Since 2000, the Seattle Seahawks have drafted 11 wide receivers, but none have developed into a consistent Pro Bowl performer.
The highest pick during that stretch was Koren Robinson, selected ninth overall in the 2001 draft. A talented athlete with big-play ability, drops and off-the-field issues derailed his chances of becoming a Pro Bowl performer.
In fact, the Seahawks have not had a wide receiver in the Pro Bowl since Brian Blades made it in 1989. So it’s been awhile since Seattle has had a consistent, big-play threat on the perimeter.
By signing starting wide receivers Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu to three-year deals, Seattle locked up a solid, young nucleus for the team at this position moving forward. Still, you have to wonder where the explosive plays will come from on a consistent basis. Will Williams and Obomanu continue to build on last year’s breakout seasons? And how will youngsters Deon Butler and Golden Tate develop under the tutelage of veteran receivers coach Kippy Brown?
And will the Seahawks consider adding another playmaker to this group with the team’s No. 25 overall pick, with four receivers with big-play potential available in the first round?
Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, thinks Seattle will address other needs with that pick.
“Wide receiver is an area of concern; they need another playmaker,” Rang said. “But having invested the picks they have in back-to-back years in Deon Butler and Golden Tate, you’ve got to expect that these guys are going to start to contribute. To me, with the other needs on this team, to invest another pick at the receiver position is almost like a luxury pick at this point, especially considering they don’t have a third-round pick.”
That said, Rang and I take a look at some players Seattle would consider selecting in the first round.
Torrey Smth, Maryland, 6-1, 205 pounds
Rang: “He’s one of those guys where the intangibles are just off the charts. He’s a hard-working player who had a real tough upbringing, and has built himself up into a heck of a talent, and is a good person as well. So that’s the interesting thing about him. .. This is a guy who is 6-foot-1, 205 pounds and he runs like the wind. He’s a legitimate 4.3 guy who has been very productive as a receiver and a returner.”
Rang: “A dominant player since he stepped onto the field for the Bulldogs, Green’s height, hands and body control have drawn comparisons to Randy Moss.”
Rang: “Julio Jones reminds a little too much of Mike Williams for what the Seahawks do in that he’s a very physical player. I don’t know if he has the elite speed that you’re looking for. But at the same time, the way he can take over games as far as his ability to make the catch and simply shove defenders out of his way and run for long yardage, he reminds me of Anquan Boldin.”
Rang: “Has ‘freakish’ speed at 6-5, 230 pounds, but is a better athlete than football player to this point.”