Team Needs: Seattle Seahawks
NEEDS RATING KEY
5.0 - High priority. This is a position that is a glaring weakness and there is the likelihood that this team cannot compete next year without making a major addition here.
4.0 - Medium Priority. This is an area that is an obvious weakness, but the team isn't quite desperate to make a major move here possibly because they have some young potential. But this is an area that if the team cannot fix via free agency, will definitely use one of their picks in the first three or four rounds to supplement.
3.0 - Upgrade Potential. This is a position that isn't a weakness per se, but there is significant room for an upgrade. If the right player comes along they will certainly snag him, but if they don't fix this position with a major free agent addition or early round pick, then it's not the end of the world.
2.0 - Depth Need. An area where there is a need to add depth. Perhaps there is an aging veteran and they might want to start to look at grooming his heir apparent or replacement. Not likely to be a high priority and a position that more than likely will be address in the middle and late rounds rather than with a top pick.
1.0 - Future Need. This is an area that is not a priority, and doesn't initially appear as a need. But there is some room to develop some depth for perhaps two or more years down the line. This is usually an area that a team will look at in the late rounds if at all.
0.0 - Non-need. This is a position that is a strength of their team, they have a solid starter, capable depth, and/or a young player at the position that they like and want to develop. Very little possibility this area is addressed and would be the equivalent of a wasted draft pick.
Top 10 Needs
1. QB - 4.0
2. DE - 4.0
3. LB - 3.5
4. OG - 3.0
5. RB - 2.5
6. OT - 2.0
7. DT - 1.5
8. TE - 1.5
9. FB - 1.5
10. OC - 1.5
Quarterback - Tarvaris Jackson's play down the stretch likely means that the Seahawks are more inclined to draft a young guy with the intention that he takes over in 2013. That likely will come very early on draft day, but they also could be in the mix for some of the top veteran passers on the market as well. NEED: 4.0
Running Back - Marshawn Lynch is a priority re-signing and things seem optimistc that a deal will get done. They may be more concerned with who is the top backup. Justin Forsett is also a free agent, and there doesn't seem to be too much push to keep him, which would then leave Leon Washington as their top back. Washington, albeit a competent third down back will turn 30 before the season starts, meaning they will likely be looking for a young guy in the draft to groom. NEED: 2.5
Fullback - Michael Robinson is an impending free agent and probably more attractive to the Seahawks than any other team. If not retained, they could seek another body but it's unlikely to be a high priority. NEED: 1.5
Wide Receiver - The healthy return of Sidney Rice probably makes this one of their relatively strongest positions, given the emergences of Doug Baldwin and Golden down the stretch. That coupled with Ben Obomanu, Mike Williams, Deon Butler, Kris Durham, and Ricardo Lockette make them relatively deep if Rice can provide them with that No. 1 threat on the outside. NEED: 1.0
Tight End - Zach Miller was not the clear-cut upgrade over John Carlson they hoped for. Carlson is a free agent, but one they want back. If they can't keep him, they'll probably draft another backup. NEED: 1.5
Offensive Tackle - Russell Okung has been unable to stay healthy in both years in Seattle, but has been solid when he's been on the field. They'll likely look at adding some depth behind him. Breno Giacomini played well down the stretch at right tackle, well enough that James Carpenter who is coming off injury may not get his starting job back if Giacomini continues. They could also add another depth piece on the right side as insurance. NEED: 2.0
Offensive Guard - If Giacomini can lock down the right tackle spot, it could allow them to move Carpenter inside to guard, a position many think is a more natural fit for him. There he could push John Moffitt or Robert Gallery. Moffitt struggled as a rookie, and Gallery did little in his first year in Seattle. This is definitely a position that they need more production from, but their solutions could already be on the roster. NEED: 3.0
Center - Max Unger is solid in the pivot and having played in 15 games after missing the same amount in 2010, he's the most stable player. But they could probably use some depth given his durability concerns. NEED: 1.5
Defensive Tackle - Red Bryant is a free agent, but is expected to be retained leaving them relatively stout here with Brandon Mebane, Alan Branch, and Clint McDonald forming the bulk of their rotation. They won't shy away from adding more depth, but it's not a need. NEED: 1.5
Defensive End - Chris Clemons was solid last year, but after a productive 2010, Raheem Brock showed his age last year and probably won't be offered more than the minimum to return as he approaches age 34. That leaves a glaring need to find someone else that can provide some much needed pressure from the edge. NEED: 4.0
Linebacker - David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill are both free agents. Hawthorne is probably their biggest priority to keep after Lynch, but he could find himself with a pretty good market given that he'll only be 27 in May. K.J. Wright is the other starter and had a solid rookie season as an upgrade adn replacement for Aaron Curry. Losing either starter would open a glaring need here. NEED: 3.5
Cornerback - Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman had surprisingly good first seasons with the Seahawks. While Browner did wind up with 6 picks, he also was one of the most penalized players in the league. Marcus Trufant will likely be cut, and Walter Thurmond coming off an injury will also be in the mix. But the Seahawks could be opening themselves to disaster if they put too much trust in a recovering Thurmond, green Sherman, and inconsistent Browner. Adding another quality corner this off-season would help them out a lot. NEED: 3.0
Safety - Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas were probably the best pair of safeties in the NFC, giving them a solid young pair to grow around in the future. Atari Bigby is a free agent but performed well in spot duty last year, so he should be welcomed back. NEED: 1.0
Kicker - Journeyman Steven Hauschka was solid in his first year as a full-time kicker. Besides bolstering competition in camp, it doesn't appear to be a need. NEED: 1.0
Punter - Jon Ryan is solid punter that is signed through 2015, so this won't be a need for some time. NEED: 0.0
Return Specialist - Despite not having a great season, they are still solid here with Leon Washington. NEED: 1.0
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