5 Seattle Seahawks Players Climbing the Depth Chart During OTAs

Seattle Seahawks: 5 Players Climbing the Depth Chart During OTAs

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The Seahawks are the reigning Super Bowl Champions for the first time in franchise history. In order to get back to the big game, a number of relatively obscure players will need to make an impact. Since Pete Carroll's arrival in Seattle, he has managed to pack the roster with talent from top to bottom. Yet some of the players poised for a big season may surprise you. Here is a list of 5 players climbing the depth chart in OTAs.

5. DT Jesse Williams

Seattle Seahawk DT Jesse Williams
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5. DT Jesse Williams

Seattle Seahawk DT Jesse Williams
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Jesse "the Monster" Williams was drafted in 2013 from the University of Alabama. He is best as a run-stuffer and capable of being a valuable rotational piece with the ability to occasionally spell Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel at the defensive tackle position. While Williams does not provide much in the pass-rush department, his willingness to eat up double-teams is invaluable for teammates.

4. OLB Korey Toomer

Seattle Seahawk OLB Korey Toomer
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4. OLB Korey Toomer

Seattle Seahawk OLB Korey Toomer
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Toomer was drafted by Seattle in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft from the University of Idaho. He was expected to compete at strong side linebacker, the same position Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith and former first-round draft pick Bruce Irvin have split time. However, trouble acclimating to the NFL held Toomer back his rookie year. But word from OTAs is that Toomer looks better than ever, meaning he could be back sooner than later.

3. DT Jordan Hill

Seattle Seahawk DT Jordan Hill
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3. DT Jordan Hill

DT Jordan Hill
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DT Jordan Hill was drafted by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2013 draft. Despite showing significant promise as a disruptive force up the middle, his rookie season was cut short by injury, landing him on IR. Luckily Hill is now fully recovered from last season's injury and looking to pick up where he left off on opposing offenses. Hill is a significant breakout candidate as a valuable rotational piece in the middle of Seattle's defense.

2. OL James Carpenter

Seattle Seahawk OL James Carpenter
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2. OL James Carpenter

Seatle Seahawks OL James Carpenter
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James Carpenter may be the most overlooked draft pick in recent Seahawks history. He constantly seems to fall to the back burner of everyone's mind despite his first-round status. Fortunately that is all about to change. Carpenter found himself a home at left guard in replace of veteran Paul McQuistan. There, Carpenter was dominant throughout Seattle's playoff push. Plus, the former first-rounder showed up to OTAs in the best shape of his life.

1. RB Christine Michael

Seattle Seahawk RB Christine Michael
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1. RB Christine Michael

Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael
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Perhaps the most exciting of Seattle's depth chart risers has to be running back Christine Michael. Michael runs with tremendous power and elusiveness reminiscent at times of All-Pro back Adrian Peterson. As a second-round pick, Michael likely would have seen work on any other team in the NFL last season. But in Seattle, he was allotted almost an entire season to learn the finer points of pass-protection as well as the offense. Opponents beware!


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