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Looking at OL and DL possibilities in draft - May 5, 2014

Running back Malcolm Jones #28 of the UCLA Bruins runs past guard Xavier Su'a-Filo #56 of the UCLA Bruins during their game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - Last week we broke the biggest positional needs for the Seattle Seahawks ahead of the start of the NFL Draft this Thursday.

The Seahawks have needs on both sides of the line of scrimmage they must address during the draft. Offensive line may be the more pressing need but depth along the defensive line is also a priority.

Here are a few names to keep an eye on for Seattle's first round selection.

UCLA G Xavier Su'a-filo

Su'a-filo fits Seattle's blueprint of versatile linemen that can play multiple positions. He played at both guard and tackle during his time at UCLA and would likely project as a left guard for Seattle. With the team declining their fifth-year option on G James Carpenter for 2015, Su'a-filo could be the long-term answer at guard for the Seahawks.

Alabama T Cyrus Kouandijo

Speaking of Carpenter, the Seahawks could go back to the University of Alabama for another offensive lineman. Kouandijo is a gifted athlete who could potentially replace T Breno Giacomini at right tackle.

Clemson DE Dee Ford

With Seattle's hybrid 4-3 scheme, a player like Ford could be a fit as a LEO pass rusher. Ford could be a potential replacement for DE Chris Clemons this season with an eye toward replacing DE Cliff Avril as a starter in 2015.

Virginia T Morgan Moses

Another potential replacement for Giacomini at tackle. Moses has the size and length Seattle would be looking for at the position.

Minnesota DT RaShede Hageman

The Seahawks lost the 5.5 sacks of production from DT Clinton McDonald in free agency. In addition, DT Brandon Mebane may become a cap casualty after next season. Hageman could be a long-term replacement along the defensive interior.

Missouri DE Kony Ealy

Ealy would be more of a replacement for DE Red Bryant than Clemons. Ealy is a bigger end that would be more able to hold up in the running game than a pure pass rushing LEO. Ealy would be more of a traditional 4-3 end that has more pass rush ability than Bryant.

 

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