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Seahawks Superlatives: Anthony Bradford for Rookie of the Year

The incredibly powerful guard could be an impact player quickly.

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Texas A&M Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Stop number two on our offseason journey through Seahawks Superlatives gives us Rookie of the Year. I’ve selected the player I believe has the greatest chance at playing the most snaps and contributing consistent value through them. And that’s offensive guard Anthony Bradford.

The hype here will be for Jaxon Smith-Njigba, but a couple of things tip the scale towards Bradford. First, though Smith-Njigba could basically limp onto the field and still be the clear leader for WR3 - a ‘starting’ job - that’s still not going to have the same output as if Bradford is the starting guard. The same would be true of Olu Oluwatimi, but I’m pegging Bradford over Phil Haynes as the battle more likely won than Olumwatimi over Evan Brown.

The big news on Bradford has been his test scores:

Of which he graded out as like the Anthony Richardson of offensive guards.

Would be cool to see them duel.

But right guard is an unknown for Seattle, as Haynes has yet to either stay healthy or outright win the spot. Bradford has such intriguing potential that Chad Reuter of ranked him as the third most likely Day 3 pick to earn a starting job.

If Bradford starts even 12 or 13 games this season, that’s where I’d put his value as probably the highest among this rookie class, from a sheer volume of impact perspective. Guards never win anything, and if Devon Witherspoon has even two interceptions he’ll be a far bigger storyline. But the thing is the Seahawks defense will probably still be vulnerable to the run game or the underneath stuff against these linebackers, and teams can avoid Witherspoon to a degree if he proves capable.

That’s why I wonder about how quickly Bradford might win a starting role and provide immediate upgrade to an already elite Geno Smith-led offense. Every snap. Bradford could continue what felt like a step forward on the offensive line last season and really push this offense into upper echelon status protecting Geno Smith.