Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Nevada Wolfpack offensive lineman Joel Bitonio speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The Seattle Seahawks have a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, unless they decide to trade it away. Until that happens, there will be speculation on which position is actually the highest priority.
Most of the chatter about the Seahawks seems to focus on the offensive line. Others want a wide receiver with the 32nd pick. Is there a viable third option?
Both offensive line and wide receiver are arguably a need for the Seahawks with the departure of Golden Tate, Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan. Picking an offensive lineman is the sensible choice. Boring, but sensible. Someone like Joel Bitonio from Nevada seems to be a name that is popping up on a number of mock drafts, though he is projected by some as a second-rounder.
A wide receiver is frankly more exciting. Fans would love to add a big, physical receiver like Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State, but he could be long gone by the time the Seahawks make their selecton. The people love those skill position players.
Then again, the Seahawks don’t exactly do conventional, nor do they always follow the prescribed strategy for building a football team. The drafting of Christine Michael in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft was a good example of that.
Just when you think you have this Seahawks team figured out, John Schneider and Pete Carroll go off the board and pick a player that wasn’t on the usual list of suspects. After taking home their first Lombardi Trophy, it is reasonable to assume that the “experts” are going to give them the benefit of the doubt going forward.
What would you do?
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