The Seahawks are poised for a season fans haven’t seen in years: One that ends with a higher number in the win column than in the loss column. All the members here at North and South of Royal Brougham have pegged Seattle to get ten wins or more, and it all starts with defense.
John Schneider and Pete Carroll have proven that they’re very good at evaluating talent at the college level. Finding gems such as Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor in the later rounds has been more the rule than the exception since this new regime took over in Seattle.
There are two scenarios for the Seahawks in the first round of the draft.
They stand pat. This year’s draft is fairly deep, and with Seattle doing more patchwork and depth hunting than anything else, there’s no reason to get crazy. If they stay at pick twelve, assuming he’s still on the board, David DeCastro is the pick that makes the most sense. He’s the best interior lineman in the draft, and many pundits have said he has the potential to be on the level that Steve Hutchinson was in the prime of his career. DeCastro would be the final piece in solidifying a young, powerful, nasty offensive line. When healthy, the tandem of Okung, DeCastro, Unger, Moffitt and Carpenter could be one of the best in the league. The way Pete Carroll has committed his offensive philosophy to the power running game, this pick makes the most sense at twelve.
They trade back. Nobody values extra picks like John Schneider. The rumor is that most of the teams holding picks three through fifteen are looking to move back, and Seattle may be right up there with the rest of them. With deep talent at the mid-first round level at outside linebacker and defensive end, the Seahawks could do well to move back a few picks. I saw a mock draft written by Mike Sando that had the Seahawks swapping their pick with New England, taking their 27th and 31st picks in the first round. If they do move back, I’d love to see Seattle take Melvin Ingram. He just might be the edge rush specialist they’ve been looking for. Physically, he’s got all the tools and athleticism to back off into pass coverage, charge after the rusher, or rush the quarterback. When you look at the success teams have had with defensive end/outside linebacker hybrids — Terrell Suggs, Mario Williams, DeMarcus Ware — it’s a pick that makes great sense for the Hawks.
In the later rounds, Seattle will likely address their depth at cornerback, running back, wide receiver, and their defensive line. And don’t ever rule out the possibility of taking a quarterback in the late rounds, like Kellen Moore from Boise State. But early on, look for Seattle to address their holes upfront on both sides of the ball.