Heading into their first exhibition game of 2012, 19 Seattle Seahawks draft picks and free agent rookies are working hard to impress Pete Carroll and his coaches for a spot on the 53-man roster.
Seven offensive players, 11 defenders and one kicker face dire odds on a daily basis to keep their spots on the squad. Utilizing a variety of sources from the Seahawks website and blogs, each rookie was evaluated. They were given a grade on their progress, or lack of it, to attain a place on the regular season roster.
Rising to the top were players with ratings of B and above: defensive ends Bruce Irvin and Greg Scruggs, guard J.R. Sweezy, running back Robert Turbin, linebacker Robert Wagner and quarterback Russell Wilson.
As for the rest, it will require more hard work and a bit of luck to earn their way into the NFL.