The Combine is complete, so here are some top takeaways:
Rob Staton offers a Seahawks perspective, pointing out the need for more picks in a draft short on top-end talent but offering decent depth just about everywhere but at linebacker.
Kyler Murray can basically thank Russell Wilson for the fact that he might go first overall. Wilson proved dynamic play trumps physical stereotypes.
The Seahawks should be focused on veteran defensive linemen, despite a draft that is loaded on the DL. If they want a rookie, there will be options throughout the draft — but they shouldn’t be relying on rookie linemen to help them in 2019 (even someone like Montez Sweat). We don’t see them taking one with their first pick (likely in the second round).
The Seahawks might well draft a receiver. It’s considered a deep class without any elite players (but plenty of speed).
Maybe the Hawks will opt for a receiving tight end from this good class instead (although we saw how that worked out with Jimmy Graham under the old offensive regime). Noah Fant had a stellar Combine, getting Seahawks fans excited. You never know. Maybe Brian Schottenheimer would use this receiving tight end correctly.
The Seahawks seem likely to add an offensive lineman from this athletic group. They could look for Justin Britt’s replacement, with N.C. State’s Garrett Bradbury. Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom could be a plug-and-play left guard, as Staton points out.
The last time the Seahawks challenged a prospect to a staring contest, they drafted the guy. Will Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson follow in Michael Dickson’s footsteps? Johnson (6-2, 213 pounds, arms over 32 inches) is projected as a possible Day 2 pick.