Seahawks rookies could make impact on first-team roster

Published on May 16, 2013 by     Tacoma News Tribune (Feed)

djIp5.St.5

After three days of watching draft picks play touch football in their skivvies, the question arose: Which of the rookies the Seattle Seahawks drafted will be the one to have the most immediate impact?

The answer requires premature speculation based on limited evidence and an ignorance of the many unforeseen variables that can affect the outcome over time.

So, you know, the kind of stuff we do here.

Last year at this time, coach Pete Carroll announced that rookie third-rounder Russell Wilson was being tossed into a three-man battle for the starting quarterback job. How many fans’ optic nerves were damaged by the massive eye-rolls that generated?

Turned out OK, right?

So, we should first note the players that Carroll mentioned as guys ready to be thrown into position competitions — receiver Chris Harper, tight end Luke Willson and cornerback Tharold Simon. Similar comments were made about the two drafted defensive tackles, Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams.

But a big part of making an impact this season is getting the best chance to see action. Running backs Christine Michael and Spencer Ware could earn spot duty, but Marshawn Lynch isn’t likely to be dethroned as the franchise back.

Willson will be the fastest of the tight ends, but veteran Zach Miller will remain the workhorse after his versatility and toughness were re-emphasized in the playoffs a season ago. Simon, too, has physical gifts but is in a fairly deep stack of cornerbacks and Hill looks like he can earn a place in the rotation of big guys in the middle of the defensive line.

But one guy has the best chance to get on the field and start scoring touchdowns in a hurry.

At 6-foot-1, 234 pounds, Harper is different than Seahawks receivers in the past. He’s a converted quarterback who started out at Oregon and transferred to Kansas State, so he’s still learning the position, which was probably why he was available in the fourth round of this year’s NFL draft.

But Harper has shown he can get separation from coverage with his strength, and he turns into a running back after the catch. He caught two deep touchdowns during rookie minicamp, one at full speed over the shoulder and another in which he had to dive to reach the ball to the end zone.

“He can really catch it … he’s a big, solid dude, like we thought,” Carroll said. “I don’t think there’s any ball that he’s out of; if he’s got his hands on it, he can catch it.”

And here’s the key phrase from Carroll: “He’ll be competing; he’ll be right in there. We will not hesitate to throw him in. There’s a case of a guy who, right away, early on, he’ll go right in with the first group.”

Harper will benefit from having five active receivers for most games, and the likely appeal of being a big, fast guy on special teams.

At least in terms of body-type, some have compared Harper to Anquan Boldin. Boldin has made three Pro Bowls and is respected for his toughness and durability. It’s fair to point out that Harper is 14 pounds heavier than Boldin, yet has much better sprint speed, clocking a 4.5 in the 40 compared to Boldin’s 4.7 at his combine.

Williams, the 326-pounder out of Alabama, is another who might be quick to find a spot, in this case the one vacated by departing free agent Alan Branch. Williams has a lot to learn about technique, but has big-time, upper-body strength and a versatility that led Carroll to suggest he might get looks at every place on the defensive line except the Leo rush-end.

Simon, meanwhile, is a fifth-rounder out of LSU with some sketchy off-field credentials, but Carroll was direct in saying: “By the time we get him to camp, I would think he could compete with our guys.”

You may recall that Simon was the player arrested on charges of public intimidation the week of the draft. Well, the weekend minicamp provided considerable evidence that Simon engages in a great deal of public intimidation of wide receivers while in press coverage. He’s big, physical and aggressive from snap until after the whistle.

via Seahawks rookies could make impact on first-team roster | Seattle Seahawks – The News Tribune.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

Rice

Seahawks bring back receiver Sidney Rice

Wide receiver Sidney Rice agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year deal to return to the Seattle Seahawks. Rice ...
122220

Seahawks with the most to gain: Bruce Irvin

Room to grow.Seattle has plenty of it, which seems odd to say considering the Seahawks are coming off ...
628x471

Kaepernick, Lockette being investigated for ‘suspicious incident’

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette is being investigated along with San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ...
140409-preseason-600-beauty

Seahawks preseason schedule announced, features Super Bowl rematch with Denver Broncos

Seahawks preseason features matchups with the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders. While not quite ...
140408-ms-opener-trophy-600

Super Bowl champion Seahawks celebrated at Seattle Mariners home opener

The Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seahawks were honored during a special ceremony prior to the Seattle Mariners' home ...
etjml.AuSt.5

Extension shows Seahawks believe in Carroll-Schneider ‘lovefest’

Friday’s gathering at Seahawks headquarters wasn’t as much about a new contract as it was a renewal of ...
140404-carroll-presser-600

Pete Carroll agrees to new three-year deal with Seahawks

Entering the final year of his original five-year contract, head coach Pete Carroll has agreed to a new ...
140403chancellor660

A happy, water-filled birthday to Kam Chancellor

Thursday is Kam Chancellor’s 26th birthday, and the Seahawks’ All-Pro strong safety is asking you to celebrate by ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz