Reports suggest Ray Willis has signed a two year contract to stay in Seattle. How does this signing affect the draft? Tim Ruskell has again sought to fill a need in order not to restrict himself on draft day. Adding vital depth to the offensive line means Seattle can still be flexible with their picks, particularly with that all important first rounder. Colin Cole (defensive line), T.J. Houshmandzadeh (wide receiver) and Willis (offensive line) have all filled perceived areas of need allowing Ruskell to concentrate on the 'best player available' with the fourth overall pick.
Should Walter Jones fail to recover from microfracture surgery in time for the 2009 season, the Seahawks could put Sean Locklear at left tackle (his contract contains incentives for playing blind side) and start Willis at right tackle. There's still a good chance the Seahawks could take an offensive linemen with the fourth pick as my current mock draft predicts, but they wouldn't be handcuffed to do so. This also potentially increases the chances of Michael Crabtree remaining an option. Rob Rang, Chad Reuter and Steve Wyche all have Seattle passing on Crabtree in preference of Eugene Monroe.