The Seahawks just signed a physical beast to comPETE in camp. Who could they bring in competition?
Now, I really love the WR class this year. As we heard Davis Hsu and Jared Stanger discuss in the latest podcast (if you haven't heard it, you really should, it's the one on tight ends in this draft), this may be the best in the past 10 years or so. There's a receiver of every type you could want. There's the #1 guys (Watkins, Evans, Lee), there's the Big guys (Donte Moncrief, Brandon Coleman, Kelvin Benjamin), there's the shifty guys (Robinson, Beckham Jr., Cooks), and tons of in-between guys as well. There's no reason really NOT to take one in the first few rounds, especially given that we don't currently have a third-round pick.
Now I don't think that WR will be the our first pick (but I've been wrong before), I think that PC and JS will address either the O-line or, more likely, the D-line, since there are so many D-linemen leaving in free agency this year. Personally, I like Hageman or Donald at the 32nd pick (I love typing that), though Hageman may not last that long. But that's not the point here. What that means is that the Seahawks will likely look for a WR at the 64th pick of the draft this year, which, if you ask me, is the right move, there are so many good WRs in the draft, that you might be able to get a Jordan Matthews, or Donte Moncrief, or Cody Hoffman, and I could go on and on.
Usually those guys would be gone in the first three rounds easily, but the depth at the position actually devalues the players at that position that aren't super-amazing-this-guy-is-unreal kind of prospects. Sammy Watkins is going in the top 10. That's going to happen, and Mike Evans is a top 15 pick too, and Lee in the top 25. but after that, there's lots of players that are about the same level, and those players are going to be devalued. It's simple supply and demand, there's a constant demand, but a huge supply this year. People are going to fudge their on their draft boards this year; get other players that might be slightly lower on their boards since they can get a similar receiver for a later pick, and get tremendous value for that WR. The Seahawks likely love this because players like Matthews and Moncrief, who would usually be snapped up in the first or mid second, could drop all the way to their second pick, 32nd in the 2nd round, and they can use the first pick to shore up other needs at the line of scrimmage.
Of course, there's also the fact that bigger corners aren't as prevalent this year, and since the Seahawks did just win the Super-bowl (still not tired of typing it), and this is a copy-cat league, bigger corners are in vogue right now (though personally I think it should be the safeties that get more notice). Guys like Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Keith McGill, and Pierre Desir are all slated to go in the second or early third. Now there's every chance that out there somewhere is another overlooked corner that Pete and John know about and no one else does, but if there is, as I just said, I don't know about them. It's very possible that Pete and John break with tradition and draft one of those guys in the second round, that leaves us with the 32nd pick of the 4th round.
This is where guys like L'Damian Washington, Cody Latimer, and Cody Hoffman come into play. Unless those guys blow up the combine, there's every chance that they do, but assuming they don't, this is where they'll be available. These guys are very acceptable, and there's nothing wrong with them. they're not extremely special, they don't have Moncrief's size or Matthews' (Jordan, but possibly Chris too) hands, but they do have qualities that make them way better than what you'd find here in a normal draft, at least without major character concerns.
All in all, I don't see any way that this FO doesn't draft a Wr this year, if only as competition for the ones already on their roster. There's so much to like about his class that it might be actually be pretty stupid not to. of course tight end is always an option, and there are quite a few of those in this draft too, but if Zach Miller is restructured and Anthony McCoy is resigned, that position should be pretty much set. there's no guarantee of that happening, but that's what happens when you're world champs (still love typing that).
But, as I say every time, This FO is much smarter than I am. I trust them. I also trust Jared's scouting more than mine, so read his stuff.