Seattle Seahawks: Latest Speculation on Potential Draft Picks

Marlon Maloney@@marlonmaloneyCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2015

Seattle Seahawks: Latest Speculation on Potential Draft Picks

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    The Seattle Seahawks are an extremely young and talented franchise that should be able to challenge for Super Bowl championships for several more years to come. However, in order to do so, the team will need to continue to draft as well as it has since 2012 to keep the cupboards from going bare.

    If you think about Super Bowl 49, the New England Patriots dominated the first quarter, with Seattle being saved by a Jeremy Lane interception. Poor execution from the Patriots defense late in the first half allowed Seattle to drive down and score a touchdown in less than a minute.

    The fourth quarter was all New England, yet the Patriots barely won the game by four points and a big-time play on the goal line. This Seahawks team is good. It's important that the team learn from what happened this past season to help make things easier on itself in the future.

    Improving depth on defense and adding more playmaking ability at the skill positions on offense, along with better blocking, have to be the focus as the team begins to look at draft prospects. Though it may seem early, the team's scouts have all the information on the next crop of NFL players, with nothing left to discuss but ranking and scheme fits.

    Let's take a look at who could fit in or has been connected to the Seahawks so far.  

RB Todd Gurley

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    One thing that became increasingly more evident throughout the Seattle Seahawks' season is the team's overreliance on Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. The team lacks real threats in the passing game, and the possible retirement of Lynch would leave the team in dire straits.

    ESPN's Todd McShay has the Seahawks drafting running back Todd Gurley with their first-round pick in his latest mock draft. It's clear Robert Turbin and Christine Michael are not the answer should Lynch decide he wants to retire, and Seattle would need to do everything possible to find a capable replacement.

WR Sammie Coates

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    When general manager John Schneider traded Percy Harvin to the New York Jets, the void was filled by Doug Baldwin for a week or so, but eventually it was clear the team had lost a dynamic weapon in its passing game. While Golden Tate flew under the radar with Seattle, he was still able to break free from defenders consistently.

    Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse's inability to separate from defenders caused issues for long stretches of several games and was a major issue in the team's Super Bowl defeat. Drafting a receiver capable of scaring opposing defenses is nearly a must for Seattle.

    Sammie Coates provides a big target (6'2", 201 lbs) with the speed to take the top off of defenses. Russell Wilson has shown that he has a real knack for throwing accurate deep passes. It would only make sense to bring in a target who allows the team to take advantage. Coates is that guy, and he should be available toward the end of the first round. Rob Rang of CBS Sports has Coates going to Seattle in his mock draft.

CB Quinten Rollins

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    Seattle's No. 2 cornerback Byron Maxwell is set to become a free agent this offseason, and it would take a big contract for the team to bring him back into the fold. Maxwell is perhaps the best corner who will be available in free agency this offseason, and he will have many suitors for the Seahawks to compete with. 

    It's unlikely Seattle will be able to find an immediate replacement for Maxwell in the draft, but it would be wise of the team to restock the cupboard with some young talent. Tharold Simon and Jeremy Lane have proven to be capable of guarding certain types of receivers and could share the duty for a year.

    Quinten Rollins is a converted basketball player who has made a successful transition to playing cornerback at the collegiate level. Spending some time in an extremely talented secondary unit could help mold him into a strong talent eventually.

DE Preston Smith

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    The Seahawks are likely to lose some depth along the defensive line to free agency this offseason, as players like O'Brien Schofield, Demarcus Dobbs and Kevin Williams are unrestricted free agents. The Seahawks must address the unit to help improve a pass rush that struggled at times last season. 

    Preston Smith offers a big frame (6'6", 270 lbs) with good speed to add to the rotation of Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril at defensive end. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah has the Seahawks taking the versatile prospect in his January mock draft. 

G Tre' Jackson

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    James Carpenter and Lemuel Jeanpierre are both set to become free agents this offseason and have been key parts of Seattle's much-maligned offensive line. Carpenter has left much to be desired after being drafted in the first round four years ago. 

    Tre' Jackson is a stout guard prospect (6'4", 330 lbs) coming out of Florida State University who could help shore up the Seahawks' leaky pass blocking.

    Lance Zierlein of NFL.com had this to say on the prospect: "Three-year starter on a line full of wide-bodies, Jackson entered the 2014 season as one of the top-rated guard prospects, but failed to distinguish himself. Has the talent to be a dependable, quality NFL starter, but he needs to work on weight and conditioning in order to improve his feet and reach his potential."

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