With two picks in the top 14 in the draft, the Seahawks rule the board for the draft's top spot. And the help couldn't come quickly enough, as I went into further in the last pick. For an overall team breakdown, check out the information from the Hawks sixth pick.
Some readers seemed disgruntled with the last Seahawks pick of OT Bryan Bulaga at number six. Yet since that time, we've watched Bulaga's stock rise, even within the last week, as more and more scouts are watching with more and more draft pundits predicting a higher ceiling for Bulaga than many might have anticipated. Many even have Bulaga going higher to the Chiefs, as we all have already ready. So while some early comments were that Bulaga isn't rated that highly and is worse than other offensive tackles available at that spot, I'm not alone in judging his talent and versatility that important.
The other primary note that came up with the choice was that the Hawks need a playmaker at the skill positions. I noted then that the Seahawks would attempt wait until the 14th choice in the draft to take care of that, and the draft's positioned perfectly to make this sort of thing happen. In fact, the best offensive playmaker in the draft fell to just this spot.
More after the jump:Of course, The Seahawks need a pass rusher in the worst way, and I'm halfway tempted to grab Michigan's Brandon Graham here. But ultimately, Pete Carroll needs a mighty offensive toy to play with and Clemson's C.J. Spiller fits the bill. With the immediate return potential, Spiller's as good as any in the NFL from the get-go and gives the Hawks' special teams an incredible weapon. His blend of speed, quickness and power give Carroll a lot of offensive flexibility to move Spiller around in the backfield and lessens the load on incumbent backs like Julius Jones.
More than anything, if the Seahawks invested a third round future choice, swapping 20 spots in this year's second round and a guaranteed $8 million in quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, then it's clear that they're going to give him a year or two to prove his worth. And to do that, he needs to be protected and have someone to bolster the offensive firepower. With Bulaga and Spiller, Seattle's offensive possibilities are a whole lot brighter.
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