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2014 NFL Draft: Updating the Seattle Seahawks’ 5 Biggest Needs

Updating the Seattle Seahawks' 5 Biggest Needs

Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
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The Seattle Seahawks dominated the NFL on their way to earning their first Super Bowl victory last season. Their success was a direct result of compiling a deep roster of young, talented players. In the upcoming draft, the Seahawks will attempt to add more depth to an already excellent roster. They will also look to address several holes left by veterans who signed with different teams this offseason. Here are five areas Seattle will focus on.

5. Secondary Help

Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks
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5. Secondary Help

Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks
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Seattle's secondary was the best in the NFL last year, allowing just 172 passing yards per game. Led by Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, the secondary appears to be Seattle's biggest strength. However, the team must take into account that both Sherman and Thomas will be free agents after next season. Seattle could bring in a young corner or safety to replace Sherman or Thomas if either were to leave.

Possible Pick: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

4. Defensive Line Depth

Red Bryant Seattle Seahawks
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4. Defensive Line Depth

Red Bryant Seattle Seahawks
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During his time in Seattle, Red Bryant brought leadership and versatility to the team's defense. He played both end and tackle and was an excellent run defender. Bryant signed with Jacksonville this offseason, leaving Seattle in need of someone who can fill his old role. Luckily for the Seahawks, there are several players that should be available late in the first round that fit this mold.

Possible Pick: Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame

3. Tight End

Zach Miller Seattle Seahawks
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3. Tight End

Zach Miller Seattle Seahawks
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As Russell Wilson progresses as a passer, the Seahawks will need to surround him with quality weapons. One area they could upgrade is the tight end position. Current starter Zach Miller is a solid player, but not a game-changer. Wilson would benefit greatly from having a tight end who could stretch the field and make impact plays.

Possible Pick: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

2. Offensive Tackle

Breno Giacomini Seattle Seahawks
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2. Offensive Tackle

Breno Giacomini Seattle Seahawks
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Seattle lost Breno Giacomini off their offensive line in free agency. Giacomini started at right tackle after returning from knee surgery midway through the season. He was solid when on the field and his loss leaves the Seahawks with a need at the position. Seattle could draft an offensive tackle to compete with Michael Bowie for the starting spot.

Possible Pick: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

1. Wide Receiver

Golden Tate Seattle Seahawks
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1. Wide Receiver

Golden Tate Seattle Seahawks
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Golden Tate's exodus to Detroit and Percy Harvin's injury issues leave wide receiver as Seattle's biggest need in the upcoming draft. Specifically, the Seahawks should target a big-bodied receiver who can make plays in the red zone. This year's draft class is deep at wideout, so the Seahawks should be able to bring in at least one quality piece.

Possible Pick: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State