The Seahawks, like most teams, have a few exceptions to the rule that undrafted free agents (UDFAs) aren’t good enough to play in the NFL. Here’s a few players from this year’s crop who could make a difference.
The Seahawks have gotten more out of undrafted free agent signings than most teams. Doug Baldwin is the best, most consistent receiver on the team, and he wasn’t drafted out of Stanford. Jermaine Kearse, despite a difficult season last year, has been a solid pair of hands for Russell Wilson since his signing out of Washington. George Fant….made the team and started….I guess.
Of course, UDFAs are always longshots to be difference makers on any NFL roster. Pete Carroll’s team is more open to undrafted free agents competing for roster spots than most teams (see Fant, George). Here are three players who seem at this extremely early juncture to be well-positioned to earn a place with the Seahawks:
Algernon Brown, FB, BYU
Brown seems positioned to earn a role for himself on the Seahawks by being a talented lead blocker many teams seem to be looking for. Brown said he was signed about thirty seconds after the Draft ended, proving how his skillset is viewed in the NFL, especially by the Seahawks, who want to return to their run-the-ball roots this season.
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Jordan Roos, OG, Purdue
General Manager John Schneider was so excited to sign Roos that he mentioned him in the post-draft press conference. Roos indeed benched 41 reps (I think I can do about five), six more than any other offensive lineman in the NFL Draft. Roos figures to have a spot on the roster for two reasons: one, Tom Cable is willing to insert anyone into meaningful roles on his offensive line (see Fant, George). Two, as cavalier as Cable appears to be with plucking random guys off the street and giving them uniforms, the Seahawks know they need as many bodies for the line as possible.
Darreus Rogers, WR, USC
Rogers fits the “big body” prototype the Seahawks like at wideout. You may remember him from scoring a touchdown for the Trojans in their win over Washington last season. What he lacks in route-running and speed he could make up for with his hands and size. He faces stiff competition among the other Hawks receivers, but he could impress at camp.
Throw in former Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, who will reportedly try his hand at tight end for Seattle, and the Seahawks have an interesting undrafted crop this year.