- Terry Blount, ESPN Staff Writer
The Seattle Seahawks will have one of the last four picks in the first round of the upcoming draft, depending on how their playoff run ends.
But it's obvious the areas of need for the team are offensive linemen, and possibly a physical wide receiver, along with depth in the secondary if cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond do not return. Both players are unrestricted free agents, but Browner is suspended for a year, pending legal action over his substance-abuse violation.
The Seahawks believe they have a diamond in the rough with rookie offensive linemen Michael Bowie, who moved to the starting left guard spot for the playoffs, but they still need help up front. Starting right tackle Breno Giacomini is an unrestricted free agent, as is Paul McQuistan, who started six games this season at left guard and eight at left tackle when Russell Okung was injured.
The offensive line struggled in pass protection at times this year and needs an upgrade. Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson (6-foot-6, 330 pounds) is a good option, as is Baylor guard Cyril Richardson (6-foot-4, 335).
Wide receiver Sidney Rice, Seattle's only tall receiver at 6-4, has been out since midseason with a torn ACL. But Rice is a free agent and unlikely to be re-signed.
Seattle has the best secondary in the NFL, but depth may become an issue if Browner and Thurmond do not return. Backup safety Chris Maragos also is an unrestricted free agent. Marcus Roberson of Florida or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of Alabama are good options to add depth in the secondary.
Check out Mel Kiper's Mock Draft 1.0 to see what players he thinks the Seahawks should target with their first pick.
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