As recently as 2015, the Seahawks could boast of the second-best overall defense in pro football. They have fallen gradually each season, landing right in the middle of the league last year. Since the Pete Carroll philosophy is pound and grind, a defense that is stingier than just average is critical.
Safe to Say They Need a Safety
Defense will be a draft day priority. To expand on the obvious, Seattle allowed 200 of their opponent’s first downs to be gained through the air. Pass defense is the one area that has dropped the most. Replacing Earl Thomas at safety it the high mark on that list of priorities.
Nasir Adderley and Juan Thornhill would immediately make an impact. There are also a pair of University of Washington defensive backs, each who could make viable options in the latter rounds as home state products. Don’t be surprised if Seattle steps back and takes D-backs, both early and often.
A Dominant Pass Catcher
Doug Baldwin is a reliable and steady wide receiver. However, he’s never been elevated to the elite class of pass catchers in the NFL. Baldwin is also going to be coming off his third season in of going under the knife. Tyler Lockett hasn’t even come close to what were tempered aspirations.
Arizona State Sun Devil N’Keal Harry has already paid a visit to the Seahawk facilities, and Ohio State Buckeye multi-purpose star Parris Campbell has perked Pete’s interest. Campbell was Urban Meyer’s version of Percy Harvin, but more durable. Harry is bulk body with delicate hands.
Drafting the ASU star would finally give Carroll the high-profile receiver his offense has coveted since Seattle took Golden Tate. The Seahawks selected Tate out of Notre Dame in 2010, Carroll’s first season as head coach. Tate was good but small. Harry is projected as a game-changing type wide receiver.
Russell Wilson has also seemed to be like a kid lost without his security blanket since Jimmy Graham left Seattle. A big, sure-handed tight end also is a need Seattle could fill, and the 48 catches, 10 for scores, by Jace Sternberger at Texas A&M last season would be a good fit.
We always need to keep one important thing in mind when addressing Seattle’s draft day projections; Pete Carroll loves to trade down. With that in mind, don’t be surprised if the player who the Seahawks have on their radar is gone, that they bargain with that pick. On the list of players they will take, defenders who can stop the pass and receivers who can catch them will be a priority.