So far, Pete Carroll hasn't shown much favoritism towards USC players. Could he take a chance on Woods?
The Seattle Seahawks fell short of playoff expectations this year and will be looking to add the missing links in the offseason this year, especially in the draft. There are a number of ways that they could go on defense, from defensive tackle to outside linebacker, but will they target help on the other side of the ball in the 1st round?
Sidney Rice and Golden Tate progressed well and stayed healthy in 2012, but should Seattle look for another upgrade early in that unit? Rob Rang thinks so and projects USC WR Robert Woods to the Seahawks in his latest mock:
The Seahawks would be wise to consider the possibility that they won't get a second consecutive healthy season out of Sidney Rice. Woods, who head coach Pete Carroll recruited to USC, is a savvy slot receiver with reliable hands and an excellent route-runner. With a talented supporting cast already in place, he could step in contribute significantly as a rookie.
Going to USC has not given much of an advantage to anyone in regards to Pete Carroll's connection there, other than the occasional flier on players like Mike Williams, Lendale White, and Malcolm Smith. But Carroll had no hesitation in taking Earl Thomas over Taylor Mays during his first draft with Seattle. That's not to say that Woods would be a bad choice, but is he a major upgrade from Doug Baldwin and Tate and are there not suitable options for depth later in the draft?