Welcome to our Wednesday 12th man mailbag, where we answer your questions submitted via Twitter. This week we’re talking the NFL Draft and the chances the Seahawks have of repeating as Super bowl champs.
Our first question came courtesy of Travis Ervin from Seattle:
Do the Seahawks go for a wide receiver or offensive line with their first draft pick?
Tough call there, Travis. Those are definitely the two major needs the team has and I’d be surprised if they draft at any other position in the first round. Considering the fact that they signed Chris Matthews yesterday, my guess is that they will look to address the depth on the offensive line at the draft and rely on free agency for wide receiver.
The Seahawks’ offensive line is not as bad as it was in 2013, not really. Max Unger, Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung all struggled with injuries and having those guys healthy is the biggest upgrade we can get, however there are some holes. The problem was mainly that guys were forced to play out of position. There’s a very good chance that the Seahawks let Giacomini walk so they should be looking for a right tackle and a guard. David Yankey of Stanford is the top ranked guard according to CBS Sports. At 6’5″ and 314 pounds he would fill in pretty well.
After Yankey there’s Gabe Jackson of Mississippi State and and Xavier Su’a-Filo from UCLA. The issue is there’s really no must have guards in this year’s draft. There are some great tackles like Jake Matthews and Auburn’s Greg Robinson, but I would be shocked if either of those guys are still around come the 32nd pick. That being said John Schneider knows what he’s doing. Our line will be vastly improved in 2014 no matter how they choose to address it.
Brannon from Tacoma:
On a scale of probably to yes, will we repeat next year? I vote more than likely.
Obviously we have an inherent bias here, but if I were a gambling man with no attachment to the Seattle Seahawks whatsoever I would still pick them over the field to win the Super bowl in 2014.
It’s not going to be as easy as this time around, though. For one, our schedule next season is one of the toughest in the NFL, especially on the road where we’ll be playing the Panthers, Eagles, Chiefs, Niners, Rams, and Cardinals. At home we host the usual murderer’s row of NFC West teams as well as the Broncos and Packers.
Obviously the biggest obstacle is the 49ers. They are the team most equipped to beat us. If the Seahawks stumble or get plagued by injuries in 2014, San Francisco would be my pick to win the title. So whichever team makes the better moves this offseason should be the favorite.
We’re not going to take anyone by surprise in 2014. As world champions, we will get every team’s best shot every week. However, we will have Percy Harvin out there in addition to an upgraded offensive line. I believe that will balance the terms. We should go 12-4 or 13-3 again and earn a top two seed. A lot can happen in a season though and this is all speculation, but if I had to pick I’d still take the ‘Hawks.
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