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Drafting for defense: Seahawks

10/8/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The premise: The Seahawks' defense, like most in the NFC West, has struggled this season.

A closer look: The chart shows the last 10 defensive players Seattle drafted in the first three rounds.

The facts: Seattle has fared relatively well drafting for defense. Six of the 10 are starters and two have played in Pro Bowls. Two others, Josh Wilson and Darryl Tapp, play extensively. The other two -- Marcus Tubbs and Michael Boulware -- were starters before leaving the team. Injuries derailed Tubbs. Boulware started strong before struggling.

The future: The Seahawks' defensive picks should form the core of a capable unit, but the defensive struggles this season are raising questions.