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Five Players Seattle Seahawks Should Target in First Round of 2014 NFL Draft

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Five Players Seattle Seahawks Should Target in NFL Draft

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The Seattle Seahawks made history last season winning their very first Super Bowl title. They did so with a young roster that was hungry to prove themselves and a defense that was absolutely stifling. They will be looking to show some staying power at the top of the NFL hierarchy next season and that starts with adding talent in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Few teams have drafted as well in recent years as the Seahawks have. GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll identify players with the talent to contribute in just about every round and then develop them into key pieces of a well-oiled machine. That doesn’t mean that this squad is perfect quite yet and it certainly is not immune to losing players via free agency or as casualties to the salary cap.

Looking at the roster, the team needs become obvious. Seattle lacks a real red-zone target at wide receiver despite their wealth of talented receivers. Adding a big bodied wideout who could go up and get the ball at its highest point would add a new dimension to the passing offense next season. The team would also benefit from adding a playmaker at tight end, especially considering that Zach Miller is likely going to become a cap casualty this offseason. They could also look to improve their offensive line, which struggled to overcome injuries early in the season.

With all of that said, the team will be doing their due diligence to find the right fit for Seattle in 2014 by grabbing a first-round pick with the No. 32 overall selection in this year’s draft who will provide an immediate impact next season. Here are five players that the Seahawks should seriously consider with their first round pick this May.

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5. Jace Amaro, TE Texas Tech Red Raiders

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Jace Amaro was one of the most productive pass-catchers in all of college football in 2013, leading the Texas Tech Red Raiders with 106 catches for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns last season. But Tech’s Air Raid system used Amaro out of the slot more often than as a traditional tight end, so there are questions about his ability to play on the line of scrimmage in the NFL. He needs to quiet the doubts about his speed, quickness, and athleticism in workouts and prove he’s got the edge to his game to be an effective blocker in the running game.

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4. Loucheiz Purifoy, CB Florida Gators

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When all is said and done, Loucheiz Purifoy may become the best cover-corner in this draft class. He’s tall (6-foot) and long and showed the ability to get into wide receivers and press them off the line of scrimmage with the Florida Gators. Big, physical, and the ability to turn and run with receivers: sounds like a perfect fit for the Legion of Boom, right? With Brandon Browner likely done in Seattle after his latest run-in with the league office and Walter Thurmond possibly testing the waters of free agency, Seattle could use some fresh legs in the secondary to keep their No. 1 pass defense strong in 2014.

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3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE Washington Huskies

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a big-bodied tight end with the strength to be a physical run blocker on the edge and the athleticism to be a dynamic pass-catcher down the seam. He is a mismatch in the red zone, using his body to box out defenders and using his excellent ball skills to get after passes and has the power to carry defenders for extra yards. ASJ had a tendency to disappear at times with the Washington Huskies but has the skills to be a difference maker in the NFL if he stays locked in.

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2. Morgan Moses, OT Virginia Cavaliers

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Breno Giacomini was an average tackle in 2013 (when healthy) but was far too prone to getting penalties to guarantee him a starting job next season. He may not even be back in Seattle as he tests free agency this offseason, and Michael Bowie did not show he was ready to take over the job when filling in. Morgan Moses of the Virginia Cavaliers is a mauler at tackle with a big frame and the power to push defenders around. He has surprising balance and quickness for his size that only looks to get better as he develops at the next level. He could be the type of player that Seattle can plug in from day one and watch him dominate.

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1. Kelvin Benjamin, WR Florida State Seminoles

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In all honesty, the Seahawks would be incredibly fortunate to have Kelvin Benjamin fall to them at No. 32 in the first round. The hero of the Florida State Seminoles run to a BCS Championship, Benjamin has a rare combination of size (6-foot-5), speed, and strength that have scouts raving about his potential as a red-zone target in the NFL. He’s physical enough to overpower press coverage at the line of scrimmage and can break tackles and build speed quickly with the ball in his hands. He’s got the tools to be a star No. 1 receiver at the next level and Seattle should waste no time pulling the trigger on this selection if he’s available.