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Memories of the 2004 season which saw the Seahawks literally drop a playoff game to the Rams ending an extremely disappointing season have been erased with this yearís solid season that finds the Hawks on top of the NFC. This team has had good talent for several years and has drafted well recently. Free agency might hurt Seattle in the off season but either way they do have a few needs to take care of in the 2006 draft.

Defensive Back
You canít ever have too many good cornerbacks in the NFC west. With names like Holt, Bruce, Boldin and Fitzgerald in the division, cover corners are at a premium. Seattle has a couple of good starters and some depth but starter Andre Dyson has battled some injuries this season and it doesnít take long for teams like St. Louis and Arizona to exploit any weakness in the secondary. The safety picture was muddled earlier this season when safety Ken Hamlin was attacked outside of a nightclub, suffered a fractured skull, and ended up in the intensive care unit. Itís not known when or if Hamlin will play again. This is an extremely deep draft at the safety position and might be the way Seattle looks when their pick is on the clock.

While Matt Hasselbeck is firmly entrenched as the teamís starter, second stringer Seneca Wallace may not be the answer if Hasselbeck were to miss significant time. Wallace stands 5í11Ē and weighs 196 pounds. Hasselbeck has been extremely durable during his five years in Seattle and has become one of the top quarterbacks in the NFC. This is not a need spot, but if the Seahawks were able to find a young signal caller in the later rounds of the draft, it may be something worth looking at.

Wide Receiver
This has been the most improved unit on the team this season. Last year Seattle receivers seemed to be washing their hands in butter before games. This season, led by free agent addition Joe Jurevicius, Seahawk receivers have given opposing defenses something to account for other than Shaun Alexander. All that being said, Jurevicius is 31, Bobby Engram is 32, Darrell Jackson was injured for much of the season, Peter Warrick still hasnít lived up to his selection as a first round pick and D.J. Hackett is still somewhat unproven. Seattle would probably like to add another young receiver, but this is not a very deep draft at that position.

Offensive Guard
Steve Hutchinson is a free agent and Chris Gray is 35 years old, so guard seems like a need at this point. Seattle drafted center Chris Spencer with their 2005 first round pick and he could probably slide over to guard if necessary but this draft does have its share of offensive line prospects so Seattle should be able to secure some insurance at that spot if Hutchinson were to leave.

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