What position is the priority in the draft?
Regardless of what and how many picks you have at your disposal, each team will go into the draft with a list of requirements that they would like to address. So what are those requirements for the Seahawks, either via the draft, free agency, or by trades?
I have placed these in three categories, musts, needs and like-to-haves.
Slot receiver or additional wide receiver
These are based on what the average grade at each position in the league is according to my ratings and indicate positions where the Seahawks current personnel fall below that average. The only must is at receiver, so for me, the Seahawks have to draft an additional receiver before the end of the fourth round.
In one of my previous pieces, I explained that even though the top end of the Seahawks receiver depth chart is a strength, behind that it is weak and as a result ranks 24th in the league, according to my ratings.
Yes, D.K. Metcalf is awesome and Tyler Lockett would be the leading WR on quite a few NFL teams but then there is a big drop-off. With David Moore having left, Freddie Swain is the third receiver on the depth chart. Swain may well flourish and develop from his rookie campaign, but the best teams have at least four options at WR.
Added to that the Seahawks tight ends are decent but no more than that. So all of this makes it essential that the Seahawks draft a wide receiver with one of their first two picks in the upcoming draft.