Rant Sports 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle Seahawks Select Zack Martin at No. 32

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With the 32nd overall pick in the Rant Sports 2014 NFL Mock Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin.

I took Martin No.32 overall because the Seahawks need to address one of their major weaknesses and that is the offensive line. In my opinion, Martin is the most versatile lineman in this Draft and quite frankly would be a steal at 32, making this pick rather easy. Even after winning Super Bowl 48 last season, the Seahawks had some serious flaws up front that almost exposed them last season.

Many projections have Martin slated to go in the Top 20 and the Seahawks are slated to either select a defensive lineman like Ra’Shede Hageman if he’s available or a lineman like Cyrus Kouandjio should Martin be selected before No. 32. For the Seahawks, Martin would be the replacement for the departed Breno Giacomini, who went to the New York Jets in free agency or Martin could slide in at guard, replacing the inconsistent J.R. Sweezy.

The Seahawks would also be one of the top candidates to trade out of the first round in case teams wanted to get back in the first round for quarterbacks like Teddy Bridgewater or Derek Carr should they start to slide.

When both Russell Okung and Giacomini went down with injuries towards the middle of the season last year, the Seahawks offense struggled mightily and had to turn to unknown players like Michael Bowie and Paul McQuistan to fill in. In order for the Seahawks to at least repeat as division champions, let alone repeat as Super Bowl champions, they would need a player like Martin to help protect quarterback Russell Wilson against the great defenses in the NFC West in Arizona, St. Louis and San Francisco.

Having learned from Brian Kelly, Martin is a well-schooled offensive lineman and on a team that had quarterback issues last season, Martin was the only consistent player on Notre Dame’s inconsistent offense. If Martin is here at No. 32 on May 8th, the Seahawks brass will be doing backflips and crying tears of joy.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for rantsports.com Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook and connect with him on Google.