The Seattle Seahawks are stuffed with talent on defense, and it can be safe to say the early rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft will not feature the Seahawks taking defenders. In the later rounds I could see the Seahawks grabbing some guys to provide more depth, but defense is clearly not the greatest and most pressing need for Seattle to immediately solidify in the draft. The offense, however, needs some work at receiver and offensive line. Of those two positions, I believe drafting a guard is the biggest need for the Seattle Seahawks so as to solidify the protection of Russell Wilson and provide rushing lanes for Marshawn Lynch.
The Seattle Seahawks are a run-first team, and the offensive line needs to be able to win the battles in the trenches for Marshawn Lynch. But it’s not like Seattle needs to trade up to grab the most elite guard in the draft. Seattle just needs a steady force to hold the line while Russell Wilson drops back in the pocket, and to open up any kind of hole for Lynch. Beast Mode will take advantage over the tiniest opening, so a proven guard who can pass block but also create holes downfield for Lynch is the most pressing need for the Seahawks. In my last article, I pointed to David Yankey of Stanford and Xavier Su’a-Filo of UCLA.
Yankey is capable of being a lead blocker through the hole for Lynch, and scouts compare him to Ben Grubbs, who has been a very capable run blocker in the NFL. Yankey has the size and athleticism to square up defenders and move them out of the way for the running game.
Su’a-Filo lacks ideal length, but he had the best 20-yard shuttle drill at the Combine, and is very quick off the line. He adds more as a pass blocker than run blocker, but he is definitely capable of getting to the second level.
Those two guys are likely to go in the first two rounds, and if either of them is available when it is the Seattle Seahawks’ turn, I would want them to grab one. If both are available, Yankey is the better pick to fill the most pressing team need at guard because he can be such an effective run blocker for Marshawn Lynch.
But what about receiver? Well, as I have written numerous times, Kelvin Benjamin would be a heck of an addition to the corps, but receiver is not as pressing as guard. With Sidney Rice returning to Seattle on a one-year deal, the Seahawks now have a tall and experienced receiver with capable hands. While none of Seattle’s receivers are true number one guys, the passing game was still effective last season, so they should continue to have success this season.
The Seattle Seahawks are a run-first team, and solidifying the guard position is crucial to Seattle’s success. Drafting a guard is therefore the Seahawks’ greatest need to fill in the upcoming NFL Draft.