Offensive Help Now, Defensive Help Later for Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks tickets have been among the top NFL tickets for the past few seasons as Seattle seems to have found the right combination of talent and nasty to be continually successful. Aided by a potent defense and the free range talent of Russell Wilson, along with the beastly running of Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks have to be considered in the Super Bowl conversation for the foreseeable future.
But things change in the NFL and Seattle faces the same challenge of every other contender, mainly replacing losses and keeping the talent level high as free agent losses and injuries take their toll. Let’s take a look at how Seattle drafted, something they tend to do well.
1st Round – Given up for Jimmy Graham. The Seahawks traded for Tight End Jimmy Graham, giving Wilson a huge Red Zone target for 2015. While Graham put up big numbers in New Orleans he may become more of a situation player in Seattle. His numbers may drop but he should help Wilson on key downs and in the end zone.
2nd Round – Seattle earned a bit of criticism by taking Frank Clark despite his domestic violence incident and they’ve spent a lot of time defending the move. Talent wise, Clark looks like a good bet and he fits right in with their nasty attitude on defense. Can he stay out of trouble? If he does, Seattle made a good move here.
3rd Round – Tyler Lockett, WR – Lockett is a talent, no doubt. BUt Seattle did use some extra picks to move up and get him. Giving Wilson more targets was obviously a priority but the Seahawks did pay a top price for the Kansas State pass catcher. Another gamble.
4th Round – Terry Poole OT – A pick for the future and depth. Poole is an offensive tackle with good athletic ability and has a chance to grow into a starter.
4th Round – Mark Glowinski OG – Again, the Seahawks drafted for the future at the offensive guard position. Not a sure fire pick here but in the 4th Round Glowinski offers good value and good potential.
5th Round – Tye Smith, Cornerback – On a team known for aggressive corner play, Smith will be worked into the lineup. He has the size to fit the Seahawks model but will have a hard time getting on the field right away. Another project pick.
The rest of the Seahawks draft fits the mold of building for the future with good athletes. Obum Gwacham is a defensive end that was projected in the late rounds and needs seasoning. Kristjan Sokoli, another DE, is an athlete but didn’t produce a bunch in college. Again, he needs coaching. Ryan Murphy, as the last pick, probably has a better shot at breaking into the lineup sometime soon as a safety in Seattle secondary which has taken some hits.
The Seattle Seahawks have done well with late round picks and draft choices, finding gold nuggets where others saw silver or lead. It’s apparent that Seattle is looking long term in a draft that doesn’t stand out but could be something special down the line. With an emphasis at the top for improving the passing game, the Seattle Seahawks will be giving opposing defenses fits in 2015 while banking studs for the future on defense. It’s the Seahawks way.