2014 NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks’ 5 Dark Horse First-Round Targets

Seattle Seahawks Look to Continue Stocking Talent at 2014 NFL Draft

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After a 13-3 regular season and 43-8 shellacking of the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, few people are questioning the Seattle Seahawks. The team is seemingly stacked from top to bottom, and at this point it is scary to think they are still adding talent at any position. Still, Pete Carroll and company aren't resting on their laurels, and these five dark horse candidates could be added to the lot with the 32nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

5. Kelvin Benjamin

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5. Kelvin Benjamin

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Seattle had nine different players catch a touchdown during the regular season, but one would be hard pressed to say they own a dominant playmaker at receiver. Kelvin Benjamin could be this guy, and the 6-foot-5, 235-pound wideout has the mix of size, speed and vertical length that the Seahawks seem to look for in all their players. Most people expect Benjamin to go in the second round, but Seattle may be tempted to reach for him at pick 32.

4. Ra'Shede Hageman

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4. Ra'Shede Hageman

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Seattle has a wealth of talent on the defensive side of the ball, but Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman could be impossible to pass up. Hageman is absolutely massive at 6-foot-6, 310-pounds. He has the brute strength necessary to push into the backfield and also has above average quickness off the line of scrimmage. Hageman may be selected before the 32nd pick, but with a little luck the Seahawks defense could be getting even scarier.

3. Cyrus Kouandjio

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3. Cyrus Kouandjio

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The Seahawks excelled on offense during the 2013 season in large part because of their brute force up front, but there are signs they want to keep stocking talent on the offensive line. One guy who could slip into their hands is 6-foot-7, 322-pound offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, who has the mobility to be a top notch blocker and was a dominating force for the physical Alabama Crimson Tide. If Kouandjio slips to 32 look for Seattle to pounce.

2. Tre Mason

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2. Tre Mason

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Seattle ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing yards in 2013, and there is little doubt that Marshawn Lynch will be the anchor back in town in 2014. Still, there is certainly room for a secondary back, and Tre Mason could fill the gap. Mason isn't huge at 5-foot-9, 207-pounds, but he's very strong, knows how to hit an open hole with vigor and showed at Auburn that he can carry a heavy load. Seattle will likely be tempted to add Mason at pick 32.

1. Lamarcus Joyner

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1. Lamarcus Joyner

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Seattle lost Brandon Browner to free agency, and it seems certain that the team will try to add some depth at cornerback. Lamarcus Joyner looks like a perfect fit, as he can play both cornerback and safety, hits like a truck and has the speed to be effective in one-on-one situations. This mix looks like a perfect fit for a Pete Carroll led team, and it wouldn't be entirely surprising for the Seahawks to reach a bit for Joyner.


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