Given the chance, which Seattle Seahawks player would each of the NFC West division rivals steal? One potential answer was rather confusing.
In my daily reading, I came across a very interesting roundtable with ESPN’s NFC West reporters. Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia asked the other three NFC West reporters which Seahawks player would make the biggest difference if the other teams could steal them.
For the Cardinals the answer was Richard Sherman to pair with Patrick Peterson. Give the team’s weakness at CB, it is tough to argue with this one. They’ve got a some talent at the top, but the depth chart at the position is mostly a major mess.
The Rams reporter went with Russell Wilson. It was a bit of a surprising answer given that they drafted Jared Goff with the 1st overall pick in the draft. At the same time, QB has been the team’s biggest weakness for quite some time, so I can understand the appeal of Wilson.
The response that made the least sense to me came from Michael Wagaman, who covers the 49ers:
"The call here is for tight end Jimmy Graham. Even though he’s coming off a ruptured patellar tendon that ended his 2015 season early and forced him to miss offseason workouts, Graham is still better than anyone that San Francisco has at tight end since they shipped Vernon Davis to the Denver Broncos last season. Given that the 49ers are also thin at wide receiver, having a steady and reliable pass-catcher like Graham would alleviate a lot of the pressure that will be on the 49ers’ quarterbacks."
Ummm… the 49ers have a QB? When did that happen? I hate to break it to you, but Jimmy Graham isn’t going to make Blaine Gabbert a viable NFL QB. Any answer that isn’t “Russell Wilson” here is confusing at best.
The number of better answers to this question that Graham is fairly huge. Jarran Reed would make their defensive line much improved. Cliff Avril or Frank Clark would add much needed pass rush help. Richard Sherman still exists, and the 49ers lack much in the way of CBs.
Plus, the 49ers need offensive line help as much as anywhere, and the Seahawks have… umm.. never mind. Let’s forget I brought that one up.
Adding Wilson wouldn’t instantly make San Francisco a contender because they are far from being one player away. It would make them significantly better by turning their greatest weakness into the team’s greatest strength.
All of this is just academic, and none of the players are going anywhere, thankfully. It is just weird that such an obvious answer would be ignored in this case.