By Brady Henderson
The Seahawks don’t have a ton of needs heading into this week’s NFL draft, but defensive tackle could be considered one of them after they let two-year starter Alan Branch depart in free agency.
Seattle added a lower-cost replacement in Tony McDaniel, but the modest one-year deal he signed suggests the team doesn’t view him as a long-term answer. And the jury is still out on Jaye Howard, a fourth-round pick last year who only played in two games as a rookie.
Combine that with the struggles the Seahawks had against the run at times last season and it becomes easy to imagine them using either their second- or third-round pick on a defensive tackle.
According to Kevin Weidl of ESPN’s Scouts Inc., a guest on “Brock and Danny” Tuesday, this draft is deep with defensive tackles who are expected to be taken in the second or third round, meaning the Seahawks should have plenty of options should they target that position with one of their first two selections.
The first name Weidl mentioned was Brandon Williams from Division II Missouri Southern State University.
“He showed up at the Senior Bowl and he quietly had one of the better weeks of any defensive lineman there,” Weidl said after noting that Williams had 27 sacks during his college career. “I threw on the coaches’ tape of the game and he looked like he belongs. I think he’s a second-round pick.”
Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil pick up the conversation from there.
You can listen to Tuesday’s show here.