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Why the Seahawks need to get back to draft success this year

Every weekday morning, we'll round up local and national Seattle Seahawks-related links.

The Seahawks need to get back to hitting on draft picks to ensure future success, writes Danny O'Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle:

Not that it’s reasonable -- or even possible -- to expect Seattle to sustain its hit rate from 2010 to 2012. But after drafting six Pro Bowlers from 2010 to 2012, just one player the Seahawks drafted over the past three years was chosen for that honor: Tyler Lockett, a third-round pick in 2015 who made the Pro Bowl as a kick returner last year.

It’s not just stars that have eluded Seattle in the draft. It’s starters. The Seahawks drafted 28 players over the past three years, only four of whom have started eight or more regular-season games: Offensive lineman Justin Britt, tight end Luke Willson, Lockett and offensive tackle Michael Bowie, a seventh-round pick in 2013 who started eight games as a rookie but was lost off waivers in training camp the following year.


Greg A. Bedard of Sports Illustrated thinks Alabama center Ryan Kelly would be a good pick for the Seahawks:

Speaking of disasters, the interior of the Seahawks’ line has been a mess, and trading center Max Unger last year only made things worse. The Seahawks should take Kelly, pencil him in the lineup for 10 years and never look back.


Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times examines the likelihood that the Seahawks select a cornerback:

But with nine picks this year, it’d be no surprise if the Seahawks use at least one on a cornerback. It just might not happen high in the draft.

Seattle has taken at least one cornerback in each draft since 2010, but none earlier than the fourth round. In fact, since drafting Walter Thurmond in the fourth round in 2010 Seattle has not taken a cornerback higher than the fifth round.