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Seattle Seahawks April Scouting Report
Rick Watts

The draft is drawing near but Seattle seems like they are ready to stand pat. With just 3 picks there is not a large chance for Seattle to help themselves much. Their first pick is at #56. After that they pick at #129 and #250 and are done. They do not have much to trade for other picks so this will probably stick.


QB -

Well I guess that QB Geno Smith is happy being the perpetual back up. He has re-signed and it is getting late enough in his career that I do not see him doing much else now. Stability is always good behind QB Russell Wilson, but we never want anyone else to take a snap.


The line in front of Wilson looks like it will be LT Duane Brown, LG Damien Lewis, C Ethan Pocic, RG Gabe Jackson, and RT Brandon Shell. There is a good chance that someone will be sitting at #56 like OT Brady Christensen from BYU. By firming up their needs overall, Seattle could take a chance here to build for the future and not be stuck with Shell starting all year.


RB -

Here is another area that is not likely to change. Seattle should move forward with RB Chris Carson, RB Rashaad Penny, RB DeeJay Dallas and RB Alex Collins. Barring injury, the ball will go to Carson as often as the new offensive scheme allows it.


WR -

It would be nice to pick up a slot guy to fit in with WR DK Metcalf and WR Tyler Lockett. But not at the expense of the trenches. Rookie WR Freddie Swain is probably good enough behind them


TE -

Part of the reason that another wideout is not as critical is the talent at tight end especially with the addition of TE Gerald Everett to be the latest less talented, bigger name guy to eclipse TE Will Dissly. TE Colby Parkinson will have a chance to show what he can do too.



PK Jason Myers finally seems to be solid and not needing to be pushed.


D -

I really like DT Poona Ford and DT Al Woods. But they should have another big guy joining them after the draft. DT Bryan Mone is not enough. DT Marlon Tuipulotu from USC could still be on the board at #56 and he would be a long term upgrade.


The return of DE Carlos Dunlap II is going to be a big win lining up with Rookie DE Darrell Taylor and DE Benson Mayowa. DE Alton Robinson, DE Bruce Irvin and DE LJ Collier will have DE Aldon Smith and DE Kerry Hyder vying for playing time. Assuming Smith is not in jail or on trial somewhere. That is plenty of talent on the ends and I do not expect anything to change there on draft day.


LB KJ Wright has not yet gotten his deal. The dropoff between him and LB Cody Barton is significant, but it is not like Seattle can draft anyone better to step in if contract talks go sideways. 'Hawks fans may just need to deal with having LB Jordyn Brooks and Barton flanking LB Bobby Wagner for the rest of his career.


SS Jamal Adams and FS Quandre Diggs take up a big chunk of cap space and should show their worth on the field again. The more snaps with Dunlap, Wagner, and Adams the happier I will be.


CB DJ Reed and CB Ahkello Witherspoon are the likely starters. CB Pierre Desir increases the competition, but they really could use a draft pick here who can contribute. There are several things working against them. Most of the corners who could help will be gone. Seattle either drafts poorly or finds CB Richard Sherman, there is not much in between. And with only 3 picks they have to be convinced this position is the right one to draft. I think they will try and fail with someone who falls in the draft for a reason.


Go 'Hawks,



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