You have to admire the Seahawks.
Like a quarterback that just threw a pick-six interception, in football deals, you have to have a short memory.
One of the main things Jimmy Graham will bring to the table is the ability to score in the dreaded red zone. The last nine times Graham was targeted on plays starting from the opponents 1-yard line, eight of those completions were for touchdowns.
I don’t point that out because of the failure to make that catch in the Super Bowl. I point that out because the Seahawks needed a proven player they can count on to make that catch.
As for the issues with Bruce Irvin and Michael Bennett, water under the bridge. In fact, I kind of liked that Irvin and Bennett did what they did…needle an opposing player.
But that was years ago and I’m pretty sure that Irvin and Bennett knows what Graham brings to the table.
The team, as a whole, continues to evolve and it must in order to maintain a high level of excellence. Sure, Seattle has lost some very good players to other teams. But the core players on defense, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett are pretty much locked up for the foreseeable future.
But outside of Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson, what is the core of the Seattle offense? The Hawks have needed receiver help for a long time and Jimmy Graham will go a long way to help out with that. But the Hawks can’t make the same mistake they did with Percy Harvin and try to make the offense run through Graham.
Opposing teams figured that out pretty quickly with Harvin and the true nature of the team was out of balance. Hawks need to stay with the philosophy that got them to the Super Bowl the last two years. Run the ball with one of the best running backs in the NFL, Beast Mode.
But like I said before, the Seahawks need to keep evolving to stay successful…and that means opening the playbook for Russell to have better targets downfield. I like Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse as receivers but I don’t see them in the same class of receiver that Jimmy Graham is in.
Hawks are only going to have seven picks in this years draft, none in the first round. The top team needs are wide receiver, defensive tackle, offensive guard and cornerback.
Here is my wish list:
Round 2, 64th Pick: Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida. Last name sound familiar? It should. Breshad is the son of former WR Brett Perriman who played in the league for 10 years and was a very productive pass-catcher. His son is listed at 6-2, 212 lbs. and posts a 4.55 40. He has nice size and speed and has the ability to take a short slant play and turn it into big yardage. With him, Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham on the field, opposing defense have to respect the receivers which gives Lynch even more of an opportunity to run wild.
Round 3, 95th Pick: Unless the Seahawks do something to get back up to the first round, I don’t see them getting University of Washington’s Danny Shelton this late. Defensive tackles are the rage and there are a lot of teams that want to find the next Ndamukong Suh. I think that Shelton can be that type of player but there is no hope the Hawks will get him this late.
But they do need a defensive tackle as Kevin Williams is on the downside of his career. Hawks could take a shot at Carl Davis out of Iowa. He’s 6-4, 321 lbs. mountain of a man that can stuff runs and bull rush his way to the pocket. Granted, this would be a “chance” pick as during his team interviews at the senior bowl, he came off as lazy and arrogant. If the Seahawks can get his head screwed on straight he could be a dominant inside player the Hawks thrive on.
Round 4, 136th Pick: Seahawks have had a lot of success with cornerbacks picked in the late rounds. I still can’t get over how good Richard Sherman has become but was picked in the 5th round.
Seahawks could have the same success and not look any further than there own backyard. Marcus Peters out of the University of Washington is tall and rangy in the mold the Seahawks like. At 6-0 and 190 lbs. he has the physical aspects to take on physical wide receivers.
But there is a question of his maturity. He had several run-ins with new Washington head coach Chris Peters that eventually led to Peters being dismissed from the team.
But I would imagine that being around Sherman, Thomas and Chancellor, they could turn this kid around and make him a strong member with the Legion of Boom.
Seahawks don’t need much…after all, just how much is needed to improve for a team that went to the Super Bowl the last two years in a row. But I will keep pounding that the Hawks do need to continue to evolve and get the talent on offense that will make Russell Wilson even more successful on the field.
The Hawks, at best, will have Lynch for another two years. That’s the time table they have to get Wilson to the next level of quarterback play.