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5 Dark Horse Candidates To Make The Seattle Seahawks’ Final 53-Man Roster

Seattle Seahawks: 5 Dark Horse Candidates To Make The Final 53-Man Roster

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It's difficult to identify potential dark horse candidates to make the Seahawks' roster, mostly due to the fact that this is a young, talented and deep team. With so many hungry and talented athletes jockeying for snaps, it's incredibly difficult for newcomers to displace starters or key rotational players on either side of the ball. Nonetheless, plenty of players will try this summer, and here are five underdogs who may have a chance.

Honorable Mention: SS Dion Bailey (rookie)

SS Dion Bailey
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Honorable Mention: SS Dion Bailey (rookie)

SS Dion Bailey
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SS Dion Bailey somehow made it through the entire 2014 NFL Draft without hearing his name called. Shortly after the conclusion of that draft, HE signed a deal with the Seahawks as a priority undrafted free agent. At six feet tall and weighing just over 200 pounds, Bailey has the size and athleticism to fill in at either safety spot. He also has experience playing linebacker at USC as well, giving him an almost Kam Chancellor-like versatility.

5. G Stephen Schilling

G Stephen Schilling
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5. G Stephen Schilling

G Stephen Schilling
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Guard Stephen Schilling has finally returned home. The Washington native played high school ball in Bellevue before leaving for the Michigan Wolverines to play in college, snubbing a recruitment offer from UW in the process. Nonetheless, Schilling performed well for the Wolverines and became a sixth-round draft pick by San Diego in 2011. However, after a handful of mediocre seasons, Schilling will look to get his career back on track in Seattle.

4. DT D'Anthony Smith

DT D'Anthony Smith
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4. DT D'Anthony Smith

DT D'Anthony Smith
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DT D'Anthony Smith was a small-school prospect from Louisiana Tech when he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Selected in the third-round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Jags generally expected Smith to take time to develop. Unfortunately, he spent almost the entirety of his first three seasons in the league on the IR. Prior to his inevitable release, Smith was traded to Seattle for a fresh start in hopes of capitalizing on his potential.

3. LB Brock Coyle

LB Brock Coyle
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3. LB Brock Coyle

LB Brock Coyle
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Montana LB Brock Coyle was projected to be a mid-round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Somehow, he fell entirely out of the draft, landing squarely in the laps of the reigning Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. At 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, Coyle may fit best as an ILB, he does have experience on the outside as well. With LB Coach Ken Norton as a mentor, Coyle is probably learning every LB position in Seattle for the time being.

2. DB DeShawn Shead

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2. DB DeShawn Shead

DB DeShawn Shead
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DeShawn Shead was an undrafted free agent after slipping out of the 2012 NFL Draft. Luckily, he landed in Seattle, which was clearly intrigued by his blend of size and athleticism. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Shead seems to fit the mold of former Seahawk Brandon Browner. With Browner and fellow CB Walter Thurmond departing via free agency, there could very well be an available roster spot (or two) for a corner with unique qualities.

1. DE Jackson Jeffcoat

DE Jackson Jeffcoat
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1. DE Jackson Jeffcoat

DE Jackson Jeffcoat
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Jeffcoat somehow went from a five-star recruit committed to Texas in 2010 to an undrafted free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft. Projected to come off the board in the early to mid-rounds by many, Jeffcoat has been forced into a state of motivation. What's shocking though is the fact that the former Longhorn went undrafted despite posting an astounding 60 tackles for loss throughout his career, along with 27.5 sacks. Definite sleeper candidate.