The Seattle Seahawks entered the free agency period with a major trade, sending a clear message to the rest of the NFC that a return to the Super Bowl is the top priority. This trade saw Seattle acquire stud tight end Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick in exchange for center Max Unger and the 31st overall pick in this year’s draft. The move gives quarterback Russell Wilson the go-to man he has been missing in the red zone. Last season the Seahawks one area that needed improvement was the passing game, as they averaged 203.1 passing yards per game. As of lately the trend seems to be teams raiding Super Bowl contestants for reinforcements, which Seattle dealt with accordingly making a few additions on defense.
Seattle has been known for their stellar defense. The departure of cornerback Byron Maxwell was one area they have already filled. The signing of two corners, Cary Williams and Will Blackmon, who will duel for the starting spot opposite Richard Sherman. Williams provides the physical attributes to adapt quickly to Seattle’s secondary scheme while Blackmon will most likely be seen when opponents spread the field. The loss of linebacker Malcolm Smith is another area the Seahawks were able to address with signings. Bring back Mike Morgan and adding Mister Alexander appears to be enough to fill the holes in the linebacker department.
One of the most notable signing was retaining the talented Marshawn Lynch. Lynch re-signed to a two-year extension, thus ensuring the continuation of their ability to pound the ball on the ground. Heading into the draft, the Seahawks will most likely look to find a replacement for center Max Unger or defensive end O’Brien Schofield, who signed with the Oakland Raiders. Coming off of another strong season, if Seattle can add some pieces through the draft they look destined for another deep playoff push.
The 2015 NFL Draft situates the Seattle Seahawks without a pick in the first round, as the 31st pick was part of the trade that acquired Jimmy Graham. This means that they will not pick until the second round, where they hold the 62nd overall pick. Having re-signed defensive end Michael Bennett, corner Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas the focus will most likely be based around their offensive line. This pick could be used to replace Max Unger, as he displayed when healthy, to be a vital part of the pocket protect for Wilson. If the draft holds up as projected, the Seahawks would have a shot at Oregon center Hroniss Grasu. At 6’3’’ and weighing 297 pounds, his ability as a pass blocker would be essential in giving Wilson the time needed in the pocket to connect with Jimmy Graham. Grasu suffered a leg injury during his senior season but provided in his time before and after returning he has the tools to be a reliable center in the NFL. If they elect to go the route of selecting a defensive linemen, the options would seem to be Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips or possibly Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis, who stock has risen after a strong combine and Senior Bowl performance.
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