The Seahawks own the #12 overall selection in the upcoming NFL draft. Signing Matt Flynn, Red Bryant, Jason Jones, Marshawn Lynch, Breno Giacomini, and Paul McQuistan has left the team with the luxury of picking the best player that falls to them. This series will explore some possible selections, and how they could impact the team.
DE Melvin Ingram OG David DeCastro
MLB Luke Kuechly
DE Courtney Upshaw
LB Lavonte David
WHAT DOES HE BRING?
DeCastro is regularly compared to Steve Hutchinson and Steve Wisniewski. Seahawks fans don’t need much help in understanding what a lineman of that caliber can mean to any football team. He is a dominating run blocker and an unflappable pass protector. He has the mean streak necessary to play in the trenches, and the intelligence to handle combination blocking and hand-offs during line stunts.
Nobody will ever be Walter Jones again for the Seahawks, but DeCastro could be Steve Hutchinson. He would start right away at left guard, and while his combination with Russell Okung is appealing, the more interesting combination is with future Pro Bowl center Max Unger. Robbie Tobeck was an overachieving center back in the day, but Unger can be a much better player. Not only that, but the idea of DeCastro pulling to the right side with a healthy James Carpenter could become one the NFL’s most dominating run combinations. A dominating offensive line would help whoever is playing quarterback to succeed, with more time, clearer throwing lanes, and shorter 3rd downs to convert. The running game would continue to improve and the increased time of possession would make the defense fresher and more effective. Seattle would be on its way to having the best secondary and best offensive line in the NFL.
DeCastro is not a guy who is going to become a bust. He may fall short of being a Hall of Fame lineman, but will start in the NFL for the next decade. The true worst-case scenario with DeCastro is that by using a pick on him, the Seahawks drastically increasing the odds that they will be without a Chris Clemons replacement next year, and far less likely to find an edge rusher to pair with Clemons this year. They would take this risk to add a player at a position the team already has qualified players. Paul McQuistan, Lemuel Juanpierre, John Moffitt, and even James Carpenter all have the potential to play guard at a starter level this season. The team was rushing successfully and cutting down on sacks allowed before injuries took hold. It is not clear the Seahawks really need a major upgrade at guard, and how much that upgrade would translate to tangible changes on the field.