With the Draft just over the horizon, it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft. We’ll start with the lowly Tampa Bay Bucs and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England. The Seahawks are up Draft Tuesday.
Team Needs: WR, DT, OL
Free Agent Losses: CB Byron Maxwell, TE Tony Moeaki, OLB O’Brien Schofield, OT James Carpenter, S Jeron Johnson, LB Malcolm Smith, WR Bryan Walters
Free Agent Acquisitions: TE Jimmy Graham (Trade), LB Mister Alexander, CB Will Blackmon, C Clint Gresham (resigned), C Lemuel Jeanpierre, TE Anthony McCoy (resigned), LB Mike Morgan (resigned), DT Ahtyba Rubin, DE Gregg Scruggs (restricted), FB Will Tukuafu, CB Cary Williams
Potential Round 2 Targets: DT Grady Jarrett, DT Mike Bennett, DT Jordan Phillips, G AJ Cann, G Laken Tomlinson, WR Dorial Green-Beckham, WR Devin Funchess, WR Sammie Coates
Potential Round 3 Targets: DT Marcus Hardison, DT Gabe Wright, DT Xavier Cooper, G Ali Marpet, G John Miller, C Hroniss Grasu, WR Tyler Lockett, WR Rashad Greene, WR Ty Montgomery, WR Tre McBride
Plan of Attack: The Seahawks traded away their first round pick to land Jimmy Graham. He gives Russell Wilson a big time target to throw to and has proven to be impossible to cover. That being said, now the Seahawks have to wait until late in round 2 to make their first pick. With that first pick they could take a receiver. It was painfully obvious in the Super Bowl that the team needs to give Russell Wilson more options in the passing game. Jimmy Graham was a great addition but they need help at receiver too. They’ve made it publicly known that they like Dorial Green-Beckham. He’s a big target with great speed but has a rough off the field record. He would be worth the risk at pick 63 and would benefit from a high character guy like Russell Wilson as his quarterback. The Seahawks could also decide to upgrade the interior of their offensive line here. They could be looking at one of the top guards like AJ Cann or Laken Tomlinson. These two are both big road grading types of guards, who are also adept in pass blocking. The Seahawks have a great defense and may look to bolster it by adding a defensive tackle. They could take big Grady Jarrett here if available. Jarrett is 6 ft and 300 lbs. He can plug running lanes and also provide some inside pressure. Other options at defensive tackle would be Mike Bennett from Ohio State or big Jordan Phillips from Oklahoma.
If the Seahawks go wide receiver in round 2, then round 3 will be about finding a starting guard. The Seahawks should be very concerned about their penciled in starter at left guard CJ Davis. They need to upgrade here before the season starts. In round 3 they would be very thrilled to see Ali Marpet on the board. He hails from small school Hobart where he was a man amongst boys. Clearly there are concerns about the level of competition faced but Marpet is 6’3 and over 300 lbs. He’s tough as a $2 steak and is a top notch run blocker. So his skills should translate to the NFL no matter where he played college ball. If Marpet is gone the team could go for Louisville’s John Miller. Miller stood out at the East West Shrine Game where he man handled the competition. He does need to improve in pass blocking but can start his career by opening up holes for Beast Mode. If they already have a guard they could look for a receiver here. Kansas St.’s Tyler Lockett would be someone to look at. He’s undersized and quicker than fast, but he can get open and has great ball skills. If they don’t like Lockett they could consider Rashad Greene. Greene also doesn’t possess elite measurables but he is a smooth route runner with very sure hands. Another receiver for the Seahawks to look at would be Tre McBride. McBride is from a small school but possesses big time talent. He’s a fluid route runner, with syrupy hands, and good game speed. He’s got as much upside as any player in this class and could turn out to be another Seattle steal.
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