The Seahawks’ offseason focus should be pass rush, pass rush, pass rush

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Seattle can turn around its defense by adding some edge rushers in both free agency and the draft.

Injuries ravaged the Seattle Seahawks last season, and the team slumped to the finish of the regular season losing three of their last four games. Despite the setbacks, the Seahawks still won a wild card game before getting dropped by the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round.

Seattle’s offense is now fully built around quarterback Russell Wilson. He has a budding star wide receiver in DK Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett remains a solid target. The team also acquired veteran Greg Olsen to bolster a tight end group that includes Will Dissly, who was fifth on the team in receptions despite playing just six games.

Seattle Seahawks (11-5), lost in Divisional Round

While much of Seattle’s passing offense is built out, the team has some serious needs to address on the rest of the roster. Here’s what Seattle needs to fix the most:

  1. Pass rusher: Even if the Seahawks can bring back Jadeveon Clowney, they need to boost their pass rush. That’s despite taking defensive end L.J. Collier in the first round last year. Only one team finished with fewer than Seattle’s 28 sacks last season. No one likes trading down more than Seahawks general manager John Schneider. If he moves down from the No. 27 pick, it could be to target a pass rusher. Julian Okwara of Notre Dame, Josh Uche of Michigan, and Curtis Weaver of Boise State make sense after the first round.
  2. Offensive tackle: The Seahawks seem to perpetually need an offensive tackle. That is especially true this offseason with right tackle Germain Ifedi entering free agency. Backup George Fant is too.
  3. Cornerback: Shaquill Griffin proved himself to be a legitimate No. 1 cornerback last season, but the Seahawks need help opposite him. Remember how Packers receiver Davante Adams scorched the Seahawks for 160 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs? In the middle of the draft, the Seahawks could target a player like Bryce Hall of Virginia. The team could also take a flier on Stanford Samuels III, a former four-star recruit whose talent didn’t materialize at Florida State.

What Field Gulls wants most this offseason: Pass rush. Pass rush. Did I mention pass rush? I just mentioned it again. The Seahawks’ inability to generate pressure last year contributed largely to a disappointing performance on defense. They have the cap space and draft capital to invest substantially in the pursuit of edge rushers. Of lesser importance but still desired is retooling this offensive line (especially with Mike Iupati, Ifedi, and Fant all free agents) and bolstering wide receiver depth. — Mookie Alexander

We’ll check back on the Seahawks after free agency to see what they still need heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.

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