Seattle Seahawks: Which rookies will make the team?

The Seattle Seahawks have a plethora of draft picks and undrafted rookies in their pool of players. There will be some major cuts this offseason to this arsenal of rookies, so who will be in and who will get the boot? Below I’ll take the draft selections first, and undrafted rookies will be featured in an upcoming piece.

1. Paul Richardson, WR

This 6’0″ receiver is still reaching a more desirable weight, but his impressive 4.40 40 yard dash makes him a capable downfield threat. I see Richardson as another Percy Harvin on the field whose athleticism will give defenses headaches on the field. He may not be a starter right away, because the Seattle Seahawks have plenty of receivers right now, but if he does similar things like his 60 yard touchdown reception on one of his first days on the practice field, he’ll grab a spot on the 53-man roster. I frankly cannot see Richardson not making the team. Richardson was a playmaker on an sub-par Colorado offense, and putting him next to guys like Harvin, Doug Baldwin, and Jermaine Kearse makes for a nice arsenal for Russell Wilson. As such, Richardson is a lock for the final roster.

2. Justin Britt, T

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Justin Britt could replace Breno Giacomini if he beats out Michael Bowie.

Britt has already been practicing with the first team in practices, and he’s going to compete with Michael Bowie for the starting right tackle spot. Coach Pete Carroll already seems impressed with Britt’s skills, saying, “He’s very well prepared technique-wise. He has real good footwork. His base is real good. His balance is real good for a big man. He moved well off of the line of scrimmage. He won’t have any trouble learning.”

Sounds like Carroll already has him pegged to get a spot, and that’s enough for me.

3. Cassius Marsh, DE

Marsh’s versatility has been his major selling point since his selection. He’s 6’4″ and 252 pounds, and he increases depth at defensive end in the wake of several departures like Red Bryant and Chris Clemons. Marsh seems to have good explosion and agility, and he has great hands thanks to his past as a tight end. Marsh will be a capable backup to Cliff Avril and/or Michael Bennett, and he will make the team.

4. Kevin Norwood

It’s an uphill climb for Norwood. I like Richardson more as an athlete, and Norwood was only a slot wideout in college, but with his 6’2″ frame, he could be more of an outside guy. He just doesn’t have the experience as of yet to make that jump outside. The other tall receivers, Sidney Rice and Jermaine Kearse, are in front of him, and they look like locks on the outside. The only question mark is Rice’s health.

As it stands, Norwood is a number six receiver, but I like him better than guys like Ricardo Lockette. He’ll make the team by the skin of his teeth, but he won’t see the field.

5. Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB

Pierre-Louis excites some, but not me. Yes he has speed to make it around the field and yes he racked up a ton of tackles this past season at Boston College, but he would also be blocked out of plays. He’s reminding a ton of people of Malcolm Smith, who won the Super Bowl MVP. Smith may garner big bucks after his contract expires after this season, and that would be Pierre-Louis’s starting opportunity.

The guy had a great combine, with a 4.51 dash, a 4.02 shuttle, and a 39 inch vertical. With the contract concern surrounding the current Seattle linebackers, Pierre-Louis will make the team. I’m just not totally sold on his play as a linebacker. I like linebackers who can anticipate run blocks and have the smarts in zone coverage. Pierre-Louis certainly needs work in the running game, but that’s why coaches exist.

6. Jimmy Staten, DT

Staten won’t make the team. Jesse Williams is coming off an injury, and Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel have the starting spots. Jordan Hill is ahead of Staten as well, and Michael Bennett will move inside on some plays, with Bruce Irvin and Marsh taking the end when that happens. There just isn’t a spot for an average defensive tackle.

7. Eric Pinkins, DB

I’ve talked a lot about Pinkins because I like him so much. He’s going to be converting to a true corner type this offseason, but with the departure of Chris Maragos to the Eagles, a backup safety spot is available for him. I have Pinkins locked in that very spot, and he will continue to learn fromt he stellar Legion of Boom and grow to use his incredibly physicality to be a great addition to the LOB.

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8. Kiero Small, FB

Small has to beat out Derrick Coleman and Spencer Ware, plus Michael Robinson. Robinson is going to retire soon, it is believed, but Coleman is a very capable starting fullback, and Ware has displayed some great toughness. Small has too, certainly, but I don’t think he can make the 53-man roster when other key positions could use an extra guy on the depth chart (I’m talking of course about receivers or corners). I could see Small being picked up by someone else, though, because despite his 5’8″ frame, the guy plays like one heck of a battering ram.

Stay on isportsweb for upcoming pieces about the Seattle Seahawks and their undrafted rookies.

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