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Seahawks Offseason Needs


Examining The Seattle Seahawks Offseason Needs

The Seattle Seahawks are one of the NFC’s perennial powerhouses, but showed many flaws down the stretch of the 2016 NFL season. The Seahawks were hit hard with the injury bug in 2016, shining light onto a gaping hole in the defensive secondary. Need I not remind you of the 38-10 defeat Green Bay handed Seattle following the injury to Earl Thomas. The offensive line also struggled to protect Russell Wilson, allowing him to be sacked 42 times last season and six times in the postseason. Luckily for the Seahawks, the 2017 Draft class could be the answer to many of the holes ailing the NFC West Champions.

Offensive Tackle

Russell Wilson has spent the majority of his career in Seattle scrambling around the backfield avoiding defenders like Muhammad Ali avoiding Michael Dokes in the ring. He needs some help as the O-line, with the exception of Justin Britt, struggled to have a near consistent year. The Seahawks could look for Cam Robinson out of Alabama or Ryan Ramczyk from Wisconsin. Robinson would appear to be a good fit in Seattles’ zone blocking scheme.

Wide Receiver

Seattle has had amazing play from of Doug Baldwin(94 receptions, 1128 yards, 7 touchdowns), and Jimmy Graham is still an extremely dangerous threat (65 receptions, 923 yards, 6 touchdowns last season), but other wide receivers such as Tyler Lockett have had their struggles with injuries and mental mistakes. The Seahawks could look to JuJu Smith-Schuster out of USC, who carries a bigger 6’2″, 220 lbs. frame that could be a great addition to the offense is lined up opposite of Doug Baldwin. An option a bit later could come in the form of Texas A&M’s Josh Reynolds who is a lengthy 6’4″ but just 197 lbs. His big frame would be crucial in red zone situations to giving Wilson another big body to throw the ball up to.

Defensive Back

The Seahawks’ secondary was a beast at times, and anything but a beauty at others. When Earl Thomas went down late in the season, they were exposed, and an unfamiliar territory loomed in the Seattle secondary. The Hawks will likely look to fill this gap and create more depth in the secondary regardless of Thomas’ return. Desmond King out of Iowa has a lot of versatility and could move around the secondary as needed, and provide another good tackler. Tre’Davious White, LSU, is also a strong early choice the Seahawks could potentially mold into a great player to continue on the Legion of Boom tradition.

The Seattle Seahawks also had trouble keeping their backfield healthy in 2016, with no back registering more than 200 carries, and their leading rusher playing the postseason in a Green Bay Packer uniform. While Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise have shown signs they can carry the load, they have not been able to stay on the field long enough to have a sustained impact. Curtis Samuel from Ohio State, and Kareem Hunt out of Toledo are both backs that could be developed in the coffee capital.