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Seahawks WR Situation

The Seahawks already have 8 WRs on the roster who will be hard to leave off this team. They will probably only keep 5 or 6 WRs on the roster if they're all healthy. Sidney Rice as the playmaking #1 and Doug Baldwin as the slot guy are the only 2 as see as locks for the team. I hope Mike Williams can return to his big reliable possession role which would bring his value back to a #2. Golden Tate is in a weird spot as an inconsistent a small shifty guy with ok speed but the athleticism to play bigger then he is. I'm guessing Kris Durham hasn't done anything to dissuade from the potential that got him drafted in the 4th round last year, you gotta be reminded of Joe Jurevicius when looking at Durham. Ben Obomanu has his value being solid everywhere including special teams coverage but lacks anything dynamic to help him stand out. I've always been a fan of Deon Butler with his legit 4.3 speed and play making shiftiness. Know since he's had plenty of time to recover I hope Butler still gets his chance if his size doesn't hurt him to much in Pete Carroll's eyes. Ricardo Lockette is the guy with all the physical gifts at 6-2 211 with 4.34 speed and we saw his big play ability with his only 2 receptions being 44 and 61 yards the latter being a TD.

As a fan who follows the draft in a 365 day cycle I've kind of been trying to ignore WRs as I think we've got too many to carry as it is but there is just so many prospects out there it seems that 1 or 2 more will probably get added to the roster and fight for a spot on this team. I've heard on a couple podcasts that an average of about 32 WRs get drafted per year and that over 40 have draftable grades so that should leave plenty of talent available for UDFA as well. I don't want too use much draft capital in investing in another WR but there's so many different prospects I could see "someone with too much talent to pass up" getting taken on the 3rd day.

So with Rice and Baldwin being locks, I think Williams, Durham, and Tate probably wouldn't get cut. That leaves Obomanu, Butler, Lockette and any draftees going for the last spot. In this case I'd keep Butler, try to stash Lockette in the PS again (I don't think he'd clear waivers this time) and try to trade Obomanu for a 6-7 round pick (I'd be ok with any of the 3 staying on). Another option that I'd personally prefer would be to trade Golden Tate during this draft for a ~4th round pick or as a tool to trade up and keep the speedsters Butler and Lockette. I was never a fan of the Golden Tate pick but I did have the hopes he'd bring something dynamic to the offense. He keeps showing flashes but the consistency hasn't been there. I know we weren't really expecting him to break out yet and it was always assumed year 3 would be when we'd see what he truly has but that would be a part of why I'd be an advocate for his trade as he's the only expendable piece of this team with trade value at a stacked position. I wouldn't be mad if Tate didn't get traded and I don't see him getting cut, but if trading him gave us a chance to make moves in the draft I'd be happy to see Butler's and Lockette's more traditional upside sticking on the team.

I thought writing this out would give me a better understanding of what might happen at the position but there's still so many scenarios that could play out. I could see a big guy like Juron Criner, Greg Childs, or Gerell Robinson getting pushed down far enough that PCJS just say he's too good not to take and Mike Williams getting pushed out. Maybe one of the dynamos like Joe Adams, Jarius Wright, or TY Hilton make Golden Tate and Deon Butler expendable. There's big guys 6-3+, small 5-9 guys, and everything in between with all kinds of skill sets. So in conclusion, who knows what is going to happen.

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