For a few weeks it appeared that the Seattle Seahawks would be drafting a lot higher in the NFL draft than most of us would have liked. High draft picks are great and all but when you have a team capable of winning a Super Bowl, you’ll gladly give up early draft picks for playoff wins.
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The last two wins against the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, both ending 19-3, have Seattle sitting at 8-4 and in control of their own destiny when it comes to winning the NFC West again.
With those two victories the Seahawks are now back in the bottom part of the NFL draft, currently owning the 26th pick with four more regular season games to go.
For a team that is 8-4, the Hawks have plenty of areas that need to be addressed in the offseason, including plenty of areas where a first round draft pick could contribute immediately. The offensive line could use some depth. Doug Baldwin has done well but the wide receiving corps definitely needs to be improved after the season. Seattle’s lack of a consistent pass rush was largely responsible for their slow start and the drop off from last season’s dominating defense. Even the secondary, which was considered to be the deepest unit on the team could suddenly use some more depth.
CBS Sports released their recent mock earlier today and they have the Seahawks selecting Michigan WR/TE Devin Funchess with the 26th overall selection. My immediate reaction was that I, along with a majority of 12’s would love to see a player like Funchess, who is 6′ 5” and 235, added to the offense.
CBS Sports had this on Funchess:
"26. Seattle Seahawks — Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan*: Improved play at tight end by Tony Moeaki and Cooper Helfet have sparked Seattle’s impressive two-game winning streak against Arizona and San Francisco. Neither, however, possesses a unique skill-set like the 6-5, 235 pound Funchess, who could remind GM John Schneider of Jermichael Finley, a formidable seam threat he saw while both worked in Green Bay."
Funchess would be the large-bodied receiver that the Seahawks have been needing in the redzone for the past few seasons. A Trio of Baldwin, speedster Paul Richardson and Funchess would likely develop into a solid group that QB Russell Wilson could grow with over the next few years. If John Schneider and Pete Carroll envision him more of a tight end, the current situation wouldn’t prevent that from being a possibility either.
Seattle currently has Zach Miller, Cooper Helfet, Luke Wilson and Tony Moeaki on the roster as their tight ends. Miller has been out for weeks recovering from an ankle injury. Helfet and Wilson have stepped up with Miller’s absence and in the past two games, Moeaki has flashed some brilliance, especially with his 63-yard reception against the 49ers that should have been ruled a TD.