2013 NFL Offseason: Seattle Seahawks
Draft Grades, Season Previews, Team Needs, Free Agents
Seattle Seahawks (Last Year: 11-5)
2013 NFL Draft Grade: C+
Please note that the overall grade is not an average of all the individual grades. Other things are taken into account like team needs and goals.
Goals Entering the 2013 NFL Draft: The Seahawks have done so well in free agency this offseason that they don't really need to do anything in the 2013 NFL Draft, save for obtaining a right tackle upgrade. All they figure to do is take the top player available to bolster their roster.
2013 NFL Draft Accomplishments: The Seahawks barely had any needs to take care of, so they spent the 2013 NFL Draft taking the presumed best players on their board all while making sure they have replacements for the future as well as injury insurance for a potential Super Bowl run.
Having said that, there were a couple of odd choices. I can get Christine Michael, but why Spencer Ware as well? That seems unnecessarily redundant. Also, I don't know what Seattle is going to do with two guards (Ryan Seymour, Jared Smith). It's going to be difficult for both of them to make the roster.
I did love some of the Seahawks' picks though. Chris Harper could succeed Sidney Rice if the injury-prone wideout gets hurt again. Ty Powell was a steal at No. 231. The best pick, however, was Jesse Williams, who was taken 137th overall. Some thought Williams would be a first-round pick, so to get him on Day 3 was phenomenal.
Seattle had an OK draft, but there were too many questionable picks. The right tackle position should have been addressed.
2013 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
62. Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M: C Grade
I'm all for picking the top player available - it's questionable if Christine Michael qualifies as such - but it has to make some sort of sense. The Seahawks already had Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin in the backfield. Where does Michael fit in? This seems like a wasted selection.
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87. Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State: C Grade
Even as a Penn State alumnus, I'll say that this is a reach. Jordan Hill probably should have gone in the Round 5 area, but he does fill a need as an interior pass-rusher. The problem is that Hill is terribly inconsistent.
123. Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State: B+ Grade
I thought the Seahawks would go with Quinton Patton, who would have been a better value selection. I do like Chris Harper though. Sidney Rice constantly gets injured, so Seattle needed to find a good Plan B just in case he gets hurt again.
137. Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama: A+ Grade
Jesse Williams, what took you so long? It's unbelievable that he fell this far. Some deemed Williams as a late first-round candidate. I thought he'd fall to the second or third because of the lacking need at the position, but there's no excuse for him lasting this long. He doesn't fill an immediate need for the Seahawks, but he'll be useful down the road.
138. Tharold Simon, CB, LSU: B+ Grade
You have to wonder where Tharold Simon would have gone had he not been arrested on the first night of the draft for intimidating a police officer. There's no questioning that this is a good value pick from a talent standpoint though. Simon is a great fit in Seattle's defense as a tall, lanky corner.
158. Luke Willson, TE, Rice: C+ Grade
I never thought I'd be talking about an "other" Rice tight end, but Luke Willson could have a chance to start down the road because of the lack of talent Seattle has at the position. He's a bit of a reach though.
194. Spencer Ware, RB, LSU: C Grade
Another running back? Why? Spencer Ware fits the range in Round 6, but this seems like a wasted pick.
220. Ryan Seymour, G, Vanderbilt: C Grade
I didn't have Ryan Seymour as a draftable prospect, but it's the seventh round, so who cares? I'm surprised the Seahawks waited this long to address their offensive line.
231. Ty Powell, OLB, Harding: A Grade
Ty Powell probably should have been taken in the fourth round, so I love the value the Seahawks obtained with the Harding product. Powell will provide Seattle with much-needed depth at linebacker.
241. Jared Smith, G/DT, New Hampshire: C+ Grade
Jared Smith was chosen in the right range, though he'll be buried on the depth chart. He may not make the team.
242. Michael Bowie, OT, Northeast Oklahoma State: C+ Grade
Another needed offensive line pick, though Michael Bowie is unlikely to challenge at the poor right tackle spot anytime soon.
*** 2013 NFL TEAM NEEDS BELOW COMMENT BOARD ***
The Seahawks were screwed over by the NFL schedule-makers, having to play two East Coast playoff games in as many weeks, including one that was a 10 a.m. local time kickoff. The good news though is that this franchise has a bright future, as the sky's the limit for Russell Wilson. The front office needs to complement him with potent weapons this offseason.
- Defensive Tackle: The Seahawks have an outstanding defense, but it can be even better if they manage to add an interior pass-rusher. If they can get to the quarterback more effectively, it'll make their dominant secondary that much more potent. Signed Michael Bennett and Tony McDaniel
- Wide Receiver: It's amazing how great Russell Wilson was as a rookie despite not having a legitimate No. 1 receiver at his disposal. One could be acquired with the 25th pick this April. Traded for Percy Harvin
- Right Tackle: Breno Giacomini is a huge liability at right tackle. He can't pass protect, and he commits way too many penalties. If the Seahawks don't find an upgrade in free agency, they'll have to obtain one in the first few rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.
- Defensive End: Chris Clemons tore his ACL in early January, so he may not be ready for the start of the 2013 season. As we all saw in the playoff loss to Atlanta, Bruce Irvin cannot be a starter because he gets demolished against the run. Signed Cliff Avril
- Guard: James Carpenter hasn't proven that he can stay healthy. Paul McQuistan isn't very good. The Seahawks could stand to find at least one upgrade on the interior.
- Linebacker: Depth will be needed if Leroy Hill leaves via free agency.
- Tight End: Zach Miller's contract will get pretty bloated in the coming years. The Seahawks may want to bring in a young tight end.
- Kicker: Steven Hauschka is a free agent. Re-signed Steven Hauschka
2013 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Michael Bennett, DE, Buccaneers. Age: 27.
Signed with Seahawks (1 year, $5 million)
One of the more underrated players in the NFL, Michael Bennett is a solid pass-rusher and a premier run-defender. He plays all three downs and deserves a big contract.
Cliff Avril, DE, Lions. Age: 27.
Signed with Seahawks
Cliff Avril is a relatively young, dynamic pass-rusher, but he tends to struggle in run support. He rejected a 3-year, $30 million deal last offseason.
Antoine Winfield, CB, Vikings. Age: 36.
Signed with Seahawks (1 year)
Antoine Winfield has enjoyed a great career, but it's quickly coming to an end. Turning 36 in June, Winfield was demoted out of full-time duties at the end of this past season even though he had been playing well. Winfield may still have one strong year left in the tank, but as we saw in the AFC divisional round with Champ Bailey, old corners could fall off without any warning.
- Tony McDaniel, DT, Dolphins. Age: 28. -- Signed with Seahawks
- Brady Quinn, QB, Chiefs. Age: 28. -- Signed with Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks Free Agents:
Salary Cap: TBA.
Steven Hauschka, K, Seahawks. Age: 28.
Re-signed with Seahawks
Steven Hauschka was 24-of-27 last year, but only 1-of-4 from 50-plus. He's just 3-of-8 from beyond 50 the past two seasons.
Jason Jones, DT, Seahawks. Age: 27.
Signed with Lions
Jason Jones is a quality interior pass-rusher who was lost late in the year to a knee injury.
Leon Washington, KR, Seahawks. Age: 31.
Signed with Patriots
Leon Washington has been one of the top return specialists over the years, but he'll be 31 at the end of August.
Leroy Hill, OLB, Seahawks. Age: 30.
Leroy Hill had a solid 2012 campaign as a two-down linebacker until late in the season when he dealt with a lingering hamstring injury.
Alan Branch, DT, Seahawks. Age: 28.
Signed with Bills (1 year, $3 million)
Alan Branch is sort of a jack-of-all-trades defensive tackle. He has no glaring weaknesses and is at his best when stopping the run.
- Clinton McDonald (RFA), DT, Seahawks. Age: 26.
- Marcus Trufant, CB, Seahawks. Age: 32. -- Signed with Jaguars
- Frank Omiyale, OT, Seahawks. Age: 30.
- Deon Butler, WR, Seahawks. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chargers
- Ben Obomanu, WR, Seahawks. Age: 29.
- Chris Maragos (RFA), S, Seahawks. Age: 26.
- Cameron Morrah, TE, Seahawks. Age: 26.
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