Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll (left) and general manager John Schneider during the game against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Saints 34-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: The 5 biggest areas of need for the Seahawks

With free agency slowing down, and most of the UFA’s on the Hawks either gone or re-signed, there are a few areas that need to be addressed…

Offensive Line- T Breno Giacomini signed with the Jets and G Paul McQuistan is questionable to return; it looks as if  the Seahawks will have to draft smart to shore up Russell Wilson’s protection unit. With guards Xavier Su’a-Filo (UCLA) and David Yankey (Stanford) and tackles Cyrus Kouandjio (Alabama) and Morgan Moses (Virginia), the Hawks have some nice options available to immediately fill at least one of those positions.

Defensive Line- DE Red Bryant, DE O’Brien Schofield and DT Clinton McDonald are all gone, and the defensive front’s depth is lacking. Re-signing DE Michael Bennett to a bargain deal was a good start, but at least another DE as well as DT are needed to ensure a competitive and dominant unit. Keep your eyes on defensive ends Stephen Tuitt (Notre Dame) and Kony Ealy (Missouri), if they are still available at pick No. 32, along with defensive tackles Louis Nix III (Notre Dame) and Ra’shede Hageman (Minnesota). Jared Allen is another option if signed at the right price.

Wide Receiver- Golden Tate got his payday in Detroit, and Sidney Rice has been cut (although there are rumors he could be brought back at a lower price), leaving Seahawks fans wondering who will take over in 2014. Right now they will be returning Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette and many want to see a big-bodied receiver drafted to pose an eminent threat to defenses in the red-zone. Look for guys like Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin (6-5, 235 lbs) or Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks (4.33 40-time) to still be on the board in the first round.

Tight End- There has been speculation since the end of the season that Zach Miller could become a cap causality, and while he has yet to be cut, the Hawks would benefit from a catch-first type of TE. There are reports than Green Bay’s Jermichael Finley could be close to signing with the Seahawks but if that falls though there are a few explosive options in the draft. Watch for Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington, or Jace Amaro (Texas Tech) to fall into John Schneider’s hands as it would be difficult to pass on either one of them.

Cornerback- While Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell seem to be comfortable in their starting roles for the foreseeable future, Brandon Browner is now a member of the Patriots and Walter Thurmond is ready to sign with either the Jaguars or 49ers. The Seahawks will look to the draft to add depth and potentially find their new nickel back; look for TCU’s Jason Verrett, Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller, or Stanley Jean-Baptiste from Nebraska to catch the eyes of the front office if they are still around early on.

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  • ghaugsvsn

    I would love to bring back Rice for some good insurance and it sucks we lost Tate, but well be fine. Kearse has a very similar skill set to Tate so I would think he could slide into Tates old roll and well be OK .

  • Trakar

    Rice has never been worth the money, he’s fragile and at his best, merely good. Hated losing Tate, but he wasn’t worth what Detroit offered and I can’t blame him for opening his wallet as they poured money into it.. Cooks actually looks like he plays much faster than his 4.3 forty speed, but he is very small and very slight of build, he will probably be manhandled by the type of press coverage that dominates the NFCWest (and increasingly, the entire league). One of the main things that was bothering me about our receiving corps over the back end of last season was the cadre of mighty mites we were accumulating. Definitely time to get a few bigger targets back into the lineup. Personally, I liked Davante Adams, but he’s shorter than I’d feel comfortable using a high draft pick on with regards to a receiver given the inflated contracts we are already dealing with at the position.
    I’m still looking at one-year FA deals with players like J. Allen, V. Wilfork, and J. Finley. Until the ‘hawks pick through the FA market, talking about Draft needs and holes when it is still a month and a half (or so) away, is premature.

  • Raymond

    Need OG/OT first 2 rounds and need it bad. Seattle looking at Melton for DT. Draft needs to focus on O-Line. Main area of weakness, and likely going to have 2-3 new starters next year. Bring in the talent. Especially with top teams adding more pass rushers. Protection and run blocking was pathetic last year