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I suppose it goes to show just how far the Seahawks have come in recent years when the potential of two offensive skill players struggle to get me excited.
Looking back I once again think of Doug Baldwin and his journey from being a undrafted free agent to breakout performer as a rookie two years ago. Fact is players like Baldwin are generally the exception to the norm and more often the beneficiary of signing with a team thin on talent.
Such is not the case for both wide receiver Matt Austin and running back Dominique Whaley, who will arrive in Seattle as arguably the longest of long-shots of this entire group.
Honestly though, if the Seahawks hadn't already drafted both Christine Michael and Spencer Ware, I might be higher on Whaley following his performance at Oklahoma.
However, when you consider that Ware might have a hard time making the roster, you can only imagine how much of a challenge it will be for Whaley to carve a spot out for himself alongside Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael.
As for Matt Austin, perhaps his connection to Utah State will help him based on the success of Bobby Wagner and Turbin?
Right now he's going to need all the luck he can get with Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and fellow rookie Chris Harper.
Fortunately for Austin, his 6'2" frame should give him a chance to stand out, but he will really need to turn in an amazing performance to even make the practice squad.
As Pete Carroll explained to the seattlepi.com following the draft, it shouldn't be easy to make the squad this year:
“We hope it’s really hard, it’s very difficult. That means we’re going in the right direction,” Carroll said Saturday after completing the draft. “The whole idea is to make this roster as competitive as possible. And so that means it’s hard for these guys to make it.
“But it’s also the quality of guys we were able to draft and attract here in free agency; it makes it hard for the guys to keep their jobs. That’s just understood; that’s part of the make-up of being here at the Seahawks.”
Today if I had to take a guess maybe Alvin Bailey and one of the linebackers makes the final cut.
In retrospect that's not a bad thing, if we understand that the 'Hawks will now look at these players through an entirely different prism compared to a few years earlier. Rather than grabbing anyone with a pulse, the team can carefully consider whether any of these players along with everyone else in camp are worthy of playing for a contender.
Either way, the motto remains the same, always compete.