Pre-Draft Needs: Seattle Seahawks

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Seattle decided not to make a lot of moves in free agency. Instead, they have chosen to improve their team through the draft.

Players Added

Charlie Whitehurst/QB - Seattle is investing quite a bit in a player who hasn't thrown a pass in his four seasons of play.

Quinton Ganther/RB - Ganther will compete for the third spot on the running back depth chart.

Sean Morey/WR - He'll quickly become one of their best special teams players.

Ruvell Martin/WR - Martin is a tall receiver who could help their offense in the red zone area.

Chris Baker/TE - He'll handle mostly a blocking role with the Seahawks.

Tom Malone/P - He spent some time with the New England Patriots previously. Malone will get a chance to compete against Jon Ryan for a job.

Robert Henderson/DE - Henderson hasn't played a snap in his first two seasons of play.

Chris Clemons/DE - He fits in as a situational pass rusher.

Matt McCoy/LB - The former second-round pick with the Philadelphia Eagles will compete for a backup job at WLB.


Players Lost


Seneca Wallace/QB - Wallace was traded to the Cleveland Browns. The team feels Whitehurst can potentially be a big upgrade.

Justin Griffith/FB - He could still find a starting job, but finding a backup job might be easier for him.

Nate Burleson/WR - He'll start for the Detroit Lions. It remains to be seen who will replace him in the starting lineup with the Seahawks.

John Owens/TE - The career journeyman fits in as a third tight end.

Rob Sims/G - He'll get a chance to start for the Detroit Lions.

Damion McIntosh/OT - The journeyman offensive tackle is capable of playing on the right or left side.

Cory Redding/DT - The veteran defensive lineman signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

Darryl Tapp
/DE - He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. Tapp didn't seem to be a good fit for Seattle's revamped scheme over the past few seasons, but the Eagles feel he's a good fit for their defense.

Patrick Kerney/DE - The veteran end retired. His loss makes defensive end a huge need as we get closer to the draft.

D.D. Lewis/LB - His ability to play at least two linebacker positions will help him find a job by the start of training camps.

Lance Laury/LB - He'll be a special teams player for the New York Jets.

Ken Lucas/CB - He fits in as a nickel back at this point in his career.

Deon Grant/S - He was surprisingly cut, but found a new home with the New York Giants.

Lawyer Milloy/S - The veteran defender turns 37 in November.


Pre-Draft Team Needs

Offensive Tackle - Veteran LT Walter Jones is expected to retire. While RT Sean Locklear is penciled in as his replacement, some believe he's better off starting on the right side. Depth is also an issue on both sides.

Defensive End - Darryl Tapp was traded, Lawrence Jackson hasn't proven much in his first few seasons, and veteran DE Patrick Kerney only has 10 sacks over his last two seasons.

Strong Safety - With Grant gone, this job remains open.

Guard - The team traded G Rob Sims and it remains to be seen if fourth-year OL Mansfield Wrotto is ready to start.

Running Back - Veteran RB Julius Jones is probably better off being a second back at this point in his career than a starter.

Wide Receiver - With the likelihood that the team will jettison veteran Deion Branch, Seattle will be looking for depth at receiver.


Other Issues to Address

Outside Linebacker Depth

Cornerback Depth

Safety Depth

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