The Seattle Seahawks roster is generally regarded as one of the best in the NFL top to bottom, but what about the talent level within the roster? Our co-editor Dan Viens takes a shot at ranking the team’s Top 25 players in order.
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NFL Network does their Top 100 NFL players list every year, and this off season we’ve seen our share of analysts taking a crack at ranking the best rosters in the league. As we enter into the dog days of the off season, with the start of training camp still over a month away, I wanted to see what it would look like if I tried to rank the best 25 players the Seahawks have.
It was harder than I thought.
The top 10 was pretty easy. I would suspect most would end up with the same 10-12 names in some order or another. After that it gets dicey.
Among the challenges, how do you figure in the rookies and players who have never played a down in Seattle?
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My criteria was wide-ranging. Sometimes I went with pure talent, and other times I gave more weight to the players importance to the team. And in certain cases the players role…….played a role in my ranking. When in doubt, however, I would just ask myself “who’s the better player?”
So here we go……
The 11th Best Player On The Seahawks Roster is….
#11: KJ Wright, OLB
Wright isn’t flashy, or flamboyant, and he doesn’t typically end up hogging the limelight like some of his teammates. What Wright does is…….anything you ask him to, and he does it well. He’s played all three linebacker positions since the Seahawks drafted him in the 4th round in 2011. He has 165 tackles, 7.5 sacks 9 forced fumbles and an interception in his 4 seasons.
And he keeps on getting better. 2015 was his best yet. Over the first eight games he was a tackling machine, and Pro Football Focus had him ranked as the 2nd best OLB in the entire league.
At 6’4″, Wright possesses unique length for the outside linebacker position, and this allows him to cover TE’s and even WR’s sometimes out of the backfield.
Wright is entering the 2nd year of a 4 year, $27 million deal. He should remain a mainstay in the Seahawks front seven for years to come.