With just two weeks remaining, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports takes a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks draft needs heading into this year’s draft.
Prisco evaluates Seattle’s needs at each position, and has this to say about Seattle’s situation at linebacker.
Prisco: This is the real weak spot on the roster. K.J. Wright, who started 12 games as a rookie, is the only linebacker on the roster who started for Seattle last season. He has a chance to be a really good player. The Seahawks lost middle linebacker David Hawthorne to the Saints in free agency, but signed Barrett Ruud to replace him. That’s a step down. Ruud is just OK. The other spot should be a battle between Adrian Moten and others. I expect the Seahawks to spend an early pick on a linebacker, maybe even in the first round.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com says the team is a more focused group with head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider working their third draft together.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that fullback Jacob Hester visited the Seahawks on Wednesday.
Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange reports that QB Kevin O’Connell had a tryout with Seattle.
ESPN’s Mike Sando puts Pete Carroll at No. 2 in the NFC West behind Arizona’s Ken Whisenhunt in terms of coaching hot seat.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports has Seattle selecting North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples in his latest mock draft.
ESPN’s Todd McShay offers a couple different scenarios for Seattle at No. 12, including Coples, Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, Stanford’s David DeCastro and Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd.
Jack Bechta of the National Football Post writes an interesting article on the value of regional scouts and efficiently run scouting departments.
Chad Reuter of NFL.com takes a look at potential targets for draft-day trades in the upcoming draft.
Les Carpenter of Yahoo Sports has an interesting story on West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irwin, a high school dropout caught up in the drug game who managed to turn his life around.
More Prisco: Nebraska LB Levonte David tops his list of most underrated players heading into the draft.
Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger reports former Seahawks Sean Locklear has signed with the Giants.