Where do they fit?
You won’t find me doing that, not yet anyway.
I do not believe you can grade a draft class for at least 3 years. Before that you are grading the team on player potential and not production. There is a reason Mel Kiper works for ESPN and not an NFL franchise.
Later on this offseason I will take a look at the 2010 Seahawks draft class, the first class of the Pete Carroll and John Schneider era.
Even before the 2013 draft, the Seattle Seahawks‘ roster was pretty stacked.
I don’t think every pick is going to make the team this year like they did last season. These rookies are going to have to deal with some very tough position battles. In some cases they will supplant a veteran player, a move that is not going to be very popular with fans.
Let’s take a look at where the draft class fits in.
Pick 30 – Christine Michael – RB Texas A&M
After the Seahawks released Leon Washington to save cap room, it was evident the team would need a 3rd half-back. Seattle added free agent running back Derrick Coleman, drafted Christine Michael, and then added un-drafted free agent Dominique Whaley.
I have already penciled Christine’s name in as the team’s 3rd back. One of the other two would need to really impress–or hope that Michael fails–to have a shot.
Pick 87 – Jordan Hill – DT Penn St.
Pick 123 – Chris Harper – WR Kansas State
I expect Chris Harper to be on the team’s final roster, however I am not ready to call it a lock as of yet. I currently have him as probable to make the team on my list.
Pick 137 – Jesse Williams – DT Alabama
From everything that I have heard his medical concerns will not be an issue.
If that is the case, I think Jesse Williams is a lock for a roster spot at defensive tackle.
Pick 138 – Tharold Simon – CB LSU
All of a sudden the cornerback position is getting very crowded in Seattle. I currently have 4 players locked into the position, leaving 1 or 2 left up for grabs. I do have Tharold Simon as probable to win one of them.
Pick 158 – Luke Wilson – TE Rice
The Seahawks have a clear need at tight end. I believe that Luke Wilson is in a true competition for a roster spot at this point.
I haven’t seen a whole lot of him so my opinion could change in the near future, but as of now, I have him in a battle with Darren Fells, Cooper Heifet and Sean McGrath for the team’s 3rd and final tight end spot.
Pick 194 – Spencer Ware – FB LSU
If Spencer Ware shows an ability to block at the profession level, the Seahawks will be able to save about $2 million by releasing Michael Robinson. It would not be a very popular move with the 12th man, but Robinson is being paid a lot of money for as little as he is on the field.
Pick 220 – Ryan Seymour – G Vanderbilt
One of the weakest spots on the team is at the guard position. While veteran Paul McQuistan has been playing guard, he is a tackle by trait. It would be nice to see them use him for depth instead of as a starter.
Currently, I think the Seahawks have 2 or three spots along the offensive line up for grabs.
Ryan Seymour is definitely in the running for one of them, yet he is definitely not a lock.
Pick 231 – Ty Powell – OLB Harding
Seahawks linebackers struggle to cover. They have for a while now. I think Ty Powell has a chance to earn a roster spot because he can cover. If he makes the roster, I would not be surprised to see the Seahawks use him in the nickel package or even eventually starting over 2011 7th round pick Malcolm Smith.
Pick 241 – Jared Smith – G New Hampshire
What I mean by that is that the team drafted a defensive lineman that they hoped could play guard. It is going to be tough for him to earn a roster spot. If he doesn’t, he could benefit from a year on the practice squad.
I said something similar about Sweezy last year and he was starting week 1.
Pick 242 – Michael Bowie – T Northeastern St.
Michael Bowie played for Oklahoma State until he was suspended for violating team rules and decided to leave the team for his senior season. I would not be surprised to see him on the practice squad, but he is in the battle for a roster spot on the offensive line.
These rookies are going to make training camp a little more interesting this year. There are questions about most of these guys.
Like I said earlier, I won’t grade the draft. I will, however, say that the Seahawks took a lot of players with the potential of being a huge steal. They also have the potential to be out of football due to injury or off the field issues.
Time will tell. Go Seahawks!