Seattle Seahawks 2013 NFL Draft Team Needs
The Seattle Seahawks had a great run in 2012. Not only did they take their next step as a team in terms of overall development, but they also reached the playoffs and found a franchise quarterback (Russell Wilson) in the process.
Believe it or not, there aren’t a ton of holes on this team, as they should be poised for a deep playoff run in 2013. However, to ensure that actually happens, Seattle could add some extra talent on offense and make sure their once lively pass-rush gets back to an elite level after a late-season drop-off.
With that all in mind, let’s dive into their biggest off-season needs as we continue to gear up for the 2013 NFL Draft:
Offensive Needs: WR, TE, RT
Sidney Rice is rarely healthy and Golden Tate and Dough Baldwin are both inconsistent options that are both best suited as #2 or #3 options. If the Seahawks can grab an elite talent in the first round, they’d suddenly have a well-rounded and very deep wide receiver corps. A lot of guys could fit the bill here. I highly doubt Cordarrelle Patterson falls that far, so Seattle is probably looking at guys like Keenan Allen, Tavon Austin and Justin Hunter. Terrance Williams and DeAndre Hopkins are also possibilities. If they wait until round two, USC’s Robert Woods could be a fit, too.
Zach Miller was better in 2012 than he had been in a long time, but he still is a shell of himself and always struggles to stay healthy. The Seahawks need to get Wilson a true threat at tight end to take this offense to the next level, and there are a few guys that could really make a difference. I doubt Seattle takes the plunge in round one, but it’s not impossible to see Stanford’s Zach Ertz falling to them in round two. Jordan Reed or Gavin Escobar in round three are probably the more logical picks, however.
Seattle is in rough shape at right tackle, as Breno Giacomini has all the size and potential in the world, but still hasn’t been able to develop into a consistent pass-protector. It’s time to start over here, and the Seahawks should be able to find a solid tackle in the early rounds. I like the idea of them adding David Quessenberry in round three or four, simply because he’s one of the most versatile offensive linemen in the entire draft. If they want to take a stab at this spot earlier, Barrett Jones could be worth a reach in round one. He’s just as versatile and way more talented.
Defensive Needs: Pass Rush, DT
These two needs really go together, as the Seahawks aren’t without talent on the defensive line or in their line-backing corps, but could really use a better pass-rush up the middle, and need some more help on the outside thanks to Chris Clemons (knee) going down. Defensive tackle is pretty deep in the draft this year, so I expect the Seahawks to grab one somewhere in the early rounds. Defensive end is the real issue, though, so the #25 overall selection might be a great place to start.
Jarvis Jones keeps getting his stock hit, it seems, so you have to think Seattle would be overly giddy if he somehow fell to them. It’s also possible they could trade up to snag him if he falls even outside of the top-15. That all isn’t all that likely, though, so aiming for a nice pass-rusher like Alex Okafor is probably the safer bet. He fits their scheme perfectly and would help bring that nasty pass-rush back to life.
Outside of these two needs, Seattle could spend some luxury middle round picks on some secondary and linebacker depth, depending on who they lose via free agency.
The big thing here is getting the pass-rush up and running again. Getting an explosive weapon for the passing game is right up there as a need, though, too. If the Seahawks can nail both of those needs down, they’ll be well on their way to getting even better in 2013.