Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/14/13
Season SummaryThe 2012 season was a tale of two seasons for the Seattle Seahawks.The first half of the season we saw a middling 4-4 team at the halfway point that was struggling to score points consistently.While the second half of the season saw the light come on for the offense, going 7-1 down the stretch, winning aroad playoff game for the first time since 1983, and coming within 30 seconds of winning another. The sudden turnaround of the Seahawks’ season coincided with the training wheels being taken off of the offense and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who blossomed into one of the league’s star quarterbacks during the second half of 2012.With the league’s No. 1 scoring defense mostly intact, the Seahawks are young, war-tested, and a favorite to challenge for the Super Bowl in 2013.2012 Record11-5, with a rapid ascension toward 2013.Positions of NeedDT, LB, RT, DBThe Seahawks addressed two of their big needs before the Draft, acquiring a young elite play-maker on offense to grow with Wilson; and that is mercurial wide receiver Percy Harvin. The Seahawks also got a boost in the pass rushing department by signing one of the best available defensive ends in free agency, former Lions’ DE Cliff Avril.With those two needs met, the Seahawks will be turning their attention to filling much needed depth.  With defensive tackle Alan Branch possibly leaving via free agency, the Seahawks could be looking to add another space eating defensive tackle to rotate in along the defensive front. Also, the Seahawks will need a replacement for outgoing veteran outside linebacker Leroy Hill, who likely will not be re-signed by the team.The team is mostly set on offense, although an upgrade at right tackle is something the team is undoubtedly looking at, as incumbent Breno Giacomini is solid but unspectacular, and tends to hurt the team with costly penalties.Lastly, the team could use help with secondary depth, as Marcus Trufant is another veteran unlikely to be back, and the team is relatively weak at safety behind Pro Bowlers Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.First Round Target(s)The Seahawks traded their 2013 first round pick (No. 25 overall) to the Minnesota Vikings for wide receiver Percy Harvin, so in a way, Harvin is the Seahawks’ first round pick.The Seahawks have the 26th pick in the second round, and with that pick I would expect them to take the best DT or OLB available. In that case, the Seahawks would be wise to target a player like DT Kawann Short from Purdue. The major knock on Short is that he tends to take plays off and often times needs outside motivation.It’s the questionable work ethic that will likely keep him out of the first round and the upper end of the second, even though he has the talent to be picked there. That’s just the type of player a coach like Pete Carroll can mentor and get the most out of.Teams to Keep an Eye OnOnce teams get into the back half of the second round, pretty much any team is a threat to take a player, as teams go into more of a “best player available” mode.With that said, the Seahawks have enough flexibility with no real glaring needs that they have to necessarily worry about what teams ahead of them in the second round are selecting. Teams like Minnesota, Washington, and Miami all have defensive needs and pick within 10 picks of the Seahawks, so those might be most likely to choose a DT the Seahawks might have their eye on.Trade WindsThe Seahawks have less ammunition now in terms of draft picks to trade should they wish to move up; however, they still have a nice chess piece in backup QB Matt Flynn. The Seahawks have so far been adamant about keeping Flynn, but if a team came knocking with an offer like Seattle’s third rounder and Flynn for a high second-rounder would the Seahawks accept? If the Seahawks were to trade up and involve Flynn, a likely trade partner might be Jacksonville, who owns the second pick in the second round (#34 overall) and has a tie to the Seahawks franchise with head coach Gus Bradley.Draft History2012 – DE Bruce Irvin (No. 15 Overall)2011 – OL James Carpenter (No. 25 Overall)2010 – OL Russell Okung (No. 6 Overall) and S Earl Thomas (No. 14 Overall)2009 – LB Aaron Curry (No. 4 Overall)2008 – DE Lawrence Jackson (No. 28 Overall)
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