The 2020 NFL Draft is just under two weeks away, which means that The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for every team. Each NFL team will be looked at heading into this year’s draft including what their needs are and who they could be targeting. The Seattle Seahawks will be the 23rd team evaluated.
The Seattle Seahawks were arguably the second-best team in NFC this past year. They were neck and neck with the 49ers all year for not only the NFC West but the top seed in the entire NFC. Unfortunately for the Seahawks they were beaten out by the 49ers for the NFC West and fell to the fifth seed and also dealt with major injuries along their roster at the end of the season. It got so bad that the Seahawks had to sign Marshawn Lynch out of retirement of play running back for them. The Seahawks won a gritty game against the also injured Philadelphia Eagles. But ultimately fell to the Green Bay Packers. Seattle still has the pieces to be a threat this year and potentially make a deep playoff run. The Seahawks just need to execute this offseason well throughout the rest of free agency and the draft.
The story on offense this year and most years for the Seattle Seahawks is Russell Wilson. Wilson was in the MVP conversation the entire season. Nothing he did was out of the ordinary for him, he put up his usual yearly numbers. Wilson just led a team in Seattle with what could be considered an average roster to an 11-5 record and looked like a Super Bowl team. Russell Wilson finally had Tyler Locket establish himself has a true number one receiver with 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns. He also made DK Metcalf look like the steal of the draft at times. Metcalf had 900 yards and seven touchdowns this past year. Chris Carson ran for 1,000+ yards for the second season in a row and we also saw former first-round pick Rashaad Penny get more involved in the offense at times. Carson fractured his hip and Penny tore his ACL so both running backs will have to heal up before next season. After adding veteran tight end Greg Olsen and three veteran offensive linemen the Seahawks seem to be setting up Russell Wilson to have a better season and potentially take them to the Super Bowl.
Seattle got their last Super Bowl off their elite defense. Now only Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright are the remaining starters from that Super Bowl defense that are left. The Seahawks did bring back hybrid defensive end Bruce Irvin who was a starting linebacker for the Seahawks when they fell to the Patriots in 2016-17. Since leaving the team he has shown to still be a threat to get to the passer and likely will boost the pass rush from the linebacker position. The Seahawks also added Quinton Dunbar via trade which forms a nice cornerback trio between him, Shaquil Griffin and Tre Flowers. Mid-season trade accusation Quandre Diggs was a fantastic add for the Seahawks playing at an extremely high level since joining the team. Diggs was named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate because of it. The Seahawks edge rushers did not play as expected this year. First-round pick L.J. Collier had only three tackles on the season and zero sacks, which is disappointing considering he was active for most of the season. Late offseason additions Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah disappointed this season only putting up three and 2.5 sacks respectively. This is why both are still on the open market. Clowney has brought his price tag down, but is not expected to re-sign with the team and Ansah could go without getting signed this offseason. The Seahawks also lost Quinton Jefferson to Buffalo. But they were able to re-sign Jarran Reed who had an off-year with two sacks in 10 games one year removed from having 10.5 in 2018.
2020 NFL Draft Picks
First Round (one pick): No. 27
Second Round (two picks): No. 59, 64
Third Round (one pick): No. 101
Fourth Round (two pick): No. 133, 144
Fifth Round (zero pick): No. 167
Sixth Round (one pick): No. 214
Seventh Round (zero picks):
Edge Rusher- If the Seahawks lose Jadeveon Clowney they need to draft a defensive end with the potential to get between 8-10 sacks on a yearly basis because they don’t have anyone on their roster right now they have nobody.
Right Tackle- Former first-round pick Germain Ifedi did not play well this past season and signed with Chicago. Seattle signed Cedric Obueghi and Brandon Shell who can play right tackle, but are more backups than starters.
Cornerback- The Seahawks glory days were when they had 4 or 5 capable starting cornerbacks on their roster during the prime of the Legion of Boom era. The Seahawks don’t need that many just yet, but another good cornerback could be what puts this secondary back on the map.
Running Back- After last season the Seahawks need to add depth at running back. Rashaad Penny has not lived up to his first-round draft pick and Chris Carson is an impending free agent next season who could look for a payday.
Defensive Tackle- Seattle lost both Quinton Jefferson and Al Woods in free agency. They need to add some depth at defensive tackle and find someone who can compete with Poona Ford to start next to Jarran Reed
Quarterback- Don’t start freaking out! Seattle just doesn’t have any quarterback on their roster behind Russell Wilson.
2020 NFL Draft Targets
Pick No. 27: Isaiah Wilson, RT, Georgia
In recent years the Seahawks have either traded their first-round pick or drafted someone who has usually underperformed. They only have three of their former first-round picks on their roster since 2012 and Bruce Irvin really doesn’t count because he signed with the Raiders then Panthers before returning to Seattle this offseason. In recent weeks there has been buzz about Isaiah Wilson being selected at the end of the first round. Wilson is a massive right tackle whose ceiling is Trent Brown. But he is extremely raw and might not start to reach his potential till year two or three, which doesn’t help Seattle win right now. It’s a risky pick, but Seattle swings on some high ceiling-low floor players who have lower grades in the past in early rounds.
Pick No. 59: Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn
If Marlon Davidson falls this far in the draft to Seattle it would be a great fit for the team’s scheme and playstyle. Davidson is a versatile defensive lineman who can line up at 4-3 defensive end and defensive tackle. He is a larger lineman who just likes to hit people. Davidson said in an interview during the combine that he loves football because “he can hit a man and the cops won’t come”. This is what Seattle needs up front a defensive lineman who just wants to get after people. Regardless of Jadeveon Clowney resigning or not Seattle should look to add player
Pick No. 64: Ashtyn Davis, S, California
Ashtyn Davis would be a great project for the Seahawks. Davis is an athletic freak who walked onto the football team after getting a scholarship for track. The Seahawks can mold and develop him into whatever type of player they want him to be. Davis does have a future at safety in the NFL, but has the versatility to play corner as well.
Pick No. 101: Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA
Darnay Holmes has shown great cover skills, but he lacks size. Seattle has been a team that can develop defensive backs to reach their full potential. Holmes can rotate with their current starters and could crack his way into the starting lineup sometime down the road.
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