Six Seahawks With Pro Bowl Ambitions
The usual suspects on the Seahawks will be talked about as prospective Pro-Bowlers: Hasselbeck, Jones, Tatupu, Kerney. They've all been there and got the proverbial T-Shirt.
But what about the guys who, to date, have never been to the Pro Bowl? Here are six members of the Seahawks' roster who will be hoping a solid 2009 can earn an invite for the first time.
An underrated defensive lineman who quietly registered 5.5 sacks in 2008, Mebane enjoyed an instant impact as a third round draft pick in 2007 and is now considered a lynch pin in Seattle's defense.
The signing of Colin Cole could allow Mebane to play more three-technique, allowing him greater opportunity to get to the quarterback.
With greater dependency on the defensive line in the Jim Mora defense, Mebane could be primed for a breakout season.
Carlson led the team in receptions and receiving yards as a rookie (55 catches, 627 yards). He was dependable in the red zone (scoring five touchdowns in 2008) and flashed solid all round ability as a pass catcher and blocker.
Carlson is set to become one of the more complete tight ends in the NFL. Greg Knapp has traditionally used the tight end regularly in his passing game, so Carlson's production shouldn't suffer too much even after the signing of T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
It's somewhat surprising that Hill has never made a Pro Bowl, especially considering Lofa Tatupu (2005-2007) and Julian Peterson (2006-2008) have been regular attendees in Seahawks blue.
Hill may again struggle for an invite if Tatupu and newly acquired Aaron Curry take most of the attention in a much vaunted linebacking corps.
The 2005 third round pick notched 7.5 sacks as a rookie but only 6 sacks in three years since then. Nevertheless, Hill will be targeting his first Pro Bowl invite in 2009.
Not many people are talking about Jones as a potential Pro Bowl prospect in 2009.
However, the zone blocking scheme implemented by Greg Knapp and Mike Solari should suit Jones' one-cut style.
Brother Thomas was a surprise first-time Pro Bowl selection last year after a productive season in New York. Can Julius follow in his brother's footsteps?
Jones' will be expected to carry most of the work load in Seattle, with T.J. Duckett the only realistic competition for carries.
The fourth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft will be expected to have an instant impact in Seattle. Taking over Julian Peterson's position at Sam linebacker, Curry will be given space to make instinctive plays with pass rushing responsibilities.
Peterson made the last three Pro Bowls in Seattle and with Curry's humble personality translating to a national audience during the draft process, there's no reason why he can't make it.
One of the less reported tidbits from the Redding-Peterson trade was the re-working of the former's contract in Seattle. Essentially, Redding is playing on a one-year deal.
Having never lived up to the promise shown in his 2006 eight-sack season, the ex-Longhorn has a point to prove. With free agency looming after 2009, the incentive is there to have a big year.
Playing across from a healthy Patrick Kerney won't do any harm either.
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