A look at the current offensive depth chart of the Seattle Seahawks, and the general lack of quality depth on that side of the football.
With free agency over, it is time to look at the depth chart for the Seattle Seahawks and see where the Seahawks need to spend their draft picks. It is easy to point out the biggest needs, but the back of the roster needs to be filled in as well. A good team requires good backups.
Here is how things stand as of today.
|Pos||Starter||Backup||3rd string||Additional depth|
|QB||Russell Wilson||Phillip Simms|
|RB||Thomas Rawls||Christine Michael||Cameron Marshall|
|WR1||Doug Baldwin||Kevin Smith||DeShon Foxx||Antwon Goodley|
|WR2||Tyler Lockett||Paul Richardson||Jeff Fuller||Tyler Slavin|
|WR3||Jermaine Kearse||Kasen Williams||Douglas McNeil|
|TE||Jimmy Graham*||Luke Willson||Cooper Helfet||Cottom, Shields|
|LT||Gary Gilliam||Bradley Sowell||Kona Schwenke|
|LG||Justin Britt||Kristjan Sokoli|
|C||Patrick Lewis||Drew Nowak||Will Pericak|
|RT||J’Marcus Webb||Terry Poole|
The first thing that jumps out, other than the complete lack of a FB on the roster, is just how poor the overall depth is. There is tremendous talent in the starters (except for the offensive line), but beyond the starters only Paul Richardson is a guy that might start for another team.
It starts at the very top. Phillip Simms is a camp body at best, and yet he’s the backup QB right now. That is a position that must be addressed before the veteran minicamp in July. Whomever is going to be backup there needs to getting as many reps as possible.
The depth at WR is actually solid. The top 4 at the position create a nice rotation. Kason Williams and Kevin Smith are both developmental players that have flash incredible potential. The same is true for Douglas McNeil, and he is back at WR after moonlighting at CB last year.
RB is much like QB in that there is great talent at the top, but not much behind it. Thomas Rawls is a star in the making. Christine Michael can be if he keep his head on straight. After that there’s one camp body and nothing else. There isn’t even a third-down back.
That of course leads us to the offensive line. This is a collection of guys with mostly backup-level talent. Technically the unit has great depth, but no starters. Or you could say it has poor starters and no depth, which is probably more accurate.
Overall, the offensive depth chart isn’t pretty at this stage. It isn’t supposed to be though. There is still the draft, undrafted free agents and another round of free agency to go before training camp starts.