Seattle Seahawks March Scouting Report
One month of free agency in the books and lots of questions still remain. One point of interest with the Covid-19 complications is that this season could be shortened or the number of days of camp after the draft reduced. This makes free agents who can have an immediate impact more valuable than draft choices who are not ready to start quickly in the NFL.
QB Russell Wilson’s backup remains in question after Seattle did not make a play for XFL talent. I still like using a 3rd round pick on a backup because Wilson seems indestructible, but he is not as young as he once was.
Some changes have happened here, but not too considerable. I think C Justin Britt will not start next year making the starting line up: LT Duane Brown, LG BJ Finney, C Ethan Pocic, RG DJ Fluker, and RT Jamarco Jones and OT Cedric Ogbuehi as the hybrid tight-end/tackle eligible instead of OT George Fant who has been lost to free agency. Finney is the big add so far with Ogbuehi just switching in for Fant and Pocic switching into Britt’s place.
There has been no activity here. RB Chris Carson and RB Rashaad Penny are working at getting healthy and RB Travis Homer is just not the guy. I like a 4th rounder coming in to mix this up.
The addition of WR Phillip Dorsett who was a first-round pick in 2015 is big news. Dorsett has a lot left and is very fast. Putting him in the rotation with WR Tyler Lockett and WR D.K. Metcalf catching long ones from Wilson has to be scary to defensive coaches. Picking him up makes me think that pick #27 might go to an offensive guard. Previously I had been hoping it would go to a receiver since there should still be some strong talent left at that point.
TE Luke Willson will be back with TE Greg Olsen ant TE Will Dissly. TE Jacob Hollister is here too. Very deep position for Seattle now.
PK Jason Myers will probably be the guy. Not much there.
The focus is still on getting DE Jadaveon Clowney back. DE Jarran Reed is coming back and that is fine, but Seattle really needs a rusher. I am still hoping that DT Al Woods will return but it seems pretty certain that he is off to Jacksonville. They could use the draft to bring in more depth to the middle of the defensive line especially if they have lost Woods.
It is very interesting that LB Bruce Irvin is returning. Most expect him to be used as an edge rusher, but he could return to his SAM role too. Either way, Seattle needs young blood at linebacker with LB Bobby Wagner and LB KJ Wright getting older and should draft a linebacker early.
Corner was my hope for the draft until Seattle added CB Quinton Dunbar. This is a massive improvement like having Sherm return. Dunbar will likely be the starting right corner. FS Marquise Blair and SS Quandre Diggs have the safety spots, I hope. Then our best available corner coming out of camp can round that group out to be much better than last year’s out of the gate.
In summary here is my draft list:
#27 should be a guard, maybe Shane Lemieux out of Oregon?
2nd round a linebacker and a defensive tackle,
3rd and both 4ths combined for a quarterback, an offensive lineman, and a wide receiver.
Then best available in the 5th and 6th.
The draft remains set to start on April 23rd, but we will see.
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