Dec 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams (93) against the Houston Texans during the first quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Former All-Pro Free Agent DT Kevin Williams Is a Seahawk, Predicting DL Depth Chart

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The Seattle Seahawks have been trying to add an experienced defensive lineman to their defense since the beginning of the free agency period, but hadn’t been able to get it done until late Thursday when they agreed to terms with former Minnesota Viking Kevin Williams.

So it wasn’t Jared Allen, but the Hawks did shore up their D-line with an ex-Vike, and a player that has previously played at an All-Pro level to boot. With Clinton McDonald, Red Bryant and Chris Clemons having moved on to other teams, Seattle’s run defense may be a bit of a question mark. This move will help to clear the air.

After this signing we could see a lineup that looks like this:

POSITION
LE
LDT
RDT
RE
STARTERMichael BennettTony McDanielBrandon MebaneCliff Avril
2ND STRINGBruce IrvinJesse WilliamsKevin WilliamsGreg Scruggs or Cassius Marsh
ALSO IN THE MIXJackson Jeffcoat, Benson MayowaJordan Hill, D'Anthony SmithDewayne Cherrington, Jimmy StatenKenneth Boatright

The bold player names are those I expect to have the best chance to make the final 53-man roster, but it was very interesting trying to decide. The Hawks only took 10 defensive linemen into the season in 2013. I expect Bruce Irvin to make it as a linebacker, which would leave 11 players on my list.

In all reality I think D’Anthony Smith gets bumped out with this Williams signing but the explosive nature of each of these other players will make them tough to cut. I also did not bold in Benson Mayowa, whom Seahawks’ coaches and fans have been excited about since his impressive preseason outings last year. While that may not be a popular choice, Jackson Jeffcoat has to be considered the sleeper pick to make the roster and Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill are both very healthy finally. I think they bump Mayowa.

Going to be even more interesting as we get closer to training camp folks! Welcome Kevin Williams to the Northwest!

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  • HD

    I think Mayowa will make the cut…he has a year under Seattle’s system…he’s up to 261 (Avril weight and could be his replacement next year) and still has great speed and height too…has looked great in camp and has been getting a lot of work with the 1′s and two’s at OTA’s.. Mayowa is not bad at sealing the edge when necessary as well as pass rushing…his reps against Carolina last year in week one looked pretty good as he did in the pre season (that’s where all this is going to shake out)…In fact, this may turn out to be a breakout year for Benson…another UDFA find for Seattle….you didn’t mention Boatright…he has speed and during the off season he added another 15 lbs…he’s around 270 (255 last year)…he was on IR all last year…Seattle got him as a future prospect knowing he was hurt when they picked him up as another Leo possible….looks like he is trying to fit more of the Bennett mode now…he is now considered a DT / DE….Boatright might make practice squad…I don’t think Jeffcoat would clear waivers…Seattle may find a way to keep him by adding him the special teams roster…I just don’t see him beating out Mayowa

    • Peter Smith

      Yeah, there’s a lot of talent to be evaluated, but likewise a lot of depth that we can use. I wish I knew which way the coaches will lean, but its too early and too hard to tell, because these guys honestly have a lot of talent, either fully developed, partially developed, or soon to be developed… so its a question of which guys they see having the most value going forward into this coming season and beyond. And really, they have to have the right personality, the right kind of fire and desire… something that only the coaches really know first hand, or will find out soon enough. Training camp and Preseason action will be quite a show of competition!! :) And we wouldn’t have it any other way!

      • Peter Smith

        And if I had to hedge a bet on who will make the final cuts, assuming Irvin is slated at LB versus the DL, I think the author got it right with all the bold names. I think Jeffcoat would have been a steal in the late rounds, nonetheless as a UDFA. I think he’s our kind of guy… maybe a “tweener” due to his physical stature and combine results, but he’s a guy who I think will impress his way into being a primary backup on the ends. Just being an UDFA you know he has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove… I mean the guy was an absolute stud at Texas and in the Big 12… you know he’s coming here with a LOT to prove! Which is the kind of player we love to groom.