The Seahawks (and every NFL team) have to cut down to 75 players by Tuesday, September 1st, at 1 pm PT. This is the toughest part of the year for general managers and coaches, as roughly 480 players will lose their jobs over the next few days.
Seattle's cuts are going to be very difficult to predict, as there are a few really good position group battles going on. I'm guessing there's some fluidity to depth charts right now, and the Seahawks will likely feel conflicted about a few of these decisions.
Nonetheless, it must be done. Here's my stab at the first fifteen cuts.
FB/TE Brandon Cottom 6'2, 262
WR Deshon Foxx 5'10, 177
WR Deontay Greenberry 6'3, 200
TE Rashaun Allen 6'5, 250
OG Keavon Milton 6'4, 324
OL Will Pericak 6'4, 296
OT Jesse Davis 6'6, 309
I think the Seahawks are high on Cottom as a developmental player but the fact is, he's behind Derrick Coleman and Will Tukuafu at the fullback position, meaning he has little-to-no chance of making the roster at that spot. There's a slight chance the Seahawks could see him as a tight end type of player, and that may boost his odds of making the team, but I think he's a practice squad candidate all the way.
Foxx and Greenberry are simply facing too tough of a numbers-game at the receiver position. Allen seems to be, based on playing time factors, behind Anthony McCoy and Cooper Helfet. Keavon Milton, Will Pericak, and Jesse Davis have done little to prove they're candidates for the final roster.
DT/DE Jesse Williams 6'3, 320
5T/DE David King 6'4, 270
LB Alex Singleton 6'2, 242
LB Quayshawn Nealy 6'0, 236
CB Keelan Johnson 5'11, 210
CB Douglas McNeil 6'3, 212
FS Triston Wade 5'11, 185
SS Tyrequek Zimmerman 5'11, 213
Jesse Williams has flashed at times playing end and tackle, but I don't know if he's yet done enough to warrant a roster spot on a team with one of the deepest front-lines in football. He's an amazing story and I would think he'd be a practice squad candidate, but the recent surgery (and risk for any complications) may work against his chances as well.
David King has also flashed, but the numbers at his spot make it tough. At linebacker, it seems clear that Singleton and Nealy are more developmental types. Johnson, McNeil, Wade, and Zimmerman are also just victim to the numbers game at defensive back.
Other potential cuts:
There are several other players that could've made this list. At running back, Rod Smith may be a consideration. At receiver, Kasen Williams and Kevin Norwood, while both are battling, don't appear to be securing themselves roster spots at this point. It wouldn't be terribly surprising if the Seahawks release Anthony McCoy or Cooper Helfet at the tight end spot.
On the offensive line, Patrick Lewis, Terry Poole, and Kristjan Sokoli are probably right there on the bubble.
On the defensive line, I could see D'Anthony Smith swapped out for Jesse Williams on this list, and Demarcus Dobbs, Greg Scruggs, Julius Warmsley, and Obum Gwachum are likely on the bubble as well.
At linebacker, Tyrell Adams and Eric Pinkins can't feel totally comfortable. The same could be said for Ryan Murphy, Mohammed Seisay, and Keenan Lambert at defensive back.
We'll see how this first round of cuts goes.