Seattle Seahawks 2014 Draft Preview
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
(SportsNetwork.com) - Everywhere you look the reigning Super Bowl champs are loaded with one notable exception, the offensive line.
The one real weakness in Seattle is with the big uglies, and that was before the team lost Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan in free agency.
The looming problem is that all of the offensive linemen worthy of a first- round grade, should be gone by the time the Seahawks get around to picking at No. 32 overall, although if UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo or Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio fall expect general manager John Schneider to pounce.
If all the O-linemen are indeed gone, however, adding another pass rusher like Auburn's Dee Ford to replace the departed Chris Clemons might be a nice fallback option.
"I think (the offensive line is) a place where you say, okay, there's a need," NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. "You can upgrade there. But outside of that, this team has so much depth and so much talent. Everybody gives lip service to they're a team that selects the best available player, but the advantage in the NFL is when you have a great roster, that's easy to do. You don't have to force things."
2013 Record: 13-3
Top Needs: OG, DE, TE
First Three Picks: No. 32, No. 64, No. 132
Number of Selections: 6 (1, 2, 4, 5, 5, 6)
CALLING THE SHOTS: Pete Carroll isn't quite Tom Wopat's "Luke Duke" To Schnieder's "Bo Duke" but the duo has been awfully successful, bringing the Pacific Northwest its first Super Bowl title. The pair have rebuilt a depleted roster in record time and have piloted the Seahawks to consecutive seasons of 10-or-more wins for the first time in franchise history.
"Pete Carroll has built this roster with John Schneider, they've done such a great job of having so much depth to be able to absorb the losses they've had in free agency that they can still just sit tight and take the best available guy," Jeremiah said. "I don't think there's many teams that can do that. I think they're one of them."
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2013 - none; 2012 - Bruce Irvin (DE, West Virginia); 2011 - James Carpenter (OT, Alabama); 2010 - Russell Okung (OT, Oklahoma State), Earl Thomas (S, Texas); 2009 - Aaron Curry (LB, Wake Forest); 2008 - Lawrence Jackson (DE, USC); 2007 - none; 2006 - Kelly Jennings (CB, Miami- Florida); 2005 - Chris Spencer (C, Ole Miss); 2004 - Marcus Tubbs (DT, Texas); 2003 - Marcus Trufant (CB, Washington State).
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