Seahawks’ NFC opponents have good picks in first round

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Josh Rosen (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Josh Rosen (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

In the 2018 NFL Draft, two of the Seattle Seahawks’ NFC West opponents had top-ten picks. Both were good choices. Where does Seattle stand in the NFC West hierarchy now?

The Seahawks need to play a little catch-up. This hasn’t been the case in the last several years. Seattle has been among the best, if not the best, in their division since 2012. But with a drop-off in 2017 and the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams improving, Seattle might be getting passed by.

In the first round of the NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers chose ninth and took offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey from the University of Notre Dame. McGlinchey is a great pick. He could be a top-end tackle for years in the NFL.

San Francisco has already made several offseason moves to make their team better in 2018 and beyond. The quarterback they added during the 2017 season, Jimmy Garoppolo, appears to be very good. Of course, an entire year as an NFL starter could change things. But assuming he is good, he now has a good tackle to protect him for years.

The Arizona Cardinals chose Josh Rosen at number ten after trading up. The Cardinals lost Carson Palmer to retirement in January. They did sign Sam Bradford to replace him. But Bradford is fragile and not really a long-term answer. Rosen could be.

If Rosen ends up being a franchise quarterback, the Seahawks chances to get back to dominated the division become more difficult. Arizona has a good defense. If their offense is any good, they even the division into the future.

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No 12 wants to think the Seahawks are sliding, but the NFC West is getting harder. After the 49ers and Cardinals first round picks, the division isn’t getting any easier.