4 important questions Seahawks still must answer ahead of the 2024 season

Seattle must find answers to these questions to be successful in 2024 and beyond.

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The Seattle Seahawks, like every NFL team, are in the middle ground between the first volatile wave of free agency and the 2024 NFL draft. This means this is a time of both reflection and prediction for 12s. Seattle fans can give their opinion on how the team did in free agency while predicting what they might do in the draft.

The current roster for Seattle has some excellent talent, such as Devon Witherspoon, and then position groups that no one can be sure how good they are. For instance, Seattle signed two new linebackers but how good they will collectively be next season is unknown. Unknowns in football are not fun.

But while the Seahawks' roster is also not fully formed. The team currently has seven picks in the 2024 draft, but most are from the fourth round onward. Unless things change, general manager John Schneider is going to hit some proverbial home runs late in the draft. The draft strategy is among four huge questions remaining for Seattle this offseason.

What is the plan for the Seattle Seahawks offensive line?

A better question might be, Is there a plan for the offensive line? But that would be cynical and of course, there is a plan. The way the line is designed currently might not make for winning football. The tackles are decent (even if George Fant plays more at right tackle than Abe Lucas does), but the rest is largely unknown. 12s can probably guess that Olu Oluwatimi will start at center and Anthony Bradford would start at left guard, but would they start because they are worthy of starting or simply because that is the best Seattle can do?

John Schneider said what many might think is a scary comment on his show on Seattle Sports a couple of weeks ago when he said guards "get over-drafted at that position and, in my opinion, they get overpaid." The problem is that while Seattle has been mostly successful since Schneider became Seattle's general manager in 2010, the offensive line has rarely been among the best in the league.

Does Schneider think that offensive lines do not have to be elite to win at a high level? That would seem silly, surely. Tackles might be more important than guards overall as teams should be able to protect better from the interior of the line than the outside, but talented guards are still needed. Hopefully, Seattle will choose a guard fairly high in the 2024 draft, though based on what Schneider said, that seems unlikely.