In honor of the first day of training camp, our Most Interesting Seahawks list will unveil numbers 5 and 6. Coming in at #6 is the Seahawks first pick of their 2017 draft.
Malik McDowell entered the 2016 College Football Season as a potential top-10 selection. However; after a sub-par season that included a high ankle sprain and questions about his motor, McDowell tumbled all the way out of the first round. The Seahawks, who traded back twice, nabbed him in the early second.
When on, McDowell was an interior pass rushing monster who used his impressive size and speed to demolish guards at Michigan State.
He was no slouch when moved outside to edge rush either. It was this unique combo of pass rush ability and untapped potential that made the Seahawks fall in love with the former Spartan.
McDowell was supposed to significantly improve the Seahawks’ interior pass rush this season. Unfortunately; McDowell was absent from camp yesterday, and it was revealed that he was involved in an ATV accident three weeks ago. Carroll did not rule out that McDowell could miss the entire season. The football impact will undoubtedly be discussed over the coming weeks, but let’s all wish Malik a speedy recovery.
Coming in at #5 is the most important Seahawk of them all (Sorry Sherm), franchise quarterback Russell Wilson.
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In most offseasons, Russell Wilson would not make this list. Nobody in Seattle questions his ability, and besides his going to award shows with wife Ciara, he stays relatively quiet. But for the first time in his career, there are some questions surrounding Wilson on the field.
After what could only be described as a poor season, Wilson must prove that the strides he made in 2015 are legitimate. Of course, there are several reasonable explanations. He suffered a high right ankle sprain in Week 1. He then sprained his MCL in his left knee in Week 3. The offensive line was abysmal as well.
But Russell Wilson needs to make strides in his own game. He needs to improve inside the red zone and on third down. Without his ability to scramble well in 2017, Wilson survived and still posted 4000 passing yards.
Wilson reported yesterday and announced he had dropped his weight down to 209 in an effort to regain some of his mobility. If the Seahawks can truly commit to the run and have a healthy Russell Wilson, the offense could be on of the best in the NFL.