Seattle Seahawks dream target No. 2: DL Justin Madubuike
Is it possible that Justin Madubuike would follow his defensive coordinator, Mike Macdonald, were he to be hired by the Seattle Seahawks? The Baltimore Ravens' defense has been wreaking havoc all year against opponents. But, more importantly, they've slowed down the Kyle Shanahan offense. The Ravens dominated against the 49ers, Dolphins, and Texans not only because of Macdonald's genius but in large part, due to the disruption caused up front.
Nicknamed "baby Aaron Donald," Madubuike would elevate the play of this entire Seahawks defensive front. He finished the season with 13 sacks and 56 pressures and is certainly on his way to securing the bag this off-season. Similar to Chris Jones, Seattle would have to get very clever in creating cap space. But, unlike Jones, Madubuike is only 26-years old.
It's been no secret that Seattle wants to get better in the trenches on both sides. Between the draft picks of the last two years and in-season trades, they've done what they can to get better up front. While you can argue they have the talent, they aren't producing the results desired. Signing Madubuike would most likely mean others need to let go. But, could you imagine the talent displayed on this defensive front with Boye Mafe, Derrick Hall, Jarran Reed, Dre'Mont Jones, Uchenna Nwosu, and Justin Madubuike.
In John Schneider's first off-season in complete control of personnel decisions, signing Madubuike would get him off to a great start. Just like at the start of his tenure, Seattle focused on getting better up front. While Pete Carroll is no longer the coach, I do still believe Schneider will keep the same philosophy that football games are won in the trenches.