Seahawks 2010 Draft Preview: Defensive Line
In the Fold: Lawrence Jackson, Brandon Mebane, Colin Cole, Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, Craig Terrill, Nick Reed, Robert Henderson, Brandon Miller
Draft need: 4 ½ (scale of 1-5)
Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry, as well as CFL star Ricky Foley, are likely to be used in a pass-rushing role in Pete Carroll's defense, but the retirement of Patrick Kerney, trade of Darryl Tapp, and free agent departure of Cory Redding has the Seahawks in the market for a defensive end in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech), Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida), Brandon Graham (Michigan), and Everson Griffin (USC) are all legitimate first-round options, though Graham might be more ideally-suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
Potential second-round targets at defensive end include Corey Wooton, a 6-6, 270-pound end the Seahawks met with at the Combine. Brandon Lang (Troy) and Murray State Austen Lane are also mid-round candidates, while Chris McCoy (Middle Tennessee State) paid a pre-draft visit to the Seahawks and could be available in the later rounds.
With Mebane and Terrill entering the last year of their contracts, and Seahawks GM John Schneider part of the Packers' brain-trust that did very little to prevent Colin Cole from leaving Green Bay after the 2008 season, the Seahawks could find reinforcements for the middle of the defensive line in the draft.
Dan Williams (Tennessee) would not be out the realm of possibility with the 14th pick, and if Seattle trades back, Brian Price (UCLA) and Lamarr Houston (Texas) would be options in the late-first/early-second rounds. In NorthwestFootball.net's round-by-round mock draft, I had the ‘Hawks using the 60th pick on Torell Troup (Central Florida), but Cam Thomas (North Carolina) and Al Woods (LSU) might be options at that spot, as well.
In the mid-to-late rounds, Georgia's pair of tackles (Geno Atkins, Jeff Owens) should be available. Atkins (6-2, 293) is a quick, penetrating tackle capable of playing the "3" technique, while Owens (6-1, 304) is a stout tackle, with a bit of a shaky injury history who uses his brute strength (44 reps on the bench press) to occupy blockers so his teammates can make plays. William & Mary defensive tackle Sean Lissemore (6-3, 297) has also visited the Seahawks.
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