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Seahawks roster allocations following the draft

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Divisional Round - Seattle Seahawks v Green Bay Packers Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The 2020 NFL Draft was a welcome release for many fans who have been yearning for some sort of sports related news in recent weeks, however, with it now in the books the uncertainty of the offseason returns. With many states still under stay at home orders, the status of the 2020 season remains in question as teams continue their virtual offseason programs in hopes that there is indeed a 2020 season.

While the Seahawks have yet to officially announce their undrafted free agent signings in the wake of the draft, something that could take some time due to ongoing issues with the players completing their physicals, there have been 13 players linked to the team through social media. Adding those 13 players to the eight selected in the draft, while eliminating Justin Britt and D.J. Fluker following their Monday release, that leaves the Seahawks at 89 players total. Those 89 players break down by position as follows.

Seahawks current roster allocations versus past training camp average

Position Training Camp Open Average Current Roster Breakdown Initial 53** Man Roster Average
Position Training Camp Open Average Current Roster Breakdown Initial 53** Man Roster Average
QB 3.3 2 2.1
RB 5.8 5 3.8
FB 2.0 2 1.1
TE 5.9 7 3.2
WR 12.6 11 5.5
OL 14.6 18 9.4
DE 6.9 7 4.5
DT 8.1 8 4.6
LB 10.8 10 5.9
CB 9.6 10 5.1
S 6.5 6 4.7
P 1.1 1 1.0
K 1.4 1 1.0
LS 1.5 1 1.0
Total 90 89 53
**Rosters have been expanded to 55 for the 2020 season

Looking at the current breakdown, quarterback certainly seems to be a position that could be addressed, as a camp arm will be necessary to prevent overworking Russell Wilson’s right shoulder during training camp. However, that’s not a pressing need, and adding a potential backup for Wilson is certainly not the team’s highest priority.

So, getting into the numbers at a very high level, position groups where a significant amount of turnover is expected is where the team traditionally carries a larger number of players. That makes the wide receiver group a candidate to carry a smaller number of players on the roster in 2020, as three of the top four wideouts return and the addition of Phillip Dorsett gives the team four experienced players at the position.

On the flip side, both the offensive and defensive lines are set to see a good number of new players contributing. The offensive line is set to have at least three new starters, and is injuries to 35 year old Duane Brown and 33 year old Mike Iupati away from having new starters at all five positions. That’s a worst case scenario, obviously, but given the age and injury history of both Brown and Iupati, it can’t be ruled out.

In any case, it will be an interesting offseason for multiple reasons, and fans will be watching intently for any distraction from the current situation across most of the planet.