While many would consider the Seattle Seahawks‘ defensive line as one of the best in the NFL, improvements can always be made. Especially with uncertainty surrounding the futures of defensive tackles Alan Branch and Jason Jones, the Seahawks could be targeting a replacement in the first round of April’s 2013 NFL Draft.
One potential target is UCLA defensive tackle Datone Jones, who the Seahawks seem smitten with.
The relationship first began to form back in February, when the Seahawks made a point of interviewing Jones during the Senior Bowl. The courtship continued this past weekend, when Seattle again went out of their way to talk with the UCLA alumnus during his stint at the 2013 NFL Combine.
It’s becoming clearer and clearer that the Seahawks have Jones in their crosshairs at No. 25, a spot in which the former Bruin could definitely be available.
While easily a top talent heading into April, Jones is crammed in with an extremely deep defensive line draft class. Bolstering such names as Star Lotulelei, Sheldon Richardson and Sharrif Floyd, the 2013 defensive tackle group is one of the deepest in recent history. That could be a blessing in disguise for the Seahawks, though, whose 11-5 record in 2012 landed them near the bottom of the first round.
The one tie that cannot be ignored is between Jones and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. During Carroll’s coaching days at USC, he recruited Jones, who lived in nearby Compton, CA. Although Carroll and Co. offered him a scholarship, the four-star prospect chose crosstown rivals UCLA instead. With Jones now headed for the NFL, Carroll could again hope to procure the talented defensive tackle.
The Seahawks definitely have interest; the only remaining question is whether or not the pieces will fall into place at No. 25.