Seahawks off-season progress: Offensive edition

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 31: The Seattle Seahawks swarm Tyler Lockett
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 31: The Seattle Seahawks swarm Tyler Lockett /
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Wide Receiver

Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jaron Brown, Amara Darboh, Tanney McEvoy, Marcus Johnson, David Moore

Baldwin is not your typical top receiver; he lacks size, but he has every other thing you look for.  He rungs great routes, understands how to sit down on a zone, and he runs well after the catch.  Angry Doug has excellent hands and Russell seems to have a good connection with Baldwin on scramble drills.

Lockett looked like a star in the making his first year in the league.  I think the injury set him back a bit, but he still offers the ability to score on any play.  He is also very small and is most effective in the slot.

Jaron Brown is replacing Paul Richardson.  Many fans think this is a loss, but I think for our offense, it will be good.  Brown is just as effective as a deep threat.  He may not make the acrobatic catches that Richardson did the past year and a half, but he will bring consistency and speed.  Brown is also a very good blocker at receiver and an excellent special teams player.  He brings size, speed and special teams play.

Darboh, McEvoy, Johnson and Moore are currently in a battle for that next receiver spot.  None has shown a lot yet, but all have that bigger body the Seahawks wanted.  Darboh looks like a possession receiver.  Moore and Johnson are home run threats and McEvoy is a work in progress.

Need:  This group isn’t perfect, but they will block better with the addition of Brown.  They will be roughly the same receiving group from last season.  A special wide receiver could be sought after, the team went after Terrelle Pryor pretty hard, so the Seahawks remain on the lookout.

Tight End:

Ed Dickson, Nick Vannett, Tyrone Swoopes

Dickson is one of the better blockers in the league at tight end.  This has been the focus of the off-season so far.  His presence should improve the running game and he isn’t terrible as a passing option.  He doesn’t take the top off a defense at tight end the way Graham and Wilson did, but he offers so much more as a blocker.

Vannett will likely get his opportunity to see a larger role.  He is a good blocker, with the ability to get better.  He also offers good consistent hands for the most part.  Again, not a player who takes the top off a defense, but he gives a dependable target for Russell Wilson.

Swoopes is a project we are still developing.  There is a chance they will try to stash him on the practice squad one more time.

I think the Seahawks are done in Free Agency at tight end, unless they take a chance at Marcedes Lewis as the best run blocker at tight end in the NFL per, with a run block grade of 87.1.

Need:  It would seem logical the Seahawks will look to add 1 tight end in the draft.