Assessing Need: Offensive Tackle: We Need Some

Starters: Sean Locklear and Ray Willis

Depth: Brandon Frye

Extreme Depth: Max Unger

Rating Relative to the NFL: Well below average.

Locklear is an accomplished right tackle. Alex Gibbs could reclaim Locklear, but an under recognized part of how Gibbs reclaims an offensive line is that he recognizes under- and overvalued linemen. A frozen free agent market and Lock's recently signed contract extension means he makes camp, minimum. But don't be surprised if he doesn't enter September a Seahawk.

Willis might not be a perfect fit for a zone blocking system, but he's athletic for a big man and cheap. His recent run of good health shouldn't be sneezed at either.

Frye is the wild card. He suffered a stinger and was conveniently retained on IR. It's a little sick that traumatic injury benefits NFL organizations, but it does. I like Frye a lot. Given his total profile, I think if he can stick and stay healthy, he'll be the man to claim right tackle. He's a little squatty but very strong and impressively athletic.

You'll notice no one slots in at left tackle.

Locklear might stick, but Seattle will need to add depth regardless. That's a low-return/high-risk decision should Seattle make it. Locklear turned 28 all-a-sudden and will turn 29 weeks after the draft. He missed significant time in 2009 with injuries and seemed hobbled upon returning. Injuries have cost him games in three of his five years starting.

Seattle does not need to select a high profile left tackle in the first round. It doesn't need the complete package or next Joe'Shaw Jones. It would be nice should the right combination of value and fit present itself, but it's not worth over drafting for. Seattle has years before it will compete again. It does need to add a left tackle that can pass block at the NFL level. Run blocking and dominant pass blocking is optional, but when a team starts a turnstile at left, it might as well pull its quarterback.

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