Today's question: Which current player on the Seattle Seahawks would make the biggest difference if you could add him to the team you cover?
Josh Weinfuss, Arizona Cardinals reporter: This is easy: Cornerback Richard Sherman. Can you imagine how good the Cardinals defense would be if Sherman lined up across from Patrick Peterson? Mind blown. As of now, the Cardinals secondary has dubbed itself the “No Fly Zone.” With Sherman, it’d be the “Air Tight Zone.” It’d be scary good. One of the Cardinals' biggest holes heading into the season is at corner opposite of Peterson. The position currently belongs to Justin Bethel, the Pro Bowl gunner who’s adding full-time cornerback to his résumé. Bethel is lacking the experience needed to be a top-tier corner, and offseason foot surgery kept him off the field for all of organized team activities and minicamp, limiting his ability to develop his on-field skills. The depth chart behind Bethel consists of two rookies and a player, Cariel Brooks, who spent time last year on the Cardinals’ practice squad. Adding Sherman wouldn’t just plug a hole, it'd give the Cardinals the best cornerback tandem in the NFL. Arizona could only dream.
Nick Wagoner, Los Angeles Rams reporter: It’s really hard not to go with Earl Thomas given he’s such a dominant force at a position where the Rams have a glaring need after losing Rodney McLeod to Philadelphia in free agency. But with rookie quarterback Jared Goff still having a long way to go to prove himself at the NFL level, the choice has to be Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. In many ways, Wilson would be an ideal fit for the Rams, too. They want to run the ball, have success throwing in play action and occasionally do some different things in the running game. These are all things Wilson has done well for Seattle in an offense that has some of the same basic principles as what the Rams want to do. St. Louis has the lowest QBR of all NFL teams since 2007. Wilson’s career QBR of 70.0 ranks fourth in the NFL since he arrived in the league in 2012. That he’s done it with a mostly nondescript receiving corps only bolsters his case, as that’s what he’d have with the Rams.
Michael Wagaman, San Francisco 49ers reporter: The obvious and easy answer would be Wilson, but the 49ers have bigger issues to confront so the call here is for tight end Jimmy Graham. Even though he’s coming off a ruptured patellar tendon that ended his 2015 season early and forced him to miss offseason workouts, Graham is still better than anyone that San Francisco has at tight end since they shipped Vernon Davis to the Denver Broncos last season. Given that the 49ers are also thin at wide receiver, having a steady and reliable pass-catcher like Graham would alleviate a lot of the pressure that will be on the 49ers' quarterbacks.