The State of the Seahawks:

The Seattle Seahawks are yet another team at the end of an era, trading former Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos for a haul of picks and players, including former 2nd round pick Drew Lock.

Even with public-facing positive comments about Lock being their starter they love, their could still be a QB in the cards for the Seahawks. Pete Carroll remains the head coach, and seems to continue with his run-first mentality. However, the Seahawks have multiple holes on the offensive line, especially at both tackle spots, and are in need of a next-level edge rusher.

#9 Overall

Derek Stingley Jr. – CB – LSU

Stingley has the man coverage, athleticism, and ball skills to be an NFL defense’s No. 1 cornerback, but his injury history and dip in on-field production since his freshman year are concerns that need to be vetted.

Stingley is a bank-on-the-tools cornerback who showed the ability to anchor a secondary as a freshman, but recent lack of production could cause him to slip to the Seahawks.

Malik Willis – QB – Liberty

Willis is a true dual-threat quarterback with special arm talent and explosive athleticism, but needs to become a more polished and accurate passer to reach his full potential at the next level.

The Seahawks have had plenty of success with a mobile QB, and with Willis’ elite rushing skill set, could bank on that as they move their team into a new era.

Travon Walker – Edge – Georgia

Walker has the physical and athletic traits that are highly coveted as a versatile defensive lineman, and if he can reach his potential as a pass rusher at the next level, he can be a special pass rushing talent.

Walker’s off-the-charts athleticism could give Seattle the elite rusher it has long looked for.

#40 & #41 Overall

With back to back picks, the considered players are the same.

Matt Corral – QB – Ole Miss

Corral is a mobile quarterback with great pocket awareness and athletic ability, but he must refine his spot-on accuracy to all levels and decision-making skills in order to become a reason you win games in the NFL.

Corral comes with a huge RPO background, and his abilities with his legs are reminiscent of Russell Wilson’s younger years.

Arnold Ebiketie – Edge – Penn State

Ebiketie is toolsy in key areas like length, athleticism, flexibility and closing speed, but he needs to improve as a run defender by adding bulk to his lower half, as well as his efficiency and variety as a pass rusher in order to see an expanded role at the next level.

Ebiketie’s ability to make plays behind the LOS and generate pressure in pass rush make him a perfect candidate for a D-line needing that spark.

Kyler Gordon – CB – Washington

Gordon is an athletically gifted cover corner with good versatility inside and out, who should develop into a solid subpackage contributor with improved instincts and hand techniques.

The local Kyler Gordon would serve as a great developmental corner who, with experience, could develop into a dependable NFL starter.

Daniel Faalele – OT – Minnesota

Faalele has the gargantuan size and surprising athleticism teams salivate over in a potential tackle, but he will need to continue to improve his body composition and his foot quickness to reach his high potential.

Faalele’s dominant run blocking, massive potential with his massive size, and need of reps makes him a perfect day one insert into Seattle’s front.

#72 Overall

Brandon Smith – LB – Penn State

Smith has the athleticism, coverage comfortability, and closing speed to play in today’s NFL, but he must refine his run game strength and technique to see the field consistently.

Smith’s high athleticism and experience as a tackle machine make a great developmental stand-in for the now-Ram Bobby Wagner.

Carson Strong – QB – Nevada

Strong has the arm strength and leadership qualities needed to be a solid quarterback at the NFL level, but he will need to become more accurate and better under pressure to be much more than a circumstantial starter.

Odds are low any QB will have as much experience calling the shots for their offense than Strong. There’s a lot to like, but falls a step short in accuracy and handling pressure.

Abraham Lucas – OT – Washington State

Lucas is a big-bodied technician that wins with savvy and anticipation on the edge, though his lack of strength and athleticism will prevent him from being a consistent starter.

Lucas’ experience goes a long way, and his high production in pass protection fills an immediate need for right tackle.

To learn more about the Seahawks and their needs, visit their team page on our NFL Draft website here.