Plenty of fresh blood will be flourishing a few short months from now when another NFL regular season emerges front and center on the national sports scene.
OLT Russell Okung / Seahawks (1st round / Oklahoma State; 6th overall; OL grade: C-plus)
Skinny: Immediately anointed the replacement for retired nine-time Pro Bowler Walter Jones, Okung has rare size, outstanding balance, long arms and a 24/7 commitment to football that immediately impressed new Seahawks O-line coach/zone-blocking guru Alex Gibbs. Okung gets valuable guidance on the field from veteran newcomer Ben Hamilton at left guard.
FS Earl Thomas / Seahawks (1st round / Texas; 14th overall; DB grade: C)
WR Golden Tate / Seahawks (2nd round / Notre Dame; 60th overall; REC grade: C-plus)
Skinny: Tate is the front-runner to start at split end and complement first-rate possession receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Tate will compete with ninth-year veteran Deion Branch, second-year player Deon Butler and fourth-year vet and former first-round pick Mike Williams, among others. Tate provides an excellent run-after-catch dimension.Seahawks 12th Man Army has now gone mobile! Go to http://www.noticeorange.com/r/Seahawks12thManArmy to get an app for your phone. It's free and it has alerts so that you'll know whenever Seahawks 12th Man Army has anything new. What could be better?
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