While it is still the offseseason, and preseason looming right around the corner, some of the rookies are starting to step up. Generally as a rule, unless it’s a first round pick, football teams are hesitant about starting rookies — not the Seahawks — not Pete Carroll. This is a new age in football where stars are younger and younger, and better players are being started earlier.
The Seahawks have several rookies that are “expected” to be a great fit for the team. First round pick, Bruce Irvin, is expected to come in and play very well and he expects to get double-digit sacks this year. Second round pick, Bobby Wagner is believed to come in and be the star middle linebacker like Lofa Tatupu was back in 2005. Robert Turbin will come in and learn from beast mode, and become the next big thing here in Seattle. Russell Wilson is expected to be the up and coming signal caller in Seattle for years to come. There are also a few other rookies that aren’t on the national radar, but are looking to make a name like Doug Baldwin did.
Russell Wilson, the third round pick out of Wisconsin impressed the Seahawks so much they entered his name into the QB controversy. The only knock on Wilson is that he is short for NFL standards. Wilson will never be the 6’4″ beast that some of the other QB’s are. What Wilson lacks in height he makes up for in talent. Wilson took two different teams to championship games. He has the intangibles to be a great QB, even though he is short. Wilson has eaten up the first reps with the Seahawks, soaking up the knowledge from the other QB’s in camp. Wilson isn’t opposed to learning at all. He may not start this year for the Seahawks but give him a little time, and we will forget about the “other” QB that played for the Seahawks. Watch out for No. 3!
Robert Turbin, the fourth round pick from Utah State, looks like he is already a beast. The compact solid frame that Turbin is built on makes him the ideal fit for Pete Carroll’s system. The Seahawks in camp have already named Turbin ”SeaHulk” because of his muscular frame. Last year Turbin rushed for an average of 6.1 yards a carry per cfbstats.com. While the line in Seattle started off hesitant and uncomfortable at the start of the season, it got stronger as it progressed. The player that will benefit from this, Turbin. While Marshawn Lynch’s status hasn’t been decided upon because of the DUI he received not too long ago, Turbin could get the chance to start right away and make a huge difference. Defenses are going to remember #22.
Bobby Wagner, the second rounder, also from Utah State is in line to become the first rookie MLB since Lofa Tatupu. Wagner is already calling all of the plays for the defense in the huddle. The Seahawks are still looking at Barrett Ruud and his ability at the position, but Wagner is making a name for himself. The Seahawks haven’t really had a “great” star at MLB since Lofa Tatupu, we have had a steady known presence in David Hawthorne. Hawthorne left this season to become part of the Saints organization. Wagner is a fast, physical, smart LB who knows where he is supposed to be. He can organize the defense and get them where they need to be, while still maintaining his position. With KJ Wright on one side, and Leroy Hill on the other, Wagner will step in and get the job done at MLB. Be on the lookout for #54.
The biggest surprises so far this early into camp has been No. 13, Phil Bates. He has been described as very similar to Doug Baldwin, he is striving to make this team, even though the team is deep at WR in camp. Bates can play inside or outside, but he is very raw. He is a UDFA out of Ohio, and he doesn’t necessarily fit the mold that Pete Carroll likes in his WR’s. Bates is only 6’1″ 200 lbs. Bates has an outside attempt at making this Seahawks squad with all the hype in camp he has got. At this point though, it may only be on the Practice Squad unless something major happens tone of the Seahawk starters.
Offensive guards Rishaw Johnson and J.R. Sweezy are both learning the speed and nuances of the NFL game compared to college, and aren’t expected to start this season at all. Johnson was carried off the field already for cramps on the field, while Sweezy is learning a new position. Both are expected to be solid contributors some time down the road.
Bruce Irvin, the “surprising” first round pick for the Seahawks this season is expected to make a huge impact this year. While not drafted to start and play every snap, big things are still wanted from him. Irvin produces an uncanny lightning speed which will be a great aspect when he is rushing the passer. Irvin has already stated on the RealRobReport that he expects to get double-digit sacks this year, and the Seahawks are certainly pulling for just that. The Seahawks defense finished up strong last year, and is expected to be a force to be reckoned with. Adding Irvin in on different situations will only confirm that the Seahawks are aggressive, and will threaten opposing teams. With Chris Clemons signed and in camp, Irvin is learning from a pro that has had 11 sacks in each of his two seasons here in Seattle. No. 51 used to be fan favorite Tatupu’s jersey, but will now belong to Irvin.
While there are certainly other rookies in camp, these are just the ones making big names for themselves already. It is possible that some of these names are only camp bodies, but at this point, it’s highly unlikely. With only a week remaining until the first preseason game in Seattle, the players are gradually showing what they can do. Only time is going to tell exactly how these players will play out, all of these players should have a great impact in Seattle. Let’s welcome these new guys to camp, and show them who the 12th man is!