Although they still have a reputation for preferring the “best available athlete” approach on Draft Day, our Seahawks sources would be surprised if the team spends a lot of time considering defensive tackles in late April after obtaining 330-pound ex-Packers DT Colin Cole via free agency and trading for ex-Lion Cory Redding, who can play both end and tackle. “Cole was actually their No. 1 priority in free agency before the signing of T.J. Houshmandzadeh became a possibility, and the feeling is they’re better off now at both DT spots with Cole on the nose and Brandon Mebane moving over to the three-technique spot to replace Rocky Bernard,” one daily team observer told PFW. Mebane, who tied DE Darryl Tapp for the team lead with 5½ sacks in 2008, is considered a player on the rise with a deceptively quick first step, and the consensus seems to be that he provides a considerable upgrade over Bernard, who we’re told had worn out his welcome in Seattle before signing with the Giants.
As for Redding, word is plans call for him to probably be used as an end on first and second downs and moved inside next to Mebane to rush the passer on third downs and obvious passing situations. With Redding and Cole combining with Mebane and hardworking holdover Craig Terrill (“don’t forget about him,” the observer said)