By Dakota Follett (@dakfollett) | Published April 16, 2020
Seattle has done an excellent job of turning over their roster while remaining competitive. A big reason for their success has been due to their ability to identify key prospects who fit their scheme during the NFL Draft. The entire starting unit at the skill positions are all homegrown. Being able to hit on mid-late round picks is how great teams sustain. Kudos to Seahawks management. Be sure to download your copy of the 2020 NFL Draft Bible, featuring 600+ scouting reports.
QUARTERBACK: Russell Wilson
Money Invested: $31M | Percentage of Cap: 15.6% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: The need here is for a backup to superstar Russell Wilson.
RUNNING BACK: Chris Carson | Depth: Rashaad Penny/Travis Homer/Adam Choice
Money Invested: $6.407M | Percentage of Cap: 3.2% | Need Level: MEDIUM/HIGH
Overview: Rashaad Penny tore his ACL in December after starting to get in a groove behind Chris Carson. He’s a top candidate to begin the season on the PUP list, so adding depth behind Chris Carson is a must.
FULLBACK: Nick Bellore
Money Invested: $1.050M | Percentage of Cap: 0.5% | Need Level: LOW
WIDE RECEIVER: Tyler Lockett/DK Metcalf/Phillip Dorsett | Depth: David Moore/Malik Turner/John Ursua/Penny Hart/Cody Thompson
Money Invested: $18.978M | Percentage of Cap: 9.6% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: DK Metcalf broke out in his rookie season as a dynamic downfield option for Russell Wilson. Phillip Dorsett was signed in free agency to man that slot role and this group looks pretty solid.
TIGHT END: Greg Olsen/Will Dissly | Depth: Jacob Hollister/Luke Willson/Justin Johnson
Money Invested: $11.689M | Percentage of Cap: 5.9% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: The addition of the veteran Greg Olsen makes this group deep and lethal. Both Dissly and Hollister have been productive in their stints as the starter as well.
OFFENSIVE TACKLE: Duane Brown/Brandon Shell | Depth: Cedric Ogbuehi/Chad Wheeler/Jordan Simmons
Money Invested: $19.836M | Percentage of Cap: 10% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Brandon Shell was brought over to be their right tackle but it makes sense for Seattle to bring in some young competition to challenge him for that role.
OFFENSIVE GUARD: Jamarco Jones/DJ Fluker | Depth: BJ Finney/Chance Warmack/Phil Haynes/Jordan Roos/Demetrius Knox
Money Invested: $11.596M | Percentage of Cap: 5.9% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: Once Ethan Pocic slid over to center, the Seahawks struggled to find consistent guard play. They brought in BJ Finney from Pittsburgh but the left guard spot remains the most glaring need on this offensive line
CENTER: Ethan Pocic | Depth: Justin Britt/Joey Hunt/Kyle Fuller
Money Invested: $15.703M | Percentage of Cap: 7.9% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Standout starting center Justin Britt tore his ACL in week 8 of last season and may not be ready for the start of the season. In that case, Ethan Pocic will likely slide over like he did last year but a competition seems to be in order.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Jarran Reed/Poona Ford | Depth: Nazair Jones/Demarcus Christmas/Bryan Mone
Money Invested: $12.420M | Percentage of Cap: 6.3% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: This duo is young and promising, however more rotational pieces behind them could be picked up through the draft.
EDGE RUSHER: Bruce Irvin/Benson Mayowa | Depth: LJ Collier/Rasheem Green/Branden Jackson/Shakir Soto
Money Invested: $9.203M | Percentage of Cap: 4.6% | Need Level: URGENT
Overview: This team is desperately hoping Jadeveon Clowney decides to return, or else they have a huge problem to address off the edge that they will most certainly need to address in the draft.
NOTE: Bruce Irvin’s 2020 salary details have not been released yet, so his salary is not factored in here.
LINEBACKER: KJ Wright/Bobby Wagner/Shaquem Griffin | Depth: Cody Barton/Ben Burr-Kirven/Pita Taumoepenu/Sutton Smith/Emmanuel Ellerbe
Money Invested: $29.346M | Percentage of Cap: 14.8% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: The duo of Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright is still going strong, but the Seahawks are unsure if Shaquem Griffin is the guy at that third backer spot. It’s definitely open for competition, so don’t be surprised to see the Seahawks add to this group.
CORNERBACK: Shaquil Griffin/Tre Flowers/Quinton Dunbar | Depth: Ryan Neal/Brian Allen
Money Invested: $8.070M | Percentage of Cap: 4.1% | Need Level: MEDIUM/HIGH
Overview: The Seahawks added Quinton Dunbar in free agency to give this group some depth at the top but they lack a nickel corner and solid contributors at the bottom.
SAFETY: Bradley McDougald/Quandre Diggs | Depth: Delano Hill/Marquise Blair/Ugo Amadi
Money Invested: $13.825M | Percentage of Cap: 7% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Bradley McDougald and Quandre Diggs is definitely a serviceable pairing on the backend, but the Seahawks may look to add elite options at the position if one slips to them.
KICKER: Jason Myers | Money Invested: $3.600M | Percentage of Cap: 1.8% | Need Level: LOW
PUNTER: Michael Dickson | Money Invested: $1.035M | Percentage of Cap: 0.5% | Need Level: NONE
LONG SNAPPER: Tyler Ott | Money Invested: $0.823M | Percentage of Cap: 0.4% | Need Level: LOW
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