With a whopping nine rookies making the final 53-man roster, first-year players seem to have a big role on the Seahawks team this year.
The outside-the-box thinking head coach shocked draft experts, both professional and everyday fans, with his choice of West Virginia pass-rusher Bruce Irvin with the first-round pick in this past April's draft.
Carroll's "third-round reach" of Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson the next day raised eyebrows, as the doubters wondered if Pete Carroll's sanity had vanished the night before.
But now, after several months and four preseason games, Carroll looks to be the one that will get the last laugh.
Wilson, possibly the most impressive rookie in the league this preseason, proved that his height wouldn't stop him from succeeding against the professionals, even if he has only played in exhibition games. His spot-on accuracy, ability to break away with his feet and, most importantly, his ability to quickly learn the new playbook won him the starting job and has gotten many people excited for the new season. Let's hope he can make the transition to NFL as smooth as his transition from NC State to Wisconsin.
Robert Turbin, who was the fourth-round pick out of Utah State, looks to be a back that can produce heavily behind Marshawn Lynch this year. He also may get a larger role than once thought considering Lynch's problems with the law and his recent health problems.
Turbin's old teammate, second-round pick Bobby Wagner, will join Bruce Irvin in the linebacking group. Along with other rookie defenders, they will try to add to the already elite defense that allowed less than 20 points a game last year.
Carroll's two other draft classes have impressed thus far, with last year's producing some of the most important and most talented players on the team. KJ Wright and Richard Sherman highlight that draft with several of our offensive linemen also coming out of that class.
But as good as the past years have been, the 2012 class looks to be the best. With rookies being key players at almost every position this season, these rookies could make an immediate impact and help lead the Seahawks to a winning record for the first time in the Pete Carroll era.
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