by Rich Bystron
2017 was not an ideal season for the Seahawks. While 9-7 for most teams would be considered a success, it was the 1st time since 2011 that the team failed to win 10 games and was the last time the team failed to make the playoffs.
The Seahawks even after cutting All-Pro corner Richard Sherman only have about 15 million dollars in cap space available. On top of that, they have a lot of holes to fill, and no money to fill them with. The Legion of Boom and the Seattle Seahawks are quickly becoming the Legion of Who?
WOW, this might be the only way to describe the Seahawks offseason. After replacing BOTH offensive and defensive coordinators, the Seahawks cut a long time all pro corner, Richard Sherman. To top it off the Seahawks had a historically bad offensive line, and zero running game last season. On top of Sherman, the Seahawks need to replace Michael Bennett as well as a couple others. This team is in trouble.
And here is the bigger issue for the Seahawks. They have a 1st round pick, no 2nd, 3rd OR 6th round picks. While I would be absolutely shocked if they didn’t trade back to add picks, let’s see the most likely targets for the Seahawks at #18 in the 1st.
Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA. The Seahawks must replace and retool and this pick will be either DE, CB, or RB. For now, the 1st player I like to replace Bennett and his pass rush ability is Davenport. At 6’7 256 the kid has the size and physical tools to be a nightmare in the NFL.
Sony Michel, RB, Georgia. Michel to be has a chance to be the best back in this draft. At 5’11 and 220 lbs., Sony has a rare combination of size and power. While not used in the passing game (13 catches on 14 targets) he has better hands than most give him credit for. I think he would be a brilliant addition to the Seahawks backfield.
Derwin James, S, Florida Like I said earlier, the Seahawks are in desperation mode and a player like James has the pure athletic ability to play deep or come up to cover a TE or RB. The Seahawks will be in desperate need of this kind of player ASAP.
Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa. 6’1 192 and ELITE ball skills. This is the exact type of player the Seahawks need badly. Losing Sherman is going to hurt the Hawks but this type of player can have an immediate impact.
Regardless of what the Seahawks do they have an uphill battle. The Rams and 49ers have made massive moves to take over the Division and possible control of the NFC. They lack money and picks. I think you have seen the last of the Seahawks being the force they have been, and probably the end of Pete Carroll’s run as HC there soon.