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Thursday Round-Up: Matt Calkins On The Seahawks' Three Biggest Needs In The Draft

As we get set to kick off the 2022 NFL Draft tonight, Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times weighed in on the Seahawks’ three biggest needs and how they might fill them.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, April 28 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Matt Calkins On The Seahawks' Three Biggest Needs In The Draft

We're now just hours away from the start of the 2022 NFL Draft, where the Seahawks hold their highest pick in 12 years and as much early draft capital as the front office has had since it was put together.

"It's exciting times," Schneider said in a press conference last week. "We currently have eight picks, we have four in the top 72. So there's a real excitement about that and an enthusiasm … We haven't experienced it since the first year we were here when we had the two first-round draft picks. So there's a lot of planning, a lot of thoughts that go through your head, a lot of different scenarios."

Most mock drafts seem to think the Seahawks will target an edge rusher or offensive lineman, though cornerback and quarterback are positions that have been mentioned over the last several weeks. On Wednesday, Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times weighed in on what he thinks the Seahawks' three biggest needs are heading into the draft, and predicts how they might fill those needs.

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The top need for the team according to Calkins is offensive tackle. "The three tackles Seattle has under contract are Stone Forsythe, Jake Curhan and Greg Eiland," Calkins writes. "The first is a former sixth-round pick who has never started an NFL game, the second went undrafted and has started five games, and the third has never stepped on the field in the regular season. Remember, only six teams allowed more sacks than the Seahawks last season, and that was with Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown, who has not been re-signed."

Calkins has the Seahawks taking Northern Iowa tackle Trevor Penning with the ninth overall pick.

The second biggest need according to Calkins is edge rusher. "The Seahawks tallied 34 sacks last season, but more than half were from Rasheem Green, Carlos Dunlap II, Kerry Hyder Jr. and Benson Mayowa — all of whom are unsigned free agents or with other teams," Calkins said. "Even so, Seattle still ranked tied for 21st in the NFL in sacks last season, and was 31st in passing yards allowed per game … Prediction? With the 40th pick, the Seahawks take defensive end Boye Mafe out of Minnesota."

Click here to read Calkins’ full piece and see what he thinks the Seahawks will do in the upcoming draft.

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