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Seahawks draft primer — looking ahead to Thursday

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:26:22 UT

How difficult is it to project this draft class? It’s harder than last year. In 2016 the Seahawks set themselves up to go offensive line with their first pick. It was a good O-line class. There was a player in Germain Ifedi who was big, athletic and explosive. He had an edge to his play. […]

Building the next phase of the Seahawks begins with draft

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:55:27 UT

(AP) — General manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll built the Seattle Seahawks into champions in part by thoroughly dominating the NFL draft in the early years of their tenure. There have been more misses than hits, leaving Seattle at a crossroads entering this week's NFL draft. Earl Thomas is nearly 28 and coming off a serious leg injury, while Kam Chancellor is 29 and had surgery on both ankles in the offseason. The Seahawks need a draft more like 2012 when they landed five eventual starters including Wilson and Wagner, and fewer like 2013 when 11 picks yielded only one player who is still on Seattle's roster — tight end Luke Willson. The foundation for what the Seahawks became was built during the 2010-12 drafts and there are still seven players from those draft classes on the Seahawks roster, including Sherman, Thomas, Chancellor, Wagner and Wilson. Schneider doesn't hide the misses, but notes Seattle has been able to make up for some of the draft deficiencies by finding capable players as undrafted free agents, on waiver claims or developed off the practice squad.

DEFENSE, DEFENSE: This draft crop is loaded on that side

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:00:38 UT

With the QB class so dicey, especially to start things, Cleveland goes for the potential of a dominant, long-term pass rusher. Some analysts wonder about his passion for football, but ... When in need of defense, go for the pass rusher first, the shutdown cornerback second, the stud linebacker or safety next. John Fox, a defense-first coach, gets his pick of the top defensive backs for a team that needs help at receiver, on the offensive line, and has settled on Mike Glennon as its QB. Sticking with the theme — Tom Coughlin is running the Jaguars now and he won two Super Bowls with a deep, powerful and fast defensive front ... Staying put will lead them to the most promising cornerback in this crop ... New York wouldn't mind grabbing future all-world tight end O.J. Howard here, except the Jets have no one of note to throw to him. [...] they try — again — to find their franchise quarterback in ... San Diego — Oops, that's one even Roger Goodell might mess up on draft night — make that Los Angeles was hoping one of the top defensive backs remained available here. The Panthers need a standout running back to balance their offense and make sure there can be a smooth transition from Jonathan Stewart down the line. Always a haven for players with off-field incidents, Cincinnati fills a linebacking need with a guy who was dismissed from the NFL combine in February and has questions surrounding him about a drug test. If he behaves, the Bengals have an anchor at LB with ... At some point, the Saints need to think about a young quarterback to groom behind Drew Brees. [...] for that QB to follow in the footsteps of Otto Graham and Brian Sipe — oh, wait, those were the other Browns. [...] it's a gamble here, yet ... A terrific pass rusher remains on the board, and though the Eagles need a wideout, they can wait in this deep draft to get him. If Andrew Luck is in the Colts' draft room, he's also in the

Seahawks draft needs: Defense

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:52:42 UT

Seattle has defensive needs that it needs to address in the draft, with cornerback being among the most pressing. Still, when it comes to the Seahawks' defense, the sky isn't falling.