Having a 27th ranked secondary is not an option for a team aspiring to be a contender for the Lombardi trophy in 2021. Indeed, none of the playoff teams from last season rank lower as an overall group.
The top fourteen are
- Green Bay
- Tampa Bay
- LA Rams
- New England
- San Francisco
- Kansas City
In this top fourteen are nine of last seasons playoff teams and all of the final four, also all three of the ‘Hawks divisional rivals. So this goes to prove the value of a good secondary in the modern pass-friendly NFL. Doing nothing about this is not an option for the Seahawks.
In my opinion, they need to add Steven Nelson via free agency or draft a corner in the second round. I really think that the best five CBs will be off the board by Seattle’s pick at 56, and this is where the quality of the draft is. So if you can get Nelson, get him and then go after your safety in the draft.
By adding a good LCB and safety this would take the Seahawks secondary into the top half of my ranking list at least. All of this blows my mock draft plan to select Marquez Stevenson in the second round and Janarius Robinson in the fourth round out of the water, but needs must.
Seahawks fans love a ball hawk and I put forward the name Richie Grant out of UCF as a safety to go after in the second round of the draft, then take Elijah Moore as a slot wide receiver in the fourth round if he drops that far, unless somehow Marquez Stevenson is still on the board at pick 129, in which case snap him up.
If no WR you want is around at that pick revert to picking Janarius Robinson who will be an immediate impact player on special teams and the long term successor to Dunlap and Smith at DE.
Sounds easy on paper, but the Seahawks front office have done a good job with limited room to maneuver so far, so if they can pull one more free agent rabbit out of the hat in the shape of Steven Nelson and then nail the first two draft picks, they will have a defense to be a really serious contender in 2021.
In my final piece reviewing the roster I will pull together all the departments and summarise how the Seahawks look ahead of the upcoming draft, and potentially what they can achieve in 2021.