Now that they have acquired Jimmy Graham, a tight end is name only for most of the last few years while split out wide or in the slot for New Orleans, how much are the Seahawks in the market for a wide receiver in the draft that begins April 30?
Probably still quite a bit, though Seattle's needs to find a new starting left guard and center are more pressing and fundamental right now. Graham's arrival still leaves the Seahawks with previously undrafted Doug Baldwin, undrafted Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson, a 175-pound man whose rookie season ended last January with a second tear of the same knee ligament he shredded a few years ago while he was at the University of Colorado, as their top three wide receivers.
Good thing for them this appears to be a booming market.
Draft gurus are predicting as many as seven wide receivers may go in the first round. The headliner is Alabama's prolific Amari Cooper; he may go in the top three.
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That prediction of seven includes wild card Dorial Green-Beckham, who at 6 feet 5 and 225 pounds is a monster physical mismatch with most defensive backs already in the NFL. But he got kicked off Missouri's team and didn't play last season after a charge he dragged a woman from an apartment by the neck.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider and his staff have estimated the cost to a team this year to sign a first-round pick will start at about $3 million against the 2015 salary cap at the bottom of the opening round, and of course will soar exponentially the higher the pick. Even if no team wants to risk that money on Green-Beckham given his background, it's highly unlikely no one is going to select him with one of the first 62 picks.
So when the Seahawks make their first selection, currently scheduled at No. 63 overall at the bottom of the second round, Green-Beckham is likely to be gone. But many other potential impact receivers will still be available.
Who? Here's what our Tacoma pal Rob Rang and his fellow experts at NFLDraftScout.com see as the top 25 wide receivers in this draft. It's worth listing that many because the Seahawks may be using more than one of its 11 picks from rounds two through seven on a wide receiver, given their need and this batch of them (The ratings are their's, the comments are mine):
1. Cooper, Alabama: Broke Julio Jones' records for the Tide. Considered a complete receiver, even as a blocker.
2. Kevin White, West Virginia: Caught 144 passes in two seasons after leaving a JC, a whopping 109 of those last season for WVU. Size and speed. Is compared to Larry Fitzgerald.
3. DeVante Parker, Louisville: Four-year starter in college. Teddy Bridgewater would kiss the Vikings' brass if they picked his former L'Ville teammate for him in Minnesota.
4. Green-Beckham, listed as Oklahoma because that's where he transferred after Missouri but didn't play there: Buyer beware. But he's 6-5, 225!
5. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State: This rating was before he was perhaps the biggest star at February's combine. The buzz in Indy is he will be way gone by the Seahawks' turn. Everyone I talked to about him raved.
6. Sammie Coates, Auburn: Considered something of a project that may last into round two. Ran a "disappointing" 4.43 40-yard dash at the combine (as if those disappointed can run that fast).
7. Devin Funchess, Michigan: At 6-5 and 230 he's even bigger than Green-Beckham. His hands and route running are question marks, but if he's available at 63 Seattle may not be able to afford passing on that size.
8. Devin Smith, Ohio State: Whopping 28.2 yards per catch and 12 touchdowns for the national champions last season. A quintessential Al/Mark Davis-Raiders, home-run-or-bust pick if there is one in this draft.
9. Nelson Agholor, USC: 160 catches the last two seasons, including 104 last year. Stock skyrocketing since combine; perhaps now a first-round pick. So little chance Pete Carroll can snag this ex-Trojan if Seattle stays put at No. 63.
10. Jamsion Crowder, Duke: NFL teams love that he had three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons with an ACC-record 283 catches in the pro-style scheme of coach David Cutcliffe, who is still Peyton Manning's summer mentor.
11. Phillip Dorsett, Miami: The fact he's 5-10 is likely to keep him out of the first round. The fact he ran a 4.33 40 at the combine means he may not be around at 63 for Seattle, though.
12. Rashad Greene, Florida State: Great route runner who was FSU's leading receiver on its 2013 national-title team. Followed that with 99 catches last season. Skinny, at 180 pounds. Seahawks already have a couple of those at receiver.
13. Josh Harper, Fresno State: Another hugely productive but skinny (189-pound) receiver that isn't the big, physical type Seahawks need.
14. Tony Lippett, Michigan State: Three-year starter in a pro-style passing game in college. Also played cornerback. 6-3 but only 192 pounds.
15. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State: Many believe he will be available and Seattle should take KSU's record-breaking catcher. But he's 5-10, 181 pounds. Do the Seahawks really want to spend their top draft choice on that again, with the jury still way out on the recovering Richardson and those pressing needs on the offensive line? In round three, sure.
16. Breshad Perriman, Central Florida: Son of former Detroit Lions WR Brett Perriman. Way bigger than dad at 6-2, 214. Still raw, but keep an eye on him as a middle-round option for Seattle.
17. Justin Hardy, East Carolina: The Football Bowl Subdvision career leader in catches had 235 in last two seasons alone. 5-11, 190. Viewed as a slot receiver. Seattle has one of those already with Baldwin.
18. Ty Montgomery, Stanford: Hugely productive athlete, including a dazzling kick returner. Strong and bullish. Another intriguing one for the Seahawks' needs, but only 6 feet tall.
19. Vince Mayle, Washington State: Two JCs before he had 106 catches for the Mike Leach Aerial Circus at Wazzu last season. Considered raw and a project.
20. Dres Anderson, Utah: Son of 10-year NFL receiver Flipper Anderson. October knee surgery that ended his senior season makes him something of a risk as an unknown.
21. Stefon Diggs, Maryland: Never quite lived up to five-star-recruit hype and battled injuries in college. Would be a pick based on potential rather than production so far.
22. Austin Hill, Arizona: Torn ACL in 2013 dropped him from a possible first-round choice to a question mark. But he's 6-2, 210, and scouts believe he has room on that frame to get bigger and stronger.
23. Deontay Greenberry, Houston: 201 catches in three seasons before entering the draft after his junior season. 6-3, 200 pounds. Intriguing size and athleticism for a later round.
24. Tre McBride, William and Mary: How often does a team get the chance to draft a wing-T quarterback in high school/Football Championship Subdivision All-American? Considered a "possession receiver" instead of a vertical threat, and Seattle doesn't need another one of those.
25. Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas: At 6-4, 215, this guy looks the part -- regardless of him being from a lower-division school. See for yourself: