NFL drafts are not, of course, selections to simply help for one year. Teams need to form the core of the future teams. Which positions should the Seahawks focus on? Thankfully, Seattle doesn’t have one glaring position group that needs an immediate fix. But the Seahawks still could use some answers to long-term depth.
Some positions will not be a concern for Seattle. Drafting a quarterback in the second round would be weird, of course. Seattle also doesn’t need a kicker or punter. Also, taking a linebacker with their first pick might be strange.
But what about the other groups? And how has the way Seattle approached free agency tipped their hand at how they might be approaching the 2021 NFL draft?
Seahawks greatest needs by position group
Group 3: Receiver
I get that the Seahawks has two top-end talents at wideout in D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Most teams would give the eyeteeth to have one of those guys. But adding a third good option is needed. This receiver doesn’t have to be simply a slot receiver as Lockett can be moved around, but one with speed would be great.
Group 2: Offensive line
Seattle’s offensive line should be decent in 2021 with the upgrade of Gabe Jackson and with Damien Lewis having a year of playing time. But the tackle positions, while set in 2021, might need help by 2022 and can center Ethan Pocic play a full year and do it well?
For all of the Seahawks potential along the line this coming year, there are still a lot of question marks that players like Alabama’s Landon Dickerson can help answer.
Group 1: Cornerback
Seattle is loading up on cornerbacks this offseason like they tried to do with pass rushers last offseason. The Seahawks added Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa in free agency and drafted Darrell Taylor. Two of those players ended up not helping. Seattle’s pass rush didn’t really get better until a midseason trade to get Carlos Dunlap occurred.
While Seattle has added Pierre Desir and Ahkello Witherspoon and still have D.J. Reed and Tre Flowers, among others, I am not sure how good that group can be. Seattle might need a potentially very good corner in round two, such as Robert Rochell.