The Seattle Seahawks received high praise from analysts all over the country for their haul on draft day. The offseason applause continues, this time from ESPN.com’s John Clayton.
Clayton put together a quick list of five teams who, in his opinion, had the best offseasons. Bold moves, aggressive signings, and prowess on NFL draft day all equate to a thumbs up from the Professor:
5. Seattle Seahawks: Pete Carroll had more holes to fill on the Seahawks’ roster than he had scholarships at USC. Except for defensive end, Carroll filled a lot of holes. He was the big winner in the draft, adding nine rookies and three veterans acquired in trades who should help. As many as four starters could come out of the draft – left tackle Russell Okung, safety Earl Thomas, wide receiver Golden Tate and defensive end E.J. Wilson. Two sleepers could be Kam Chancellor, a 230-pound safety who could help on run downs, and tight end Anthony McCoy, a third-round talent from USC who slipped to the sixth because of a positive marijuana test. During the draft, Carroll may have fixed his backfield problems by trading for LenDale White and Washington. White now weighs 218 pounds, a far cry from his 250-pound days. Washington is coming off a broken leg. Okung will play next to veteran Ben Hamilton on a revamped left side of the line. The Seahawks led the league with six players acquired in trades. Defensive end Chris Clemons could add some pass rush at defensive end. Charlie Whitehurst came from San Diego as a quarterback who could eventually take over for Matt Hasselbeck.
Tags: Ben Hamilton Charlie Whitehurst Chris Clemons E.J. Wilson Earl Thomas Golden Tate John Clayton John Schneider Kam Chancellor LenDale White Leon Washington Matt Hasselback National Football League NFL NFL Draft Offseason Pete Carroll Russell Okung Seattle Seahawks