can be when carrying an expanded amount of playing time. It is hard not to like what Forsett has shown so far.
Quinton Ganther- Ganther, brought in likely on the recomendation of new Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Lewis, surprised some people last rushing for 2 touchdowns in his very first start.
Julius Jones- The Julius Jones experiment is over as far as I am concerned. Sure the line was awful last year but Jones didn't help thing out.
Louis Rankin- Rankin didn't get many touches last year but showed a couple of flashes of play making ability. Rankin will most likely end up the practice squad.
Justin Griffith- Not even Griffith's familiarity with the zone blocking system could make the painful tranisition in scheme look easy. Griffith's value is purely derived from his ability to block he is not a threat to run or catch the ball out of the back field.
Owen Schmitt- Owen seems to be set up for a career of bloody fore heads and a back role. I f Schmitt is going to step and seize the reigns now would be the time for him to do so.
Ryan Powdrell- Powdrell is a former USC guy who has yet to play in the NFL. He has practice squad written all over him.
T.J. Houshmanzadeh- With out Nate Burelson to bail out the Seahawks passing game it is time for the high priced Housh to step up his game. Last seasons production was underwhelming and borderline embarassing for the Pro Bowl receiver. There is no question that with Burelson gone and Marshall in Miami that T.J. will have to be the man this year.
Deion Branch- Seattle fans are tired of Branch. Despite the value given up for Branch and the contract he was given Branch is still a disappointment. Off season comments will not make him any more popular in the city and wouldn't be surprised if he was dealt on draft day for a late round pick.
Deon Butler- The speedy youngster should have a bright future ahead of him and an expanded roll next season. He seemed to improve a great deal at the end of the year when his playing time increased.
Ben Obamanu- This is most likely the last chance for Obamanu in Seattle. His ability to play on special teams will certaintly help his chances.
Mike Williams- A nice by low prospect. Williams even though he has been a complete bust in the NFL could be rejuvenated by a reunion with his old coach.
Reggie Williams- Much like the other Williams Reggie is a solid buy low prospect. Reggie struggle a great deal in the horrific passing offense of the Jaguars but did have succes as redzone scoring threat.
Ruvell Martin- Martin was with the Packers at the same time as new Seahawks GM John Schnieder. Ruvell fits the mold of receiver that Pete Carroll likes.
Mike Hass- Many people are very excited about Hass despite not having a catch in the NFL. I am not one of those people.
Sean Morey- Morey is an outstanding special teams player but he is not much of a receiver.
John Carlson- Carlson is an excellent pass catcher from the tight end position. He is much weaker as a blocker and was asked to do it more often then he should have been last season. One of the huge failing of Jim Mora and Greg Knapp was their handling Carlson and the positions they put him in.
Chris Baker- The veteran Baker is a fairly well rounded tight end. He has good hands and is a far superior blocker then Carlson. I look for the team to run more two tight end sets and passing from the formation.
Cameron Morrah- Morrah is still a pretty raw prospect.