The Seahawks may already have the players they need to bolster their offensive line. If not, help could be on the way in the 2019 NFL draft.
The Seahawks only have four picks entering the 2019 draft, including the 21st overall pick. It’s almost as certain as the sunrise that they won’t stay there, as they have a lot of gaps to fill. Admittedly it’s always a guessing game with Pete Carroll and John Schneider. Regardless, I’m quite sure the very top prospects will be off the board by the time the newest member of the team is announced on April 26th. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been wrong about them moving out of the first round.
I still think Seattle will drop down to Day Two. Depending on who’s available, the Hawks could go for an edge rusher to complement Frank Clark and Jarran Reed. It’s definitely one of the Seahawks top priorities, if not their biggest. The offensive line needs a boost as well. I think the upgrade Seattle needs is likely already on the team, but they’ll certainly take a long look at the linemen in the upcoming draft.
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You have to go back to 1995 for the last time the Seahawks didn’t take an offensive lineman in the draft (I’m counting long snapper Tyler Schmitt in 2006, and yes I know that’s cheating), so I’m pretty sure they’ll take one in 2019. As I said, I expect Seattle to move all the way out of the first round, so the top-rated tackles will be gone by Friday when Seattle picks. That’s okay, because there’s a lot of talent in this year’s draft, and not a lot of agreement about where the players should be ranked.