The 2014 NFL draft is in the books, so here's a quick breakdown of how the Seattle Seahawks depth might look and how the draft choices, along with the rookie free agent signees, might fit it.
First I'll look at the offense. The defensive run down will come on Tuesday. The rookies are in all caps.
Starter: Russell Wilson
Comment: Jackson's experience and knowledge of the offense makes him almost a lock as Wilson's backup. The Seahawks probably will keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, so that could come down to Pryor or Daniels. Price is a rookie free agent signee from Washington who put up some impressive numbers for the Huskies and had an outstanding rookie minicamp. But unless he really wows everyone in preseason, he could be headed to the practice squad.
Starter: Marshawn Lynch
Backups: Christine Michael, Robert Turbin
Comment: Back in February, coach Pete Carroll said he thought Michael could have a “break-out” season in 2014. That could be an indication that Michael will get significant playing time after basically redshirting as a rookie last year.
Projected starter: Derrick Coleman
Backups: Spencer Ware, KIERO SMALL
Comment: Small, the final draft choice for the Seahawks, could get a real shot here. He is a bruiser at 245 pounds, but he's only 5-foot-8½. If he proves his height is not a disadvantage as a blocker against NFL rushers, he could beat out Ware and earn a spot on the roster.
Comment: This should be the most competitive area to watch in training camp. Only six spots are available for 12 guys. Richardson, the speedy second-round pick of the Seahawks, is assured of earning a spot, and Norwood, the fourth-round pick from Alabama has a good shot of another one. Rice will have to fight to keep his spot in a likely battle with Lockette and former CFL player Matthews. I'm listing three starters here because the Seahawks use three wideouts or two tight ends more than a fullback.
Starter: Zach Miller
Comment: Willson was the most productive draft choice for Seattle last season, a perfect example of the value they often find in a later pick, No. 158 overall. Seattle uses a lot of double tight end sets. They expect big things from McCoy, who returns after missing last season with a torn Achilles tendon. Dixon is a free agent signee from Central Arkansas.
Starter: Max Unger
Backup: Lemuel Jeanpierre
Comment: Unger is one of the best centers in the NFL. Jeanpierre was a restricted free agent that the Seahawks wisely re-signed, a quality backup who also can play either guard spot.
Starter: Russell Okung
Backups: Alvin Bailey, GARRY GILLIAM, GARRETT SCOTT
Comment: Okung is a Pro-Bowl player when he's healthy, but he wasn't 100 percent healthy most of last season. He had offseason surgery to repair a torn ligament in a big toe, but should be ready to go for the start of training camp. The coaches are high on Bailey, who was a rookie last season. Scott was a sixth-round draft choice who could end up on the practice squad. Gilliam is a free-agent signee from Penn State who converted from tight end to tackle in college. He looked strong in the rookie minicamp.
Projected starter: James Carpenter
Backups: Greg Van Roten, BRONSON IRWIN
Comment: The coaches say Carpenter has worked hard in the offseason and dropped a few pounds, but he's not locked in as the starter. Van Roten was a free-agent pick-up who was at Green Bay. He can play either guard spot, along with center. Bailey also can play guard. Irwin is a free-agent signee who played for Oklahoma.
Starter: J.R. Sweezy
Comments: Sweezy, a converted defensive tackle, is starting his third season. It's just a guess at this point for which guard spot Van Roten and Schilling will get the most work. Schilling, a Bellevue, Washington product, was a free-agent signing who spent three seasons with San Diego. But Schilling and Van Roten will get a serious look to see if the Seahawks could upgrade at either guard spot.
Projected starter: Michael Bowie
Backups: JUSTIN BRITT, Caylin Hauptmann,
Comment: A true battle for the starting spot here between Bowie and Britt to see who replaces Breno Giacomini, a free agent who signed with the Jets. Bowie played a lot last season as a rookie when Giacomini was out with a knee injury. Britt is a second-round pick who the coaches think can push Bowie for the job.