Today is the first day Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with NFLDraftScout.com, evaluates this year’s draft with an eye toward players the Seahawks might consider at each position for each draft round.
Seattle’s struggles defending the pass for the past, two seasons certainly has new head coach Pete Carroll taking a hard look at the back end of the defense. Defensive co-captain Deon Grant has been released, along with his $4 million salary for 2010, leaving Seattle with only two safeties currently on the roster with practice squad player Jamar Adams and first-year starter Jordan Babineaux. So Seattle likely will be looking to add a young safety to the mix.
And with veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant finishing with a league-high seven pass interference penalties after coming off the PUP list last year, the Seahawks likely will consider adding a young cornerback to the team to create more depth. Josh Wilson and Kelly Jennings continue to improve, and UW product Roy Lewis could be a diamond in the rough, but all three are smaller corners that struggle against the Larry Fitzgeralds and Anquan Boldins in the league.
Rob Rang’s defensive backs to consider
Round Pick Name
Rob’s rationale: A natural, instinctive player with experience throughout the secondary. An Ed Reed clone. Highlights
Rob’s rationale: Intercepted eight passes last year at free safety. Athletic enough to consider at CB. Highlights
Rob’s rationale: Athletic, rangy centerfielder overshadowed at G-Tech, but a solid 2nd round value. Highlights
Rob’s rationale: Three-year starting CB in the SEC has the size Carroll likes. Might fit best in NFL at FS. Combine workout
Rob’s rationale: Rare athleticism with good size at CB. Talented kick returner, with 3 TDs over his career. Combine workout
Rob’s rationale: Lanky centerfielder with big play ability (13 INTs). Surprise non-invite to Combine. Highlights
Rob’s rationale: Former walk-on who developed into a star. Likely will remain at FS in the NFL, but has starting CB experience. Combine workout