The masses have spoken and the refrain remains the same.
The NFL draft begins Thursday night with the first round, and this draft is a big one of the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle’s core, which has carried the Seahawks through the best five-year stretch in franchise history, is aging. Therefore, it behooves Seattle general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll to recapture some of that draft magic from 2010-12 that produced eight future Pro Bowlers (T Russell Okung, FS Earl Thomas, WR Golden Tate, SS Kam Chancellor, LB K.J Wright, CB Richard Sherman, LB Bobby Wagner and QB Russell Wilson).
With that in mind, I asked readers which position the Seahawks should focus on in the draft. The answer was a predictable one:
POLL: What position should the Seahawks focus on in the upcoming NFL draft? Full context here: https://t.co/7JgWOiPwET
— Nick Patterson (@NickHPatterson) April 24, 2017
Seattle’s offensive line has been the main source of fan angst the past two seasons, so it’s no surprise that responders believe the offensive line should be the priority in this year’s draft. There’s just one problem with that. This is not considered a good offensive line draft crop. Nevertheless, that’s what the fans want.
And Seattle’s recent history actually supports the idea that the team is willing to draft offensive linemen. The prevailing narrative is that the Seahawks won’t spend on the offensive line, and that theory is supported by Seattle continuing to have the fewest salary-cap dollars allocated to the offensive line of any NFL team. However, that doesn’t mean the Seahawks haven’t expended resources on the offensive line, specifically via the draft. Over the past three drafts Seattle has selected eight offensive linemen. That includes a first rounder (Germain Ifedi last year), a second rounder (Justin Britt in 2014) and a third rounder (Rees Odhiambo last year). So the Seahawks aren’t afraid of going big for offensive linemen in the draft.
Is that what they’ll do this year? Tune in beginning at 5 p.m. tonight to find out.