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Sound Off Saturday camp surprise pick

7/14/2014

It was a close vote, but cornerback Tharold Simon is the winner in the Sound Off Saturday survey for the player you think will be the biggest training camp surprise for the Seattle Seahawks.

Thanks to everyone who voted on ESPN.com, Twitter and Facebook. Twenty-three players received at least one vote. And there was one vote for the wide receivers as a group -- not a bad choice.

One voter said the biggest surprise would be running back Marshawn Lynch retiring when he doesn’t get a change in his contract. If that were to happen, it certainty would shock the NFL world.

Simon, a second-year player from LSU, won out by only a few votes over rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh. Rookie receiver Kevin Norwood was third, defensive end Greg Scruggs was fourth and second-year defensive tackle Jesse Williams was fifth.

Simon missed all of his rookie season after undergoing surgery on both ankles, but his play in the offseason practice sessions has impressed everyone.

Six of the players who received votes are rookies, including offensive tackle Justin Britt, wide receiver Paul Richardson, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat and safety Dion Bailey.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor received a couple votes, and veteran receiver Sidney Rice got a vote as a player who will come back from knee surgery and have an impact.

Some others also receiving votes were linebackers Korey Toomer, Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith, cornerback Jeremy Lane, offensive linemen Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey, receiver Ricardo Lockette, running back Christine Michael, fullback Spencer Ware, strong safety Kam Chancellor (for being 100 percent healthy) and defensive tackle Jordan Hill.

And my pick for the biggest camp surprise? I agree Simon is a good pick after how well he played in all the offseason workouts, but I’ll go with Norwood. At this point, he looks like a steal as a fourth-round pick.