Raekwon Davis, DT
The NFC West may have seen Deforest Buckner traded from the 49ers to the Colts. However, I think it’s time to bring a very similar player back to the NFC West, this time, for Seattle. When I think of Raekwon Davis, I think of potential. He will undoubtedly be a day 1 starter with his run defense. In fact, I think he is about the safest pick in terms of defensive tackle available on day 2. The fact that he is a safe pick isn’t what draws me to him, it’s his untapped potential in pass-rushing that really sets him apart.
Davis offers elite physical traits standing at 6’7″ and 312lbs with elite explosiveness. He isn’t just athletic he also has a strong understanding of how to read offenses. He has phenomenal bend for the inside and an extremely powerful jab. He has simply been able to manhandle his opposing players thus far in college. With Seattle giving up almost 5 yards per carry last year, it is imperative they invest in an elite run stopper like Raekwon Davis that also offers potential to become so much more.
Robert Hunt, G/T
Seattle looks for certain criteria when they target a player. One of the main criteria is how the player has faced extreme adversity and made it out. For Robert Hunt, he battled homeless and starvation and made it out to the other side as a man. You can tell he is angry about it, however, he harnesses that anger and frustration and focuses it on the gridiron. He plays the game with nastiness. His only goal is to take care of his teammates and drive the opposing player into the dirt as fast and hard as he can.
Seattle has 18 offensive lineman on the roster. However, there are very few players that possess the upside that Hunt does. The majority of these players are stop gate veterans, former busts or minimum salaried players just trying to make a roster. Hunt offers Seattle a level of nastiness and versatility that Seattle simply shouldn’t be able to resist.
A couple other possible targets:
Cam Akers, RB
Fits the Seahawks typical mold at RB with physical and explosive plays. He should be available into early round 3.
Josh Uche, DE
If Seattle wants to continue investing heavily in bringing speed to the defense, this is one of the fastest edges in the draft. Uche also had the best pass rush win rate in the NCAA last season in his limited snaps.
Bryce Hall, CB
If he hadn’t gotten injured I had him as a first round talent. He should be able to immediately slot in as the slot corner with ability to take over on the outside if either Griffin or Dunbar leave.
Brandon Jones, S
One of my favorite safeties in this years draft. The guy is top tier in open-field tackling, he plays with his a white-hot motor, and is a ball hawk. Everything about him screams Seahawks safety.
Saahdiq Charles, OT
The Seahawks need to invest at some point on a developmental tackle prospect. Charles is a first round talent that has been hindered by off-the-field issues. This hasn’t scared Seattle away before, Charles has the talent to be a star if he can stay out of trouble.