A Look at the Draft – CB/S

You can never have too many defensive backs. Never. Ever. It’s something that every team should address every year in the draft. Depth in the secondary is vital for any team to be successful in the NFL.
Seattle used three picks in last year’s draft on defensive backs, taking free safety Earl Thomas in the first round, cornerback Walter Thurmond in the fourth, and strong safety Kam Chancellor in the fifth. The Seahawks hope these players will be the foundation of a strong, deep secondary unit for years to come.
The future for the veterans in Seattle’s defensive backfield is uncertain. The play of Marcus Trufant has been steadily declining the last few seasons, and he has also had several significant injuries. He should return next season, but it would not surprise me if the team were to release him because of possible salary cap ramifications. That may be a good thing, in fact, because it would mean that the team has confidence in its young cornerbacks.
Kelly Jennings is a free agent, but I believe he’ll remain a Seahawk. Most Seahawks fans I’ve spoken to can’t stand Jennings, but he knows the system and his salary should be affordable. If Trufant were to be released, Jennings would almost definitely be re-signed. Jordan Babineaux is in the same situation, and I expect him to return, as well.
The same goes for Lawyer Milloy, but I would be concerned if he comes back to the Seahawks next season. He played about as well as could be expected last season, but he’s 37 years old and he was exposed in the playoff loss to Chicago. His return would indicate that Chancellor is not ready to play at strong safety. Chancellor played in some dime packages last season and, frankly, he looked a little lost.
In addition to the three players they drafted, the team brought in several others to add youth, speed and depth to the team. Roy Lewis and Kennard Cox saw some playing time, and Marcus Brown and Josh Pinkard spent time on the practice squad.
I don’t see the Seahawks using their first round pick on a DB, but after that, anything is possible. The team is in the midst of a changing of the guard in its secondary. I expect at least two of the team’s remaining picks will be used on a cornerback or safety. Thomas is a potential Pro Bowler. If Thurmond can stay healthy, he’ll have a legitimate shot at starting. If Chancellor sees significant playing time, that would be a huge boost to the team.
If all goes well, last year’s draftees and those about to be selected will evolve into the core of an outstanding young unit.

Topics: Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Seattle Seahawks, Walter Thurmond

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  • http://www.gohawks.info D Hawk

    Enough already on Milloy “getting exposed” in Chicago. The TD pass WAS NOT Milloy’s man. I’m surprised there are Seahawk fans that still don’t know that. Thomas had the coverage on that…Milloy noticed he didn’t pick him up and tried to cover for him but couldn’t quite get there.

    Milloy is near the end of his career, but he isn’t at it yet. Even if he is there to cover some snaps and help out Kam (and hopefully Jeron Johnson) he’d be worth it.

    Seattle needs another CB. Unless the CFL signee is ready to be a star…but that isn’t a risk they should take. If Jimmy Smith is there at 25 I don’t know how Seattle passes on him. He could be a pro bowler as a rookie, and is a perfect fit for Carroll’s offense.

    • Joseph Okabe

      Sorry, but I have to disagree.

      On the first TD pass, Milloy lined up right over Greg Olsen. He expected a short, quick throw to try and pick up the first down, and he wanted to jump the route. Instead, Olsen went straight up the field and was all alone.

      It wasn’t just that one play. Milloy uses his instincts to position himself favorably to compensate for his declining physical skills. The Bears must have noticied tendencies on film, because they took advantage of Milloy on several plays.

      Milloy is at the end of his career. He wouldn’t be in the NFL if he weren’t a Seahawk. If he sticks with the team, it will be because they need his experience.

      Seattle does need another CB, but I believe they’ll address that in the middle rounds (perhaps with pick #99). IMO, the team has to go with a lineman (preferably defensive) if they stay at #25.

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