Tuesday Round-Up: Football Outsiders' Seahawks 2016 NFL Draft Guide

A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about the Seattle Seahawks.

Take a look at NFL Media Analyst Mike Mayock's Top 5 offensive tackles in the 2016 NFL Draft.


Good afternoon, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, April 26 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Seahawks Draft Guide

In a special to ESPN.com, football analytics website FootballOutsiders.com has issued a draft guide for each of the League's 32 teams.

The site, which head coach Pete Carroll has said the Seahawks are aware of thanks to its tracking of the DVOA metric, pegs offensive line as Seattle's "biggest need" heading into this week's draft in Chicago, Illinois. It also lists edge rusher as a "quiet need" and wide receiver as "not a need," and here's its explanation why:

Biggest need: Offensive line

With Russell Okung and J.R. Sweezy leaving in free agency, the Seahawks have lost all five starting linemen from their Super Bowl championship team just two years ago. Current projected starters include left tackle Bradley Sowell, who just spent two years on Arizona's bench; J'Marcus Webb, who's on his fourth team in five years; Patrick Lewis, who started last season on the bench as the Seahawks experimented with a defensive lineman at center; and 2015 draftees Mark Glowinski and Terry Poole, who combined to play 73 offensive snaps as rookies.

Quiet need: Edge rusher

Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril remain a tremendous pair of bookends, but both are now 30 years old, and Bruce Irvin's departure leaves little behind them. Frank Clark, a 2015 second-rounder, might be moving to linebacker, and the re-signed Chris Clemons turns 34 this year and had only three sacks with Jacksonville last season.

Not a need: Wide receiver

Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Tyler Lockett were each in the top five in wide receiver DVOA (per-target value) last season, which made them the first trio of teammates in our database, which goes back to 1989, to do that. If 2014 second-rounder Paul Richardson (who was limited to one catch last year because of ACL and hamstring injuries) can stay healthy, Seattle's wideouts could challenge Arizona's for the best in football.

Instagram Of The Day

We're subbing an Instagram post for our usual "Tweet of the Day," and it comes from Richard Sherman's fiancée Ashley, who shares a photo of their new baby girl Avery, born April 16. The couple had their first child, Rayden, in February 2015 shortly after Super Bowl XLIX. 

More From Around The Web

Here's five things to know about the 2016 draft, including what the schedule looks like, what picks the Seahawks have, where you can watch, and more. 

Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com [predicts the Seahawks to trade out of the draft's first round this Thursday night](http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft2016/story/_/page/32for32x160424/nfl-draft-2016-predictions-all-32-teams-nfl-draft-round-1#NFC W). 

Take a look at NFL Media Analyst Mike Mayock's Top 5 edge rushers in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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