The Seahawks have a very deep roster, but still have a few holes that they may look to address in waiver wire pickups today. Somewhere between probably 600 to 700 players are out of work after yesterday's purge to get to 53, so there could be some talent to acquire at, say, tight end, defensive line, or along the offensive line.
I'll break down a couple of players that I have some interest in or that I think Seattle may see some potential in below, but keep in mind that because the Hawks sit in last place in the waiver order, the wire will be picked over worse than a thrift shop on Capitol Hill.
Nonetheless, I toil:
-- DT Kelcy Quarles, Giants: Quarles surprisingly went undrafted after racking up 9.5 sacks from the interior last year playing next to Jadeveon Clowney at South Carolina. He's interesting size at 6'4, 297 with some nice athleticism to potentially play at Seattle's three-technique spot in a rotational role or at the five-tech on base downs. He's got some upside but character concerns and inconsistency were the main reasons that he went undrafted and subsequently cut, I think. Sounds like Giants fans liked him though.
-- DT Deandre Coleman, Jaguars: The Bellevue native is a run plugger but doesn't offer much in the pass rush department. He's got awesome size though, and we know that Pete Carroll likes run defense and likes rotating on the defensive line, so he could be interesting as a potential waiver wire pickup. He could play the five-technique too.
-- DT Devon Still, Bengals: Jordan Hill's former linemate at Penn State; was taken 53rd overall by the Bengals in 2012. He fought injuries and some tough things going on in his personal life (his four year old daughter is undergoing chemo) but ultimately wasn't productive enough for the Bengals to hold on to this year. In college, he was known as a strong run defender with solid get-off and the ability to take on double teams, and I'd guess he could play either spot on the interior if Seattle saw him worth picking up.
-- DT Lawrence Virgil, Saints: Virgil's a height-weight-speed type of project out of Valdosta State who wasn't able to catch on with New Orleans. At 6'5, 285, he put up 39 reps on the bench, absurd strength for a guy with 34+" arms, and also registered a 31" vert, meaning there's some explosiveness there. He's probably much more of a practice squad type of guy than someone the Hawks would claim for their active roster.
-- OT Vinston Painter, Broncos: Painter was a guy that I featured back in 2013 as a potential sleeper. He was a sixth rounder for the Broncos, and spent some time on the active roster, including in the playoffs and Super Bowl. The Niners tried to sign him off of the Broncos' practice squad for the NFC Championship Game, apparently. He's big and athletic.
-- OG Jon Halapio, Patriots: Interior bruiser out of Florida. Not super athletic but crazy tough.
-- C Mike Brewster, Jaguars: 2012 draft class out of Ohio State. He was the projected starter for the Jaguars as of about a month ago but had issues with high snaps and was passed up on the depth chart, a couple of times. Not sure what's still there but Lemuel Jeanpierre is in his final season with the Seahawks, likely.
-- TE Michael Egnew, Lions: Very athletic move tight end that's more of a receiver than a tight end. Never caught on in Miami, but Seattle was one of two teams (with the Lions) that put in a claim on him last week. Now that he's been released from the Lions, he could be an option.
-- TE Orson Charles, Bengals: Victim of the numbers game in Cincy as part of a really deep tight end group. The Bengals turned the 6'3, 250 pound 4th round pick out of Georgia in 2012 into a fullback in 2013, but he's got some nice receiving skills to go along with solid athleticism.
-- TE Nic Jacobs, Saints: Great sized in-line Y tight end type; former LSU recruit that transferred to McNeese State and went undrafted. He'd be more of a blocking type of tight end.
-- TE Ted Bolser, Redskins: Athletic with good size and receiving skills. Caught 15 touchdowns in his college career at Indiana.
-- TE/OT Michael Williams: The former Alabama tight end was converted to an offensive tackle in Detroit and has great size and movement skills to potentially develop into a right tackle. He's somewhat similar to Garry Gilliam in that regard, though I'm guessing the Hawks will just roll with Gilliam here.
-- SS Duke Ihenacho, Broncos: Started a bunch of games for the Broncos last year. I don't know enough about Ihenacho to really comment much about him, but Seattle's depth at safety is a little light and he has some experience. '
-- CB Shaq Richardson, Steelers: Paul Richardson's cousin. Athletic freak that jumped 38.5" and ran a 4.43. Pretty raw as a cornerback but would be a developmental prospect.
-- CB Mohammed Seisay, Redskins: Height/weight/speed prospect at cornerback. Would be developmental type of guy at 6'1, 202. He had a 39" vert and 11'0" broad jump, meaning he's an absurdly explosive athlete.
-- WR Kevin Dorsey, Packers: Athletic freak (see a pattern?). 6'2, 207 out of Maryland in 2013 -- jumped 38" vert and 10'10" broad, ran a 4.47. He was a seventh rounder by Ted Thompson last year and spent the season on the injured reserve.
-- WR Soloman Patten, Buccaneers: Super fast return specialist out of Florida. Seahawks may still be in the market for a punt returner type.
-- WR T.J. Graham, Bills: Super fast.
-- WR Josh Boyce, Patriots: Super fast. I've pretty much decided that Seattle wants super fast guys. They probably won't pick up any more receivers right now but they do seem to have a type.
-- RB Mikel Leshoure, Lions: Sustaining type of bigger back that doesn't really fit into Detroit's plans or depth chart anymore. He's definitely athletic and has the size that Seattle likes so I suppose he's a guy to keep an eye on.
-- RB Lache Seastrunk, Redskins: Super explosive (41.5" vert, 11'2" broad) in the open field, but not a punishing run-you-over type of back. I liked him a lot pre-draft and he has a history with Pete Carroll back from Pete's USC 'crootin days, so maybe the interest is still there. Speed merchant though. That's what I like.
-- RB Jeff Demps, Buccaneers: Speaking of speed, Demps is maybe the fastest player in the NFL as Percy Harvin's teammate back at Florida, the two combined to terrorize SEC defenses along with Tim Tebow. Demps literally has Olympic speed and has experience in the return game so he's intriguing as a Percy Harvin insurance policy on the fly-sweep action type of plays and as a return specialist. The Bucs were using him primarily as a running back but also had him practicing as a receiver in the slot during the preseason as well, so he's not necessarily a pure running back (in fact he'd probably be a receiver if he came here). Ultimately it's very unlikely, but elite speed is so alluring so here he is.
-- DT/FB Nikita Whitlock, Bengals: Seahawks checked him out prior to the Draft. Super productive defensive tackle in college but at 5'10, 251 wasn't going to play that spot in the pros. I know the Hawks like Kiero Small but this is another guy they could look at as a fullback.
-- LB Nate Askew, Buccaneers
-- LB Howard Jones, Steelers
-- LB Carlos Fields, Raiders
All these guys are very fast linebackers. The Seahawks like very fast linebackers.