Seattle just spent a 1st round pick on a 3rd down pass rusher, so I don't see any reason why they'd avoid a big upgrade at OLB even if he's a two down player.
If they drafted a versatile player like Dion Jordan, it's easy to see ways where they could keep him on the field all three downs- just like how they keep Red Bryant on the field all three downs by moving him to the 1 tech on third downs (unless he's being rotated out for rest). Jordan has the tools to play DL, LB, and even a nickle DB. Jordan is huge but it's possible that he could time a better forty than Wagner did.
Ogletree isn't quite as diverse, but he does have the pass rushing tools to be a potential LEO. He's basically what Aaron Curry should have been, and you all might remember that when Carroll first came here the player he was most excited about inheriting was Aaron Curry. Unfortunately, Curry didn't work out, but the profile is the kind of player Carroll really gravitates towards.
Also, do we really want KJ Wright on the field during 3rd down? His gift is sniffing out the run and enforcing the edge, not dropping into zone coverage. If Ogletree/Jordan prove themselves to be better coverage linebackers, maybe they'd stay on the field during 3rd downs while Wright sits? FFT.
Off topic: Lavonte David had 16 tackles in a game last weekend. Good thing Bobby Wagner is working out.
SacHawk2.0 wrote:I'd rather have a true impact TE or a monster 3 tech with the first rounder.
As much as I would like to add an impact TE, I'm not seeing one that's worth it in 2013. 2014 could be a different story. There are some good interior line prospects, but that would be the definition of a luxury pick as Mebane, Branch, and Jones are all playing well.
I think OLB is the only obvious hole on our team. Leroy Hill probably won't be a Seahawk in 2013, which means without further investment his job would be given to a UDFA or equivalent talent such as Bradford, Toomer, or Smith. It wouldn't be the end of the world, but it's clearly an area where big improvement wouldn't be hard to achieve, and there are some really talented WLB prospects in this draft, so it seems like a rather obvious direction to go in- especially since LBs have played a large role with our 3rd down defense problem this year.