The Seattle Seahawks have as deep of a roster as can be found in the NFL. Many of the team’s starters could miss time without a major change in the overall quality of the team. That isn’t true for everyone though. I’ve compiled a list of team’s 10 most valuable players.
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Dec 28, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung (76) defends against St. Louis Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Number 8 – Russell Okung
Russell Okung is the teams current highest draft pick. He was selected #6 overall in 2010 out of Oklahoma State.
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At only 27 years old he is our best offensive lineman and also our most experienced. When it comes to Okung it’s never been about his talent, when he is on the field the offense is much better and more efficient but that’s been the problem with him. He has missed 21 games in his five-year career averaging only 12 games per season.
He is in the last year of his contract and it will be interesting to see if he gets an extension. 2015 will be a pivotal year for him to see if he can stay healthy. He has yet to play in all 16 games, and that’s not a good recipe to get a lucrative extension.
If he doesn’t get an extension we will have to replace him, and left tackles are not easy to find, especially when you’re drafting as late as we are.
The good thing is we could be in line for a good comp pick, I would assume at least a fourth. 2016 is also loaded with left tackle prospects so we could be able to grab a decent one late in the first round if they choose.
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