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Seattle Seahawks Team Needs: Draft Wrap Up


Ken Kosirowski
With completion of the 2016 NFL Draft, are there still gaping holes the Seattle Seahawks need to fill? | Photo Credit: fieldgulls.com

The Seattle Seahawks had needs on offensive and defensive line to fill before the NFL Draft, and they definitely did that job well. Looking at the roster outlook right now, the Seahawks look to be in great shape. But which positions still have some question marks over them?

Offensive Line

The Seahawks drafted three offensive linemen in the draft, and the pieces seem to be there; now it’s just a matter of finding the right combination. The massive Germain Ifedi should slide in at right guard to replace J.R. Sweezy, and other draft picks, Rees Odhiambo and Joey Hunt, could be in the mix at the left guard and center spots, respectively. Odhiambo will face competition from Mark Glowinski, who showed some promise last year. The sixth-rounder Hunt will have to contend with Patrick Lewis, Kristjan Sokoli and now Justin Britt, who according to 710 ESPN will be moving to the center spot. For the tackle spots, Garry Gilliam and J’Marcus Webb are the frontrunners.

The Seahawks have a number of candidates in place to fill out the offensive line. Whether these draft picks can rise to the challenge and meet the Seahawks’ needs is up for debate, but I for one am optimistic.

Quarterback

According to the Seattle Times, Oregon’s Vernon Adams will not be signing with the team, but other candidates such as TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Miami’s Jake Heaps have a shot to be Russell Wilson’s backup. While Wilson does a great job at avoiding injuries, the Seahawks need someone to be ready to go if Wilson goes down. Boykin has a similar skill set to Wilson and looked good thus far. Backup quarterback may not seem like a huge area of need, but given how well-stocked the Seahawks are at most positions, this ends up being an area of need.

Linebacker

Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright are studs, of course. The other starting outside linebacker spot, though, seems up in the air. The Seahawks did not draft a linebacker to replace Bruce Irvin, but they did sign some UDFAs like Christian French and Montese Overton. Head coach Pete Carroll has Overton on his radar already, according to Nick Patterson of HeraldNet, I had the lengthy French as a seventh-round draft selection for the Seahawks in the PFS Seahawks Mock Draft Hangout.

Mike Morgan, Kevin Pierre-Louis and Eric Pinkins are returning Seahawks who could try to snag a starting spot, but all have underwhelmed to this point in their careers. The final linebacker spot will be one to keep an eye on as the offseason progresses.

Ken Kosirowski covers the Seattle Seahawks for Pro Football Spot. Follow him on Twitter @KenKosirowski.


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On May 14, 2016 at 7:26 PM, Ali Siddiqui said:

I think AZ wins the division again, but the Seahawks still got a pretty good team, even without Lynch, Okung and Irvin

AZ has a great team so that would not surprise me.

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On ‎5‎/‎15‎/‎2016 at 9:50 PM, Ken Kosirowski said:

AZ has a great team so that would not surprise me.

Fitz and Palmer are getting up there in age, but that defense is still good

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There are only two positions I'm worried about: Offensive Line and cornerback. The offensive line is full of a bunch of guys who have yet to prove themselves while I don't feel that we have a strong option for outside corner. Jeremy Lane is best in the slot, although he isn't bad on the outside, but his health is questionable. I wouldn't mind bringing back in Walter Thurmond even though he also has trouble staying healthy.

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I think it's telling that one of Seattle's listed needs is backup QB. IMO, this team has very few holes. Offensive line and linebacker probably being the two biggest ones. Also some concern I guess for the run game, with Marshawn Lynch being such a vital part of the offense for so many years. But overall, still a very complete team and I think it's going to be extremely close between them and the Cardinals for the NFC West this year. 

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14 hours ago, Rider Ingalls said:

There are only two positions I'm worried about: Offensive Line and cornerback. The offensive line is full of a bunch of guys who have yet to prove themselves while I don't feel that we have a strong option for outside corner. Jeremy Lane is best in the slot, although he isn't bad on the outside, but his health is questionable. I wouldn't mind bringing back in Walter Thurmond even though he also has trouble staying healthy.

Yeah, offensive line is a worry. We have the personnel but we don't know how they'll shape up. And there's no real contact in OTAs so we still won't know how they really look for a while. 

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Seattle's had an OL that's been widely denounced for pass blocking for a couple years now, so it's absolutely necessary to get a mobile quarterback to back up Wilson. Also, gotta keep that run game going.

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