The 2012 NFL Scouting Combine starts on February 22nd in Indianapolis and the Seahawks will be looking for pieces they can draft to fit into the puzzle that is the already close-knit Seahawks locker room.
As a fan, there are multiple offensive positions that interest me at the combine, especially the 40-yard-dash times of running backs and wide receivers. If we are able to either tag or re-sign Marshawn Lynch, running back is pretty much set in stone and with the emergence of Doug Baldwin at the wide receiver position, it is hard for me to believe the Seahawks will take a skill position player in the first round. Having said this here are a few offensive players that I think the Seahawks should take a serious look at at the combine:
David DeCastro, Offensive Guard, Stanford: If the Seahawks are looking for an offensive player to take in the first round, they would be hard pressed to find a guy better than DeCastro to fit along the offensive line. DeCastro, a Bellevue native, is the best OG prospect available and if he falls to either 11 or 12, the Seahawks may consider taking him. Although we just signed Breno Giacomini, you can never have enough help on the offensive line. If coach Carroll and John Schneider think there is a chance that Robert Gallery and/or John Moffitt will not be healthy in time for the start of the season, they may use the pick on DeCastro.
Cordy Glenn, Offensive Guard, Georgia: Glenn is projected to be a late 1st or early 2nd round pick. If the Seahawks are looking to obtain additional picks in the draft they may look to trade down to take Glenn at the end of the first round. Glenn is the second heaviest OG in this draft class listed at 6-6, 346 pounds. With James Carpenter, Russell Okung, and add in Cordy Glenn along the offensive line, the Seahawks instantly have one of the biggest offensive lines in the NFL.
Nate Potter, Offensive Tackle, Boise State: I believe Potter is a “diamond in the rough” kind of guy that Carroll and Schneider always are trying to find. The 6-6, 298 pound OT is projected to be a late 4th or early 5th round pick. After watching highlight reels I believe he would be a good body to add offensive line depth, and be a decent filler if Okung or Carpenter get hurt.
Marvin McNutt, Wide Receiver, Iowa: If the Seahawks are looking for a WR in this years draft, it would be hard to believe they would try to find a short, slot-type plug-in guy like Golden Tate or Doug Baldwin. McNutt is 6-3 and would be a good receiver to compete with Kris Durham, Ricardo Lockette, and possibly even Mike Williams for a spot on the rsoter this season. McNutt is projected as a 4th round pick.
Chris Polk, Running Back, Washington and Isaiah Pead, Running Back, Cincinnati: With the emergence of Marshawn Lynch at the end of last season, Justin Forsett’s role diminished drastically. Forsett is a UFA this season and to be honest I don’t see a spot on the roster for him. If we lose Forsett we will need a new back to compliment Lynch and these are guys that I wouldn’t mind taking in either the 2nd or 3rd round. Polk is Washington’s all-time leading rusher and his hard-nosed, downhill running style has racked him up roughly 5 yards per carry in College. Pead was the MVP of the 2012 Senior Bowl. Pead looks like a younger Marshawn Lynch in terms of his unstoppable motor. Pairing Lynch with Pead I think would be a great RB duo in the NFL.
Brock Osweiler, Quarterback, Arizona State: There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Seahawks need another quarterback. With Charlie Whitehurst most likely not coming back, we are down to Tarvaris Jackson and Josh Portis on the depth chart. If we decide to draft a new quarterback, I believe it will be midway through the draft and Brock Osweiler is definitely a candidate. Osweiler is the tallest QB in the draft class at 6-7 and is projected early on to be a late 2nd round pick. Osweiler led the Sun Devils to a 6-6 regular season record last season, and was within one game of playing for the inaugural Pac-12 championship game.
Kirk Cousins, Quarterback, Michigan State: After a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, Cousins is soaring on teams draft boards and is now projected to be a late 2nd or early 3rd round pick. Cousins is a winner, leading the Spartans to a team record 11 wins while throwing for 2,825 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2011. Cousins could be an ideal choice to sit behind Tarvaris to learn our system to be the Seahawks quarterback of the future.
NEXT POST: I will preview the scouting combine but putting the spotlight on defense. I will highlight some defensive players the Seahawks should be keeping their eyes out for.