Wednesday Round-Up: Seahawks free agency grades, NFL Draft needs

Posted Mar 19, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12th Man.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, March 19  - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Nate Davis of USA Today doles out grades for each club's moves in free agency and the Seahawks earn a B-minus. On Seattle's mark, Davis writes, "They managed to re-sign DL Michael Bennett, which looks like an even better move considering the veterans hemorrhaged by a once-deep D-line. Losing WR Golden Tate was a blow, but matching the Lions' offer to him would have hindered future deals for QB Russell Wilson and all-pro DBs Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. Next: The champs remain focused on the long view but have short-term replacements to find in the trenches and at wideout."

Pete Prisco of echoes Davis' B-minus grade for the Seahawks in his team-by-team free-agency report card, stating, "When you win a Super Bowl, teams come after your free agents and that's what happened here. They lost some good players and the only player they signed from another team was receiver Taylor Price. But the key signing was keeping defensive end Michael Bennett. He makes this class. I also like the re-signing of defensive tackle Tony McDaniel."

Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah breaks down some of the Seahawks' weaknesses ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft, pinpointing prospects who could shore up some of those holes. Jeremiah highlights offensive guard, offensive tackle, wide receiver, and defensive end as areas where the Seahawks could improve. On Seahawks potential picks at wideout, Jeremiah explains, "Quarterback Russell Wilson needs more weapons on the perimeter now that Golden Tate has signed with the Detroit Lions and Sidney Rice has been released. There's a chance Marqise Lee could be available when theSeahawks pick at No. 32 overall in May. The playmaking USC star can significantly impact both the passing game and special teams, which could lighten Percy Harvin's workload and help keep him healthy during the season. If Lee is gone by the time Seattle's pick comes up, then former Florida State wideout Kelvin Benjamin could be a good option, as he'd provide Wilson with a big body to target on the outside."

Don Banks of released his Mock Draft 2.0 taking a stab at each team's first-round draft pick. Banks has the Seahawks selecting Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt with the final pick of the first round. On Tuitt potentially landing in the Pacific Northwest, Banks says, "Seattle doesn't have to reach for anything in particular in the first round's most coveted slot, but the defensive line did suffer the multiple defections of Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Clinton McDonald this month. There's still plenty of talent up front, but the Seahawks could use a versatile player like Tuitt, who can handle duty at tackle or end. If Seattle's offense requires another playmaker, it's probably Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro or Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin who get the call."

Bryan Fischer of says Florida State wideout Kelvin Benjamin impressed during his pro day yesterday, noting the 6-foot-5 pass catcher added a 33-inch vertical and solid short shuttle time to his already impressive resume.

Dan Hanzus of shares seven things we learned from day eight of NFL free agency.

Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton, who reportedly visited with the Seahawks last week, announced on Twitter yesterday that he'll be continuing his career "with a star" on his helmet - an obvious nod to a signing with the Dallas Cowboys.

Terry Blount of says Seattle may be the best option remaining for free agent defensive end Jared Allen, who had 11.5 sacks last season with the Minnesota Vikings. Blount also tells us why the Seahawks remain at the top of the League after a week of free agency in this short video.

Former Seahawks defensive coordinator turned Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley has attracted several former Seahawks to his club in free agency this offseason, and's Michael DiRocco says Bradley's pull may continue to grow as his positive reputation spreads across the League.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times believes the Seahawks are set for the foreseeable future despite their losses thus far in NFL free agency.

Brady Henderson and "Bob and Groz" of discuss whether or not the Seahawks are still interested in free-agent tight end Jermichael Finley.

Stephen Cohen of the takes a look at the free-agent signings and departures around the NFC West.

Here at, we pass along news that the organization is up for Sports Team of the Year at the seventh annual Sports Business Awards to be held on May 21 in New York City.

And in the spirit of March Madness, our Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth introduces us to's "Bracketology" which asks fans to pick the greatest quarterback of all-time. The bracket features a first-round matchup between Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Denver Broncos signal caller Peyton Manning. Voting opens on Thursday, March 20 at

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto