NFL draft: Depth at defensive back gives Seahawks chance to figure out life after Legion of Boom

At this point, it’s hard to envision Richard Sherman with the Seahawks beyond the end of his current contract and Kam Chancellor is entering the final year of his deal. All of which means it’ll be no surprise if the Seahawks use the draft to begin prepping for life after the LOB.

Even though it’s increasingly unlikely the Seahawks will trade Richard Sherman, if it was ever really likely at all, a bittersweet reality has emerged from the fact there have even been talks — we are nearer to the end of the Legion of Boom era than the beginning.

Assuming Sherman remains in the fold — and general manager John Schneider’s comments Monday that “right now we have kind of moved past it” indicated again that he will likely remain with the team — then no breakup will happen this season, with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor solidly entrenched as the team’s safeties.

But at this point, it’s hard to envision Sherman with the Seahawks beyond the end of his current contract (2018) if he makes it that far, and Chancellor is entering the final year of his contract in 2017. The Seahawks have talked about an extension, but nothing appears set yet.

All of which means it’ll be no surprise if the Seahawks use the upcoming draft to begin truly preparing for the next generation of the LOB.

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There’s also the immediate need of simply adding to the cornerback depth with DeShawn Shead recovering from a knee injury suffered in the divisional playoff loss at Atlanta that could sideline him until midseason.

The good news is that this is generally considered one of the best drafts in recent memory for cornerbacks and safeties, and taking two or even three — particularly if the Seahawks acquire more picks — total defensive backs might make sense.

Here’s a review of the secondary picture entering the draft.

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Starters (Seattle Times projection):

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