NEW YORK — Coach Pete Carroll isn’t keeping the Seahawks’ draft strategy cloaked in mystery. It certainly wouldn’t have been possible, anyway, after the team used its first two draft picks on Alabama OT James Carpenter (No. 25) and Wisconsin OG John Moffitt (No. 75).
“I think we made a statement about what we’re trying to get done: We wanted to get tougher and stronger up front and make it more competitive,” Carroll told NFL Network. “We moved with both our picks to do just that, I hope. Carpenter is a fantastically physical kid, loves to get after it and will give us good run play, and will also do a great job in the pass game. Moffitt is physical, as tough as can be. Both of those guys give us the kind of guys we want to make a statement with to improve our front.”
NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan noted that the Seahawks, like many teams, became intrigued with Moffitt while scouting Wisconsin teammate Gabe Carimi.
Seattle now has rebuilt the right side of its line, as Kirwan expects Moffitt at right guard next to Carpenter at right tackle. With former first-rounder Russell Okung entrenched at left tackle, here’s a tip from Kirwan: Expect the Seahawks to fill their need at left guard in free agency.
— Frank Tadych