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Seahawks roster and draft analysis by position

Wide receiver Paul Richardson during Colorado's game against Arizona State on Oct. 12, 2013
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The draft needs were written before the draft. They have been left in as written for sake of comparison. The Seahawks did almost everything we expected (although maybe not necessarily HOW we expected).


Locks: Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson

Contender: B.J. Daniels, Terrelle Pryor

UDFA: Keith Price

Draft need? Not anymore. The Hawks already drafted a QB, sending their seventh-round pick to Oakland for Pryor, who will try to force the coaches to keep three this year.

Draft analysis: The Hawks did not draft a QB, but they did sign former Washington Husky Keith Price, who has been mentored by Wilson since Wilson was drafted by Seattle in 2012. The Hawks are fully loaded with arms and certainly won't take five to training camp. Daniels could be the odd man out.



Locks: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Derrick Coleman, Christine Michael

Contender: Spencer Ware

Draft pick: Kiero Small

UFA: Michael Robinson

Draft need? No. After surprising everyone with Michael in the second round of the 2013 draft and then adding Ware in the sixth, Seattle seems very unlikely to pick up any running backs this time.

Draft analysis: The Hawks did in fact add a back, although you have to wonder if it was only for the jokes about his name. Small only about half lives up (down?) to his moniker, at 5 feet 8 1/2. But at about 250 pounds, there is nothing small about the guy.



Locks: Zach Miller, Luke Willson

Contender: Anthony McCoy, Travis Beckum, Cooper Helfet

UDFA: Chase Dixon

Gone: Kellen Davis

Draft need? No. Some people think the Hawks might go for a tight end in the first two rounds -- maybe Jace Amaro of Texas Tech -- but they seem pretty well stocked at the position after Miller took a pay cut to stay and McCoy re-signed.

Draft analysis: No tight end was drafted, but they added Dixon from Central Arkansas.



Locks: Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse

Contenders: Sidney Rice, Ricardo Lockette, Bryan Walters, Phil Bates, Arceto Clark, Chris Matthews, Taylor Price

Draft picks: Paul Richardson, Kevin Norwood

Gone: Golden Tate

Draft need? Yes. It's the deepest receiver draft since perhaps the star-studded 1996 class, and the Hawks surely will find a guy they like at some point. If they take one in the first round, don't rule out them taking another on Day 3. They have a ton of uncertainty at the position after 2014 and would do well to try to build a little stability.

Draft analysis: Richardson and Norwood have to be favorites to make the team, which means Rice or even Kearse could be the odd man out unless the Hawks go with six receivers -- something they almost never do. Either way, Russell Wilson has to be happy.



Locks: LT Russell Okung, C Max Unger, RG J.R. Sweezy, C Lemuel Jeanpierre, OT Michael Bowie

Contenders: LG James Carpenter, OL Alvin Bailey, C Jared Smith, OT Caylin Hauptmann, OL Greg Van Roten, OG Stephen Schilling

Draft picks: OT Justin Britt, OL Garrett Scott

UDFA: Garry Gilliam, Bronson Irwin

Gone: RT Breno Giacomini, OL Paul McQuistan

Draft need? Yes. The Hawks ideally will draft a right tackle in the first two rounds who can potentially step right in and start. Another lineman couldn't hurt. You can never have too many.

Draft analysis: Pete Carroll said it was paramount for them to get competition at right tackle, and they got one of their top guys in Britt (even if he wasn't everyone's top guy). Scott, picked in the sixth round, will compete at left tackle for now. They have bodies (13). Now they just have to sort out how to arrange them.



Locks: Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Brandon Mebane, Tony McDaniel, Greg Scruggs, Jordan Hill, Benson Mayowa

Contenders: Jesse Williams, Kenneth Boatright, Michael Brooks, D'Anthony Smith, Dewayne Cherrington

Draft picks: Cassius Marsh, Jimmy Staten

UDFA: Jackson Jeffcoat, Andru Pulu, Demonte McAllister

Gone: Clinton McDonald, Chris Clemons, Red Bryant

Draft need? Yes. The Hawks could use a pass rusher and perhaps an inside player. They have been linked to Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence, who would seem to fit their scheme.

Draft analysis: Marsh (fourth round) and Staten (fifth) were both surprise picks. Carroll said the Hawks will just have Marsh follow Michael Bennett around on the field, basically teaching him how to use his versatility. Staten was an off-the-board pick that the Hawks hemmed and hawed about in the fifth round. He joins the mix of big boys fighting for what figures to be two or three roster spots.



Locks: K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, Malcolm Smith, Bruce Irvin

Contenders: Mike Morgan, O'Brien Schofield, Heath Farwell, Korey Toomer, Mike Taylor

Draft pick: Kevin Pierre-Louis

UDFA: Brock Coyle

Draft need? Yes. The Hawks need to build for the future at this unit; Wagner and Irvin are the only guys among the top seven who will not be free agents in 2015. Wright could be extended this summer, but the Hawks seem likely to need players here. If Ohio State's Ryan Shazier drops to 32, the Hawks surely would swipe him up. But that is not likely.

Draft analysis: The Hawks came up with a nice pick at the end of the fourth round, when they added the speedy Pierre-Louis. He should make the club on special teams and be ready for an expanded role next season.



Locks: Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane

Contenders: Akeem Auguste, Tharold Simon, Phillip Adams, Chandler Fenner, Terrance Parks, A.J. Jefferson

Draft pick: Eric Pinkins

UDFA: Jimmy Legree

Gone: Walter Thurmond, Brandon Browner

Draft need? Yes. The departures of Thurmond and Browner leave the Hawks a little thin and inexperienced at corner. Plus, Maxwell is a free agent after next season and might be tough to keep. The Hawks are too good at coaching up cornerbacks to need to take one high, but they almost surely will pick one up later to join the host of young corners battling for the final two spots.

Draft analysis: The Hawks had chances to draft a corner in the fourth and fifth rounds, but they waited until the sixth -- and then picked a guy who wasn't even on some analysts' lists. Pinkins is huge (6-3, 220) and the Hawks apparently plan to turn him into the next Brandon Browner -- a hulking corner who manhandles receivers into submission. The Hawks probably could have done better here, but they also have half a dozen other cover guys competing for the final couple of spots in the Legion of Boom.



Locks: Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor

Contenders: DeShawn Shead, Jeron Johnson

UDFA: Dion Bailey

Gone: Chris Maragos

Draft need? Yes. The Seahawks definitely need depth at this spot, with Chancellor nursing a bad hip and Johnson signed for just one year.

Draft analysis: The Hawks drafted Pinkins, but they plan to play him at corner. Shead can play both corner and safety and probably will be counted on. Meawhile, undrafted rookie Bailey might have a shot at sticking as well.



Locks: P Jon Ryan, LS Clint Gresham, K Steven Hauschka

Draft need? No. The Hawks are well set at the kicking spots.

Draft analysis: No additions.

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