SEATTLE SEAHAWKS NFL DRAFT PLAN OF ATTACK
DE, G, C, OT, OLB, CB
FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS:
TE Greg Olsen, WR Philip Dorsett, CB Quinton Dunbar (trade), OL B.J. Finney, TE Jacob Hollister (transition), OLB Bruce Irvin, G Mike Iupati, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, DT Jarran Reed (re-signed)
FREE AGENT LOSSES:
QB Geno Smith, RB CJ Prosise, RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Jaron Brown, WR Josh Gordon, TE Ed Dickson, OT George Fant, OL Germain Ifedi, DT Al Woods, DE Ziggy Ansah, DE Quinton Jefferson, LB Mychal Kendricks, OLB Jadeveon Clowney, S Tedric Thompson
ROUND 1 TARGETS:
DE A.J. Epenesa, DE Yetur Gross-Matos, G/C Cesar Ruiz, OT Austin Jackson, OT Josh Jones, OT Ezra Cleveland, OT Isaiah Wilson, DE Curtis Weaver, DE Terrell Lewis, CB AJ Terrell, CB Jaylon Johnson, CB/S Antoine Winfield Jr.
ROUND 2 TARGETS:
OT Prince Tega-Wanogho, OT Lucas Niang, G Lloyd Cushenberry III, G Robert Hunt, OLB Julian Okwara, CB Damon Arnette, CB Noah Igbinoghene, CB Trevon Diggs
ROUND 3 TARGETS:
CB Amik Robertson, CB Cameron Dantzler, CB Troy Pride Jr., CB Bryce Hall, CB Michael Ojemudia, CB Cameron Dantzler, CB Darnay Holmes, CB Troy Pride Jr., OT Ben Bartch, OT Matthew Peart, OT Saahdiq Charles, DE Darrell Taylor, OLB Josh Uche, OLB Jabari Zuniga
PLAN OF ATTACK:
The Seahawks are an extremely difficult team to predict what they are going to do in Round 1, as they don’t seem to follow the same draft boards as everyone else. Two years ago they took Rashaad Penny in round 1, and last year they grabbed DE LJ Collier. No one saw either as a first-round talent and after two seasons with Penny, and one with Collier, the masses seem to be right. The Seahawks could go a similar route this year and take someone unexpected. They need a pass rusher so maybe they reach on a guy like Curtis Weaver or Terrell Lewis. They should take a defensive end and better choices would be AJ Epenesa or Yetur Gross-Matos. Gross-Matos is a prototypical edge rusher with long ass arms. He does need to work on his run defense but is a guy who could come in and get 5-6 sacks as a rookie.
The Seahawks could also look to get some depth at cornerback at the end of the first round. They could be looking at a player like Jeff Gladney, Jaylon Johnson, and A.J. Terrell. The team could also look to bolster their offensive line with a player like Cesar Ruiz or Isaiah Wilson.
The Seahawks have two second-round picks and they could grab a cornerback with one of them. They don’t need a guy who can start right off the bat as they have quality starters on the team. A player who would make a ton of sense would be Auburn’s Noah Igbinoghene. Igbinoghene is raw, as he’s only played the position for a couple of years. He is very physical though and can be the team’s primary kick returner as a rookie as he slowly gets worked into the rotation.
With their additional second-round pick the Seahawks could look for help for the interior of their offensive line. They could use competition at center and guard. They’d be interested in big ol’ boys like Lloyd Cushenberry and Robert Hunt. Hunt is a massive man with a big upper body. He’s very powerful and could be a moose in the running game. The Seahawks also need help at offensive tackle and could look for someone to compete with Cedric Ogbuehi this season. In Round 2 they’d have to consider Prince Tega-Wanogho if he were available. He’s a massive human who moves well. He is a bit raw but has a very high ceiling as a dominating left tackle if he’s able to reach his potential.
In round 3 the Seahawks could continue to look to fill the same holes. If they haven’t landed a pass rusher yet they could take Michigan’s Josh Uche or Tennessee’s Darrell Taylor. If they need help on the offensive line, Wisconsin’s Tyler Biadasz makes sense here. He can play both center or guard and is tough as they come. They could grab an offensive tackle like Ben Bartch or Matthew Peart. The Seahawks could also look to bolster their secondary with a cornerback like Darnay Holmes or Troy Pride Jr.
Round 1: Yetur Gross-Matos DE, Penn State
Round 2: Noah Igbinoghene CB, Auburn
Round 2: Robert Hunt G, Louisiana
Round 3: Matthew Peart OT, UCONN