Reviewing the Draft: Seattle Seahawks

While the Seahawks continue to accumulate talent every year, the Mike Holmgren era in Seattle remains largely unfulfilling fir both fans and ownership. Seattle must progress further into the playoffs in 2004 for Holmgren and company to keep their jobs. April's draft would be a key component in that outcome.  

Marcus Tubbs is a big-bodied defensive tackle that should have been an early second round selection.  Tubbs has the versatility to play the three technique, on the nose or as a conventional tackle but needs to play with more determination and urgency as he appears to take plays off on film.  That type of attitude caused Tubbs to drop down draft boards and if it continues, it will lead to an unfulfilling NFL career.  While selecting him in the first round was not a terrible reach it does suggest that Seattle felt a good defensive tackle early in the draft was a necessity. Michael Boulware, like his brother Peter, is an explosive athlete and offers upside to the Seahawks defense.  Where he differs from his brother is in terms of his size.  Suited best as a weak side linebacker, Boulware has the ability to start as a rookie and the athleticism to excel at the position.  Unlike Tubbs, this was a good value pick. Sean Locklear is the latest mid-round selection that the Seahawks have invested in their offensive line recently.  Locklear is strictly a right guard with the ability to be a dominant run blocker.  With the likes of Steve Hutchinson and others, a healthy Seattle offensive line could develop into one of the league's better units. Niko Koutouvides is a heady linebacker that loves to go for the knockout blow.  Though a good athlete, Koutouvides leaves coaches thinking he can do more and must pick up all facets of his game to meet his upside and eventually move into a starting role. DJ Hackett, a big bodied receiver, burst onto the scene in 2004.  Should he refine his technique and improve his route running Hackett could be an effective player in time.  This season Hackett should find a home on the Seahawks practice squad with an outside shot of being the teams fifth receiver. Craig Terrill is a high energy player that gets the job done through hustle and hard work.  While he will never be a dominant defensive tackle he could be effective in a platoon situation and his intensity should rub off on others. Donnie Jones is a big legged punter that must refine his technique and consistency to earn a roster spot.  If he punts like he did at the Senior Bowl he'll start as a rookie.

Seattle clearly approached this draft from a need based strategy as four selections at the teams weakest positions speaks volumes. Tubbs, Boulware, Koutouvides, and Terrill each represent rookies that could see significant playing time and help Seattle advance further into the playoffs.  The franchise is still a few players away but this could be remembered as a solid draft that pays dividends down the road.

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