Three Seahawks that took giant steps in preseason Week 1 toward making 2023 roster

Several Seahawks had standout games against the Minnesota Vikings and put themselves in a position to make the team.
Christopher Mast/GettyImages
1 of 3

The Seattle Seahawks have a lot of decisions to make before the 53-man roster cut deadline. These three players may have started with the odds against them, but they all looked great in the first preseason game. All made strong cases to make the final cut and be key players in the regular season.

I know it's early - l mean we're almost a month away from the first game - but it certainly looks like the Seahawks completed their second consecutive amazing draft, right? What's just as impressive is the number of talented players they picked up after the draft. They signed, what, 227 undrafted free agents?

Okay, I'm off by about 200, but the Hawks were busy, for sure. Only one of my picks for standouts went undrafted, but I think a sixth-round pick and a guy who hasn't played in two years qualify as long shots to make the roster, don't you?

The Seahawks have found three more diamonds in the rough

The Hawks have a long history of players coming in with low expectations - at least considering their draft position - and making major contributions to the team. As all good 12s know, many even became some of the biggest stars in the league. From fifth-round picks like Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman to undrafted players like Doug Baldwin and Mack Strong, Finding great players other teams missed is practically an art form in Seattle. I think they've done it again with these three players.

Jake Bobo, wide receiver. Okay, so this one is hardly a shocker. I've already written about why the former UCLA standout is the top dark horse candidate to make the Seahawks roster, but it won't hurt to reiterate the biggest reasons. One, he's literally big. At 6'4", he gives Geno Smith another excellent red zone target. No, he's no DK Metcalf, that's for certain. He's not fast at all, not for a wide receiver. All he does is get open and catch everything in his area code. He's simply a football player. And as Tim Weaver reported for the USA Today's Seahawks Wire, Drew Lock says a popular chant in the locker room is "More Bobo". Listen, who am I to say that the Seahawks themselves are wrong?