The 2019 NFL Draft is this month, 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 20th team evaluated.
Seattle slipped into the playoffs as the No. 5 seed in the NFC, but lost to the Cowboys in the Wild Card Round. The 10-6 record was nice given how many new players were asked to step into the lineup. Pete Carroll will return in 2019 for his 10th season in Seattle.
The Seahawks had a top 10 scoring offense, tying for sixth in the NFL with 26.8 points per game. Despite having a star quarterback in Russell Wilson, they ranked 27th in passing yards per game with 193.3. That probably says more about the style Seattle wants to play and their success on the ground than it does about Wilson. Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin are solid receivers, but neither reached 1,000 receiving yards on the season. Lockett led the team with 965 receiving yards. The offense did rank first in the league in rushing yards at 160 per game. Chris Carson led the team with 1,151 rushing yards, but also had help from Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis. The offensive line was improved over previous seasons, but still needs to give Wilson a clean pocket to throw from. Davis is now with the Bears and Mike Iupati was signed to play guard this offseason.
Their defense allowed 21.7 points per game, which ranked 11th in the league. The defense looked a lot different from just a few short seasons ago. Jarran Reed and Poona Ford are solid in the middle of the defensive line, as Ford had a quality rookie season. Frank Clark led the team in sacks with 14 from his defensive end position. Seattle still had one of the best linebackers in the game in Bobby Wagner and he was flanked by two solid players in K.J. Wright and Barkevious Mingo. Shaquill Griffin and Tre Flowers manned the corner spots for the team, but struggled at times. Earl Thomas was still patrolling the backend of the defense for the team with three interceptions. Thomas is now with the Ravens, but most of the other impact players are back for next season.
2019 NFL Draft Picks
The Seahawks have just four picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.
First Round (one pick): No. 21
Third Round (one pick): No. 84
Fourth Round (one pick): No. 124
Fifth Round (one pick): No. 159
Guard- Iupati will help, but better guard play is needed to make the offense more effective.
Tackle- Duane Brown is solid at left tackle, but Germain Ifedi is not great at right tackle.
Tight End- Nick Vannett and Ed Dickson are solid tight ends, but the offense can be better with a better receiving threat.
Wide Receiver- While having Baldwin and Lockett is nice, there isn’t much behind them at the position.
Defensive End- Clark needs someone opposite of him to help get after the quarterback.
Defensive Tackle- Ford played well in limited playing time, but if he can’t play more snaps, they’ll need to find someone else.
Cornerback- Flowers shouldn’t have been starting last season and Griffin struggled as well.
Safety- Tedric Thompson played well in relief of Thomas last year, but needs to prove he can do it for a whole season.
2019 NFL Draft Targets
Pick No. 21: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Seahawks have ignored their offensive line in the early rounds before and may do so again. By drafting Williams, they can start him across from Griffin to improve their secondary. Williams should have the length and eye discipline to fit right into the Seahawks’ zone defense. He’s a great athlete and can develop into an excellent NFL corner.
Pick No. 84: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State
Outside of Duane Brown, the Seahawks have a relatively weak offensive line. That is odd considering they led the league in rushing, but they need to make sure they protect their franchise star in Wilson as well. Howard can play right tackle for the Seahawks and fill a big need. He may have gone to a small school, but Howard is seemingly well-respected by people in the draft process. Some have him going earlier than this, but if he falls to Seattle, they need to scoop him up.