Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks come in at number 2 in the Top 32 preseason NFL Power Rankings Countdown. Can the Seahawks improve on last season?
Fan on Fire: Top 32 NFL Power Rankings
2. Seattle Seahawks – (11-5)
Top Five Returning Players:
1. Russell Wilson, QB - Wilson was the steal of the 2012 draft, as a third round pick. He got better and better as the season went on, and at the end of the season was playing some of the best QB in the NFL. Wilson has the kind of demeanor, work ethic, and leadership skills that you look for in a franchise QB.
2. Marshawn Lynch, RB - A multiple time all-pro, Lynch is one of the hardest running backs in the league to bring down, and his ability to move the chains helps the Seahawks put teams away in the fourth quarter.
3. Richard Sherman, CB - Has become known just as much if not more for his trash talking than his playing making skills. But despite his brash disposition, Sherman has become one of the best cover corners in the league.
4. Russell Okung, LT - His career began with Okung being prone to injury. But now that he’s past that, Okung has developed into one of the league’s top LT’s.
5. Max Unger, C - Unger is the leader of the Seahawks o-line and ensures that Lynch has plenty of holes to run through and Wilson has time to throw.
Top Newcomer: Cliff Avril, DE - The Lions signed Avril as a free agent, and he has become one of the most consistent pass rushers in the NFL. With Chris Clemons coming back from a torn ACL, Avril will be looked to provide an impact for the Seahawks at DE.
Biggest loss from last season: Leon Washington, KR - One of the reasons why the Seahawks are so high in this power ranking is because they didn’t lose much of anything from last season. But the Seahawks released Leon Washington, and he was a good backup running back, and is also one of the top kick returners in the league, so the ability to impact field position will be missed.
Player who might surprise: Michael Bennett, DE - Bennett had nine sacks last season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he will have the opportunity to have a good season rushing the passer for the Seahawks. Especially with their secondary, Bennett, Avril and the others will have that extra split second to get to the QB.
What needs to happen to improve on Ranking:
1. QB Russell Wilson needs to continue to develop and improve on his outstanding rookie season. He must avoid the dreaded sophomore slump that rookie QB’s sometimes have.
2. The Seahawks need to become more explosive in the passing game. They traded for Percy Harvin to add that element to their offense, but unfortunately he will need to have hip surgery.
3. The Seahawks need to win the NFC West. With the kind of home field advantage the Seahawks have, they might go deeper in the playoffs if they could secure a home game.
What could make this ranking worse: This ranking could become worse if Russell Wilson has a sophomore slump, or if injuries causes the Seahawks passing game to degrade from last season.
Biggest off-season developments:
1. The Seahawks traded a first and a third round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for WR Percy Harvin.
2. WR Percy Harvin will need hip surgery and will be out at least until late in the season.
3. Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy left the team to become the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
2013 Prediction: 12-4 - The Seahawks didn’t lose much in terms of talent from last season, and they managed to add even more talent to what they already had. As long a head coach Pete Carroll can get the new talent acclimated and meshed well chemistry wise with the rest of the team, the Seahawks should be better than last year. And with a QB like Russell Wilson and their defense, the Seahawks may be set up to win for a long time to come.
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- Seattle Seahawks: Percy Harvin to Undergo Hip Surgery; Could Miss Entire Season (hngn.com)
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