When the NFL Draft begins selections in Arlington, Tex., April 26, the Seattle Seahawks have the No. 18 pick in the first round.
Here is an in-depth look at the team’s needs, offseason changes, potential best fit and the selections by NFLDraftScout.com’s experts.
Who would you pick and why?
TOP 5 NEEDS
- Defensive end: Following the trade of Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Seahawks have a significant need at defensive end. Cliff Avril’s career is likely over due to a neck injury and Frank Clark is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Dion Jordan re-signed as a restricted free agent and had four sacks in five games last season, but he remains one misstep away from an indefinite suspension. Finding a top-tier edge rusher would be a major box checked.
- Running back: The team re-signed Mike Davis after non-tendering him as a restricted free agent. The team will return Davis, Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise to its running back group next season, but the latter two missed most of the season due to injuries. J.D. McKissic also returns and was responsible for the team’s lone rushing touchdown from the position last season. The need remains for a trusted running back to seize the lead role and Seattle could seek such an option in the draft.
- Safety: Kam Chancellor’s career is in limbo due to a neck injury sustained last season and Earl Thomas is entering the final year of his contract amid threats of a holdout. The team re-signed Bradley McDougald, which provides a trusted option at both safety spots. Delano Hill will have a chance to grab a job in his second season and the addition of Maurice Alexander provides a depth and special teams option. Thomas has been the subject of trade talks throughout the offseason and the team would have limited options to replace him if a trade ultimately comes together.
- Kicker: Blair Walsh missed critical field goals last season and played a key part in three Seattle losses. The team signed Sebastian Janikowski and Jason Myers, but competition at the spot is likely as the team searches for a trustworthy option.
- Linebacker: While Seattle may have its three starters in place with Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Barkevious Mingo, the team needs young depth options as backups and future potential starters. Wright is set to enter the final year of his contract.
–BEST FIT: Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio. The Seahawks need front-line help at defensive end and Davenport provides the kind of upside Seattle loves. With Frank Clark and Dion Jordan in place for 2018, Davenport can continue to work on his tools without playing every down initially. Much like Seattle’s selection of Bruce Irvin in the 2012 first round, Davenport has the raw athleticism the Seahawks like to see and presents a piece the team can mold into a productive starter.
–Rob Rang: Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia. The Seahawks already used their second- and third-round picks of the 2018 draft, trading for defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (who has since left for Minnesota) and offensive tackle Duane Brown, leaving general manager John Schneider with essentially two choices here — either slide back to recoup picks or directly address one of the club’s biggest concerns. Wynn’s ability to play either tackle or guard would likely appeal to a team with all sorts of issues up front.
–Dane Brugler: Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio. The Seahawks are revamping several pieces on defense, including the pass rush. And Davenport has the athletic profile that fits what head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider typically covet.
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