Dion Bailey will catch on with a team somewhere, but he faces stiff competition in Seattle.
The Seahawks may have lost some depth in free agency but are still a fairly deep team. That means there will be a fierce battle for roster spots in some positions.
Several of these battles will involve rookies and a few talented ones will be cut. These rookies could easily catch on with other teams or the practice squad but will be on the wrong side of the Seahawks’ cut line come decision time.
Dion Bailey, S
Bailey was a surprise snub, as the talented safety from USC was expected to go in the later rounds before ultimately being brought in by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. He consistently made impact plays with the Trojans from both the linebacker and safety positions, including five interceptions in 2013.
The one knock on Bailey is his speed, as he was successful at the nickel position in college but might struggle with the transition to covering NFL slot receivers. His great hands and instincts will give him a place somewhere in the NFL, but Bailey will really have to step up to beat out DeShawn Shead and Jeron Johnson for the fourth safety spot with the Seahawks.
Jimmy Staten, DT
Staten was the true out-of-nowhere pick of Seattle’s draft class. He was not invited to the combine and only accumulated 100 tackles and seven sacks in four years at Middle Tennessee State.
The Seahawks select players like Staten in every draft, and they liked his combination of size (304 lbs) and toughness. Staten will be in a position battle with Jesse Williams and Greg Scruggs, both of whom probably have more upside.
However, Scruggs and Williams are both coming off season-long injuries, and if either is not completely healthy Staten could take a spot.
Garry Gilliam, OL
Gilliam is a fascinating undrafted free agent out of Penn State. Originally used as a tight end, Gilliam bulked up and moved to the offensive line following some knee problems.
That means Gilliam has the mobility of a tight end to go with a 300-pound frame, making him an interesting left tackle prospect moving forward. Hopefully he sticks around on the practice squad, but the Seahawks’ final roster might not have room for such a project player.