The 2013 season has been a solid success story thus far for the Seattle Seahawks. With the best record in the NFC, Seattle is poised to reach the playoffs yet again and possibly make a deeper playoff run than last season. The past few games have given Seattle chances to exhibit resiliency, a necessary quality for a contending team, but questions still remain as to whether this team can pull it off and make it to February this season. In my opinion, Seattle has the pieces to hoist the Lombardi trophy. At the same time, they are also the team that needs to have the hunger the most, because in a few years, the pieces could very well no longer be present.
Let’s look at how Seattle has gone about acquiring the pieces that constitute a complete team. The key has been building through the draft. Take a look at the essential players on this team that the Seahawks have acquired through the draft (and I’m presenting this list from the 2007 draft onward): Brandon Mebane, Red Bryant, Max Unger, Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond, Kam Chancellor, James Carpenter, K.J. Wright, Richard Sherman, Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson, Robert Turbin, and J.R. Sweezy.
Kam Chancellor (Photo Credit: turner.com)
Let this list sink in for a second. No, really, absorb this. This is UNREAL. And that’s not to mention how many of these guys were steals in the draft. We all know about Russell Wilson in the third round. How about Red Bryant in the fourth round of 2008, Kam Chancellor in the fifth of 2011, K.J. Wright in the fourth and Richard Sherman in the fifth of 2011? These are quality players who were overlooked and are now making a huge impact. Talk about finding diamonds in the rough.
Building through the draft has freed up cap room for Seattle to go out and add even more quality to the roster. As a result of the 2012 draft, the Seahawks could go out and pick up Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. Before them, Seattle traded for Percy Harvin and his somewhat sizable contract. Before that, they traded for guys like Chris Clemons and Marshawn Lynch, among others.
As a result of building through the draft, most of the key guys, like Wilson, Sherman, Thomas, etc., are playing with annual salaries under $1 million. Seattle ought to realize how fortunate they are right now and for the next few years. The Seattle Seahawks have an incredible opportunity to make the most of this draft success and take home one or more rings within the next three years. You can bet that, similar to what we saw happen to the Ravens this past offseason, the magpies are going to swarm and offer lucrative contracts to these guys. There’s no way Seattle can keep such a squad together for the long term. Some will be able to be retained, sure, but many will end up playing elsewhere for bigger money.
In effect, there’s no time like the present for Seattle. The Seahawks desperately need to take advantage of the incredibly fortunate position in which they currently find themselves.