Seattle Seahawks: NFL Combine Provides New Targets for 2014 NFL Draft
Seattle Seahawks NFL Combine Provides New Targets For NFL Draft
The Seattle Seahawks are in an unfamiliar place this year in the draft. For the first time in the team’s history, they won the Super Bowl and get the final pick in each round as a consolation prize. That means they have a harder time mining talent out of the incoming batch of future rookies, but after the NFL combine they now have several more options to look at.
As the best team in the league last season, the Seahawks don’t have many glaring needs to fill in the draft. They’re in the enviable position of needing only an upgrade here or there and mostly depth. Mostly they have room to get better in the receiving corps.
Seattle got by last year without any real options for a No. 1 receiver, and got most of their chunk yards out of broken plays where Russell Wilson scrambled to buy time and found someone open downfield once the defense broke down. What they can really use is fast, downfield receiver who can open the field up for their run-first offense.
This draft is one of the deepest classes we’ve seen in a long time. That’s good news for a Seattle team that is picking at the bottom end of the rounds. There should be more talent available for them then there would be in other years, and that was evident at the combine.
Now that the annual NFL meat market is over, these are five players who are on the Seahawk’s radar after the combine.
5. Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
Odell Beckham, Jr. came into the combine with projections anywhere from the first-round to the third. But, after he ran well and looked good on the field, he is now clearly a late first, early second round talent.
4. Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
A tall, lanky wideout who showed better-than-expected speed at the combine, Martavis Bryant would be an immediate upgrade for a Seattle team that doesn't have any real No. 1 options at receiver. The Seahawks aren't sold on Golden Tate, and they're likely to spend a mid-round pick on a guy like Bryant.
3. Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota
Brother of New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, safety Brock Vereen answered his critics with an impressive showing at the combine. He ran fast in the 40, and led all defensive backs with 25 reps in the bench press.
2. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Brandin Cooks, a smaller but fast receiver from Oregon State, looked good in the on-field drills at the combine. So good in fact, that he could have made himself a late first-round pick for a team like Seattle.
1. Dri Archer, RB/WR, Kent State
The fastest man at the combine, Dri Archer has been skyrocketing up draft boards since teams got a first-hand look at his 4.26 second 40. He fits the Dexter McCluster/Devin Hester mold that is becoming more and more popular in the NFL these days.