The Seattle Seahawks were one of the surprise teams in the NFL throughout the 2012 season. While many expected their defense to play up to its new "elite" status, few expected the drafting of Russell Wilson to actually solve their quarterback dilemma from the get-go.
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But he did, and now the Seahawks are hoping to make it further than the divisional round of the playoffs. They'll look at free agency when it opens in March, but the main event will be the 2013 NFL Draft. With the No. 25 overall pick, the Seahawks have a solid shot at drafting a new weapon for Wilson.
And according to SB Nation's latest mock draft on Monday, that's exactly what they'll do. Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn have the Seahawks taking Tavon Austin a wide receiver out of West Virginia:
Now that Russell Wilson has emerged as Seattle's long-term answer at quarterback, the team needs to be sure to surround him with weapons. Tavon Austin will be tough to pass up at this spot, especially considering the fact that the Seahawks don't have a ton of needs to begin with. This is a bit of a luxury pick, but can you imagine Austin in Seattle's offense? That could be dangerous.
It's true that the Seahawks don't have a ton of needs. They have an excellent secondary, strong linebackers and a good offensive line. Marshawn Lynch is their running back, and the two biggest team needs are wide receivers and pass rushers.
Getting a pass rusher is harder to do with the later pick, but that's what the Seahawks have to deal with if they count themselves among the NFL's elite. Getting another weapon for Wilson will likely keep them contending with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West.