Overview: Seattle has only six picks but is well-positioned with its own picks in each of the first four rounds, starting off with the 12th overall pick in the first round after losing a coin flip to the Chiefs in February for the 11th pick. The Seahawks gave up their fifth-round pick in the deal to obtain star RB Marshawn Lynch, and traded its own seventh-round pick to Detroit for OL Tyler Polumbus two seasons ago. The team did pick up a seventh-rounder from Oakland in exchange for LB Aaron Curry, a former first-round pick who failed to live up to expectations.
Need No. 1: Linebacker
A top priority is more speed and depth at linebacker. UFA David Hawthorne, the team's starting middle linebacker last season and the leading tackler each of the last three seasons, signed with the Saints. UFA Leroy Hill, the starter on the weak side, remains unsigned. Hill played surprisingly well on the weak side after having been considered as good as gone entering the 2011 campaign. But he has had his share of off-the-field concerns that offset his value.
Need No. 2: Defensive end
The underrated Chris Clemons has been a steady terror at the “Leo” position, coming off a stellar 11-sack campaign. But the pass rush falls off significantly once you get past him. Free agent Raheem Brock, who will be 34 next season, is not expected back after a big decline from his strong 2010 campaign. Free-agent pickup Jason Jones, who signed a one-year deal, should help improve the interior pass rush, but Clemons needs more help off the edges.
Need No. 3: Running back
The Seahawks are counting on Marshawn Lynch to provide the lion’s share of offense for a long time to come and would benefit from a bit more backup help for their flashy featured back. The recent addition of 228-pound bruiser Kregg Lumpkin, whom the Seahawks tried to acquire in September 2010 after he was waived by the Packers, should help somewhat. But with free agent Justin Forsett not expected back, even more help would come in handy.