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Post-draft depth chart: Defensive backs

Assuming Kam Chancellor is ready to go following offseason hip surgery, there are no starter questions here.

What's happening behind those starters is of interest, however. Let's get to it:

StartersCB Byron MaxwellFS Earl ThomasSS Kam ChancellorCB Richard ShermanOverview: We know the status of the other three, contractually and otherwise, so let's look at Maxwell. He moved from shy backup to an excellent corner by the end of the season who made four interceptions in the final five games. During the Seahawks' first visit to New York last season, Maxwell had two interceptions as Seattle chewed up and spit out Eli Manning. Afterward, Maxwell was asked if he wanted to go on the postgame television show with Q13 Fox in Seattle. He didn't really want to. That's when Thomas began to push him. Eventually, after Thomas strongly encouraged him for a couple minutes, Maxwell acquiesced and made the TV appearance. Growth isn't just restricted to the field, and it was a good example of what Thomas was trying to tell him: If you're going to be part of this group, you need to be ready for the spotlight. That will continue this season. Like last year, Maxwell will be the first target in the secondary considering who his brethren are. It could result in a season that elevates the 26-year-old to the upper-tier of cornerbacks in the league. He's an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year after being just a $673,363 cap hit in 2014. He'll have a chance this season to position himself for a lucrative future.

The next tier: CB Tharold SimonCB Jeremy LaneSS Jeron Johnson S/CB DeShawn Shead CB/S Eric PinkinsSS Dion Bailey Overview: Pete Carroll recently compared Simon to Brandon Browner. Simon is 6-foot-3, an inch shorter than Browner, and 202 pounds; Browner is 221. Simon missed last season because of toe surgeries. He had each big toe surgically repaired. But, sounds like he is ready to go now. Lane appears the clear option at nickelback to replace Walter Thurmond. The Seahawks are still sorting out how Shead and Pinkins fit. You'll recall the Seahawks saying when Pinkins was drafted that he will play corner. He's played both during the limited OTA access for the media. Former USC safety Bailey has made some noise at OTAs after being brought in as an undrafted free agent. Johnson is Kam Chancellor's backup.

On the outside looking in:CB Phillip AdamsCB Akeem AugusteCB Chandler FennerCB A.J. JeffersonS Terrance ParksOverview: Auguste was part of the practice squad last year. Adams spent the last two seasons as a backup for Oakland and was with the Seahawks in 2011.