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Seattle Seahawks (Last Year: 10-6)
Well, anyone think the Seahawks won't win the West this year? Starbuck City will win its division again, but it can't just nap around on Draft Day. There are many critical needs to be met, mainly on the offensive side of the football. Matt Hasselbeck should be campaigning for some talent. Right on to the Hawks' draft range with the No. 25 overall pick:
Teams such as Green Bay, New York Giants and Atlanta might be looking to edge up ahead of the Chargers and Jaguars to get a player who is still available and possibly in the top 15 or 20 of their big board. For more on this, stay tuned for all my first-round projections for the 2008 Draft in the coming days.
Seattle has many needs on offense, namely at the skill positions. This wouldn't be a horrible move to trade back and get more picks, yet still have a valuable draft pick when they are a really talented team to start with.
Jonathan Stewart compares very favorably to Shaun Alexander as a prospect. I think Seattle would seriously consider him if he is still on the board. Also, Felix Jones and Chris Johnson bring more speed and big-play potential to this offense. Ray Rice is a workhorse back who is underrated just because of his height. I think he can be a No. 1 back more so than Jones or Johnson, so Seattle might seriously consider him here as well.
Mike Holmgren would love to see James Hardy and Limas Sweed still on the draft board because they fit his West Coast offense (I'd lean toward Sweed over Hardy here). Jordy Nelson, Earl Bennett, and Early Doucet are in the draft range at No. 25 as possession targets. All are reliable and probably nitpicked as prospects because they aren't lightening fast.
Dustin Keller/Fred Davis:
Will Heller and Jeb Putzier - enough said. This team could use an athletic tight end to stretch the defense. Both of these players run quick, tight routes, but I think Davis has better hands and blocking. I'm leaning with him at No. 25, but I wouldn't put it past Seattle to draft Keller either.
This is an overrated need in my opinion. I know they lost Chuck Darby, but a prospect I was really high on and played solid in his rookie season was Brandon Mebane. Watch for him to come on strong in his second season. I'd highly doubt Seattle goes with a DT in the first three rounds.
The range at No. 55 is the same needs as I listed above.
Bennett, Nelson, and Doucet offer much more value at 55 than 25, but will they still be available here? I'm not sure, but they would definitely take these receivers into account. Malcolm Kelly would be a nice selection here in the second round as a possession receiver as well. Keenan Burton, Mario Manningham, Marcus Henry, and Adrian Arrington are in their third to fifth round draft range. If you are looking for later round receivers, Adarius Bowman, Marcus Monk, Mario Urrutia, and Jason Rivers are in their sixth-seventh round draft range.
Keep an eye out for Seattle to pull a shocker in the second or third round and draft a quarterback. It's hard to tell who will exactly be on the board at 55, but fits for this offense such as Chad Henne and John David Booty would make a lot of sense considering the offense they played in college which is similar to this system. Hasselbeck will be 33 next season, and they might want to groom a more talented player than Seneca Wallace or Charlie Frye.
For other tight ends they will be targeting, pretty much any player fits the mold for them in the second to fourth rounds. Keller, Martellus Bennett, Brad Cottam and Jermichael Finley are more in the range for the No. 55 pick. Finley, Cottam, John Carlson, Jacob Tamme and Chris Hopkins would be excellent picks in their thrd to fifth round range as well.
If they don't address running back in the first round, then I think this is a necessity later in the draft. Rice, Jones, and Johnson are in their No. 55 range as well as their No. 25 pick range. I think Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, and Tashard Choice are possibilities in the second or third rounds for Seattle.
Safety is a big need as well for this team. Thomas DeCoud, Tyrell Johnson, Josh Barrett, and DaJuan Morgan would be smart fits with pick No. 55. Craig Steltz, Quentin Demps, and Jamar Adams are in their third to fifth round draft range.
Seattle Seahawks 2008 Offseason Needs
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