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Seattle Seahawks: Grading the Entire 53 Man Roster
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The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a pair of 7-9 seasons and haven't had a winning record since 2007. They are starting a rookie quarterback, have questions at the offensive skill positions and lack continuity on the offensive line.

It is easy to write Seattle off as languishing in mediocrity, as many analysts have done.

But there are reasons to be optimistic.

Seattle had a top-10 defense in 2011 with the youngest starting unit in the NFL. They return 10 starters and appear to have upgraded the 11th position with rookie Bobby Wagner.

There are certainly a few concerns on the offensive side of the ball. But if a few players launch this season, Seattle has the possibility to make playoff noise.

Mel Kiper has been critical of the Seahawks on draft day but believes Seattle will have a breakout season in 2012. He made a bold prediction in the ESPN experts playoff predictions:

Here’s your surprise pick. The 49ers are very good, but should regress a little bit—turnover margin isn’t reliable year to year—and the Seattle defense can be really good if it can find a consistent pass rush. Russell Wilson has a chance to be really good because of his maturity—he could be this year’s Andy Dalton. 

If San Francisco can repeat their turnover margin and remain healthy again in 2012 they will be tough to catch. But if they leave a window open, Seattle could make a move.

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