Too Early NFL Draft Preview: Seattle Seahawks

Seth Cox@sethcoxtshqCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 5:  Taylor Mays #2 of the USC Trojans eyes the play against the San Jose State Spartans on September 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  USC won 56-3.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
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I don't think you can call this Seattle Seahawks team/season a disappointment.

No, not when you have started five different players at left tackle, and played stretches without your starting quarterback, as well as losing their best defensive player for the year.

No, the best way to explain this season for the Seahawks is injury-plagued.

Now I know this will not comfort Seattle fans, as they are without a doubt, some of the best fans in the NFL, but the truth is, no one is making the playoffs with the number of SIGNIFICANT injuries the Seahawks have had this year.

The Seahawks, in my opinion, have over achieved this year, winning games with a patch work line while trying to find a RB that can help open up the passing game and keep teams honest, all while trying to keep Matt Hasselbeck standing.

So naturally you would think the Seahawks are looking for a left tackle to plug into the giant hole that soon to be Hall of Famer Walter Jones has left at the position.

The problem, there is only one tackle worth taking in the top 15 in this years draft.

Depth wise the draft looks good at the tackle position, as there appears to be about 10-12 tackles that can start or push for a spot, but do the Seahawks really want to reach with a possible top 15 pick?

The way I see the season playing out, the Seahawks seemed to be locked into the 9-15 range in the draft, and those seven picks could yield a plethora of different talent.

So where do the Seahawks go?

To start there is one offensive line prospect that seems to be the consensus number two offensive line prospect in the draft.

Trent Williams has enormous upside, and while he may not be the Walter Jones mold of left tackle (few really are), he has shown the ability to be a steady producer at the next level.  Is there a chance Williams falls out of the top 10?  Doubtful, but stranger things have happened.  I am not even convinced there is a big gap between Trent Williams at 10 and Charles Brown or Anthony Davis towards the end of round one with their second first round pick.

What would the next option be?  How about a defensive end.

There are some intriguing prospects that all have huge talent, but come with even bigger question marks.

Carlos Dunlap has shown flashes of being a complete game changer, but can he be trusted to show up every week?

Greg Hardy was the top defensive end prospect coming into the year, but injuries have scared many scouts and teams away.

Then I see some wild cards that could become intriguing prospects for this team.

Jake Locker is the one that gets the most publicity, being a local product and a hot prospect, but I think Sam Bradford would get some consideration depending who is still on the board.

Two other wild cards that I liked early, but have fallen off a little are C.J. Spiller and Jahvid Best. 

Spiller would probably have to be taken with the early first round pick, and Best would most likely be there for the second first round pick.

With the emergence Justin Forsett, the need for a RB may take a back seat.

So what about the man in the picture at the top of the page?

Well I think if Taylor Mays was to fall to whatever pick the Seahawks have early, they would jump at the chance.

In a division with Frank Gore and Steven Jackson, a run stuffing safety would work perfectly.  Add in the ability to morph Mays into and Adrian Wilson like blitzing maniac, and you have yourself another great piece to add to a defense that has talent, when healthy.

Where do the Seahawks go?  No idea.

The needs at OT and along the defensive line are evident, but is there going to be a player worth taking that would not be a reach?

With two first round picks I believe they will address the offensive line need.  With the second pick, well that is a nice pick to have in order to add talent to a team with lots of it, now if they can just stay healthy.