Seattle Seahawks: Full Position Breakdown and Depth Chart at Wide Receiver
The Seattle Seahawks took a big loss at receiver when Golden Tate took his talents to the Detroit Lions but have since made up for the hole he left behind. They added some new talent in the draft with Colorado's Paul Richardson in the second round and Alabama's Kevin Norwood in the fourth.
Both receivers have good ability and can surely be contributors, but they may not get as many opportunities to strut their stuff if Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice can stay healthy—though that'd be a good problem to have.
Harvin and Rice's injury history is well-known at this point, but what's also known is that they are two of the best in the league at their position. If they can remain healthy, they'll surely put big numbers on the board.
Who could forget about Doug Baldwin, the team's most impressive receiver from 2013? Baldwin showed a lot of good stuff last season and has likely played his way into being the team's top receiver.
He has the ability to deliver big time for Seattle and will do so in a maximized role. Overall, this is a strong group of guys that are all set up to have a nice year in 2014.
6. Jermaine Kearse
Jermaine Kearse was a reliable receiver for Seattle last year, though he did play a pretty minimal part. Even so, four of his 22 catches went for scores in 2013.
While he will still be involved in the offense, he may find it hard to come by reps with the emergence of their new rookie receivers. Kearse has the potential to be a more serious part of the offense, but he may be losing chances now that there's some talented young blood in the mix.
Regardless, Kearse adds some nice depth to the receiving corps and could certainly step into a more important role should one of the guys ahead of him go down with injury.
5. Kevin Norwood
Kevin Norwood had a surprising fall in this year's draft and was a tremendous value pick for the Seahawks in the fourth round. Norwood had a very solid career at Alabama and should have a smooth adjustment to NFL life—he's certainly looked comfortable through minicamp.
He will find a lot of competition between Paul Richardson and the other receivers ahead of him, but Norwood has talent that could help him stand out among the other players.
His threat as a red-zone target is well-documented from his collegiate days, and he could bring some of that explosion to Seattle's offense.
It's unlikely he gets a notable role right away, but if he maintains the level of play he had at 'Bama and continues to grow, the possibilities are endless. At the very least, he's a nice receiver to have rotate in and out of packages.
4. Paul Richardson
Paul Richardson is a very intriguing prospect. He had an extremely respectable college career and possess elite speed, which will help him make a smoother transition to the NFL. Richardson has been analogized to many NFL stars, with the leading comparison being with DeSean Jackson, as noted by ESPN analyst Louis Riddick.
Both men are smaller, speedy receivers who can hold their own against defensive backs despite their small stature. Richardson is the type of receiver who will add more explosion to Seattle's receiving corps and will allow it to get more creative with their pieces on offense.
Who knows? We may even see Richardson move out of the backfield, or even steal a few carries from Marshawn Lynch.
3. Percy Harvin (slot)
Percy Harvin was a major player in the Seahawks' victory in the Super Bowl and will undoubtedly be one of the team's main targets if he can remain healthy—but that's a big "if."
Harvin has struggled to stay on the field throughout the entirety of his NFL career, but he will finally be fully healthy in time for opening day.
He will likely man the slot as the team's third receiver, a spot in which he's had much success in the past. Harvin's speed and agility makes him a mismatch against the vast majority of linebackers in the NFL, making him a nightmare on the inside.
With another full offseason with Russell Wilson under his belt, Harvin should be an integral and effective part of the team's offense.
2. Sidney Rice
When healthy, Sidney Rice is one of the best receivers in the NFL. He's an athletic, big-bodied receiver who can create separation from defensive backs while also winning most jump balls.
He's certainly the best vertical threat they have, but just like Harvin, Rice needs to abandon the injury bug and stay on the field.
Should he remain healthy, Rice will be counted upon as one of the Russell Wilson's top targets. His length and catching ability would benefit this offense greatly, allowing them to take more shots downfield and implement riskier plays. Given the strength of their running game and Wilson's mobility as a passer, the Seahawks could utilize more play actions and bootlegs in order to push the ball downfield with Rice.
He's a very talented receiver who could do some serious damage if he can remain healthy.
1. Doug Baldwin
Doug Baldwin was Seattle's most dependable receiver down the stretch last season and has rightfully earned himself a spot atop their depth chart. Baldwin is a skillful receiver who runs fluid routes and possesses enough speed to create space between the defending player and himself.
Baldwin will have many more opportunities to succeed within the offense now that Golden Tate is gone and will take advantage of them en route to being the Seahawks' No. 1 receiver. He and Russell Wilson displayed good chemistry on the fly last season, and they will undoubtedly take several steps forward after a full offseason of working together.
Baldwin provides some assurance at a position that is definitely rich with questions when it comes to Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin's health—something this team definitely needs.