Sportmeister's NFL Draft Previews: Seattle Seahawks

The SportmeistersAnalyst IApril 24, 2009

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 21:  Josh Wilson #26 and Lofa Tatupu #51 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrate during the game against the New York Jets on December 21, 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Jets 13-3. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

By Ryan of The Sportmeisters

There was no better team, at least in the injury department. At one point, it seemed like the entire roster was going to end up on the disabled list. Walter Jones, Matt Hasselbeck, Mike Wahle, and what seemed like every wide receiver missed time at some point. It all added up to a miserable 4-12 2008 campaign, and now, questions have arisen.

Seattle needs to get younger, obviously, but where, is the most important? They need help in a majority of categories, including QB, RB, DB, OL, and LB, and they are going to force themselves to rely on other teams decisions to make theirs.

Seattle Seahawks Draft Picks

Round One, Pick Four (4)

Round Two, Pick Five (37)

Round Three, Pick Four (68)

Round Four, Pick Five (105)

Round Five, Pick One (137)

Round Six, Pick Five (178)

Round Seven, Pick Four (213)

Round Seven, Pick 36 (245)

Round Seven, Pick 38 (247)

Round Seven, Pick 39 (248)

Team Need One: OT

Most pundits think Seattle could go for one of the two quarterbacks, Matt Stafford or Mark Sanchez, as eventual replacements for Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck is ready to come back and compete, though a back injury doesnโ€™t just go away. However, without a solid offensive line, the quarterback is taking a beating, no matter who is back there.

With Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe, two top five lineman sitting on the board, one of them should fall easily to the Seahawks. This could obviously change as Smith and Monroe go to the Lions and Rams, then itโ€™s highly likely this need will get pushed to the second round, and another offensive need (QB, WR) could become the primary focus for where they are picking.

Team Need Two: RB

Assuming they do get their lineman, the Seahawks will need to find a suitable complement to Julius Jones, who did not prove his everyday worth in 2008.

With T.J. Duckett taking the short game, they need speed. If looking in the second round, Donald Brown from Connecticut or LeSean McCoy could be available. A potential second day look include Shonn Greene from Iowa and Andre Brown from N.C. State.

All of these fit in the same mold as Maurice Morris, who replaced Jones in the lineup before defecting to Detroit. With Jones not a guarantee to be the top tier running back, Seattle should look to pounce on one of these four for some spirited preseason competition.

Team Need Three: CB

The secondary was just plain pathetic in 2008. Marcus Trufants was a shell of himself, and Kelly Jennings and Josh Wilson were exposed game after game.

While this draft isnโ€™t the deepest in the corner back spot, Seattle needs to grab a body that could help depth, and make a few plays. Possible second day names for Seattle to grab include Kevin Barnes from Maryland, Victor Harris from Virginia Tech, or late round fliers include Keenan Lewis and Mike Mickens.

The Seahawks have a level of talent at secondary, but a few extra tools are needed in this toolbox.

Seattle has steadily declined since its Super Bowl run in 2005, and with veterans aging by the day, they need to begin the transition process.

In the NFC West, Seattle has the chance to transition, but still be a competitive team. While the playoffs will be a long shot, in the NFC West, anything is possible.


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