It’s been 3 years now since the Seahawks Superbowl win, and so 3 years since the team had the highest paid offensive line in the league. Some might argue – myself included – that it has been 12 years since the last good Seahawks offensive line with names such as Walter Jones and Shaun Hutchinson moving on.
Statistics show that Russell Wilson has been the most pressured quarterback in the league for 3 out of the last 4 seasons, and ranked 31st out of 32 in the other. With offensive line coach Tom Cable seemingly untouchable when it comes to apportioning blame for this statistic, it’s no surprise that Seahawks fans have been clamoring for new talent along the line, with only centre Britt coming out of the season with any credit.
This was however until the recent NFL combine, where Seattle based University of Washington defensive backs put on a real show.
Just 2 days after Huskies receiver John Ross broke the 40 yard dash record, potential first round picks Budda Baker, Sidney Jones and Kevin King did nothing to hurt their draft stock in drills, the later vaulting himself from potential 3rd round pick to being spoken of as a late 1st.
Washington University has had something of a renaissance in college football recently, and has seen players such as Browns tackle Danny Shelton, Panthers Safety Shaq Thompson, and Saints line backer Hau’oli Kikaha put on a great show in the league since their draft in 2015. You can also count star corner Marcus Peters who left the team shortly before the end of the 2015 season.
Washington Huskies had a great season in 2016, reaching the College Championship Semi Finals while suffering only one surprise defeat to USC in the regular season. It’s no surprise that Seattle based fans have fallen in love with the idea of some of their stars staying in the City with the Seahawks.
In order to draft Budda Baker and friends however the Seahawks would be forced to spend a first round pick, and possible a second if they were to pursue a second as some fans have speculated. This would leave the side picking the bones of an already thin offensive line class.
Don’t shelve your dreams too soon however, free agency opens this week and if you see the Seahawks snap up an Andrew Whitworth or Kevin Zeitler, you should dare to dream.
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