2014 Depth Chart: Seattle Seahawks

A look at the depth and quality of each position on the roster for the 2014 Seattle Seahawks.

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2014 Depth Chart: Seattle Seahawks

2014 depth update SEA

[Chart last updated 7/9/14]


•  Were we basing this on the playoffs alone, Kam Chancellor would be elite. Utterly dominant in the 2013 postseason, his regular season was a bit more up and down. Still, if he can build on that strong finish, it’s difficult to see there being a better strong safety in the league in 2014.

•  Percy Harvin may have seen just 20 snaps in the 2013 regular season, but we still feel he’s a high quality starter. We saw the impact he could have in little bursts in the playoffs and with the ball in his hands he’s as dangerous a weapon as you’ll find in the league. The injuries are a concern, but if healthy he’s an elite level talent.

• If there is a concern for the Seahawks, it’s at both offensive guard spots. In fairness to J.R. Sweezy, his second season was an improvement on his first, when he was a converted defensive lineman. He is still a below average starter, though it’s not out of the question that he improves again in 2014. James Carpenter on the other hand seems less likely to improve, with three seasons under his belt and his highest graded season coming in 2012, where he finished at -7.6 on just 352 snaps.

Roster Battles

1.  Running Back

Marshawn Lynch is obviously the lead back in Seattle, but who his primary backup will be is still up in the air. Christine Michael and Robert Turbin combined for just 95 carries in the regular season, but also forced 17 missed tackles between them. We’ve seen a little more of Turbin, and he wasn’t as impressive last year as he was as a rookie, so it likely comes down to how Michael responds to an increased workload.

2.  Wide Receiver

Like at running back, the top of the depth chart at wide receiver is set, with Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin the top two pass catchers for the defending Super Bowl Champions. The number three spot is far more open however, with Jermaine Kearse impressing in limited duty and Sidney Rice returning. They also added rookies Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood in the second and fourth rounds respectively.


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  • Jason Pevitt

    Think the last paragraph before roster battles was supposed to be in the San Diego article

    • Brandon

      Yea I was wondering as well why it was in the article.

      • Gordon McGuinness

        Yep, been fixed. Just left in from the template in error. Thanks for the correction though.

  • Chris

    Lane should be light green, and Harvin is way overrated considering he can’t stay on the field.

    Other than that I don’t see much I disagree with.

    The Seahawks Super Bowl window is shorter than Peytons. Enjoy it while you can.

    • Gordon McGuinness

      I’m a big fan of Lane and it wouldn’t shock me to see him have an impressive season next year. Making him light green would have been overvaluing two good games last year, in my opinion though.

      Harvin when healthy is one of the most dangerous weapons in the league. Would have likely been elite if not for questions about his health.

      • Chris

        I agree about Harvin, but he’s never healthy that’s the problem.

        Lane showed out really well last year when he had to (not as good as Maxwell but he was still impressive). The rest of that secondary is so good that anybody who plays in it will look good. Lane will have a fine season while Thurmond is going to struggle elsewhere.

        • Darnell

          If we’re projecting, it’s easy to see Lane as a top SCB in the NFL next season. But PFF can really only go on what has happened thus far, and with the limited body of work Lane’s grade seems fair.

      • mutzki

        What is the knock on Cobb then? Is he not as dangerous as Harvin? From my untrained eye he puts fear into defenses with his versatile skillset.

        • Wyzel

          Cobb isnt as brusiing as harvin is, harvin plays like a rb once the ball is in his hands. Also Cobb benefits from having Rodgers as his QB, Harvin played great with very subpar QB’s. Dont get me wrong Cobb is still great just not as talented as Percy. Percy is also the best KR in the game. If that is all he was used for like hester, he would easily have more than 5 return td’s.

    • Darnell

      Peyton’s window is what? One, maybe two, seasons or possibly already closed.

      The Hawks is opened so long as their core of Wilson, Thomas, Sherman, and Chancellor (all 4 years or less of experience) is around with Carroll as head coach.

      • Chris

        Not when you dump franchise QB money into a CB, S, and a QB, dump half your talented DL rotation, and have one of the worst OLs in the league.

        They’ll have to start cutting players to stay under the cap with those huge salaries down the line, sacrificing talented players and overall depth.

        Peyton will play literally as long as he wants to, and he makes everyone around him better, allowing the team to save money and keep a team built around him.

        • Ben Peterson

          The cap is also rising, and they kept all the key players and will likely give some of the more talented depth players some playing time.

        • Darnell

          Youngest team to ever win the Super Bowl, won it at the very opening of their window, most dominant champ since the 02 Bucs.

          In no way do Bryant and Clemons represent half of the dline rotation. They still have Mebane, McDaniel,Avril, Irvin, K Williams, J Williams, Scruggs, Marsh, Mayowa, Hill.

          Giacomini and McQuistan are being replaced by young cheap better players in Bowie, Bailey and Britt.

          Tate is offset by Harvin/Richardson.

          The Broncos got blownout in the Super Bowl because:

          1. soft/slow on offense
          2. no power run game
          3. lack of mobility at the qb position
          4. qb not having a strong enough arm to threaten Earl Thomas in the deep third
          5. crappy player at RT

          None of those issues were addressed.

          As long as the NFC exists, Peyton’s chances are slim; as it will be SF,Sea or someone good enough to beat either of those teams – and that team will be good enough to crush the Broncos.

          Peyton, last season, was shown to be the equivalent of a QB in a non-bcs conference putting up huge numbers against bad teams (only this time Kellen Moore/Case Keenum won the Heisman), who got blown out when he had to play an SEC power in his bowl game.

          Peyton, I believe, is the highest paid QB in the NFL – how in the world is that allowing his team to save money? Especially when they went out and spent like crazy on aging free agents in the offseason

        • Ryan Kelly

          I’ll add a few things to Darnell’s response.

          Peyton is actually the 5th highest paid QB in the league at $19.2M APY. But no, he’s definitely not a bargain with cap hits of $17.5M, $21.5M, and $21.5M in 2014-16. Compare that to Wilson’s $817K this year and, according to Davis Hsu at Field Gulls, likely cap hits of $8M and $16M in 2015 and 2016. Clearly, over the next few years, the Hawks will continue to get better value out of the QB position.

          I’m not sure how you would classify the extensions for Earl and Sherman as franchise QB money when Earl received $10M APY and Sherm received $14M APY, lucrative but fair deals for arguably the best players at their respective positions. When factoring in the one remaining year for each of their rookie contracts, Earl’s deal, in salary cap terms, works out to be 5 years for $45M, while Sherman’s deal could be considered 5 years for $57.4M. While the rookie contract values are not factored into the extension negotiations, the Hawks benefit financially from their successful drafting, whereas, for example, the Browns will see larger cap hits for Joe Haden (thanks to his $9M cap hit in 2014 just from his rookie deal) despite his recent extension being very similar to Sherman’s in new money value at $13.5M APY.

          Looking at the overall salary cap situation for both teams, the Broncos have $4.6M and $22.1M in 2014 and 2015 cap room, respectively, per OverTheCap.com. After Kevin Williams’ 1 year deal is in the books, the Hawks will have about $8M and $23.1M in 2014 and ’15 cap room. All rookie contracts for both teams have been finalized, so the remaining cap charges this year consist of in-season operating expenses (practice squad, IR, PUP list) and the added two salaries when the top-51 rule expires. It’s difficult to predict injuries, but these costs should account for at least $4M for both teams, so the Broncos will basically roll over nothing while the Hawks might have a bit extra, but I’ll disregard roll over money. With Earl and Sherm already on the books, the only “huge” contract extension remaining is Wilson’s, so we can subtract $8M from 2015 to get $15M remaining.

          So, the team will not have to cut players to stay under the cap, as you stated, nor are there large dead money charges attached to potential 2015 cuts. Some speculate that Marshawn Lynch could be cut before 2015 if the team feels Christine Michael has proven himself capable of the “featured back” role by that time. If so, the team would save $7.5M that year and take a dead money hit of $1.5M. However, the team definitely does not have to take this route if they still believe Marshawn is their guy. I don’t know the Broncos roster situation well enough to speculate much on 2015 moves, but clearly Demaryius Thomas will need to be re-signed and he’s looking at top-5 WR money. Also, Welker will be a free agent.

    • akmac61

      Shorter/smaller window? Who are you kidding. The youngest team to win the SB has many good years left to go. Peyton is a great player but is getting old and his supporting players are not at his level.

  • GiStyles

    Honestly, I’m interested about your ranking for Anthony McCoy. Just based on his last year of actual game time before he tore his ACL in the 2013 offseason, he looked to be coming into his own. I can’t remember much about his blocking game, but he made some pretty nice big plays, which I would have thought would at least get him into the orange. Aside from that, though, that basically looks set to standard.

    • Gordon McGuinness

      Possibly a touch harsh on him, but he’s blocks more than he runs routes (not surprising given what the Seahawks do offensively) and isn’t much of a run blocker. If he can be a bit more consistent as a receiver when he’s back healthy I’d be inclined to push him up.

      • GiStyles

        Right. Fair enough. I probably remember him very favourably because of some of his big plays during the 2012 season, but I can’t think of anything which resonates as blatantly incorrect in that assessment.

    • Brandon

      He didn’t play last year at all. His hands are below avg as a TE. Horrible route runner but does have the knack to get open. Most of those were blown defensive assignments or came off of PA. His blocking is avg.

      • Darnell

        Hands are a problem? Have we watched the same guy?
        I don’t recall him having below average hands, may have to see if we can find his catch/drop rate somewhere.

        • Brandon

          Prior to 2012 that’s why he couldn’t get on t he field was because of drops. He did improve when Russell showed up.

  • mutzki

    I’m wondering about Percy Harvin’s ‘High Quality’ tag. I saw him in Minnesota and seen him in the Superbowl this year and while i think he’s a tremendous talent physically i’m wondering why he gets ‘High Quality’ whereas Randall Cobb, who i think is just as physically gifted, gets the solid tag.

    Is it just the lack of experience and playing time for Cobb? What factored into that decision?

    • Jason Pevitt

      Looking at their grades, Percy was much better in his rookie season than Cobb was in his but part of that can be attributed to draft position leading to opportunity. After that they have very similar grades but Percy had about three more years of excellence.

    • David Stinnett

      Factoring in overall outlook, not just talent. If he was durable nobody would question he is elite.

  • asdf

    Dewayne Cherrington, Michael Brooks are probably higher up on the depth chart than D’Anthony Smith and Staten.

  • guest

    Jon ryan isn’t below average wtf. huge oversight on that one

    • RA

      He actually set the record for fewest punt return yards in a 16 game season last year… how the hell is that below average? Major oversight here, he kicks to put the gunners in position to produce.

      • Gordon McGuinness

        Not great positioning on his punts in 2013 actually, helped out by a fantastic punt coverage unit in Seattle last year.

        • Phill

          The Hawks told him to kick higher, and I’m not sure how punt positioning can be bad if we only allowed 3.9 yards per return…

          • Gordon McGuinness

            When we talk about punt positioning we’re talking about where the punt landed horizontally on the field, as it’s obviously easier to box a returner in if the ball is closer to the sideline than the middle of the field. Chris Kluwe talked about it here: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/06/11/punt-game-sportsballing-really-hard-with-your-foot/

          • RA

            I respect your grading systems but im going to have to disagree here. He placed the ball in a spot where the gunners (lane specifically) had the best angle to the ball. The numbers dont lie..

          • gueset

            that’s way to hard to quantify. Pete and Brian Schneider have talked about Ryan has done exactly what they asked him to do. Pete values turnovers and two gunners being able to play the returner yields a greater chance of a turnover than to the side. Pete punted to the middle of the field at USC too as having two gunners with 4.4 speed can get to the ball opposed to one.

      • Darnell

        I understand that it is hard for PFF to quantify though. But I’ve heard Carroll say that they appreciate Ryan sacrificing stats and possible probowls in exchange for him doing what they ask him to do; and that is to aim for safely inside the 20 rather than risk inside the 10.

        • Battle Mage

          If you had the Great Andy Lee there would be no need to ask for a conservative approach.

  • RealityPrinceofSeattle

    Loaded, but the Depth/backups are …iffy.

    • [email protected]

      Naah, backups are talented just havent had their chance yet.

  • ShameonMe

    I think Harvin and Wilson should be a shade lighter but agree aside from that.

  • Jay Black

    “Korey Toomer looks like the hottest guy in camp right now,” said coach Pete Carroll “Korey Toomer has looked fantastic.”

    I know that this is to be taken with a grain of salt, but I think he should at least be listed on the chart.

  • Trent Baalkeaholic

    Why/How did the 49ers get skipped. Get this Seahawks stuff out of here.

    • PetEng

      There still trying to figure out the reasoning of Navarro Bowman being a non-elite player (as shown on the ESPN PFF roster profile).

      • Cody Nigg

        I’m from Seattle, but anybody who says Bowman isn’t elite doesn’t know anything about football.

  • MK3

    *Eric Pinkins not Perkins

  • Hola Backgrinder

    I’m surprised Wilson was gradedthis high. For all his reputation his passing stats are pretty mediocre, and even if you add the rushing totals in with his production they only make him a little above average. Talented player, but not really a major production guy for his position.

    • Ben Peterson

      Production per opportunity is very high though.

      • Hola Backgrinder

        Good point, he has a high yards per attempt in passing. More middle of the road in rushing though.

    • [email protected]

      Thats because you’re from New Orleans and you’re programmed to think that passing yards are important. The two best teams in the NFL (SF&SEA) were in the bottom 10 in passing yards. Russell Wilson has 7 TD’s in 5 playoff games vs only 2 turnovers for 102 QB rating.

      • Hola Backgrinder

        Do you really think either of those teams wins primarily because of their offense? If you want to argue that SEA and SF have changed the dynamic of the NFL being a pure passing league and brought back the defense wins championships meme I think you can make a great case. Still doesn’t change the fact that Wilson didn’t put up much in the way of raw numbers, at least not compared to the top QB’s in the league.

        • Shawn Blake

          If passing yds are the metrics that you premise your conclusion, you are not an informed observer. By every other metric other than total passing yds, Wilson is either elite or high quality.
          You can make that argument about the offense not being the primary reason for success with San Fran, because Alex Smith took them to the Championship game, but you’re foolish to think Wilson is not one of, if not the primary reason, Seattle is so dominant now. All the principals (Lynch, ET, Sherman, etc) that seem to receive the accolades for Seattle, were on the team prior to his arrival. Their record pre-Wilson,7-9. Prior to Wilson coming into his own in his rookie season, was Seattle on anyone’s radar??? Is it a coincidence, that they are finally a good road team and won their first ever road playoff game (would have been two, if not for the defense)?

        • [email protected]

          What do raw numbers matter? You can get a lot of garbage numbers late in games if you want to. The Seahawks prefer to run down the clock and go home and not expose their defense to more time on the field.

        • Hawkman

          You act like seattle isnt a good passing team. They just dont pass a lot. But when they do they make it count. RW was 4th in yards per attempt (which was better than brees), top ten for total passing TD, 7th in passer rating, and the seahawks were in the top 10 for scoring offense. So yeah he’s pretty good.

    • akmac61

      Setting all kinds of records while in a run-first offense is not good enough? 5000 yards seasons are not the only measure of a QB.

    • RA

      Umm have you actually looked at the PFF QB grades? He was top 1-5 in nearly 3/4 of the charts. His yardage isnt low because he is a sub par talent, his yardage is low because seattle is a run first team.

      • Hola Backgrinder

        Umm I think usage figures in, and he doesn’t produce like the top players at his position. YPA is pretty good, but totals lag badly.

        • RA

          How about you go look up his numbers for that week 13 game against your Saints.

          22/30 – 310 yards – 3 td – 0 int – 139.6 rtg / 8 carries – 47 yards.

          The saints took away the run and that is what happened. He CAN do it.. he just doesnt NEED to do it.

        • ColBatGuano

          YPA is pretty good, but totals lag badly.

          You should understand what this means.

        • alexander_37

          By pretty good you mean FOURTH IN THE ENTIRE LEAGUE right?

          Or how about being the only QB EVER to have over 100 passer rating in the 1st 2 years of his career? Or tying the rookie TD record?

          How high are you?

        • David Stinnett

          He produces when needed, he holds the all-time record for rookie passing yards in a playoff game-385

  • RA

    I would almost argue that Mebane should be considered Elite. I mean if you look at his run stopping numbers from last season I believe he was the top 1 or 2 4-3 dt’s in the nfl. I guess it comes down to what you consider an elite DT.

    • Conrad

      Worth noting the methodology of elite. Pretty sure it is defined as the top 50 players currently in the game and has nothing to do with being best at a given position. Some positions will have multiple elite talents, others may have none. Also, this is different than PFF’s top 101 because they look at the last few seasons to determine this…

      That being said, it is understandable that Mebane is off the Elite list.

  • skw

    The author knows DICK about the Seahawks current roster and forthcoming depth chart. The quality rankings are way off the mark too. D-

    • Conrad

      PFF is amazing at watching every play of every down for countless players every season. They watch an insane amount of pro tape every year. As a Hawks fan, we’re built on the draft and developing talent and the depth chart’s Rookie or NEI designations are absolutely right.

      100% agree with you that we are deep as f***. I also agree with the author on his designation of our depth as it is, for the most part, unproven. I’m sure Khalil Mack and Clowney from this draft are Rookie designations as well, though they could both be impact players at some point through this season.


    How is John ryan an average punter? He is at the very least a Good Starter and an argument can be made he is High Quality…

  • Robert Sackett

    Bobby Wagner listed as “Good Starter”. 120 tackles, 5 sacks, 9 passes defended, 2 picks.

    But Earl Thomas, listed as “Elite” (not arguing that) has 105 tackles, 0 sacks, 14 passes defended, 5 picks?

    Great analysis, Gordo. Wagner is without a doubt “High Quality”.

    • Pedro

      You’re comparing a linebacker and a safety’s tackles and sacks. That’s airtight.

      • Gaek

        LOL, indeed!

  • David Stinnett

    Jermaine Kearse is a good starter, Bobby Wagner is high quality. Byron Maxwell will prove to be high quality.

  • Guest

    If Tavares Jackson was an Average Starter, that would mean he’s middle of the pack, which would mean he’d be able to start for at least 10-12 teams in the league…SO WHY IS IT HE”S NOT STARTING SOMWWHERE!??! Do you think Tavares and his agent wouldn’t be shopping him around for big money? You guys have Alex Smith as an Average Starter, and he’s taken his teams to the playoffs the last couple of years while Tavares has been handing out coffee at Dunkin’ Doughnuts. What a joke, lol.

  • ChickenHunter

    If Tavares Jackson was an Average Starter, that would mean he’s middle
    of the pack, which would mean he’d be able to start for at least 10-12
    teams in the league…SO WHY IS IT HE’S NOT STARTING SOMEWHERE!??! Do
    you think Tavares and his agent wouldn’t be shopping him around for big
    money? You guys have Alex Smith as an Average Starter, and he’s taken
    his teams to the playoffs the last couple of years while Tavares has
    been handing out coffee at Dunkin’ Doughnuts. What a joke, lol.