Sidney Rice and Red Bryant are gone, and if the rumors are true it looks like Zach Miller may be next on Seattle’s chopping block. If that’s true then the Seahawks will need to add another tight end on the depth chart behind Luke Willson.
Last week I brought up the possibility of signing Jermichael Finley, who has said he’s open to playing in Seattle. Finley is coming off a neck injury though, and it would definitely be cheaper to bring in a rookie in this year’s draft. That has to be a major factor in John Schneider’s thinking because the team will need all the cash it can to re-sign guys like Golden Tate and Michael Bennett.
Whoever the Seahawks decide to start at tight end in 2014 he will have to be adept at run-blocking. Miller has not seen many targets and was primarily used to help spring Marshawn Lynch open, and that isn’t going to change regardless of who lines up at the position.
The top-ranked tight end in this year’s draft is North Carolina’s Eric Ebron.
As you can see, Ebron has a tremendous leaping ability and would be a great red zone target for Russell Wilson. However, if Seattle drafts a tight end it probably won’t come until at least the third round as the offensive line and wide receiver positions have to take priority. Ebron won’t be around that long. UW’s Austin Sefarian-Jenkins is an intriguing candidate who is projected to go at number 45 over all, but Jenkins comes with baggage resulting from a DUI and the Seahawks have gone out of their way to avoid players with character issues.
The good news is that like most positions, the 2014 draft is stocked with talented tight ends. Here’s a list of the top ten prospects.