A week before the draft, coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks’ roster did not have much depth or competition among positions, particularly in the secondary and on both lines.
Of course, the Seahawks had intentionally thinned the ranks by parting with players they felt didn’t fit their schemes—safety Deon Grant, defensive end Darryl Tapp, and guard Rob Sims.
But the Seahawks have since replaced all of those guys, plus departed receiver Nate Burleson and retiring left tackle Walter Jones.
So, as the Seahawks conduct their first post-draft minicamp under Carroll, the roster is certainly better than it was when the team convened for the first minicamp three weeks ago.
Safety was particularly weak, with only Jordan Babineaux and Jamar Adams on the roster, so the Seahawks added Earl Thomas in the first round and Kam Chancellor in the fifth.
On the line, the Hawks signed Ben Hamilton to replace Sims and drafted Russell Okung to follow in the rather large (and quick) footsteps of Jones.
Carroll’s only lament in the draft was that the Seahawks didn’t get a top pass rusher. But they added a couple of defensive ends on the third day and landed receiver Golden Tate, cornerback Walter Thurmond, and veteran running backs LenDale White and Leon Washington.
The Seahawks have now had two straight strong drafts, with this group joining the 2009 class led by linebacker Aaron Curry, lineman Max Unger, and receiver Deon Butler.
The Seahawks are solid at quarterback, tight end, linebacker, and the kicking positions, and they certainly have upgraded from 2009 along the offensive line, at running back, and in the secondary.
But there is a definite lack of quality at some positions, as illustrated by the fact that receiver Deion Branch and center Chris Spencer are still on the team and that the Seahawks have no great candidates to start at defensive end. Plus, they will be inexperienced at key places like left tackle and free safety.
But, for better or worse, the roster is set. With the possible exception of Branch and Julius Jones, the group that convenes for minicamp today will be the team that takes the field against Tennessee for the first preseason game on Aug. 14.
Here’s a look at the state of the Seahawks (top candidates for each position and strength of position rated on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being best):