The young Seattle Seahawks team was built through the NFL Draft, with some of the key players (Richard Sherman, Russell Wilson, Kam Chancellor, Malcolm Smith, Byron Maxwell, etc.) being selected later in the draft. John Schneider shouldn’t have a problem keeping the team together, which begs the question: what should Seattle plan to do in the draft if the core of its team is intact?
Teams can never have enough depth and talent, and Schneider is a master if the 2012 draft class is any indication. Below I analyze Seattle’s potential needs and presume what Seattle will probably end up doing in this year’s draft.
At quarterback, running back, and fullback, Seattle’s set. Receiver could use another playmaker to replace Sidney Rice, who should definitely be let go to free up some cap. Seattle’s current receivers are shorter, so taking a taller playmaker wideout would definitely be beneficial. Allen Robinson of Penn State fits the bill perfectly, and he could be Seattle’s first-rounder.
If Seattle lets Zach Miller go to free up cap as well, tight end will need some bolstering. Luke Willson isn’t ready to be the primary tight end, particularly because he’s not balanced when it comes to blocking and receiving. He leans more toward receiver. If Seattle lets Miller go, a guy like Austin Seferian- Jenkins or C.J. Fiedorowicz would make a nice fit.
The offensive line exhibited its depth while Russell Okung, Breno Giacomini, and Max Unger were all injured. It wouldn’t hurt to take another linemen or two late in the draft. Better safe than sorry.
The last areas are the linebackers and secondary. A late-round linebacker seems likely to give the position more depth. Seattle could also use another corner, with Brandon Browner unlikely to return. This year’s draft class has a ton of talented corners predicted to go around the second and third rounds. That means some guys are going to fall back later, and John Schneider can have a fun time finding another diamond in the rough like Richard Sherman.
There really isn’t an immediate need for a draft pick to take up a starting spot. Seattle won’t be trading up or down; when it’s their turn, they’ll be methodical in finding the best player that other teams have let slip through their grasp. While the end of the draft may not have Seattle’s class ranked highest, that won’t mean Seattle did a bad job. The 2012 class got an F, and look at what those guys managed to contribute. Any way you look at it, though, Seattle’s just going to keep getting better through the draft.