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Seattle has had a run of success over the past years that was spearheaded by their bruising defense and superstar quarterback Russell Wilson. Now with the last member of the storied Legion of Boom gone in Bobby Wagner and Wilson being traded to the Denver Broncos, the Seahawks have to build a winner from the ground up once again.
Can the Seahawks pull it off? I believe they can, and here is how they could possibly build another Super Bowl winner through the draft:
Round 1, Pick 9: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
It’s not too often you trade away a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback and possibly get to draft another in the same off-season.
Malik Willis boasts a strong arm, mobility and accuracy that could be graded as elite at the next level. Bringing in a stud like Willis who has some of the same physical tools as Russell Wilson means that Seattle wouldn’t have to change the offense at all and could start the season running.
Quarterback should be the Seahawks’ top priority on day one and Willis is the best fit for the Seattle franchise.
Round 2, Pick 8: Max Mitchell, OL, Louisiana
Round 2, Pick 9: Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
Round 3, Pick 8: Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA
The Seahawks have had success drafting on day two under coach Pete Carroll and that shouldn’t stop here. They have found starters and superstars in the mid-rounds and could hit on some blue chip players this year.
Two of those players that could become superstars are tackle Max Mitchell and linebacker Chad Muma.
Mitchell is a tackle with all the tools to be an All-Pro selection as a rookie. His is on the lighter side, weighing in at 299 pounds, but has violent hands and swift feet which would allow him to play early.
Muma is a solid playmaker at the linebacker spot who plays with elite vision and intelligence. He could fill Bobby Wagner’s role as the leader of the defense. The former Wyoming Cowboy should be there due to the competition faced in college and questions about his coverage.
The Seahawks need consistency at the running back position as well and could target one in the third round. Charbonnet is a guy with excellent skills to be a three-down back at the next level. He runs with power and balance and has soft hands in the pass game, which allows him to impact every level of the defense.
Seattle should have a solid second day at the draft and these three should be at the forefront.
Round 4, Pick 4: Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska
Round 5, Pick 9: Xavier Thomas, Edge, Clemson
Round 5, Pick 10: Alex Forsyth, OL, Oregon
Round 7, Pick 8: De’Angelo Malone, Edge, Western Kentucky
The ‘Hawks would be smart to approach the final day of the draft with the mindset of bargain starters or talented depth.
Two of the bargain starters should be Nebraska corner Cam Taylor-Britt and Oregon’s Alex Forsyth.
Taylor-Britt is a corner who is built more like a safety and plays just as physical as one. His long speed isn’t an issue, as he ran a 4.38 and the Seahawks need a guy to cover on the outside.
Forsyth played center but can play either guard spot. His pass blocking is stout enough against power rushers to stand them up at the line and he has good enough feet to stick speed rushers inside. Forsyth could step in as a starter along the interior of the offensive line at center or either guard spots.
The talented depth would come in the form of two edge rushers. Seattle has lacked in that department and having players like Thomas and Malone will bolster the ranks. Malone is prime for a pass rush specialist in the NFL but Thomas is a guy who could start or at least contribute early. Thomas has all the physical gifts you want in a pass rusher and can play on all three downs. Adding him would inject some youth and much needed talent into a front seven that is desperate for it.
The Seahawks could make a splash and build a “Legion of Boom 2.0” with a good draft. 2022 hasn’t been kind but this may make up for it.