2013 NFL Draft: Pass-catching TE could bolster Seahawks offense

Jared Wickerham

The Seahawks are young, and don't have a ton of obvious needs. A tight end may help ignite the passing game.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have built a roster full of young and talented players with few obvious positions of need in their three years in the Pacific Northwest. That means the NFL Draft won't bring the hope of immediate impact players that even last year had. The Seahawks have drafted well recently, and now they will be looking for pieces to enhance rather than steady certain positions.

Ben Harbaugh of Seahawks blog Field Gulls took an in-depth look at the positions Seattle may be looking to fill in the early rounds next April, and came to the conclusion that tight end may be the way to go with early-round selections:

So, in summary, right now, tight end is the only position I'm positive will be considered in each of the first three rounds. Wide receiver, 3-technique, and weak-side linebacker all have circumstances that can still make them more or less beneficial to draft in the early rounds

The Seahawks are currently slated at No. 24 in the draft, but that depends on if they make the playoffs and how far they go. Coincidentally, Mocking the Draft's Top 100 Big Board has No. 24 pegged as tight end Tyler Eifert out of Notre Dame. A little farther down the line at No. 32 is Zach Ertz of Stanford. Both of these players would allow Seattle to play double-tight end sets with Zach Miller, further expanding the playbook for Russell Wilson.

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