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Dueling mock drafts: What will the Seahawks do?

Dueling mock drafts: What will the Seahawks do?

The 2014 NFL season is officially over. The Seattle Seahawks lost a heart-breaker and will have to get over it quickly. The upcoming offseason is a\n important one for the future of the franchise with a number of key players looking for new deals. With less cap room to work with, the Seahawks desperately need to draft well. Steven Ruiz and Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz discuss Seattle’s options at pick 31, and look ahead to the NFL combine.NFL: Super Bowl XLIX-New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks are coming off of the toughest Super Bowl loss I’ve ever witnessed, and it’s a shame because the 2014 season might be the last time we see that Seattle team together. The Seahawks have a number of star players, and the front office has done a great job of locking them up, but it’s the high-quality supporting parts that make this team as good as it is.

The team is reportedly interested in giving RB Marshawn Lynch a deal that will pay him $10 million next season and QB Russell Wilson is headed for what might be the biggest raise in league history. Players like LB K.J. Wright and CB Byron Maxwell could be sacrificed to make room for those big-money extensions.

In order to restock their depth chart and keep the team in contention, the Seahawks will have to continue the run of success they’ve had drafting under GM John Schneider. I have two questions for you: (1) Can Seattle continue to contend while paying a select few a large portion of its cap, and (2) What needs do you see the Seahawks addressing at the top of the 2015 NFL draft?