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Could Seahawks find starting LG and C with first two picks of the draft?

Top-rated offensive linemen in 2015 draft, per

(With the reminder the Seahawks need at least a new starting C and LG):

  1. Andrus Peat, T, Stanford: Won’t be available when Seattle first picks at 63rd overall
  2. Brandon Scherff, T/G, Iowa: Versatile, powerful – and also unavailable to Seahawks
  3. La’el Collins, T/G, LSU: Varying opinions on whether he’ll last past 1st round
  4. J. Clemmings, T, Pitt: Converted DE, 1 year at OT. Recent injury concerns.
  5. Cameron Erving, T, FSU: A DT to All-American OT in 2 yrs. Athletic. Some see as an NFL center. Probably way gone by No. 63

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Draft preview: How much of a need is wide receiver for Seattle?

Now that they have acquired Jimmy Graham, a tight end is name only for most of the last few years while split out wide or in the slot for New Orleans, how much are the Seahawks in the market for a wide receiver in the draft that begins April 30?

Probably still quite a bit, though Seattle’s needs to find a new starting left guard and center are more pressing and fundamental right now. Graham’s arrival still leaves the Seahawks with previously undrafted Doug Baldwin, undrafted Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson, a 175-pound man whose rookie season ended last January

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Draft guru Rob Rang assesses Seahawks needs, talks WRs such as Funchess, Strong at top of draft

Before I left Indianapolis Saturday afternoon I asked Tacoma’s Rob Rang, a senior NFL draft analyst for CBS Sports and The Sports Exchange, to give me a rundown on the video above of what he thinks of this year’s draft class. He also offered what he sees as the Seahawks’ primary needs, and some ideas of wide receivers that may or may be available for Seattle should it choose to go that route with its first couple picks, currently scheduled for 31st and 62nd overall in the first two rounds.

“This isn’t like

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From the combine: Tacoma’s, CBS Sports’ NFL prospect guru Rob Rang: “2015 draft is a good one”

I’m like the Seahawks, just 21 days removed from another run through the Super Bowl. So I’ve had about as much time and interest as my wife in the NFL combine and upcoming draft. You can imagine how much that is (isn’t).

That’s why I was glad to be sitting near Rob Rang for much of my week in Indianapolis.

Rang, a history teacher at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, immerses himself in this. The senior national draft analyst for CBS Sports and The Sports Exchange has been regarded for years as one

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TNT 2012 draft preview: DBs to consider

Alabama safety Mark Barron (4) is considered one of the “elite” players available in the NFL draft and might be hard for the Seahawks to pass up. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider’s isn’t expecting his team to break up the Pro Bowl safety tandem of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor by drafting a safety in the first round and moving Chancellor to outside linebacker.

“We usually try not to move Pro Bowl players to different positions,” quipped Schneider during an interview on 950-AM radio.

Of course, Schneider shouldn’t be interested in moving Chancellor to linebacker after how impressively he played in his first year as a starter.

However, Schneider’s sound reasoning does not rule out the possibility of Seattle selecting safety Alabama’s Mark Barron if he’s the best player on the Seahawks’ draft board when they select at No. 12 on Thursday.

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TNT 2012 draft preview: OL-TEs to consider

Missouri tight end Michael Egnew (82) runs the ball after a reception past Kansas State linebackers Arthur Brown (4) and Tre Walker (50) in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle)

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said the tight end position group is solid overall for his team, but he still would like to add a playmaker to improve the explosiveness of the position.

“I think we’re back—really Cam [Morrah] being healthy going into camp is a boost to us,” Carroll said during his pre-draft press conference on Monday. “We think he’s a really up-and-coming player. Zach (Miller) is solid as a rock. We’d like to give him the football more but he did a fantastic job of blocking for us and he’s a tough guy that is one of those guys that we acquired that is a leader and is a real factor on our club.

“Anthony (McCoy) has got some real aspects in his game that are unique and his blocking ability. It’s a good, solid position for us but again, playmakers and guys that can score touchdowns at that spot might find a way into helping us.”

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