Seattle Seahawks 2012: Which Rookies Will Make Immediate Impacts in 2012 Season?
The Seahawks selected 10 players in the 2012 NFL draft. It remains to be seen if the eight defensive (1-Bruce Irvin, DE; 2-Bobby Wagner, LB; 4-Jaye Howard, DT; 4-Korey Toomer, OLB; 6-Jeremy Lane, CB; 6-Winston Guy, S; 7-J.R. Sweezy, DE; 7-Greg Scruggs, DL) and two offensive (2-Russell Wilson, QB; 4-Robert Turbin, RB) picks can help Seattle become a playoff team.
Seattle failed to make the playoffs and finished the 2011 season with a 7-9 record. They ranked No. 9 in total defense and No. 28 in total offense.
Despite the team’s lackluster offensive production, head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider decided to select mostly defensive players in the draft.
First-rounder Irvin may have the best chance of significant playing time. Wilson and Turbin are two offensive players that could make an impression in their rookie seasons.
The 6’3”, 245-pound defensive end from West Virginia gained 20 pounds before the NFL scouting combine. The extra weight did not hinder Irvin’s speed, agility or strength.
Irvin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds, recorded the best time of all linebackers in the three-cone drill and bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times.
He comes with a checkered past that featured numerous high school and college changes. The Seahawks drafted an quick and strong player who comes with off-the-field issues.
The 5’11”, 206-pound Wilson is undersized for his position and highly athletic.
The All-ACC quarterback left North Carolina State on April 30, 2011. Two months later, he joined Wisconsin and led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl.
Wilson finished the year with an NCAA record passing efficiency rating of 191.7. He set school passing records during his one-year stint at Wisconsin.
In 309 passing attempts, he had just four interceptions.
Seattle’s current quarterback Tarvaris Jackson struggled at times. The smallish Wilson could see some game action if Jackson and the other backups fail to perform.
The former Utah State Aggie was named the WAC’s Offensive Player of the Year and opted for the NFL draft after his junior year. The 5'10”, 222-pound running back gained over 1,500 yards on 249 carries.
Turbin decided to leave after his junior year to try his luck in the NFL. With Marshawn Lynch coming off a 1,204-yard season, his playing time may be limited.
It depends on Carroll’s willingness to give Lynch an occasional break and provideTurbin the opportunity to show his stuff.