By Dayna O’Gorman @DaynaOG
Under head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, the Seattle Seahawks draft strategy has always been about finding players that fit their scheme, no matter where they are ranked.
It was for the draft 5 years ago that I wrote my first article for NFLFemale. I don’t remember the exact title but I believe it was something along the lines of “Who the hell is Bruce Irvin?”.
I wrote about how Seahawks fans were quite confused about the first round pick, but trusted Pete and John to do the right thing. I think most fans agree Irvin, now with the Oakland Raiders, worked out well. In fact the 2012 draft, which also included QB Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, is considered one of Seattle’s best drafts ever.
Since then, the 12s have learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to a Seahawks draft. Seattle usually trades out of the first round, taking only 1 other first round since that 2012 Bruce Irvin pick, racking up as many extra picks as possible. Pete and John then usually end up bringing in quite a mix of players with the remaining draftees.
The offensive line has truly struggled in the last few seasons, and many fans feel the team ignores the line during the draft. The truth is, the Seahawks have taken more OL players in the Carroll/Schneider era than any other team. The problem then lies in the development of those players.
Schneider said prior to this draft they felt they were a little “too young” on the offensive line and the offseason acquisitions prove they wanted some vet experience. Seattle added 2013 2nd overall pick, Luke Joeckel, and also 5-year vet Oday Abushi from Houston.
Take a deep breath with me, Seahawks fans. As hard as it may be to do, we all have to admit the Legion of Boom is aging. The secondary was plagued with injuries last season, eventually losing S Earl Thomas to a broken leg. With CB Deshawn Shead tearing his ACL in the last game of the season, depth became a glaring issue.
Fans talked widely about the need for both OL and depth in the defense in this year’s draft. Seattle seems to have granted their wish. The Seahawks drafted 6 defensive players, including 3 safeties, 2 wide receivers, 1 running back, and 2 offensive linemen.
There is a pocket of fans that grumbled that the offensive line wasn’t the focus, however as most would agree, this wasn’t a strong OL draft. The talent lays within the defensive players.
Here is a full list of the Seahawks draft, from Seahawks.com.
I’ll preview these players more in later articles, but its seems Seattle managed to net some high quality, good character players. The national media said Seattle got one of the “steals of the draft” in defensive end Malik McDowell from Michigan State. Wide receiver Amara Darboh’s back story is amazing. Defensive tackle Nazair Jones bought out every Seahawks t-shirt he could find at his local mall.
These guys are excited and ready to play. Seattle fans can’t wait to see what they can do on the field.
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