Seahawks 2010 Draft Preview: LBs

With one of the NFL's most highly-paid set of starting linebackers, the position likely won't be a priority for the Seattle Seahawks during the 2010 NFL Draft

Seahawks 2010 Draft Preview: Linebackers

In the Fold: Lofa Tatupu, Aaron Curry, Leroy Hill, David Hawthorne, Will Herring, Ricky Foley, Matt McCoy, Anthony Heygood
Draft need: <1 (scale of 1-5)

Seattle's highly-paid linebacker trio of Tatupu, Hill, and Curry were on the field for 8 plays in 2009, and provided Hill and Tatupu stay healthy, that figure should increase dramatically, as soon as Hill finishes serving what will likely be a 2-game suspension to start the season.

Head coach Pete Carroll hasn't shied away from the prospect of using 3-4 looks next season, which should get David Hawthorne on the field for non-special teams plays in 2010. Carroll also has to be salivating about the thought of unleashing Curry in a pass-rushing role, something his predecessor wasn't comfortable doing.

Draft-wise, the Seahawks are unlikely to take a linebacker before Saturday. They've hosted Sergio Kindle (Texas) and Chris McCoy, a defensive end/outside linebacker from Middle Tennessee State, but players project to defensive end in a 4-3. Vanu Tuihalamaka, a 6-2, 230-pound outside linebacker from Arizona, could be a late-round pick or priority free agent after the draft.

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