The Seattle Seahawks were 12-4 in 2020 but could be even better in 2021. Which position group will improve the most this season could tell the difference in a tough NFC West between if Seattle makes the playoffs or not. Seattle might be even better on paper than last season but their division is tough. It’s not like they play in the NFC East.
Seattle has brought in new players for the defensive line and offensive line. The secondary group lost Shaquill Griffin but added other players. The linebackers have – so far – lost K.J. Wright but might be better in the long run with Jordyn Brooks. The receivers added a piece in the draft.
But which three position groups have potentially improved the most? Here’s my best guess.
Seahawks have improved at different positions groups
Number 3: Receivers
Sure, Seattle lost Greg Olsen to retirement and David Moore in free agency but they got younger and faster this offseason. Olsen was overpaid last season, hurt a lot of it and didn’t add that much. He’s a good guy and was a great player but not with Seattle. Gerald Everett will replace him and he knows the Shane Waldron system. This was a great signing as Everett can catch and turn catches into yards and is a good blocker too.
The Seahawks drafted D’Wayne Eskridge and he’s a better fit and faster than David Moore was. Subtracting Moore and Olsen and adding Eskridge and Everett makes the receiving corps better.
Number 2: Offensive line
No, Seattle didn’t make a lot of changes but they added Gabe Jackson who is a good guard and is better than Mike Iupati would be. Damien Lewis, who proved in a pinch he could even play center, will switch to left guard beside Duane Brown and Jackson will play right guard. Brown and Lewis should form a great left side. Jackson and Brandon Shell should be solid on the right. Ethan Pocic started at center in 2020 too so that is a wash.
Number 1: Defensive line
In 2019, the Seahawks pass rush was awful. Through the first half of 2020, the same could be said. Then Seattle traded for Carlos Dunlap and things got better. Now Dunlap has been re-signed but Seattle also signed Kerry Hyder and Aldon Smith. Darrell Taylor, whether he plays linebacker or a defensive end hybrid, is really a defensive lineman and should be good. Seattle has most of the more consistent elements of 2020 back and brought in more talent. The defensive line is a positive now.