By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on April 17, 2014
The Seattle Seahawks, fresh off the franchise's first Super Bowl title, head into May's draft with very few weaknesses. But the draft will still serve as an opportunity for the Seahawks to become an even more imposing team. The rich are often able to get richer, which is undoubtedly Seattle's objective this offseason. Here are five names every Seahawks fan should become familiar with as the draft approaches.
Red Bryant's departure in free agency has left a void along the Seahawks' defensive line. Notre Dame's Stephon Tuitt has the upside to fill it, although he would be a bit of a gamble as a first or second-round pick considering he was too often invisible for the Irish defense in 2013. If he can get into peak condition and on a club that maximizes his skill set, though, he has potential to become dominant.
The Seahawks lost starting right guard Breno Giacomini in free agency and have room to improve on the interior at guard. Nevada's Joel Bitonio has the versatility to play on the outside or inside in the NFL, making him a candidate to fill one of the aforementioned needs in Seattle. Bitonio has a strength deficiency, but with development and commitment to the weight room he could emerge as one of the better offensive linemen of the class.
Starting tight end Zach Miller is a solid player, but he's only accounted for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons with the Seahawks. A more dangerous receiving option at the position isn't necessarily a necessity, but it would be of good use. The Seahawks don't even have to look out of state to find one, as Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be the big, athletic target quarterback Russell Wilson is missing.
Speaking of big, athletic targets, Penn State's Allen Robinson is projected to come off the board near the end of round one. Although the Seahwks recently re-signed Sidney Rice, they could benefit from adding another productive receiver to the corps, especially given Rice and Percy Harvin's inability to stay healthy in recent years. Robinson would offer Seattle's offense a smooth, large-catch radius weapon.
The Seahawks possess above average-to-elite talent across the board, but that doesn't mean they're completely void of weakness. Their offensive line, in particular, could use an upgrade or two during the draft. UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo is a versatile lineman who owns a rare combination of size and quickness. He would be a coup for the Seahawks with the No. 32 overall selection.
August 1, 2015 by Paul Schaum
Newly paid QB Russell Wilson will lead his Seahawks into 2015 as they attempt to get to their third consecutive Super Bowl. Read More
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers are ready for a big season in 2015. The offense has the potential to break NFL records, and the star power is shining in Pennsylvania. Read More
August 1, 2015 by Nick Sardina
These 10 New England Patriots will have a major impact on how the 2015 season will go for the defending Super Bowl champions. Read More
August 1, 2015 by Daniel Johnson
With Jerome Bettis about to be elected into the Hall of Fame next Saturday, lets take a look at the career of the Hall of Fame running back. Read More
July 31, 2015 by Tj Ray
Find out why the Baltimore Ravens have the most impressive wide receiver battle in the NFL. Read More
July 31, 2015 by Cover32