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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Seahawks draft offensive line help in the 2nd round

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Seattle moved out of the first round in order to acquire a key player on offense. Will they stick on that side of the ball when they pick in the second?

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The Seattle Seahawks decided that the best player they could use their first-round pick on this year was ... already in the NFL. The Seahawks traded the 25th overall pick, along with two other selections, in order to acquire Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings. While this gives Seattle a weapon that they sorely wanted, it does leave them without a first-round pick this year and they currently are not scheduled to make a selection until the No. 56 of the draft.

So which player at that point best fits their needs?

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At this point, it seems like Seattle is looking more for depth in the draft than starters. There are however places where you can "always compete" for a starting position, and this includes along the right side of the offensive line. Guards John Moffitt and JR Sweezy have been inconsistent, as has right tackle Breno Giacomini. One possible solution to that: Oregon Ducks guard/tackle Kyle Long.

That is the player that Walter Football currently projects to Seattle with the 56th overall pick:

The Seahawks don't have too many needs now, but they could stand to upgrade the right side of their offensive line. Guard Paul McQuistan is pretty mediocre, while tackle Breno Giacomini is a liability in pass protection. Kyle Long could improve one of those spots.

Long would definitely have an opportunity to compete against the incumbents for a chance to start as early as 2013 on a competitive football team. Not bad for an organization to find after trading away their first pick.

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