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Should Seattle trade UP in the draft?

There's been a lot of talk about the quality of this year's draft class and the fact that Seattle is in a rather peculiar spot. Not good enough for either of the OT's worth drafting, and too higher for players like Crabtree, Curry or Stafford, not to mention the next "tier" of OTs.

I did a little (and do mean little) digging to support my case that Seattle's offensive line is terrible, and desperately needs a shot of talent. Sean Locklear was underwhelming, Jones is one injury away from disability and retirement (bless his heart, we'll all miss him terribly when's he gone) and the rest of our OL really isn't worth mentioning. With the exception of Wrotto or Goddard of course ... /bleeding sarcasm

Football Outsiders ranks Seattle's offensive line 29th in adjusted line yards and 21st in pass protection. We were above average on other stats (like Power Success), but I don't think anyone can argue that our offensive line isn't anywhere near where any of us would like it to be. One could argue that line yards are partly attributed to the talent in the RB core, which Seattle is a little lacking (moreso now with the departure of Mo Morris). But the pass protection speaks for itself.

In my mind, Ruskell did a great job balancing the defense by acquiring Redding and improving our 3rd down deficiencies (and general WR deficiencies) by signing Houshmenzadeh.

But OL is still a glaring issue.

Should the Seahawks trade up (if it's possible, of course) to say the number 2 or 3 spots to solidify one of the top two tackles? By those I mean Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe.

I say this because 1. neither Oher nor the other Smith are worth a #4, and trading up would secure elite talent; trading down to take a change on either of the aforementioned Tackles isn't as much as a sure thing (yeah, yeah, there is no sure thing).

Or should Seattle try to secure a mid 1st round pick, in addition to its #4 pick, to secure the top Guard (Alex Mack, I think)?

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