Now that the Seattle Seahawks have signed quarterback Brady Quinn as the backup for starter Russell Wilson, it seems fairly unlikely that they will use their first pick (56th overall) in the upcoming draft on another one. So what should they do with that pick now?
The Seahawks are fortunate enough to be one of the few teams in the NFL to not have a glaring need. They went in to the offseason in dire need of help on the defensive line and in need of depth at the wide receiver position, but more than capably filled those holes by signing free agent defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett and trading for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin.
While the Seahawks don’t necessarily need to address any specific position, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to add some depth at one of the interior offensive line positions or at one of the outside linebacker spots. They had a lot of success running the ball last season because of their strong offensive line, but that very same line struggled to give Wilson adequate time to deliver throws from the pocket.
If they could add a quality interior lineman in the draft, it could pay dividends for them down the road.
As far as the linebacker position goes, Seattle appears to be set for their starters. The young trio of Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Malcolm Smith is expected to be among the best in the NFC this season, but there isn’t a whole lot behind them.
If the Seahawks don’t choose to address the offensive line, they should most definitely find a solid backup linebacker for the future. In the playoffs, the Atlanta Falcons chose to exploit the Seahawks’ tired linebackers, so it could be wise to bring in a few young reserves.
It’s always fun to speculate and try to guess what a team will do in the draft, but with the Seahawks you never know what they will do. Last year they took Bruce Irvin 15th overall and were ridiculed for doing so, but he went on to post eight sacks in his impressive rookie year. They also came under heavy scrutiny after picking Wilson in the third round, and we all know how that turned out.
It will definitely be interesting to see what the Seahawks will do in the draft, but don’t be at all surprised if at least a few of their picks leave you scratching your head.