Seahawks 2010 Draft Preview: Wide Receivers
In the Fold: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deon Butler, Deion Branch, Ben Obomanu, Sean Morey, Ruvell Martin, Mike Williams, Reggie Williams, Mike Hass, Patrick Carter, Michael Jones
Draft need: 3 (scale of 1-5)
Nate Burleson's departure left a play-making void at wide receiver, one the new front office hoped could be filled by Brandon Marshall, who ultimately wound up with the Miami Dolphins. Still, the Seahawks' pursuit of Marshall offers some clues to what the front office is thinking in regards to the position.
They've certainly identified wide receiver as a position in need of an upgrade, and one glance at the current crop of receivers is all it takes to figure out why. Aside from Butler, there's very little speed on this group, and while Houshmanzadeh was once a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver, his first season in Seattle was an indicator that those days may be well behind him.
Seattle's unwillingness to part with a first-round pick to acquire Marshall is sign that Seattle is not willing to use either of their first-round picks on a wideout.
Second-round options include Carlton Mitchell (South Florida), Taylor Price (Ohio), and perhaps Eric Decker (Minnesota), a big (6-3, 220) receiver coming off a foot injury who is rumored to be ascending up draft boards throughout the league. At the 2010 Scouting Combine, the Seahawks met with Decker, who has a connection to Seahawks' quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, who coordinated the Golden Gophers' offense in 2009.
The Seahawks hosted mid-to-late round prospects Duke Calhoun (Memphis), Antonio Robinson (Nicholls State) and Juamorris Stewart (Southern) at the VMAC, and other possibilities late or after the draft include Joe Webb (UAB) and Emmanuel Sanders (Southern Methodist).
In addition to writing for NorthwestFootball.net, Brian McIntyre blogs daily at Mac's Football Blog. You can follow Brian on Twitter, and if you'd like to e-mail him, you can always do so by clicking here.
Seahawks 2010 Draft Preview: WRs
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