Players the Seahawks Can Target to Rebuild Their Run Defense

Max Staley
DJ Reader could give a much-needed boost to Seattle's run defense.
DJ Reader could give a much-needed boost to Seattle's run defense. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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The Seattle Seahawks' run defense just wasn't up to par in 2019. The team graded out as the seventh-worst run D, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. Even though the run game isn't as important as it has been in the past, this is still an area Seattle needs to clean up.

So with that in mind, let's take a look at three players the Seahawks can target to improve their run defense this offseason.

1. D.J. Reader

DJ Reader could be a great target for the Seahawks this offseason.
DJ Reader could be a great target for the Seahawks this offseason. / Bob Levey/Getty Images

DJ Reader established himself as one of the better run-stuffing defensive tackles in football in 2019 and even though the Houston Texans have a ton of cap space, huge chunks of that will likely be going to big-name stars like Laremy Tunsil. If Reader does hit the open market, Seattle would be a natural landing spot. While they likely can't afford to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney and add Reader, the Texans' DT would be a great consolation prize if Clowney heads elsewhere in free agency.

2. Kenneth Murray

Kenneth Murray has been shooting up draft boards.
Kenneth Murray has been shooting up draft boards. / Brett Deering/Getty Images

Kenneth Murray's NFL Draft stock has skyrocketed recently, and he's an interesting target for Seattle toward the end of the first. He tested out well at the NFL Combine, running a 4.52 40-yard dash at 241 pounds, and he also had a 129-inch broad jump. Clearly, Murray is an athletic freak, and could give Seattle some much-needed speed at outside linebacker.

3. De'Vondre Campbell

De'Vondre Campbell could be an interesting target for Seattle in free agency.
De'Vondre Campbell could be an interesting target for Seattle in free agency. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Alternatively, if Seattle isn't looking to break the bank, or spend a first-round pick on a run defender, De'Vondre Campbell is a talented situational player who should come with a much-cheaper price tag. While he's not great in coverage, he racked up 129 tackles in 2019 and is still just 26 years old. If used properly, Campbell could give this run defense a real boost.


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