Here’s my story on the Seattle Seahawks issues at defensive line, completing our position-by-position analysis of this year’s draft.
Through the first part of the 2010 season, solid defensive line play was a plus for the Seahawks.
Seattle ranked second overall in rushing defense through six games, giving up an average of just over 76 yards a contest.
But when defensive end Red Bryant and defensive tackle Colin Cole went down with injuries against Oakland at midseason, the Seahawks failed to recover up front and the defense suffered.
The Seahawks allowed 239 rushing yards in a 33-3 pounding against the Raiders, and gave up an average of 144 yards a contest the rest of the season, going 3-7 down the stretch.
Bryant suffered a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee that required surgery, landing him on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Cole missed five games with a severe high ankle sprain. Add to that the four games defensive tackle Brandon Mebane missed because of an injured calf, and it’s clear why the Seahawks could be looking for defensive line help early in the draft.