I think if many of us could have laid out a blueprint for the Seahawks on the first day of the draft, it would have been to use the No. 4 pick to get a low-risk, high-impact player, and No. 37 to get a quality offensive lineman who could challenge to start next season.
The Seahawks not only did that, but in essence swapped third- and fourth-round picks this season for what could turn into a high first-round pick in next year's draft.
We've hashed out the Aaron Curry pick at No. 4, but the trade back into the second round to get Oregon's Max Unger is also intriguing.
I didn't see a great deal of the Ducks last season, but the previous season I thought that their offensive line was one of the best I'd seen in years, and Unger was a part of it (playing tackle at the time). The Oregon offense, too, is extremely complex. It's not an NFL style offense, but demands athleticism and assignment correctness. Unger started 51 games at tackle and center, and that should say a great deal about his versatility, toughness and intelligence. He should be able to play either center or guard for the Hawks. Last season's three interior starters, Mike Wahle, Chris Spencer and Rob Sims all went down with injuries. It's conceivable that Unger could not only step in at all spots if needed, but might be a talent upgrade in some instances, too.
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The Leroy Hill development? The pick of Curry clearly gave the Seahawks some latitude at linebacker. With the franchise tag, Hill was going to get more than $8 million this season. I don't imagine that even the biggest fan of Leroy Hill felt he was an $8 million linebacker. Hill reportedly turned down an offer of 6 years, $36 million from the Hawks. Now that he's a free agent, the market will decide his value. Obviously, Hill did himself no favors falling asleep at the wheel this winter. It could turn out that he was asleep at the switch when deciding not to sign that franchise tender.