2014 NFL Draft primer: Seattle Seahawks
This is the latest primer in our NFL Draft two-a-days that looks at each team and which potential first-round picks would be a good fit. The draft begins Thursday, May 8.
PICK NO. 32: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
2013 record: 13-3
Key offseason acquisitions: CB Phillip Adams, WR Taylor Price.
Key offseason departures: CB Brandon Browner, CB Walter Thurmond, DE/DT Red Bryant, DE Chris Clemons, OT Breno Giacomini, OT Paul McQuistan, WR Golden Tate, WR Sidney Rice.
Biggest holes: Wide receiver, guard, defensive end, tight end.
How deep are the Seahawks? They lost several players in free agency, yet they're still considered a favorite to return to the Super Bowl.
Seattle didn't make a big splash in free agency aside from re-signing Michael Bennett. They opted to bring in mostly role players and depth guys, so adding through the draft will be key.
The thing is, the Seahawks don't have any major holes to fill. They have depth at just about every position, though they could use an outside presence to pair with the explosive and Percy Harvin as well as some pieces along both lines.
Fresno State wideout Davante Adams would be an intriguing pick at the end of the first round. Despite his average height at 6-1, Adams has the physical tools of a solid possession receiver -- hands, leaping ability and catch radius. He also has decent speed, clocking a 4.56 40 at the Combine. He has great hand-eye coordination and combines that with his 39 1/2-inch vertical to easily high-point the ball. Adams wasn't asked to run a full route tree with the Bulldogs, but he can step in right away and contribute in the red zone and as a chain-mover for the Seahawks.
This could be the ceiling for Florida State wideout Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin is 6-5, 240 pounds, making him an imposing outside threat. Like Adams, he has a wide catch radius and very good jumping ability to snare overthrown balls or catch a fade pass in the red zone. However, Benjamin's still very raw and is plagued by a case of the dropsies. Some of his drops are fixable with coaching - for instance, he'll often start looking upfield before securing the ball -- but other times he'll just flat-out drop the pass.
The Seahawks' defensive line is in good shape overall, but they may want to find a replacement for versatile lineman Red Bryant, who signed with ex-Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in Jacksonville. Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman would be a good pick if he's still available. Hageman has great measurements -- 6-6, 310 pounds, 34 1/4-inch arm length, 32 reps on the bench press, 35 1/2-inch vertical. He has good power and can play inside or at the five-technique.
Hageman's biggest knock, though, is his lack of consistency -- he'll make an explosive play, then disappear for a few snaps. He's also raw technique-wise, since he's a converted tight end who switched to defense upon enrolling at Minnesota.
Seattle also could shore up their offensive line. Starting right tackle Breno Giacomini is now a Jet, and the starting guard duo of James Carpenter and J.R. Sweezy is just average. Nevada's Joel Bitonio would be a versatile option. Bitonio played tackle during his time with the Wolfpack, but he showed some potential at guard during Senior Bowl workouts. The 6-4, 302-pounder plays tough, has the burst to take out defenders at the snap and the athleticism to block on screens if needed.
If the Seahawks wanted to focus solely on the interior line, UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo would be an option as well. Like Bitonio, Su'a-Filo is very athletic for a 6-4, 307-pound player. He thrives when asked to block on the move, whether it's getting into the second level or pulling on an outside run or counter. He'd be a good plug-and-play option.
Despite all of these first-round options, keep an eye on whoever Seattle takes in the middle rounds. The Seahawks have had a knack for finding mid-round and late-round gems. Among the more notable names: Richard Sherman (fifth round, 2011), Kam Chancellor (fifth round, 2010), Russell Wilson (third round, 2012), Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith (seventh round, 2011) and Bobby Wagner (second round, 2012). Possible Day 2 and Day 3 picks this year include Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis, Pitt WR Devin Street, Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman, USC DT George Uko, South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles, Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson and Boise State guard Charles Leno.