2021 NFL Draft on KAPP-KVEW: What do the Seahawks need on Day 2?
CLEVELAND — With the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft in the rearview, the Seattle Seahawks are gearing up to make a splash on Day 2. In case you didn’t hear, the 2021 NFL Draft is being broadcast in its entirety on KAPP-KVEW (ABC)! Our coverage will resume on Friday, April 30 at 4 p.m. followed by KAPP-KVEW Local News at 8:30 p.m. tonight. Rounds 4-7 will be broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.
For the Seattle Seahawks, the first round was meaningless. Last offseason, the Seahawks spent their 2021 first-round pick on superstar safety Jamal Adams. Head coach Pete Carroll said the following in an official statement on the team’s website:
“I would say, about the draft, our No. 1 pick is Jamal Adams, and that’s a heck of a pick,” Carroll told the Seahawks’ media team. “He had a really good year leading into getting drafted by us No. 1, and it would have cost us another No. 1 to get that done, that incredible of a football player we saw last year, and we’re really excited about the future too.”
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So with the first 32 picks in the rearview, Seattle has a chance to make a real splash with its next pick. The Seahawks are entering the next six rounds with only three draft picks in their arsenal, but a draft-day trade wouldn’t be surprising either. In recent years, the Seahawks have struggled to draft first-rounders, so the team is likely better off picking in the second round.
There are a variety of positional needs for the Seattle Seahawks. An offensive lineman would certainly help bolster the Seahawks’ offensive potential in the upcoming season. Protecting star quarterback Russell Wilson needs to be a top priority for this team, which makes the likelihood of an O-Line addition being made in the 2nd round a real possibility.
However, the team did already spend a draft pick on the offensive line this offseason, sending a 2021 fifth-rounder to the Raiders for OL Gabe Jackson. Since Carroll is operating with the mindset that these picks are being used to acquire talent alternatively, like with Adams and Jackson, the team may target positions that didn’t get filled via trade or free agency. Seattle has been linked to Center Quinn Meinerz on numerous occasions, though the former Warhawk may not be available by the time the Seahawks are on the clock.
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Another option is to shore up the cornerback position following the departure of Shaquill Griffin — A former third-round pick who departed Seattle in free agency this offseason. Adding depth to the secondary is going to help the Seahawks compete against the elite offensive talent in their division. Some of the top receivers in football play in the NFC West and the Seahawks’ foes will be sure to attack this team’s secondary in the upcoming season.
Adding linebacker depth is never a bad idea — Especially if the right player falls. Another wide receiver to take pressure away from D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett might be helpful, though it’d be oversight of more pressing positional needs.
Addressing the cornerback or center positions would likely be the best outcome for the team, though Pete Carroll has a history of picking solid players who slip past the first round. Be sure to tune in to KAPP-KVEW at 4 p.m. to find out who the Seahawks target.
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