Some guys dig on mock-drafts and look to pump them out on a monthly basis whether there’s any new information or not … and some of us like to do mock-rosters because it’s the baseball season and there’s nothing else to write about.
More or less, this is your average NFL 53-man roster:
9 Offensive Linemen
6 Wide Receivers
3 Tight Ends
4 Running Backs
9 Defensive linemen
10 Corners & Safeties
1 Long Snapper
24 offense, 26 defense, 3 special teams. You substitute a player here and there depending on special teams coverage needs, but that’s ultimately what you end up with.
So, with this template in mind, why not look at the Seadderall Seahawks and see where things plug in?
Right now, we’ve got three starters locked in: our tackles and our center, Okung, Giacomini, and Unger. For the guards, take your pick of two among the following four: McQuistan, Carpenter, Sweezy, Moffitt. All seven of those players are pretty much locks to make the team, which leaves two more offensive line spots.
McQuistan can also play tackle, so that gives you some flexibility. Jeanpierre, I believe, has some experience as a center, so he might be good to go as one of those final linemen. I don’t know enough about the linemen to make a very educated guess on the last guy, so let’s just say Mike Person is someone and leave it at that. Stick the rookies on the practice squad and call it a day.
This is Russell Wilson and Brady Quinn. Almost certainly. Portis just got shit-canned for being an idiot, which leaves Jerrod Johnson who has never played a down of NFL football. I’m going to go out on a huge limb and say Brady Quinn’s job is secure, with no chance of this team keeping a third QB. Johnson would have to blow everyone away in Training Camp to make the leap, and I’m just not buying it.
Unless injury strikes, this one’s pretty easy too. You’ve got your starter, Zach Miller. You’ve got your blocking tight end/backup, Anthony McCoy. And you’ve got your pass-catching tight end/backup, Luke Willson. There, there’s your first rookie to make the team. Coaches seem high on him, even though he did next-to-nothing in college.
Here’s where I’m going to deviate from the norm just a bit. I think this team keeps five running backs. Lynch, Turbin and Michael are all locks (there’s rookie #2). I don’t think this team can afford to give up Michael Robinson, who is not only the starting fullback but also a standout on special teams. And, I think the team hangs onto Ware (rookie #3) and grooms him to be a fullback replacement for next year. For the record, I think Ware and possibly Michael regularly ride the pine on gamedays as inactives.
To make up some room for our extra running back, I think this team keeps only five receivers (Rice, Tate, Harvin, Baldwin, & Harper). That decision is made easier depending on how well guys like Baldwin and rookie Chris Harper (rookie #4) take to special teams. Jermaine Kearse will be a tough guy to leave off, but I just don’t see how this team can afford a sixth receiver with all the talent we’ve got on defense.
With Scruggs on IR, Irvin suspended for four games, and Clemons on the PUP list, the defensive line became a whole lot easier to figure out. You’ve got your starting ends: Bryant and Avril. You’ve got Mebane and whoever starts opposite of him at the other tackle position. Bennett is another lock to make this team as a guy you can slide either inside or outside, so that brings us to four. I think both rookies Hill and Williams make the team and fight for starting minutes (rookies #5 & #6). I think free agent McDaniel cracks the squad along with veteran McDonald (played a lot last year in backing up Mebane) and young guy Jaye Howard. That gives us 9.
Of course, you have to anticipate Irvin and Clemons returning, so some tough decisions will be waiting after the first month of the season. By that point, you gotta figure there will be an injured guy or two who can slide right onto the IR without being missed. We’ll see.
Wagner & Wright are your locks. Malcolm Smith is looking strong to be the third starter. Instead of the traditional seven, I think this team has to scrimp here and only keep six. Undrafted free agent Lotulelei (rookie #7) looks like a strong bet to make the team. Special teams standout Heath Farwell should be a keeper for all he does in that realm. And, if I had to guess, I’d say the last guy on the team will be Mike Morgan. The Seahawks have already waived Korey Toomer once before; I can see them doing it again. Allen Bradford doesn’t strike me as a guy you just HAVE to have (and, let’s face it, good teams tend to drop good players when they make their final cuts).
Earl and Kam are your guys here. Since this team only has five safeties on its roster, and since I’ve only heard of four of these guys, I think it’s pretty obvious who the backups will be. Winston Guy got some valuable experience last year and is as much of a lock as can be. Jeron Johnson is the other, and he’s proven to be a solid contributor as well.
Sherman & Browner are your guys here. Consider Winfield to be a lock as your nickel corner. I like Jeremy Lane, Walter Thurmond (if he can stay healthy) and rookie Tharold Simon (rookie #8) to be solid backups. That already brings us to six, but for the life of me, I can’t see this team throwing Byron Maxwell away. He’s been on the team for too long and you know if he goes somewhere else he’ll be competing for starting minutes. I think the team finds a roster spot for Maxwell and keeps a total of 7 corners.
That brings us to 50, with Hauschka, Ryan, and long snapper Clint Gresham as your final guys.
I’m sure as I continue following the goings on in this pre-season portion of the season, this roster will change quite a bit. But for now, this is my opening statement on what the roster will be. Let’s see how much it resembles the ACTUAL 53-man roster come opening day.
I will say, as one caveat, that I haven’t accounted for injuries (except for the ones that already happened). I’m sure a major reason why my roster now will differ from the real 53-man roster in September will have most-everything to do with injuries, and how that trickles down when considering need vs. want at all the positions.