Seattle Seahawks Training Camp Profile: Cliff Avril

By Connor Hutyler
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks had only one glaring weakness and that was in their pass rush.  They addressed their need of a dominant pass rusher in a big way when they signed free agent defensive end Cliff Avril.  Avril was considered by most to be the best defensive free agent on the market this offseason after he had a great 2012 year which included 11 sacks with the Detroit Lions.  Much will be expected of Avril coming off of such an impressive year, but will he be able to put up similar numbers this season?

Avril is a huge acquisition for the Seahawks and should theoretically make an already great defense even better assuming he can continue to play at the same level that he’s performed at the past few seasons.  His presence not only gives the Seahawks a great potential source of sacks and pass rush help, but it also allows them to move guys around and experiment with different defensive schemes.

Avril’s speed and quickness make him an option to be used in an outside linebacker role in certain situations which also allows Red Bryant to move to defensive tackle. Bryant was moved from defensive tackle to defensive end when he was drafted by the Seahawks, and now he will most likely return to his natural position.  The current group that will make up Seattle’s defensive ends includes Avril, Chris Clemons, Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin.  With Clemons being a question mark to start the season coming off of an injury and Irvin out for the first four games due to a PED suspension, Avril will have a lot of pressure on him at the beginning of the year.  If he can handle the load until week five, I think Avril will be a dominant player for the rest of the year.

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