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



April 28, 2012 at 6:51 PM

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On the defensive: Seattle's draft haul

RENTON -- General manager John Schneider was defensive during the draft, but not after it.

His team used seven of its 10 draft choices on players for the defense, which left him answering questions about the imbalance afterward.

"You have to continue to follow your board all the way through," Schneider said. "We try to improve our team the whole way through, but once you start picking by need that's when you get in trouble."

Well, there are going to be plenty of people crowing about needs for an offense that ranked No. 28 in yards gained last season.

Now, drafts don't occur in a vacuum, and Seattle has used other methods to build its team. The Seahawks signed quarterback Matt Flynn in free agency, and they spent millions last year to acquire wide receiver Sidney Rice and tight end Zach Miller, but the only offensive players Seattle chose in this draft were quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round, running back Robert Turbin in the fourth and then J.R. Sweezy, a project of an offensive lineman, in the sixth. Sweezy was a defensive lineman in college so even when the Seahawks were looking for offense, they picked defense.

Seattle chose nine players in 2011, only three for offense, but that imbalance was tempered by the fact the Seahawks used their first two picks to choose offensive linemen James Carpenter and John Moffitt.

The Seahawks also chose nine players in 2010 -- Schneider's first draft as Seattle GM -- with four playing offense, if you count Jameson Konz who began his Seahawks career as a tight end but last year moved to defensive end.

"It's not anything where we don't like the offensive players," Schneider said. "It's just the way the draft has fallen. Every time we've been ready to pick, we've had better defensive players. Not all the time, but the majority of it. That's just the way that it has fallen so far."


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