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Seattle Seahawks February Scouting Report
Rick Watts

This is a particularly eventful offseason with all the coaching moves. Mike Macdonald is now the new head coach. He will likely bring a different defensive mindset than we had under Pete Carroll. Additionally Ryan Grubb will be the Offensive Coordinator. These two will bring an influx of college scouting knowledge and recent success. They will obviously shape decisions on free agents and draft picks as they maneuver the personnel to match their vision. GM John Schneider will still have his say, but hopefully the pattern of avoiding taking big guys in the draft or using the running game to its fullest potential will come to a close.



One has to imagine that the likelihood of taking QB Michael Penix in the first round of the draft has gone up dramatically with Grubb joining the staff. But most likely QB Geno Smith will have the team to himself for one more year. The health and overall talent level of the recent offensive line picks is far more of a concern than taking a chance on Penix. And free agency could drill a hole in this line too. I will continue to say that Seattle needs to draft guys bigger than me for the first two days of the draft.



Seattle can stand pat here. RB Ken Walker and RB Zach Charbonnet both have elite potential. Charbonnet may have the most to gain from the change in coaching staff. He was woefully underutilized last year.



One day WR Tyler Lockett will retire. We are not there yet, I hope. A new scheme will be good news for Lockett, WR DK Metcalf, and WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba. All three should have their fantasy value improved going into next season.



TE Noah Fant and TE Colby Parkinson are both Unrestricted Free Agents. And TE Will Dissly is mainly a blocking end. I really thought that Parkinson could have had an amazing year last year. Everything seemed set up for him. If the new staff sees things the way I do, maybe they keep him and let Fant walk.



PK Jason Myers has a great deal and is likely going to continue another season of breaking 'Hawk fans' hearts. But maybe just one more?



Who is this defense? There should be quite a bit of attrition and probably a complete change of vision. CB Devon Witherspoon and CB Riq Woolen are solid building blocks. Safety should have been even stronger with SS Jamal Adams and FS Quandre Diggs, but it seems like they have not matched up their on-field performance to their obvious talent level. Then there is the front seven that I expected to be a total failure, but instead was arguably at least at times the strength of the team last year. Still I expect dramatic changes in these guys over the next two seasons, I am just not sure how much to expect in this offseason.


The NFL Draft is 10 weeks away and there is a lot that could happen in free agency building towards that round one. Maybe Seattle beefs up in free agency and takes Penix as the most likely heir to Geno in 2026? Or maybe they load up on trench guys this year hoping for a better quarterback to fall to them next year? We will start seeing that play out when Free Agency opens around the ides of March.


Go Hawks!



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