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Draft Decisions

NFL Draft Needs: Seahawks

by Josh Norris
Updated On: April 20, 2019, 2:00 pm ET

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is Rotoworld's Senior NFL Editor, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) is Rotoworld's lead Draft Analyst. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential solutions in April’s draft.

For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.

Notable Pre-Draft Additions: LG Mike Iupati, QB Paxton Lynch.

Starting Offense

QB: Russell Wilson
RB: Chris Carson
WR: Tyler Lockett
WR: David Moore
SLWR: Doug Baldwin
TE: Nick Vannett
LT: Duane Brown
LG: Mike Iupati
C: Justin Britt
RG: D.J. Fluker
RT: Germain Ifedi

Starting Defense

RE: Frank Clark
LE: Quinton Jefferson
NT: Nazair Jones
3T: Jarran Reed
MLB: Bobby Wagner
WLB: K.J. Wright
SLB: Mychal Kendricks
LCB: Shaquill Griffin
RCB: Tre Flowers
SCB: Neiko Thorpe
FS: Tedric Thompson
SS: Bradley McDougald

Team Needs

Silva's Analysis

Offensive Line: Last year’s Seahawks were a lopsided run- versus pass-blocking team, generating the NFL’s sixth-most yards per carry (4.8) and finishing top 12 in Adjusted Line Yards, but ranking 29th in quarterback hit rate (20.7%) and 31st in sack rate (10.7%) allowed. Iupati and Fluker are short-term solutions at best, and 2017 second-round G/C Ethan Pocic has shown nothing through two years. Ifedi should face competition.

Secondary: Even as perimeter CBs Griffin and Flowers were far from perfect, the Seahawks likely feel comfortable enough with both to enter 2019 with Griffin and Flowers as their top-two corners. Slot cornerback is a major concern after Justin Coleman bolted to Detroit, however, and FS Thompson should face competition to become Earl Thomas’ long-term replacement. With Thomas sidelined for most of last year, Seattle coughed up the NFC’s fourth-most completions of 20-plus yards (58).

Pass Catcher: Edge rusher also warrants mentioning among Seattle’s top needs. Offensively, the Seahawks lack a dynamic pass-catching tight end, and Baldwin has spoken openly of retirement following multiple surgeries. Moore flashed potential to become a legitimate threat on the perimeter only to disappear late in the season.

 

Seahawks 2019 Draft Picks

Norris' Options

1 (21). S Nasir Adderley, Delaware - Let me state that the Seahawks almost certainly will trade down. Just four selections in a seven-round draft, for a team that has understood the importance of quantity of selections in the past, is unlikely. The Seahawks have gone through a massive identity shift defensively over the last few years, yet they displayed sound roster management that resulted in wins while continuing to rebuild. Adderley will be viewed by some teams as the top safety in this class and likely can win in multiple roles.

3 (84). EDGE Ben Banogu, TCU - From Michael Bennett to Cliff Avril to others, the Seahawks have faced change on the edge. And the Frank Clark situation might not be over. There is a bit of a cliff after the handful of first-round edge rushers. It makes sense, as clean prospects at that position are selected early. The Seahawks have displayed a propensity to select athletes and develop them, including defensive lineman Rasheem Green last year. Banogu is a developmental player worthy of a top 100 pick.

4 (124). iDL Cortez Broughton, Cincinnati - The Seahawks found an undrafted gem in Poona Ford and Jarran Reed is outstanding in his role. Plus, Quinton Jefferson and Green as interior options. But those who cover the team believe an interior defensive lineman is still in the cards. There are times when Broughton wins in his first two steps, immediately breaking free of his blocker and causing instant disruption.

5 (159). CB Michael Jackson, Miami - A down 2018 could allow Jackson to be on the board in round 5. His 2017 performance plus his 32.5-inch arms and 90th percentile athletic profile would suggest he might be a steal as an outside corner.

Josh Norris
Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .