Sunday, May 30, 2021

Seattle Seahawks Post-Draft 2021 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Seattle Seahawks rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 9.6 (9th)
  • Best ranking: 8th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 12th (Multiple)

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 8

Player who benefited most from draft: C Ethan Pocic

Not drafting a center showed that the Seahawks have more confidence in Pocic than many observers do. Sure, having a league-low three picks was a factor, but it seems telling that they passed on a center with their first pick at No. 56 despite only one center coming off the board by that point. While they could still add a veteran in this post-draft phase of free agency, Pocic is the clear-cut favorite for the job. Quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks hope he's still ascending at that position after playing guard for his first three seasons. -- Brady Henderson -- Rank: 8

The Seahawks made just three picks in the entire draft. According to ESPN, just five teams have made three or fewer picks in a draft since 1967 (2009 Jets were the most recent). This is dangerous business in the NFL, but Seattle decided the best path to building a championship-caliber roster was auctioning off picks for premium established talent (hi, Jamal Adams). Seattle used its first pick at 56th overall on standout Western Michigan receiver D'Wayne Eskridge. The move fills an area of need for a team that was thin at the position behind the dynamic 1-2 punch of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. But would the 'Hawks have been better off putting top-of-board focus on the offensive line? We think we know what Russell Wilson would have preferred.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

Have they really improved much since last season? I don't see it. There will be more pressure on Russell Wilson to carry this team.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

Good time to reference an old sports quote -- "If you're not getting better, you're getting worse." Yeah ... pretty much true here.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

If you went by offseason temperature, you would think that the Seahawks were 4-12 last year. In reality, they went 12-4 and were a top-five team in overall efficiency. The question is whether Pete Carroll will take away the wrong lessons -- specifically on offense -- from the team's disappointing first-round playoff exit and revert to a run-first attack.

Despite Russell Wilson tossing barbs at his offensive line, the Seahawks ranked ninth in pass-block win rate and 10th in adjusted line yards, which is a metric that measures run blocking. Seattle returns four of five starters up front and upgraded at guard with the Gabe Jackson trade. The Seahawks' defense has been mediocre for four consecutive years. Once again, their best chance of competing for a Super Bowl will be to lean on Wilson and their offense. If that doesn't happen, Wilson could be on a new team at this time next year.

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