Posted by Mike Krieger at 10:00:03The Seattle Seahawks’ draft is a year away, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some exciting players in this year’s draft.
For starters, there’s the highly touted quarterback, Jameis Winston, and defensive end Malik McDowell, both of whom could be the first two picks in the draft.
But they’re not the only top prospects in the class.
The other is another quarterback, Marcus Mariota, who is expected to be the third overall pick, after a strong start to the season that has made him a top-five prospect.
The second quarterback, Jared Goff, is the favorite to go first overall, and he is also expected to go with the No. 3 pick.
And there are a lot of intriguing offensive linemen, as well.
The Seahawks have been working on their offensive line, and they’re in the midst of a significant overhaul, as they added offensive lineman Mike Iupati and left tackle Russell Okung to help improve the line.
The addition of Iupatti will make for a better tackle unit, while Okung will help the right tackle position.
There’s also the addition of veteran right guard David Bakhtiari, who will help replace veteran right tackle Tyron Smith.
The team also added offensive tackle Kevin Zeitler, who should be a significant upgrade at the left tackle position, and a veteran defensive end.
They also added tackle DeForest Buckner, who can help replace Michael Bennett, who has been a solid backup for the past couple of seasons.
The Seahawks also added safety Kam Chancellor and safety Chris Conte, who could help improve their secondary.
They could add a linebacker or two, as the team could have a need at either safety spot.
The draft is also the first where Seattle will have to find a replacement for the Seahawks’ star defensive tackle, Michael Bennett.
The team had hoped to trade down in the first round, but Bennett has been one of the top defensive players in the NFL, and the team may have to do some shopping.
It’s also expected that the Seahawks will look to improve their offensive lines, as one of their biggest weaknesses last year was their inability to get enough power to their offensive linemen.
This year, they have a chance to improve that, as offensive lineman Ryan Kelly, who was a backup to Bennett last year, should have a major boost in his development.
And if the Seahawks decide to keep their top-three picks, they could also be looking at offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga and offensive guard Mike Matthews.