Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/16/12
Mediocre is the word that comes to mind when thinking about the Seattle Seahawks. Not great at anything but average at everything, the Seahawks competed in nearly every game this year. They simply lack the great players that can take them to that next level. Let's take a look at some of the bright spots fans have to look forward to and some of the fat that needs to be cut from the team. Here is the Seattle Seahawks' 2011 Yearbook.

Class Clown: LB Aaron Curry
Fortunately the Seahawks escaped this first round investment. Curry was the "safe" pick a few years ago out of Wake Forest. He was said to be the most ready to play but never lived up to expections. After 3 years in the league he hasn't recorded 75 tackles in a season.

Most Likely to Become Famous: Keith Darbut LB/DE
After playing 4 years at Baldwin Wallace, Keith was not on many radars until he nearly broke stop watches at his combine. At 6' 5" 235 pounds, Keith ran 40's of 4.38, 4.40, and even a 4.32, had a 10' 6" broad jump, 38" vertical, and benched 225- 26 times. He had the fastest 40-yard dash and 10-yard split compared to any DE or LB at the combine in the past 7 years. Going undrafted and missing training camps, Darbut was at a disadvantage from the start of the year but managed to work his way on the practice squad for the Seahawks. If he adds 15 pounds this offseason you better keep an eye out for this name. How would you like to have a DE who is the fastest player on the field?

 You are Who We Thought you Were: QB Tavaris Jackson
Average, Mediocre. They gave Tavaris Jackson a chance to start the full year, he did ok which is what was expected of him. 3,000 yards, 14 TD, 13 INT, 79 passer rating. This has been typical over his career and doesn't look like it will get any better.

Most Attractive: WR Doug Baldwin
As a rookie out of Stanford, Doug Baldwin had an impressive year with the Seahawks. He tallied 788 yards receiving, 4 TDs, and an impressive 15 yards per catch; accomplishing all of this in his rookie campaign with Tavaris Jackson at QB. He is a player to watch next year.

Making an Impact Early: S Kam Chancellor
Just in his 2nd year out of Virgina Tech, Kam Chancellor sure did impress. A giant at the safety spot, Kam measures up at 6' 3", 232 pounds; he showed that he could do it all on the field. Chancellor finished with 97 tackles, 3 FF, 4 INT, 1 sack, and 12 PD. He should be ruling the secondary for years to come for Pete Carroll's Seahawks.

These Seahawks have a lot of young talent but still need some key components to be a force in the NFC West, especially with the emergene of Harbaugh's 49ers this season. Maybe they can trade up for a QB in the 2012 Draft. Matt Barkley would make sense coming back to Pete Carroll. 8-8 with a Playoff win last year, 7-9 and 3rd in the NFC West this season. They can make it over the hump.

-Ernie Simmons



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