The Seahawks may have had a less than impressive draft this season, but with free agency and all the off-season pick ups, Seattle may be climbing its way back up to the top of the list.
Let us take a quick minute and go over some of the Seahawks bigger off-season acquisitions:
- Jason Jones Titans DT
- Kellen Winslow Buccaneers TE
- Barrett Ruud Titans ILB
- Matt Flynn Green Bay QB
- Deuce Lutui Arizona G
Now let’s look over some of the major losses to the free agency market:
- Anthony Hargrove Green Bay DE
- John Carlson Minnesota TE
- David Hawthorne New Orleans ILB
- Charlie Whitehurst San Diego QB
- Robert Gallery New England G
See a pattern? With every player that passed on playing or was released, Seattle found an equal or greater player to take his place.
Kellen Winslow will easily fit into the dual tight end scheme that coach Carroll had planned on running last season had it not been for Carlson’s season ending shoulder injury. With John Moffit finally healthy, he will resume his place as guard in the offensive line. Adding Deuce Lutui and keeping veteran Paul McQuisten, who seriously helped step up in the later games of the season, will give Carroll the much-needed depth and injury back up he can find if something should happen to the second year player.
Jason Jones and Barrett Ruud will add more depth in the middle and help improve the much-needed pass rush that the Seahawks were hoping to get faster at. Add in a Chris Clemons (who will most likely play out his final season on his contract), K.J. Wright, add newly added Rookies Bruce Irvin and Bobby Wagner, with one of the better secondary with Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, and both “Thunder and Lightning” in Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, The Seahawks defense could be looking at a top three defense this season.
With everyone waiting for the victor in coach Carroll’s “quarterback battle”, this will be an upgraded position. Acquiring free agent Matt Flynn may have been Seattle’s best move this season, though the LSU product may not live up the expectations of the 12th man, not far behind him is the possible future of the Seattle franchise in rookie Russell Wilson.
“Offensively, they did improve at the game’s most important position, but I am predicting that Flynn is just keeping the position warm for Wilson, who will grab the starting quarterback job before long,” writes Matt Williamson of ESPN.com “Wilson is just too good a football player to play a backup role.”
Lynch will continue on his record-breaking performance last season, while running back Robert Turbin is looking more and more like “Beast Mode” 2.0, allowing Lynch to get more time to breath and sit out on third downs if need be or if he is injured for any reason, Seattle will still have a running game. Lastly, we cover an ailing problem with the Seahawks offense. The wide receivers inability to stay healthy. If Mike Williams and last years big free agency pick up, Sydney Rice can remain healthy, the receiving core could become a terrible threat in the NFC. New additions like last season’s rookie miracle worker Doug Baldwin and the lightening fast Ricardo Lockette will see more passes thrown their way, allowing for whoever picks up the sign calling position to have the ability to spread the ball further and more effectively.
Seattle was quoted as being the biggest disappointment in the draft this season. With more and more veteran players and free agency scout begin to take interest, the grade is starting to climb. With that being said, let us see if all the grading pays off with a championship in the pacific northwest.
Matt Williams Grade for Seattle: B
My grade: A