5 Potential First-Round Picks for the Seattle Seahawks in 2014 NFL Draft
Seattle Seahawks: 5 Potential First-Round Picks
On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl in franchise history, dominating the Denver Broncos, 43-8. Seattle is loaded with elite players on both sides of the ball thanks to the incredible eye for talent by their front office and coaching staff.
General manager John Schneider and his staff deserve a ton of credit for building this team. Aside from timely trades for key pieces like Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin and shrewd free agent acquisitions of guys like Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, Schneider has built a majority of this dynamic roster via the draft.
While they are more known for landing gems in the later rounds (Russell Wilson in the third, Kam Chancellor in the fifth and Richard Sherman in the fifth) the Seahawks have also done a nice job in the first round.
In his first draft with Seattle in 2010, Schneider not only landed Chancellor, Golden Tate and Walter Thurmond in the later rounds, he took Russell Okung and Earl Thomas with his two first-round picks. That first round gave the Seahawks an elite level left tackle and arguably the best safety in the league right now. That is how you build championship caliber teams.
The Seahawks are in an incredible position right now. Not only are they the Super Bowl champions with an incredibly talented roster across the board, but almost everybody returns next season. Sure, there are holes on the roster, but there are so few of them that they can look to fill them in the later rounds if they wish.
It will be very interesting to see what Seattle does with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Their incredible roster allows them to go best player available if they wish. Regardless of who they take, with their recent success nobody will be second guessing it.
5. Allen Robinson, WR
While productive, the Seattle receiving corps lacks size. With Tate probably moving on via free agency, that opens up a spot for a new wide receiver to come in and produce right away. Allen Robinson is not going to blow you away with his speed, but with guys like Harvin and Doug Baldwin under contract the Seahawks do not need him to.
At 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, Robinson has nice size and the frame to grow into a stronger player. He has incredible leaping ability and catches nearly everything thrown his way. Robinson could be an elite possession receiver at the next level.
4. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is an incredible athlete from the tight end position. He has an elite combination of size (6-foot-6, 258-pounds), strength and pure athleticism. He has an incredible catch radius and was very productive in college. Seferian-Jenkins is not a great blocker, but he has improved that aspect of his game recently.
This would be a bit of a luxury pick for the Seahawks. That being said, giving Wilson a talented target like ASJ to throw to is not a bad thing.
3. Gabe Jackson, G
The offensive guard position is probably the biggest hole that the Seahawks have. J.R. Sweezy and James Carpenter are decent offensive linemen, but an upgrade is certainly possible at either guard position.
Gabe Jackson is the best interior offensive lineman in this draft. He is a big mauling lineman who consistently wins in the run game. His pass blocking skills have improved tremendously in the past season. Jackson is the kind of player you just plug in and do not have to worry about; he will get his job done.
2. Jordan Matthews, WR
Jordan Matthews is another WR with size who would fit in well in Seattle. He does not have the pure athleticism of Robinson or other prospects in this class, but he is an overall great player.
Matthews is a great route runner and has incredible hands. He may not have freaky athleticism, but he definitely has enough to get by at the position. Simply put, Matthews is a solid WR that will consistently make plays. It is unlikely that Matthews falls all the way to the Seahawks, but he has the profile of a guy who could slide a bit in the draft.
1. Zack Martin, OT
After an impressive Senior Bowl, Zack Martin is rising up draft boards. He is far from the sexiest prospect available, but Martin is as solid as they come. He was a four-year starter at Notre Dame, and he shows the leadership abilities that you like to see in a young player.
Martin does not have the typical size and strength you would like to see out of a tackle prospect, but he is very athletic and does a great job in the run game and pass protection. Some see Martin as a guard while others see him as a tackle. Seattle would give him an opportunity to establish himself inside with the potential to move to the outside.