Making an NFL roster is tough. Just ask former Husky Kevin Smith. The 5’11″ wide receiver went undrafted, was picked up as a free agent by the Arizona Cardinals, later to be released by them, then signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and was quickly let go from that team on June 19th.
Seattle has decided to see if they can find a place on the team for Smith. He was signed by the reigning Super Bowl champions, and will be in good company for the foreseeable future.
The good news for Smith is that he will have the chance to play alongside the likes of Jermaine Kearse, another Washington alum who went undrafted, only to be given a chance by the Seahawks to make it in the NFL. As ‘Hawks fans know, Kearse was a key component in Seattle’s march to the Super Bowl, catching the go-ahead touchdown in the NFC Championship against the rival San Francisco 49ers.
This will be a very tough place for Kevin Smith to gain a roster spot. Seattle recognized the glaring need to beef up their receiving core, and really targeted that during the draft. Veteran Doug Baldwin has a guaranteed place with the team, while Sydney Rice and Percy Harvin are both in good health and are expected to be the two main passing options for Russell Wilson.
The competition to fit on the team will be fierce, and Smith is already at a disadvantage considering he wasn’t with the team during OTA’s or mini-camp. Smith needs to stay optimistic. It is well known that Pete Carroll loves giving guys an opportunity to prove they belong on the field. If he performs well, there is a chance that Kevin Smith will be the latest Husky to keep their football talents in Seattle.