Six Writers, Six Different Picks
Joshua Huffman (Joel Bitonio, T/G, Nevada):
I could see the Seahawks taking a liking to a versatile offensive lineman such as Joel Bitonio. The Seahawks need more depth, especially after losing starting right tackle Breno Giacomini to the New York Jets. The Seahawks also need depth behind Russell Okung, who’s oft-injured. Bitonio would need some time but could develop into a mauler in their zone-blocking scheme.
Nicholas Pitakos (Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA):
The Seahawks don’t have any huge glaring needs, but could use a few picks to help sure up some spots on their roster. Guard is one of them. Had one of the more coveted receivers fallen this deep, then I may have had them go here, but that is even less likely as well with their signing of Sidney Rice and talks of Terrelle Pryor possibly shifting to WR. Picking up Su’a-Filo can sure up their line moving into a season after they won the Super Bowl and there is nothing wrong with investing in a guy who can further protect Russell Wilson.
Scotty Bakalian (Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington):
Seattle has an outstanding roster from top to bottom on both sides of the ball. They should have the luxury of taking the best player available regardless of position. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is an intriguing player who could be in high demand come draft day due to his large frame and receiving capabilities. Seattle runs the NFL’s most run-heavy offense, but they could start to open up their playbook as QB Russell Wilson continues to develop as a pocket passer. Seferian-Jenkins would help in that regard. Standing at 6-foot-6, he is poised to become an immediate red-zone option. The Seahawks defense is already elite, but with this selection, the offense could become dangerous as well.
Stoney Keeley (Morgan Moses, T, Virginia):
The Seahawks need a receiver (arguably two), but the franchise has succeeded in developing mid-late round picks. This is still a power running oriented team that needs to beef up the front line.
Morgan Moses has the ability to play right tackle or slide in to guard at the NFL level. He’s a fringe first-rounder that will fit in Seattle’s offense perfectly.
Matt Ward (Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri):
It seems that many teams are starting to transition to a base 3-4 defense. That makes life hard for players like Kony Ealy who thrives most in a 4-3 alignment. The Seattle Seahawks are glad to see a talent like Ealy fall to the end of Round 1, and they will gladly draft him to be the incumbent to Cliff Avril’s defensive end position. The year is coming soon for the Seahawks where they have to start paying all of the young talent that they have managed to acquire through the draft. That means that other players will either walk via free agency or be cut to clear cap. With Michael Bennett signing a big money deal this year, there won’t be enough money to go around next year for the line. Ealy will play a rotational role in year 1, and he will start in year 2 if everything goes according to plan.
Russell Griffin (Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech):
The Seahawks are a beast of a football team, especially on defense, but they need some help on the offensive side of the ball. WR Percy Harvin is a stud, but injury prone and QB Russell Wilson looks like he could be a rising star. They also have a monster running back in Marshawn Lynch, he is getting scary close to the age of 30 though. They need to look to add weapons for Wilson in this draft and TE Jace Amaro would be just that. He is tall, huge, and can catch the rock. He would give the Seahawks a viable weapon in the middle of the field and a pass catching TE always makes like easier for a QB and the others weapons on the outside.