Next priority - rebuilding the offensive line

On the first official day of free agency, the Seahawks stole the spotlight with the trade for All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham. His addition, while certainly exciting, doesn't necessarily make up for the losses Seattle absorbed in free agent defections. Who might be next on John Schneider and Pete Carroll's list?

A day after the Seahawks met with former Miami Dolphin guard Shelley Smith, the club will bring in yet another young starting-caliber interior offensive lineman into the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

According to FOX's Mike Garafolo (and since confirmed by, the Seahawks will meet Thursday with four-year veteran Stefen Wisniewksi, who has started 61 of a possible 64 games for the Oakland Raiders since the club made him a second round pick back in 2011.

If the name Wisniewski sounds familiar, it should. His uncle is former Raiders' standout Steve Wisniewski and each of them were All-Americans at Penn State.

Like former Seahawk Max Unger, Wisniewski isn't a brawler. He's a technically sound 6-3, 315 pounder who relies on his quickness and tenacity to get the job done, making him an intriguing candidate for Seattle's zone blocking scheme.

For more on what Wisniewski, read his 2011 profile here , courtesy of

Wisniewski is expected to generate significant interest on the open market, though he isn't likely to return to Oakland after the Raiders added Rodney Hudson, signing him away from the division rival Kansas City Chiefs. Wisniewski met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers already and the Chicago Bears have also expressed interest.

While Wisniewksi has a big name and there is no denying his durability and schematic fit, this also could simply be a case of Seattle "kicking the tires" on another young prospect as Smith is intriguing, as well.

The former Colorado State product has bounced around the NFL since latching on with the Houston Texans in 2010. In four active seasons in the NFL since, Smith went from Houston to St. Louis to Miami, starting 11 of 36 games.

Given the familiarity Seahawks fans have with Max Unger and James Carpenter, the potential addition of Wisniewski or Smith (or both) might seem to be a huge priority. After all, based on on this profile on Smith for, however, you can see some of the attributes that the Seahawks might find intriguing - such as his impressive athleticism, strength and fit in a zone-blocking scheme.

Don't forget, however, that Patriots and Packers each were quite successful a year ago starting rookie centers with Bryan Stork and Corey Linsley, respectively. Schneider, Carroll and Tom Cable won't be afraid to go this route if they feel that is the best way to maximize Seattle's limited cap space. Fortunately, there appears to be the talent available this year in the draft to rebuild the interior of the offensive line, if necessary.

Even if the Seahawks were to sign Wisniewski or Smith (or both), the club would likely re-invest in the offensive line in the draft. The class of 2015 is pretty strong up front with a number of collegiate tackles projecting nicely inside to guard. Among some names to keep in mind for the Seahawks would be Hobart's Ali Marpet, Arizona State's Jamil Douglas and West Virginia's Mark Glowinski.

Of course, the Seahawks could also consider replacing Unger with another former Oregon Duck in Hroniss Grasu. I'll be attending Oregon's Pro Day on Thursday and I anticipate that Seattle will be represented at the workout, as well. A Seahawks scout was spotted at Kansas State's Pro Day earlier this week. The Wildcats feature one of this year's more intriguing middle round centers in B.J. Finney. Top Stories