4 Seattle Seahawks UDFAs who could steal a 53-man roster spot

These players might be difficult to keep off the team.
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The Seattle Seahawks have a fairly productive history of signing undrafted free agents since 2010 and having them be important parts of the team. How good would Seattle's offense be in the mid-2010s, for instance, without Doug Baldwin or Jermaine Kearse? In 2023, Jake Bobo was a UDFA who earned a roster spot and did decently.

Seattle has several position groups where a 2024 UDFA could steal a roster spot. The positive to this happening is it gives the team a player who produces but does not get paid very much. This gives the team unexpected cap flexibility.

Many UDFAs might turn into fan favorites as well. 12s know these players exceeded expectations and had to work harder to earn their chances many times. In other words, they are like most of us in real life. What follows are four players who might find their way onto Seattle's 2024 roster.

Undrafted free agents who could steal a spot on the Seattle Seahawks 2024 roster

Jack Westover, tight end

Seattle may just keep three tight ends on the roster and one on the practice squad. Noah Fant is a lock to make the team and likely so is 2024 draft pick AJ Barner. Seattle signed Pharaoh Brown as a free agent this offseason so that might give him an edge over Westover. Brown, however, is more of a pure blocker than a receiver and Barner could take those reps.

Westover is a good receiver with decent speed. His weakness is that he is not the kind of blocker that Brown or Barner is. That might work out in Westover's favor, however, because the Seahawks need a tight end who can catch besides Fant. Westover also has an advantage because he played under new Seattle offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb at Washington so Grubb would know what Westover can and cannot do well.

George Holani, running back

The Seahawks currently have three running backs set to be on the roster this coming season - Kenneth Walker III, Zach Charbonnet, and Kenny McIntosh. Three is not enough. That may be all Seattle has active on game days, but running backs get beat up quite a bit in the NFL so teams have to have some depth at the position. Seattle might only keep four backs on the active roster, but Holani could be that extra back.

Seattle obviously thinks Holani could have something special, too. The team gave him a $100,000 guarantee to sign as an undrafted free agent which is on the higher end of what most teams offer. He has decent size at 5'10" and 210 pounds and he ran his 40 in 4.52. That is certainly fast enough to play in the league. As far as strength, he did 24 reps on the bench press and some offensive linemen did not do that many.

Dee Williams, cornerback/returner

Williams likely would not get many reps at cornerback as Seattle currently has too many. The team chose two corners in the 2024 draft and already has Devon Witherspoon, Riq Woolen, Tre Brown, Mike Jackson, and Artie Burns. Two of those guys are probably not going to make the 2024 roster. Williams might, though, and he would simply be listed as a cornerback.

The NFL changed its kickoff rules this offseason and John Schneider has made moves that would imply he clearly wants to take advantage of potential explosive returns. This is one reason the Seahawks signed Laviska Shenault, Jr. even though Seattle has too many wide receivers.

Williams excelled as both a kick returner and punt returner at Tennessee. Seattle also needs to find a real answer at punt returner and Williams averaged 15.4 yards per return on 35 attempts. He returned two punts for touchdowns.

Chevan Cordeiro, quarterback

This might be cheating a wee bit as Cordeiro will not be replacing Geno Smith or Sam Howell, but because league rules allow a third quarterback to dress on game days and be active in case the first two QBs get injured, Seattle needs a third option. Cordeiro might just hand off a lot if he ever did enter a game, but he does have an excellent arm and very good athletic ability. His issue is that he doesn't weigh 200 pounds so he might not be able to hold up under NFL-style punishment.

Over his last two years in college, after transferring from Hawaii to San Jose State, Cordeiro limited his turnovers and learned to play a bit more under control. He still produced at a high level as he became the all-time total yardage leader in Mountain West conference history. He is worth keeping on the practice squad and letting him learn and watching from the sidelines during real games is going to help as well.

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