Way too early projected Seahawks 53-man roster for 2018

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Defense

Defensive line

Starters: left end Frank Clark, left tackle Jarran Reed, right tackle Nazair Jones, right end Dion Jordan

Backups: Tom Johnson, Shamar Stephen, Rasheem Green, Marcus Smith and Quinton Jefferson

Breakdown: The Seahawks still need help with pass rushers. Maybe they plan on more linebacker blitzes? The way the roster is configured, Clark is going to have to play a lot and be productive. And Jordan is going to have to fulfill his potential. Otherwise, Seattle will suffer and the secondary will get attacked.

Still, Bennett was lazy in 2017. Without him, Seattle might hold their assignments better, especially when it comes to stopping the run.

I think Cliff Avril retires before week one. That is why I don’t have him on this prediction.

Linebackers

Starters: K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner

Backups: Barkevious Mingo, Shaquem Griffin and Jacob Martin

Breakdown: I am going with a 4-2-5 defense here. Having four down linemen, two linebackers and five defensive backs appears to be the normal on the majority of snaps in the NFL.  Wagner and Wright are the starters without a doubt. When a third linebacker is needed, Mingo most likely will be used as he can rush the passer.

Griffin will get every chance to make an impact. And he could. Griffin could be a starter in place of Wright in 2019.

Cornerbacks

Starters: Shaquill Griffin, Justin Coleman and Byron Maxwell

Backups: Dontae Johnson, Tre Flowers, Neiko Thorpe and Mike Tyson

Breakdown: The starting three, I think, are set. Maxwell did really well after joining Seattle in week 11 of 2017. Coleman and Griffin are clear choices.

The backups could be more fluid. I think Johnson makes the roster based on his starting experience. Flowers has potential. Thorpe has lots of experience in the Seattle system. Tyson is really the biggest question mark. The second-year player has to show he can play.

Safeties

Starters: Earl Thomas and Bradley McDougald

Backups: Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson

Breakdown: Like Avril, I am assuming Kam Chancellor retires or is cut prior to week one. If he doesn’t, the Seahawks are better off and Hill or Thompson are probably gone. If Chancellor returns, McDougald is the backup and Chancellor is the backup. And the world changes.

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