5 Seahawks training camp sleepers

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The Seattle Seahawks 90 man camp roster looks as deep and talented as ever. We take a look at the sleepers who might have a chance to crack the final 53.

It happens every year in Seattle. Some unknown, un drafted, and unheralded player not only makes the roster but becomes a huge contributor.

Last year it was Thomas Rawls, but guys like Michael Bennett and Doug Baldwin are other examples of players who went from overlooked to extremely well paid.

Could it happen again this year? With Seattle’s track record it certainly could. And we’re not just talking about players who were signed this year either. One of the players on this list is a former draft pick who initially looked like a bust, and another spent last season on the practice squad.

So let’s now take a look at 5 Seahawks sleepers to keep an eye on.

Steve Longa, LB, Rutgers (UDFA, rookie)

Nov 29, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback C.J. Brown (16) scrambles before being tackled by Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Steve Longa (3) at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Longa raised some eyebrows when he left school a year early to pursue the NFL. While he was a tackling machine for the Scarlet Knights, recording 342 in his 3 seasons, he’s on the smaller side of what teams typically look for in a middle linebacker and doesn’t put up eye-popping test numbers.

But Longa has a couple things going for him; he’s tough as nails and he WANTS to be a Seahawk. Once he was passed over in the draft he went on record as saying Seattle was the place he really wanted to be.

One NFC scouting director had this to say about Longa: “I love his toughness and production. He’s a backup with some special teams ability, but it wouldn’t shock me if he ended up working his way into a starter’s role at some point.”

Longa’s biggest obstacle to overcome in his quest to make the team is another former UDFA, Brock Coyle. But Coyle has had some injury issues. If he has anything less than a healthy and productive camp, Longa is ready to take advantage.

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