Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Wednesday, April 28 – for your Seattle Seahawks.
710 ESPN Seattle On What Positions Seahawks Should Address, Avoid In Draft
Draft week is finally here after months of speculation. The 2021 NFL Draft begins on Thursday night with the first round, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday and the remaining four rounds on Saturday. Seattle won't select until No. 56 overall in the second round on Friday.
The Seahawks had a busy free agency period, which made sense considering the team currently only holds three draft picks (Nos. 56, 129 and 250). There are still a few areas to address, though.
Jake Heaps, a former Seahawks practice squad QB and current 710 ESPN Seattle analyst, joined "Danny and Gallant" last week to discuss the Seahawks' draft plans. He spoke about some areas where the team still needs help, as well as some spots where the roster has depth and won't need a rookie.
"I think (tight end) would be a strange one (to draft)," Heaps said. "I think if you went out and drafted a running back right now it would be a strange selection, even though they have a history and tradition of drafting a running back every single year. And definitely not safety at this point. Those positions right there to me would kind of be (unnecessary) in this draft at this time."
Tight end, running back and safety are three strengths of Seattle's roster. Free agent Gerald Everett was signed last month to fill the void at tight end left by the retired Greg Olsen. Chris Carson was re-signed in March, as he'll likely serve as the Seahawks' lead back again. At safety, Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs form one of the league's top duos at the position.
So, what positions should the Seahawks draft? Here's what Heaps thinks:
"I think it comes down to (No. 3 receiver), if there is a really good interior offensive lineman or tackle that falls down to them in the second or third round or wherever they're selecting with the first pick, I think that becomes tempting for them, and then you've got to look at corner. I think those positions are premium with the potential wild card pick being a defensive end."
Offensive line depth is always needed in the NFL. So, despite the fact that Seattle added Gabe Jackson and will return starters in Duane Brown, Ethan Pocic, Damien Lewis and Brandon Shell, the offensive line could still be a target position.
After losing No. 3 receiver David Moore in free agency, wideout is a clear option. Second-year receivers Freddie Swain and Penny Hart should see more snaps, but it wouldn't hurt to add some competition.
Cornerback is another obvious position of need after losing Shaquill Griffin. D.J. Reed, Tre Flowers, Ahkello Witherspoon, Pierre Desir and Ugo Amadi are likely atop the depth chart entering the draft.
You can listen to Heaps' full interview on 710 ESPN Seattle right here.
Mike Flood, Blitz and Seahawks Dancers Make Special Visit To Service Members
Last week, the Army Reserve celebrated its 113th birthday. To ring in the occasion, VP of Community Outreach Mike Flood, Blitz and the Seahawk Dancers visited the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command for a special celebration.
Flood, along with Blitz and the Seahawk Dancers gifted the unit with a 12 Flag and custom 12 Seahawks jersey. Service Members and their families from 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command were also able to recognize April as the Month of the Military Child.
Check out the photo gallery below for pictures from the Seahawks' visit to the Service Members:
Seahawks VP of Community Outreach Mike Flood, Blitz and the Seahawk Dancers visited the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command to celebrate the Army Reserve's 113th birthday as well as the Month of the Military Child.
Predict The Draft With Seahawks Football Fortune
The 2021 NFL Draft is finally here, as 259 players will be selected over seven rounds from Thursday through Saturday. There's seemingly an infinite amount of possible outcomes with all the different players and teams.
But, if you think you know what's going to happen starting Thursday, the Seahawks have a game for you. Seahawks Football Fortune gives fans the chance to win $50,000 and plenty of other great prizes. All you have to do is answer 12 questions about the draft correctly. Other prizes include autographed Seahawks items, a Pro Shop Draft Cap, a Pro Shop Custom Jersey and a $100 Seahawks Pro Shop gift card.
Get your picks in for Seahawks Football Fortune by clicking here before the draft begins on Thursday, April 28 at 5 p.m.
Social Post Of The Day
Bruce Irvin reminisced on his draft day experience on the nine-year anniversary of the Seahawks selecting him:
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle with an in-depth look at how the Seahawks prepared for the draft amidst the pandemic.
Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune conducted a Seahawks-centric mock draft.
Brady Henderson of ESPN previewed the Seahawks' draft needs and how the team might address those needs.
Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest answered questions in his latest Fann Mail column.
John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle on why the Seahawks were happy to re-sign Geno Smith as Russell Wilson backup.
On April 28, 1981, the Seahawks selected safety Kenny Easley out of UCLA with the fourth overall selection in the NFL Draft. Easley would go on to rack up 32 interceptions over seven seasons before being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.