I'm sure half the board will reply: "Duh, of course we have to address the O-line", but several members of .NET were hoping we'd draft OL last year only to be dismissed by those who thought our OL was fine. Clearly it is not fine and the talent / durability issues still remain. In a division that features some of the best pass rushers and front sevens in the league, this has to be our top priority.
LT: Okung when healthy is an above average LT. He gets into his stance off the snap faster than any OL I can remember, but his injuries have limited his agility. I think the line would benefit by moving him to the right side. I do not see him as a great blind side protector. LT is the second most important position on offense and we need someone we can rely on being healthy and starting every game. Okung has missed 19 regular season games in four years. This really destroys continuity up front and sets the entire offense back since the other lineman have to routinely switch positions to compensate.
LG: Carpenter and McQ = Terrible. McQ battles but is limited athletically and Carp is a disaster of a draft pick and a barely competent NFL player. If this was the only position upgraded in the off-season the Seahawks would become worlds better. Cut Carp and keep McQ as a versatile backup. Draft a guard or a tackle that can move inside.
C: Unger is solid but has durability issues. Jean Pierre is capable but I'd like to see us draft another center.
RG: Sweezy??? A couple years into this experiment and I still don't know what we have with this guy. He has some nice tools and is a competitor but he misses a lot of blocks. I think his mobility would fare better in Chip Kelly's system than ours. Our scheme really requires a true road grader RG. Still, if the coaches wanted to give him one more year to see if all that potential can coalesce I wouldn't complain.
RT: We know Breno is a Cable player attitudinally. We know Pete loves tough guys. We also know that this is another position that is ripe for an upgrade.
Tom Cable: It is time we stopped giving this guy lemons to turn into lemonade. Maybe it's an ego thing that he thinks he can take 7th rounders and turn them into solid players. He has done it so, ego or otherwise, he deserves credit. But we need better than just solid players on the OL. If he can turn a 7th rounder into a starting RG can we please give him a first rounder that he can make a Hall of Famer? Please!?
2014 NFL Draft
I would go Guard in the first round but this draft looks a little weak at guard right now so perhaps grab a tackle that can kick inside and provide a little insurance for Okung and Breno. Any players you guys like that might be there when we select 32nd overall? Auburn's Greg Robinson would be perfect but he will probably go earlier if he declares. Cyril Richardson would make an ideal RG but probably lacks the versatility that the coaches want. Who else?