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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



February 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

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What a rush: Defensive line depth

INDIANAPOLIS -- "It's a good year for defensive ends," said Ruston Webster, now Tennessee's general manager. "For defensie line in general."

Well that's good news for Seattle because one of the Seahawks' biggest needs this offseason -- perhaps its biggest need outside of quarterback -- is to add another pass rusher, someone who's capable of providing the kind of production Raheem Brock did in 2010.

North Carolina's Quinton Coples could be a top-10 pick. USC's Nick Perry could very well go in the first half of the first round and Clemson's Andre Branch is someone to keep an eye on, too. The defensive linemen don't start coming through for interviews until Saturday so for now, all we've got to go in is the knowledge that Seattle wants to improve its pass rush and this could be a year to do it.

"Typically those guys go in the first round," Webster said of good pass-rushing defensive ends. "They're rare birds."


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