There’s a reason that most draft analysts gave the Seattle Seahawks a pass when it came to the curious choices the team made in this year’s draft.
They’ve earned it.
For Seattle, 21 of the 28 players selected by Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have earned spots on the team’s 53-man roster. And 10 of those players blossomed into starters – tied for the most with Arizona among NFC West teams.
NFC West starters selected in the past three drafts
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But all of that could change in 2013. Several national publications have pointed to Seattle as having the most talented roster in the NFL. And both Schneider and Carroll have said it will be tough for this year’s draft picks and undrafted rookie free agents to breakthrough and earn a spot on this year’s 53-man roster.
NFC West players selected in the past three drafts on 53-man rosters
Seattle could be looking at a similar scenario to what NFC West rival San Francisco experienced last season. The 49ers had zero starts among the team’s seven draft picks in 2012, which included first round draft choice A.J. Jenkins and running back LaMichael James in the second round.
“It isn’t all black and white, and you’ve either got to start or don’t to make it,” Carroll said during the draft, when asked about his team’s draft haul. “Guys contribute, and they help us. And sometimes the subtle way they help us is by making other players play well. And that’s all part of the thinking, and it’s embedded in the way we operate.”
Only four of San Francisco’s seven draft picks earned a spot on the team’s initial, 53-man roster to open the 2012 season. Yet the 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl, a result Schneider would surely take if Seattle follows suit by advancing to the big game under similar circumstances in 2013.
“If we were playing in the Super Bowl, I think we would be pretty excited,” Schneider said during the draft a few weeks ago. “The 49ers drafted very well last year. They took very good players. It’s just that they’re a very talented football team, so those guys weren’t able to get on the field quite as much.”
I have a gentleman’s bet with Seattle Times’ columnist Jerry Brewer that only four of Seattle’s 11 draft picks will make the initial roster for Seattle at the end of training camp this year.
Brewer says six. The line’s set at 5 ½. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.