Analysis: 10 NFL participants to watch for the Seattle Seahawks


The NFL Scouting Combine is officially underway in Indianapolis as scores of prospects from across the country descend on Lucas Oil Stadium in hopes of increasing their respective draft stocks. Scouts, coaches and other distinguished members of the league’s 32 teams will be in attendance, watching closely as draft plans continue to be refined and major boards are reshuffled.

The Seahawks currently have six picks when this year’s draft kicks off in late April, but they’ll have to wait until the second round to submit their first pick of the event. Therefore, head coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider and company will focus primarily on who should land in the second and third days of the draft.

After a disappointing 7-10 finish last season, the front office is tasked with its biggest challenge yet: reclaiming a roster loaded with star power and Super Bowl aspirations, but sorely lacking in the complementary pieces needed to raise it. From pass rush to offensive tackle, cornerback and more, needs abound in Seattle’s ranks, and only some will be replenished through free agency later this month.

So which NFL prospects might the organization consider heading to Indy, and which ones might catch its eye over the next week? Let’s quickly run through 10 combined entrants that offer the tools, fit and everything in between to blast their way onto the Seahawks’ radar.

TE Cade Otton, Washington

Otton is slowly but surely rising through the ranks of a good tight draft class, boasting above-average pass-catching ability and decent skills as a run blocker. He needs to add more strength so he can win his matchups more consistently, but there’s a lot to like here and grow. He does great things as a road runner and with the ball in his hands, displaying a good sense of open space and a willingness to make contact without hesitation. Seattle’s top two tight ends, Gerald Everett and Will Dissly, arrive in free agency in two weeks and the franchise has little money to spend, so Otton – or someone like him – could be a way to fill one of those holes on the cheap.


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