Every team in the NFL needs players to step-up each season if that team is going to reach its full potential. The Seattle Seahawks are no different. One player who could make a big impact in 2013 is former Pete Carroll student-athlete at USC, Malcom Smith.
Smith was selected in the seventh-round by the Seahawks in 2011. He is an extremely fast linebacker, yet his durability has made it tough to count on him for an extended period of time.
After improving its pass rush, one of the most important areas for the Seahawks to improve upon next season is their “Will” linebacker. Previous starter, LeRoy Hill, in all probability, will not be back with the team due to age and off-field problems and this opens the door for Smith, who is the younger brother of former New York Giants and current St. Louis Rams wide receiver, Steve Smith.
Another such player is tight end and fellow and former Trojan, Anthony McCoy. McCoy, a sixth-round pick in 2010, showed flashes of greatness this past season with respect to blocking and big play ability while playing second fiddle to Zach Miller at the position.
Unfortunately, he also showed too many inconsistent flashes of worthlessness, whether it was dropping easy passes or leaving before the ball was snapped for too many false start penalties. Good players need to show consistency and if McCoy could develop this into his game by year three in the NFL, which is attainable, the Seahawks will be quite happy.
Smith and McCoy have the tools to be successful in the NFL. However, will they stay healthy and find consistency in their games? We won’t know this answer until the 2013 season is upon us.