2013 Seattle Seahawks Draft Preview
Rarely does a team in any sport have a perfect match of team needs and general draft position. The 2013 Seahawks have just that. Almost every starter is set on both sides of the ball, and the Seahawks have several mid-round picks to add depth in a draft considered to be deep but not top-heavy. The Seahawks have the advantage of sitting back and waiting for the ever-popular “best available player” to fall into their lap.
This isn’t to say that the Seahawks don’t need to add talent – they do, just like every other team. This franchise is fortunate to have a solid roster going into one of the strangest drafts in recent memory. Mock drafts from Yahoo! to ESPN and everywhere in between can’t seem to decide who is going where, and when they are getting drafted. There is uncertainty at several positions, and this benefits a team that doesn’t have a glaring need. Let me be clear on this: Something excellent is going to slide down to the Seahawks.
The Seattle Seahawks have already made their first-round pick for 2013 – WR Percy Harvin. The Seahawks traded their first round pick for the 24 year-old Harvin. In my opinion this was a great move. For a team trying to advance in the playoffs, adding Harvin provides an instant boost to their offense, something a late first round pick may not.
So what do they have left? Well, they have their 2nd, 3rd and 4th round picks, along with two 5ths, a 6th and FOUR 7ths. Barring a trade, the Seahawks are about to add 10 depth players to an already stacked roster.
Offense: OL, WR
Defense: DT, LB
I feel like the Seahawks will take an OL and a DT with their 2nd and 3rd round picks. If they don’t, I suspect it would be a WR or LB who has slipped and the Seahawks feel they absolutely have to take.
Below is a list of guys I think the Seahawks would look at in either the 2nd or 3rd round. It may be wishful thinking, but if the Hawks could come away with any two of these guys, they’ll be happy with their draft. (Read: I’ll be happy with their draft!) Any of the guys listed below could come to camp and compete right away for a starting spot.
Kyle Long(Oregon), Terron Armstead(Ark Pine Bluff), Justin Pugh(Syracuse), Larry Warford(Kentucky), Menelik Watson(Florida St)
Johnathan Hankins(Ohio St), John Jenkins(Georgia), Jesse Williams(Alabama), Kawann Short(Purdue), Brandon Williams(Missouri Southern)
John Kapty is a freelance sports writer who publishes content on WestCoastSportsBlog.com and has also published content on Yahoo!.