For starters, scratch any ideas that the team will draft B.J. Raji. Adding Redding and Colin Cole to a rotation already including Brandon Mebane, Red Bryant and Craig Terrill almost certainly means the team will look elsewhere with the fourth overall pick. Last year, Glenn Dorsey (5th overall, Kansas City) earned a $51m contract with $23m in guarantees. Spending a similar amount on Raji to share snaps with Redding, Cole and Mebane appears unrealistic.
One prospect people will speculate is a more logical option now is Wake Forest's Aaron Curry. I have mixed feelings on this. Seattle clearly felt uncomfortable having so much money invested at linebacker and wanted Julian Peterson to take a pay cut. By trading a proven pro-bowl player who stood to earn $6.5m in 2009 and replacing him with an unproven rookie who could earn approximately $10m this year is debatable. Of course, Peterson was entering the twilight of his career and Curry would be coming to the team 7 years his junior. But Peterson's quality was in his pass rush. Curry registered just 2 sacks in 2008 and only 9 total sacks in his four years at Wake Forest. Whether they intend to move Hill into a more pass rushing role remains to be seen.
Of course, this all depends on whether Curry would even be available. Many experts, including NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang have Curry going third overall to the Chiefs. Perhaps a more likely option could be to find a replacement for Peterson in round two where there could be some value. Frank Cooney ranks the draft's linebackers for CBS Sportsline. It's unlikely, but you have to believe the team would love someone like Clay Matthews Jr. (USC) to fall to them in round two. Seattle re-signed Lance Laury and D.D. Lewis today and both will challenge for a starting role along with 2007 draftee Will Herring.