Part 4 in an eight-part series that takes a position-by-position look at the Seattle Seahawks' needs heading into the NFL Draft on April 25-27.
Today: Wide receiver
Depth Chart: Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin are the starters. The primary backups are David Moore and Jaron Brown.
Need: Red alert. Huge need.
Expectations: Seattle must draft a receiver capable of contributing right away in 2019.
Potential targets: Ashley Young provides a list of potential draft targets at wide receiver.
Picks: The Seahawks have four picks in round one (No. 21), round three (No. 84), round four (No. 124) and round five (No. 159).
Seattle general manager John Schneider last month attempted to downplay the team's need at wide receiver while appearing on a Seattle-are radio show shortly after it was revealed that Baldwin had already undergone numerous surgeries and was scheduled for a hernia procedure.
It's difficult to buy Schneider's logic. Seattle certainly has a legit top target in Lockett and Moore is a very promising prospect as the current No. 3 receiver. Brown, caught just 14 passes last season but proved valuable in the red zone with five touchdown receptions.
Then there's Baldwin. He battled injuries all of last season and had the second least productive year of his career with 50 receptions for 618 yards and four touchdowns in 13 starts. When firing on all cylinders, Baldwin, 30, proved to still be a major playmaker. He scored five touchdowns over the team's final six regular season games highlighted by a 126-yard, one-touchdown performance in a win over Kansas City.
But Baldwin is banged up. On top of that, he has two years remaining on his contract that will pay him $9.25 million this season and $10.25 million next season. It doesn't make sense for Seattle to cut him loose this season because Baldwin has a dead cap figure of $6.287 million. Releasing him would save only about $3 million. Next year, however, Baldwin's dead cap figure will be $3.1 million, so releasing him would save the team $7 million.
No matter what happens next year, or this year, Seattle could certainly use another target for quarterback Russell Wilson to work with. That man might not be taken in the first round, but expect the Seahawks to come away from this draft with a young receiver that they expect to not only make the team but contribute right away.
Seattle did not draft a receiver last year. It took Moore in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft. That same year, the Seahawks used a third-round pick on Amara Darboh out of Michigan. He played sparingly as a rookie and doesn't figure into Seattle's future plans.