The Seattle Seahawks are a little less than a week into 2016 training camp and a little more than a week from their first preseason game of the year. There are 53-man roster projections all offseason long, and here is one of them.
I decided for this one to just throw out a 53-man prediction off of the top of my head without looking at who is actually on the roster and see who sticks out to me. I of course also remembered players who I omitted for whatever reason, usually because I don’t think they’re quite good enough to make the team. For example: I decided to keep a “true” fullback instead of a fifth running back. I opted for a more experienced receiver over a rookie. When I was done — without counting along the way, I might add — I had 53 players on the roster.
Then I looked at which players I left off the roster and saw what changes, if any, I would make. This is a roster projection that had absolutely as much foresight as mentioned in the title, so keep that in mind before you make the comment: “I definitely agree with all of this. Yep. No arguments here! I think these are accurate and will make no qualms about it whatsoever and even if I did disagree, it would just be an opinion nonetheless. Good day, sir!”
QB - Russell Wilson, Trevone Boykin
RB - Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise, Christine Michael, Alex Collins, Brandon Cottom
WR - Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett, Paul Richardson, Kasen Williams
TE - Jimmy Graham, Nick Vannett, Luke Willson
OT - Garry Gilliam, J’Marcus Webb, Terry Poole, Bradley Sowell
OG - Germain Ifedi, Mark Glowinski, Rees Odhiambo
C - Justin Britt, Patrick Lewis, Joey Hunt
DE - Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Frank Clark, Ryan Robinson
DT - Ahtyba Rubin, Jarran Reed, Jordan Hill, Quentin Jefferson, Sealver Siliga
ILB - Bobby Wagner, Brock Coyle
OLB - KJ Wright, Cassius Marsh, Eric Pinkins, Mike Morgan, Kevin Pierre-Louis
CB - Richard Sherman, Jeremy Lane, Tharold Simon, DeShawn Shead, Tye Smith
S - Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Kelcie McCray, Tyvis Powell
ST - Steven Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Drew Ferris
Notable absences: Kenny Lawler, Zac Brooks, Kevin Smith, Kristjan Sokoli, Cooper Helfet (IR), Brandon Williams, DeAngelo Tyson, Marcus Burley, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Steven Terrell, Brandon Browner
Changes: Sub out Coyle for Browner
I had forgotten about Browner, who I think is clearly carving out a place for himself on defense that could be really important this season. I’m reluctant to take off a safety or cornerback though, and believe that Pierre-Louis or Morgan could definitely play ILB in a pinch, as KPL did that against the Carolina Panthers last season.
The other options could be Siliga, Powell, or maybe one of the centers.