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Posted on: June 7, 2008 2:20 pm
 

Seahawks draft and offseason

Since the offseason is pretty much over and were not expecting anything major signing wise coming out of the Seahawks camp its maybe time to look back at the offseason with the draft and signing now in the rearview mirror.

Most important signing - Dosent go to a player but to new offensive line coach Mike Solari who should be able to turn around this group and maybe just maybe get them playing again at a high level. Walter Jones seemed to be playing a bit slow last season maybe trying to make up for Rob Sims who knows. But having a vet like Mike Wahle next to him should bring him back up to his status. Chris Spencer and Sims need to continue to improve under this new coach who seems to get great things out of his players esspecially when he was with the Chiefs and creating a line the really helped Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes.

Worst Signing - Carlos Silva... oh wait wrong Seattle club. I am going to agree with someother posters here that Julius Jones is vastly overpaid this year but then his contract becomes very manageable over the last few years. Something Shaun Alexanders wasnt at least. Really I dont think there were any to terrible signings since we didnt have much cap room to do anything to over the top stupid.

I think the team did a good job this offseason by completely overhauling the running game in the backfield and trying to bring in a tough o-lineman since Tom Ashworth seemed completely useless as a signing other than being able to swap in and play most positions. Something Floyd Womack can do for one or two series before getting injured at least. TJ Duckett gives Holmgren something he seems interested in using, I get the sense Holmgren is excited to have this big back and is schemeing up ways to get him in the game. Jones is the big question mark and well probably be splitting time with Maurice Morris back there. But at least Jones can pass block and catch the ball out of the backfield something Shaun seemeed to forget how to do over the years. Yes there are similarities between Morris and Jones but this gives the team a better chance of masking their options and keeping both of them fresh. Last year if Shaun was in the game it was either a pass or Shaun to the flats. If it was Morris it was either the wheel and go or some draw play it seemed in my opinion.

Best draft pick - Owen Schmitt, who dosent like getting this beast on the field? He also should contribute on special teams some helping the loss of an overpaid Niko.

Worst draft pick - having to give up so much to get John Carlson. Now dont get me wrong I want the guy on the team but I wish we didnt have to give up so much to get him. I think hes better than Dustin Keller and Fred Davis based on the facts that hes more well rounded than either of them.

The draft was painful seeing Rashard Mendenhall fall so far only to be snatched up by the hated Steelers. I think Lawrence Jackson well help give us a good rotation with Patrick Kerney, Darryl Tapp and Baraka Atkins for the future. John Carlson is going to open the middle and should give us a solid receiving TE who we dont have to worry about with DUI's and drug charges all the time. Red Bryant is a beast and should help clog the middle and keep Rocky Bernard fresh and clean for passing downs and pressure up the middle, also if we can get him and a healthy Marcus Tubbs it well be great. The LS Tyler Schmitt finally addresses that issue after the debacle of the Saints game. He is the best LS in the draft and well heck we needed one. The guy also plays LB and can probably do some damage in special teams. Brandon Coutu should take over the kicking duties if not after preseason but sometime in the middle of the year. Justin Forsett is interesting since we already were going into the season with Morris, Jones, Duckett, Shmitt, and Leonard Weaver so Im wondering what role he might be playing with the team. Maybe doing something with return duties since we are going to need to take good care of Nate Burleson but Josh Wilson has talents in that dept so we will see.

Category: NFL
Tags: Seahawks
 
Posted on: April 11, 2008 3:31 pm
 

Hawkman's thoughts on the Hawks draft

I thought about putting out version 3 of the Hawkmans mock but would like it if someone was able to join me in a back and forth draft process so that another person can put their ideas down. So on to the Hawkmans ideas about what the Hawks might be doing.

One thing Hawks fans should be loving to see if pick 24 comes and goes is Brian Brohm still sitting on the board and the Falcons having not gone QB with their first pick. This would give the Hawks an amazing oppurtunity to trade down and collect multiple picks and still be able to tackle needs but in a better position. Would you rather see the Seahawks reach for a TE in the first or trade down and get that same TE for 2nd rnd money? Definetly the 2nd. This could also give the Hawks 3 2nd rnd picks.

On to the 2nd idea. If the Seahawks had stood pat this offseason and gone into the draft thinking and praying that Jonathan Stewart is going to fall into their laps how mad would the fan base be when we get a 2nd rnd prospect that dosent pan out when Stewart goes higher than expected? Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett are the insurance policy right now if he right RB dosent come to the Seahawks. I know many people who might have been upset if we simply went into another year hopping that Shaun Alexander regains his form and guys if Maurice Morris was the answer dont you think he would be getting more oppurtunities and wouldve been signed when he hit free agency a few years back by another team? You can say the Jones might be a Morris clone well at least hes a Morris clone with more game time expierience. All in all look for the Hawks to take a RB in the 2nd or 3rd rnd. Dont worry guys well get it done.

Mainly though this probably isnt going to be a sexy draft for the Hawks. Look for help along the d-line with somebig space eaters and some fresh blood along the o-line. If a player the Hawks like at WR is around later in the draft look for them to take a stab there.

No need to fret folks just stay positive.

Category: NFL
Tags: Seahawks, Seattle
 
 
 
 
 
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