2017 NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks' top five needs, best fits on the clock at No. 26
Who should the Seahawks take with their first pick? We break down all their options
This is one in a series that covers each team, offering viewers information for homework, suggestions and then the opportunity to make a draft pick.
When the NFL Draft begins selections in Philadelphia April 27, the Seattle Seahawks have the No. 26 pick in the first round.
Here is an in-depth look at the team's needs, offseason changes, potential best fit and the selections by NFLDraftScout.com's experts.
Who would you pick and why?
Top five needs
1. Cornerback: The Seahawks are still in need of additional help at cornerback after a torn ACL suffered by DeShawn Shead in the playoffs left a hole in the roster. Richard Sherman returns (maybe) as Seattle's top option and Jeremy Lane can play the No. 2 role adequately. However, depth and the need for an infusion of younger talent remain issues. While Shead re-signed with Seattle on a one-year deal after being non-tendered as a restricted free agent, his injury likely makes him unavailable until close to midseason. Neiko Thorpe also re-signed on a one-year deal to give Seattle some more stability at the spot. But cornerback could be Seattle's top target in the first round of the draft.
2. Defensive tackle: Behind starters Ahtyba Rubin and Jarran Reed , Seattle is lacking sufficient depth at defensive tackle. Garrison Smith and Quinton Jefferson are both returning from knee injuries that ended their 2016 seasons. Tony McDaniel has not re-signed with the team this offseason after being a key cog in Seattle's top-ranked rush defense. While the Seahawks remain optimistic about Jefferson's potential, they could use more help to fill out their roster.
3. Wide receiver: Seattle could benefit from the addition of a receiver with size to their roster. Paul Richardson is in the last year of his rookie deal and has missed significant time with injuries in his first three seasons. Jermaine Kearse could be gone after this season as well as his contract becomes easily expendable following the season. A young, big receiving option would be a sensible addition for the short term and the future.
4. Linebacker: While the Seahawks have made several veteran additions to their linebacker group this offseason, the team will almost certainly look to add through the draft as well. Michael Wilhoite , Arthur Brown and Terence Garvin have all been added in free agency, with Wilhoite and Garvin set to compete for Seattle's starting strong-side linebacker job. However, all three contracts were one-year deals. Kevin Pierre-Louis is in the last year of his contract as well. The Seahawks will need to infuse the unit with a potential longer term solution.
5. Offensive line: The Seahawks have filled out their line with the additions of Luke Joeckel and Oday Aboushi in free agency. The signings have given Seattle some additional veteran depth they were severely lacking last year. Nevertheless, the overall talent level of the grouping is still questionable. Seattle could use additional help at tackle specifically, but additions anywhere on the line would make sense.
Kevin King , CB, Washington Huskies : The Seahawks have not drafted a player from the local Division I school since taking tight end Jerramy Stevens in the first round of the 2002 draft. With the Seahawks lacking cornerback depth and an apparent fraying of the relationship with star corner Richard Sherman, King would fill a significant need for Seattle. He's got the textbook size Seattle prefers in its cornerbacks and had perhaps the best workouts of any player at the NFL combine. While King is still a bit raw as a prospect, the Seahawks have proven capable of developing cornerbacks well through head coach Pete Carroll's tenure.
The pick will be ...
Rob Rang: Garett Bolles , OT, Utah Utes . It is no secret that the Seahawks' top priority of the offseason would be addressing a leaky offensive line, and the club made several moves, including adding former No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel in free agency. If the team was confident that Joeckel was the long-term answer at left tackle, however, Seattle likely would have given him more than a one-year "show-me" deal. Bolles is a work in progress after only starting one year at Utah and comes with some character red flags. He has the highest upside of any lineman in this class, however, boasting the light feet and competitive nature to project as a future standout left tackle.
Dane Brugler: Kevin King, CB, Washington. A tall, long athlete at cornerback who played his college football in Seattle? Almost seems too obvious that he will be the pick here for the Seahawks if available.
Pat Kirwan: Haason Reddick , LB, Temple Owls .
(Kirwan, Jim Miller picks based on last Friday's mock on SiriusXM Radio. Listen to their next mock Friday, April 21, on SiriusXM NFL Radio channel 88).
Frank Cooney, IMO: Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is not getting a bite on his high trade price for Richard Sherman because the player isn't worth it. Not to overstate this, because he is good, but Sherman needs to understand his success was largely due to great teammates and a system that allowed him to be a border corner. It's a horses/course issue. Absent those elements, he is not as impressive. Ask former CB Nnamdi Asomugha, who learned that lesson when he moved from Oakland to Philadelphia. So, let's take nearby cornerback Kevin King.
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