The Seattle Seahawks added a literal undecad of draft picks last week (Yahoo Answers tells me this is the correct terminology for a group of 11 people) so it’s fair to wonder what the roster sort of looks like now with them on it. This does not address undrafted free agents (much) despite the fact that we know at least one or two will probably make the final roster.
Let’s see what the Seahawks did to give their needs a primo facelift, focusing on the potential position battles:
Backup QB - Trevone Boykin, Skyler Howard (UDFA)
For the second year in a row, Seattle addressed the backup quarterback position with an undrafted free agent rather than a draft pick or veteran. They could/will still add a veteran but for now we just know of Boykin and Howard, a player who Pete Carroll has already bestowed a catchy nickname:
"He's a mad bomber, man," Carroll said. "He threw a ton of deep balls. He goes downtown. A real resourceful kid, active on the field. Moves around well, but man he can bomb it. He hooked up a bunch this past season. It's all over the highlights."
Howard is also under 6’, like Wilson, and was productive at a D-I school, throwing for 60 touchdowns and 24 interceptions with 8.0 Y/A in 30 games for the Mountaineers.
Number four or five running back - Alex Collins, Chris Carson (Rd 7), Troymaine Pope, J.D. McKissic, Kelvin Taylor, Tre Madden, George Farmer, Terrence Magee, Malcolm Johnson (FB)
The 1-2 punch of Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls, plus the roundhouse finisher of C.J. Prosise, provides Carroll with potentially the best running backs unit in the NFL. Even though there’s a lot of “If” questions with those three in terms of injuries. That’s why the backups will be so important and it’s crowded at the moment. Collins, Carson, and Pope should have an edge but anything is possible.
Number four, five, or six receiver - Amara Darboh (Rd 3), Jermaine Kearse, Tanner McEvoy, David Moore (Rd 7), Kenny Lawler, Kasen Williams, Cyril Grayson (FA), Rodney Smith, Jamel Johnson
Ultimately, I think Kearse has to be on the bubble for his 2016 performance. I’ve slotted in Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, and Paul Richardson as safe bets, but Lockett is still recovering from a broken leg and Richardson could always be recovering from something so there are plenty of opportunities here. Darboh probably makes the final roster, making it an even more interesting battle between McEvoy, Moore, and the rest. We’ll see if one of the UDFA signings steps up again, like Jordan Simone.
They have Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, and Nick Vannett. They didn’t draft a tight end, but QB-TE conversion Tyrone Swoopes out of Texas looks interesting. They also have Chris Briggs and Marcus Lucas.
Offensive Line outside of Justin Britt — Luke Joeckel, George Fant, Germain Ifedi, Mark Glowinski, Oday Aboushi, Ethan Pocic (Rd 2), Rees Odhiambo, Justin Senior (Rd 6), Joey Hunt, Ross Burbank, Robert Myers, Will Pericak
I’d give it good odds that Joeckel starts at left tackle or left guard, and either Fant starts at left tackle, or one of Glowinski, Aboushi, or Pocic start at left guard. Then Ifedi starts at right tackle and maybe Pocic starts at right guard. Some offensive line combinations post-draft:
There are a ton of ways to go with this. I feel that Joeckel, Britt, Pocic, and Ifedi will all start, but there is really no way to tell. I’m thinking that Pocic starts right away because their first and second round picks on offensive line usually do right.