Seattle Seahawks Needs: Pre-Draft
After a relatively quiet free agency period that saw plenty of big names leaving for greener, more lucrative pastures, the Seattle Seahawks have a number of needs to address in the upcoming NFL Draft. Here are the biggest areas of need for the Seahawks as the NFL Draft looms closer:
This has been one of the most agreed upon topics for Seahawks fans during the 2015 season as well as the current offseason. The offensive line simply needs to be upgraded, and fast. The Seahawks let starters Russell Okung and J.R. Sweezy walk in free agency, which has made the offensive line an even greater area of need to address in the draft. The team did go out and sign J’Marcus Webb, but he alone does not solve the problem on the line.
GM John Schneider said on 710 ESPN that there is not much of a drop-off in terms of talent in this year’s offensive line class, so even though the position is a blatant area of need, fans may not see the Seahawks use their early picks on the position. If they do decide to draft early, though, candidates like Jason Spriggs of Indiana and Germain Ifedi of Texas A&M could be viable targets.
The Seahawks lost Brandon Mebane but managed to retain Ahtyba Rubin during free agency. Rubin put together a great season last year for the Seahawks, but the team could still use some youth for long-term solutions at the position. This year’s draft is fully loaded with talent at this position, and a premier tackle prospect will certainly be available for the Seahawks at 26th overall. From Andrew Billings to Jonathan Bullard, the Seahawks will have excellent prospects to choose from. Defensive line depth was crucial to the Seahawks’ Super Bowl run back in 2013, and this draft is a great way for the team to bolster the trenches.
Despite telling reporters he would consider a smaller monetary deal in order to stay in Seattle with his brothers, Bruce Irvin ended up taking a solid contract in Oakland, leaving a hole at outside linebacker. Irvin had the length to be a disruption in zone coverage, and he also had the speed and strength to put a hand on the turf and become a pass rusher. The Seahawks should look to find a similar talent in the draft to round out the linebacking corps. A number of intriguing prospects will be available to the Seahawks between rounds two and four. Maryland’s Yannick Ngakoue, Utah State’s Kyler Fackrell and Virginia Tech’s Dadi Nicolas are just a few possibilities who could become three-down NFL starters for the Seahawks.
Ken Kosirowski is a writer for the NFC West for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter @KenKosirowski.