I have decided to make my Seahawk predictions, and remember that’s all they are, of who I think will truly shine this year on the Seattle roster. Each player may have just joined or have been on the roster already, but I think these guys will truly be the difference makers in this years season. Let’s get started with:
1. Ricardo Lockette: 6’2″ 211 lbs wide receiver may not have seen a lot of action last season, but in the two games he played, this kid impressed. Lockette is fast. Like ridiculously fast. He tied for the third fastest time in the 40-yard dash at the 2011 NFL scouting combine with a 4.37 seconds time, his personal record? 4.26 seconds. He’s got great hands, bobbling a 61 yard touchdown pass thrown by Jackson in the final game against the Arizona Cardinals. It is my belief that Lockette will step up and help make this receiving core a potent weapon in the NFC West.
2. Bruce Irvin: With the possible departure of Chris Clemons, I feel Irvin will step up dramatically and prove to everyone that this years first round pick was worth it. Irvin was supposed to help support Clemons, complement the “Leo” hybrid plan, and make the linebacker position faster with more depth. With his troubled past on his shoulder, it is my belief that this 6’3″ 248 lbs defensive end will cause massive havoc among the opposing teams the ‘Hawks will be facing this year.
3. Breno Giacomini: James Carpenter is still nursing his knee injury back to health after going down last season. Giacomini stepped up and helped to make the difference in Lynch’s huge gains on the field and assisted to break several of his personal records. I feel that the pocket will hold much longer and lanes will be created with this 6’7″ 318 lbs wrecking ball holding his ground in front of who ever will be the sign caller in this years offense. His ability to adjust on the line instantly will prove to keep the front line solid.
4. Kellen Winslow: Zach Miller has a new playmate on the field in Winslow. Coach Carroll had been discussing using a dual tight end set before John Carlson had gone down with a shoulder injury that resulted in him missing the entire season last year. With his trade to the Vikings, we needed another Pro Bowl caliber tight end to fill his shoes. Enter Winslow. At 6’4″ and 240 lbs, the ex-Buc will help to expand the passing field and lay down some solid blocks for the running game. Winslow still has a lot of gas in the tank and after 218 passes in his last three seasons, he is ready to bring his talents to Seattle.
5. Matt Flynn: As soon as Carroll makes the official announcement, and it may not even be Flynn, but if it is, I know that Flynn’s consistency and game management will help the ‘Hawks in a position that desperately needs an upgrade. Flynn’s two games are just a glimmer of what he can do with a powerful receiving offense, let’s see what the 6’2″ 225 lbs quarterback can do with a well-balanced running and passing offense. There are too many weapons on the field to not help Flynn become the future franchise quarterback on the Seattle Seahawks. Does anyone else remember a Green Bay back up quarterback named Matt that came here and made a run at the Superbowl? This writer does.
These our my predictions and mine alone. I know that the Seahawks are brimming with talent in Baldwin, Toomer, Lynch, Bryant, and Thurmond just to name a few. However these our the guys that can either make or break this thing in my opinion. Let us hope that this thing can come full circle and bring us that much closer to regain what is rightfully ours, the NFC Championship title.