Highlights from Seattle's offensive coordinator

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

RENTON, Wash. -- Greg Knapp just finished meeting with reporters at Seahawks headquarters. A few highlights from the team's first-year offensive coordinator:

  • Second-round center Max Unger from Oregon will compete for a starting job at center or guard. Counter to perception, Knapp says the Seahawks' new offense puts increased demands on the center for making calls before the snap. While quarterback Matt Hasselbeck can handle that load, Knapp prefers those duties to fall on the center. I think it's a matter of time before Unger supplants Chris Spencer in that role, although Knapp said Spencer is "still the center."

  • Third-round receiver Deon Butler from Penn State will compete for playing time at the split end or "X" position, providing what Knapp said was needed speed on the outside. Knapp thinks Butler provides more speed than Seattle's other receivers.

  • Sixth-round quarterback Mike Teel from Rutgers appealed to Seattle in part because three Seahawks assistants have ties to Teel's coaching staff at Rutgers. The connection armed Seattle with information that helped the team feel better about Teel. Specifically, the Seahawks like what they heard about how Teel handled a 1-5 start to last season. His coaches said Teel never pointed fingers and instead fought through the slow start to lead a strong finish. Seattle also liked Teel's 3-0 record in bowl games.

  • Seventh-round tight end Cameron Morrah from California caught relatively few passes, but a high percentage went for touchdowns. Knapp also felt comfortable about Morrah's potential fit in Seattle's scheme because Cal also ran zone blocking schemes.

  • Knapp feels good enough about Sean Locklear's ability to play left tackle in a pinch to alleviate any concerns about the Seahawks' situation at tackle while Walter Jones recovers from knee surgery. Knapp felt Seattle needed more help on its interior offensive line.

  • Knapp also downplayed running back as a need. I thought the team might select a back in the first half of the draft. The Seahawks like Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett.