The Seattle Seahawks struck gold with quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and they showed their confidence in him by starting him on opening day right after giving Matt Flynn a big pay day. However, Wilson did a lot with a little in 2012, so the Seahawks need to bring in a big-play receiver for Wilson to elevate his game in 2013.
Wilson has a terrific running back in Marshawn Lynch on which to lean, but it’s important that the Seahawks’ offense doesn’t become too one-dimensional on that front. Sure, Lynch is a great back and he’s carried this team at times, but Wilson is more than capable of making Seattle’s passing game a real asset for the team. However, he can’t do it alone.
The 2013 NFL Draft doesn’t have a ton of receivers that jump off the page. Robert Woods from USC is the biggest name there, but he’s not a guy who can lift a franchise by himself.
The Seahawks’ best bet is free agency, which is full of big-name receivers this year including the likes of Greg Jennings, Mike Wallce, Dwayne Bowe, Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, and Brian Hartline.
Imagine if Wilson had any one of those guys out wide to lead guys like Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate and Sidney Rice? Wilson could launch it deep to a speedster like Wallace, drill it over the middle to a quick Welker or just throw it up to a guy like Bowe.
A big-play threat like that would also open up the running game for Lynch, who has been good, but could be even better if opposing defenses were forced to respect the pass. Again, Wilson is more than capable of making every throw necessary in the NFL–he just needs someone to catch it.