Joseph is a year older than Nicks and supplies even less pass rush. So why would he be number one here and not number two? The simple reason is what I alluded to when talking about Nicks. The Seahawks have players they can plug in on pass-rushing situations like Collier and Hyder and even Rasheem Green. But stopping the run has always been a priority on Pete Carroll’s teams.
The fact of the matter is, Seattle hasn’t done so well in this department over the last several years. Seattle was a little better in 2020 but when a team truly wanted to run the ball, like the Rams in the playoffs, they had good success. Opposing offenses ran the ball the seventh-fewest times in the NFL against Seattle in 2020 because they were able to throw the ball so well, especially in the first part of the season. But in the playoff loss to the Rams, Los Angeles ran for 164 yards.
Joseph shouldn’t cost a lot in draft capital. Seattle might be able to get him for a fourth-rounder or less. But he eats up blockers, has immense strength and will allow linebackers Bobby Wagner and Jordyn Brooks to clean up.
Basically, a good way to fix the depth at defensive tackle, which is one of the Seahawks weaknesses entering this season, is to add a good veteran at a low cost via a trade. This is exactly what Joseph would offer and Seattle should do what they can, within reason, to add him.