The Seattle Seahawks just shipped off their only Pro Bowler in a miserable 4-12 season. They sent LB Julian Peterson to a team who has lost 23 of its last 24 games, the Detroit Lions, creating a noticeable crater at the OLB position opposite starters Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill.
The Seahawks hold the No. 4 pick in the NFL draft, a compensation for an injury-riddled corps that was 2008. Many view the top prospect in the draft to be LB Aaron Curry, which would appear to be the best player available for the 'Hawks and would fill their now-biggest need.
Curry seems less likely to go to Detroit at No. 1 with their acquisition of Peterson. The Rams parted ways with Torry Holt and Orlando Pace, so it seems they will address those positions with their pick. The Kansas City Chiefs hold the No. 3 pick and could lock up Curry to anchor the LB core after the departure of LB Donnie Edwards, which could stabilize an underachieving defense.
There is growing speculation that linebacker Derrick Brooks could be the short-term solution at the vacant LB spot for the Seahawks. Brooks is a Ruskell-groomed product from a Ruskell-groomed defense. He is older then Peterson (35), but can still play at a high level and would fit in with the current LB corps nicely.
He possesses many of the same qualities as Peterson; although he was not used as a pass rusher in Tampa Bay, he is primarily a guy who racks up tackles, and has Hall Of Fame credentials, 11 Pro Bowls, nine All-Pro selections, and was a bedrock in the Bucs' 2003 Super Bowl-winning team.
Casey "Gus" Bradley, the Seahawks' new defensive coordinator, was the Bucs' linebackers coach last year as well. Signing Brooks would be more cost-effective and would be a good alternative if the Seahawks decide to draft otherwise in April.
He would make a more immediate impact and would make a more seamless transition in filling Peterson's shoes then Curry, who lacks NFL experience. Brooks is familiar with the system Ruskell runs and would be more effective in the near future then a developing rookie.
Lets see if Ruskell can bring some of his former product to Seattle.