Seattle Seahawks: Projecting the 2011 Opening Day Depth Chart

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Seattle Seahawks: Projecting the 2011 Opening Day Depth Chart
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Will "the heater" man the middle of the 2011 defense?

Over two weeks removed from the NFL draft, the status of the 2011 season still remains in limbo.

After the draft, I highlighted the potential changes to the Seahawks' depth chart but only considered players that are currently under contract, restricted free agents included.

Though nothing has officially changed from a personnel perspective, speculation remains rampant as to who could fill the remaining spots on the depth chart.

Undrafted free agency will be a key part of the roster-filling process for Seattle with free agency presenting the opportunity to fill holes but more importantly, the chance to find the right veterans to mentor the younger units on the team.

Who starts at quarterback, fullback, left guard, multiple spots on the defensive line and in the secondary and kicker are among the largest remaining questions surrounding the 2011 roster.

There is enough personnel in place for competition to largely determine how snaps are allocated among the receivers and defensive back seven, but that picture will remain fuzzy until official team activities take place.

Here is an updated projection for the 2011 opening day roster, including unrestricted free agents that I think Seattle could re-sign, and where could they stand on the opening day depth chart. Which holes will remain for the Seahawks to fill?

Note:

1. All roster information was taken from the Seattle Seahawks official website (if available).

2. Italicized players in the "free agent" category are players I believe have a chance of being brought back in 2011.

3. Some practice-squad players are signed to "futures/reserve" contracts, while others are signed to one/multi-year deals or rookie contracts. Seattle retains the rights to sign "futures/reserve" players when that contract expires, and if not, then release them to the free-agent pool. To be activated, a "futures/reserve" player must be officially signed. I will spare making the distinctions of who has what type of contract, but it's a minor detail to keep in mind.   

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