Continuing on with our draft selections, we take a look at the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks and what they could do to help out their top-notch defense. But will it be with a defensive player?
Last season the Seattle defense, manned by corner back Richard Sherman, was one of the most dominant defenses in recent years. West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended the first four games of the season but came back better than ever and was transitioning from the rush end spot to linebacker because of some injuries. Now, though, it seems as if the defense will be healthy next season and it returns the core pieces.
In the secondary you have Sherman and Earl Thomas, quietly the best safety in the league. At linebacker you have Super Bowl MVP Malcom Smith and Bobby Wagner. And on the line you have Irvin stepping in and Cliff Avril wreaking havoc on the other side.
But the Seahawks won’t be drafting with its defense in mind come Thursday.
Yes, a tight end.
How does an offense help out a defense? It keeps them off the field with long drives. And what helps long drives? A pass-catching tight end like Amaro.
The 6-foot-5 target is projected to be a second or third rounder. But those types of projections hasn’t stopped Seattle from making bold moves before, like taking Irvin with the 15th overall pick a few years back.
Amaro provides a missing link to a potent Seattle offense.
Zach Miller was the team’s starting tight end last season, catching 33 passes for 387 yards and five touchdowns. Miller has always been known as a pass-catching tight end and the Seahawks like that, as the numbers show. He was targeted and caught a pass in every game but one last season and ranked third on the team in receptions. But why not add another?
Before last season, the Seahawks made it clear that they wanted to frequent the two tight end set. They drafted a tight end in the fifth round but he tore his Achilles and Miller had a rough training camp, as well. So the need to sure up the tight end position is still there. In fact, the Seahawks met with Jermichael Finley, formerly of Green Bay, in the offseason, showing the interest of adding another tight end.
Last season at Tech, Amaro caught 106 passes for 1,352 yards and scored seven touchdowns. He has a good frame at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds. Some scouts have mentioned that he hasn’t shown strength, but that will develop on a good staff like Pete Carroll’s.
NFL.com had this to say about the tight end:
Excellent size with a well-proportioned frame and room for added bulk. Releases cleanly into routes. Moves like an oversized receiver. Good balance. Enough foot speed to stretch the seam. Good hands to extend and catch. Gives effort as a move blocker and can block out defensive backs. Flashes nastiness. Historic one-year production.
The pick makes sense with the only other real need being an offensive guard for the Seahawks and no top guards being worthy of a first-round pick. So I think they’ll take Amaro and turn him into the next Jimmy Graham.