Seahawks in the trenches on the defensive side
Defensive line (7)
This is another group that, barring injury, seems pretty set. Last year the line was fantastic at stopping the run – second in the NFL in yards-per-carry allowed (3.8) – and those same players are back. Poona Ford, Al Woods and Bryan Mone all eat up blockers and space on the interior of the line. Now they just need to be better at supplying interior pass rush.
The group will be joined by Myles Adams who is a lot like the rest of the group: Big and with the ability to not be moved easily by opposing linemen.
The defensive ends are where this group should look different from last season. The Seahawks are shifting to more of a 3-4 base so the ends have to be able to stop the run extremely well but also get heat on opposing quarterbacks. Shelby Harris has done that pretty well over his career so far and came over as part of the Russell Wilson trade to the Broncos.
L.J. Collier has been a first-round bust but has played well in training camp so maybe the shift to a 3-4 is just what he needed. If he can be much better in 2022, he will help transform the defensive line into a very good one.
Quinton Jefferson returns to Seattle after being gone for a couple of seasons and can get quarterback pressure pretty well. He will likely be used more in obvious passing downs.