Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 5/15/13
Filling the Needs To get what needs to immediately be said before addressing this article, the Seattle Seahawks are loaded with talent. A youth-movement that has been supplemented with the presence of veterans has led this team to being an early favorite in the NFC while garnering the attention of the national media. Players like Earl Thomas, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Marshawn Lynch, and Kam Chancellor all give Seattle a shot at reaching another Super Bowl. And though the plethora of talent across the board is great for the direction the team is headed, it often creates a tough environment for rookies to really break out in. Unless you are do-it-all, football standout Russell Wilson, there is quite the chance that you won’t see much playing time, especially in this coming year. That being said, Seattle’s recent draft does give us a few players that could make a significant impact on the team in 2013. Here’s who I think will do just that. Jordan Hill – DT Jordan Hill is one of those guys that you know will find his way onto the field because of the talent he possesses. A 6’1″, 303 pound beast, the third-round pick could be a valuable asset for the Seahawks, especially with his experience and dominance at nose tackle. I see him being a factor on the defensive line almost immediately, helping to give Brandon Mebane some rest while building a solid base for a successful career in the NFL Chris Harper – WR Harper should make an immediate impact in Seattle (Rod Mar/Seahawks.com) Seattle’s receiving corps isn’t bad and it’s not great: it’s somewhere in the middle of both (good?). Sidney Rice and Golden Tate proved to be extremely valuable players last year but the Seahawks need a guy like Chris Harper to come in there and be able to play a physical game. A big guy for a wide receiver, I have loved the way Harper has played since watching him before he transferred from Oregon. Then a quarterback recruit turned wide receiver, Harper has only gotten better at his new position while solidifying his frame and really becoming an offensive force. Look for him to put up some pretty good numbers as he has the physicality Seattle has been looking for. Jesse Williams – DT Like Hill, I’m expecting former Alabama Crimson Tide player Jesse Williams to make an immediate impact during his rookie season. Though Seattle’s defensive line has the players in place to once again get after the quarterback and really put up some great numbers, they have yet to really put consistent, quality performances together. This is why I believe Williams will get to see quite the amount of playing time while making an impact during his first season. Though he was picked in the later rounds, this talented end/three-technique candidate has the tools to really make a name for himself at the next level. Luke Willson – TE Luke Willson will find playing time in 2013 because he fits a need of Seattle. Suffering through injuries in his senior year, the former Rice player has an extra level of speed that the current Seattle tight ends don’t have, allowing him to open up the field and really diversify the Seahawks’ playbook even further. Look for him to not see the field too often but make an impact when he does trot onto the turf. He’ll be a great addition to the downfield game while giving Russell yet another tool to work with. Percy Harvin – WR Okay, so I know Percy Harvin isn’t exactly a rookie. But technically, he’s a rookie with the Seattle Seahawks in that this will be his first year with the team. While that may be a little bit of a reach and would require some excellent litigation in the courtroom, there really aren’t any other rookies I expect to make a big impact in their first season. That being said, I am more than excited to see what Harvin can bring to the offense. A dynamic player, Harvin should help to open up the offense even more while giving the Hawks that speedster who can get to the edges and excel in open space. Seattle is building towards a big 2013, let’s just hope these rookies can mesh with the veterans and make this coming season one for the record books. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG PAGE IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
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