In preparation for the draft and Free Agency, I have been doing some research on our defensive needs. This will not be a glass half-full post, so if you're already down then leave now. You were warned. I think many of us have seen the lack of talent on this team for awhile, especially on defense. We have a few stars on defense, but the rest of our players are below average and the depth is awful. This was a top 5 defense in the league 2 years ago, but it's not anymore. It's falling behind.....fast. To gauge our talent level, let's compare our two-deep last year to the best defense in the league last year. Seattle Seahawks 2013 Two-Deep WDE - Chris Clemons / Cliff Avril DT - Clinton McDonald / Michael Bennett NT - Brandon Mebane / Jordan Hill SDE - Red Bryant / Tony McDaniel SLB - Bruce Irvin / O'Brien Schofield MLB - Bobby Wagner / K.J. Wright WLB - Malcolm Smith / Mike Morgan CB - Richard Sherman / Walter Thurmond CB - Byron Maxwell / Jeremy Lane FS - Earl Thomas / Chris Maragos SS - Kam Chancellor / Jeron Johnson Houston Texans 2013 Two-Deep LE - J.J. Watt / Jared Crick DT - Earl Mitchell / Terrell McClain RE - Antonio Smith / Tim Jamison SLB - Brooks Reed / Bryan Braman MLB - Brian Cushing / Darryl Sharpton ILB - Joe Mays / Jeff Tarpinian WLB - Whitney Mercilus / Ricky Sapp CB - Jonathan Joseph / Brice McCain CB - Kareem Jackson / Brandon Harris FS - Danieal Manning / Shiloh Keo SS - D.J. Swearinger / Eddie Pleasant That doesn't look very close does it? Seattle has 3-4 backups that would have started for us last year and their depth is way better than ours. How many of our guys would have started for Seattle? Maybe 2-3? Now consider that Seattle lost 3 starting D-Linemen in FA (Clemons, McDonald, & Bryant) and replaced them with very good players who were big contributors last year (Avril, Bennett, & McDaniel). Meanwhile, we lost 2 of our starting D-Linemen in FA (Smith & Mitchell) and have no contributors on the roster set to replace them. Crick and Jamison are JAG's and the other reserves were FA's as well. We will have to rely on the draft and the second wave of free agency to address 2 of the 3 starting D-Line positions and our depth concerns. If you want to see how good a defense is then look at their D-Line. Well as of right now.... 2014 Seahawks D-Line WDE - Cliff Avril / Benson Mayowa DT - Michael Bennett / Jordan Hill NT - Brandon Mebane / Jesse Williams SDE - Tony McDaniel / Greg Scruggs 2014 Texans D-Line DE - J.J. Watt / Keith Browner NT - DE - Jared Crick / Tim Jamison Seattle already has their starting line intact and decent depth before the draft. We don't even have a starting lineup and have no depth. Very sobering.