The Seahawks felt the effects of losing guard Steve Hutchinson last season. While Hutchinson wasn’t incredible in Minnesota, he helped improve the line there, while the line in Seattle struggled regularly. Left guard Floyd Womack is young and has great size, but he just hasn’t been able to fill the shoes of Hutchinson. However, he played well enough to stick around. Left tackle Walter Jones will soon be thirty-three and right guard Chris Gray—if the team re-signs him—will be thirty-seven when next season opens play. The line needs youth, and it may need another top lineman to help alleviate the losses and age the line faces. Gray’s understudy or replacement will be a likely target come draft day.
At tight end, Jerramy Stevens is out, and while Marcus Pollard isn’t a bad option, he’s thirty-five years old and his best years are behind him. It should be expected that the ‘Hawks will look for a tight end on day one of the draft.
Seattle was able to add Patrick Kerney to the defensive end position, but the defensive tackle position is another point of emphasis that will need talent added. Veterans Chuck Darby and Rocky Bernard are no scrubs, but a run-stopper in the middle will be a valuable acquisition. If the team feels comfortable with waiting on a guard or tight end, the defensive tackle position may be shored up with the team’s first selection.
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