Seattle Seahawks starting lineup projection

Projecting the starting lineups for the Seattle Seahawks heading into training camp.


Quarterback (Russell Wilson): Has led the team to back-to-back Super Bowls and three consecutive playoff appearances in his first three years in the NFL.

Running back (Marshawn Lynch): Has rushed for more than 1,200 yards in each of the past four seasons while scoring 56 TDs.

Fullback (Derrick Coleman): Although he's coming back from a broken foot that sidelined him most of last season, he's a solid blocker and an excellent receiver out of the backfield.

Wide receiver (Doug Baldwin): An underrated player because in this run-based offense he doesn't get a ton of receptions, but he makes the tough catches at key moments.

Wide receiver (Jermaine Kearse): Has become the master of the circus catch and was one fateful play away from being remembered for making one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history.

Tight end (Jimmy Graham): Who cares if he can block? This man is going to take the offense to a new level.

Center (Lemuel Jeanpierre): The toughest starting spot to project on the team, but Jeanpierre is a skilled veteran who could end up as Max Unger's replacement.

Left tackle (Russell Okung): An anchor on the edge when he's healthy, but needs to return to his Pro Bowl form of 2012.

Right tackle (Justin Britt): Started every regular-season game last year as a rookie and will continue to improve.

Left guard (Alvin Bailey): In great shape and getting a chance to replace James Carpenter as the starter, but will have to beat out two talented rookie draft picks.

Right guard (J.R. Sweezy): Now entering his fourth season, Sweezy has become one of the best run blockers in the league.


Defensive tackle (Brandon Mebane): Was playing the best football of his career last year before suffered a torn hamstring at midseason.

Defensive tackle (Ahtyba Rubin): Acquired as a free agent in March, the former Cleveland Brown could beat out Tony McDaniel for the starting spot.

Defensive end (Michael Bennett): The team's best defensive lineman has a relentless motor and can play defensive end and defensive tackle, but he's not happy with his contract.

Defensive end (Cliff Avril): A pass-rush specialist with great quickness off the edge and has a knack for stripping the football.

Middle linebacker (Bobby Wagner): Voted first-team All-Pro last season, despite missing five games. The Seahawks were 6-4, but went 6-0 down the stretch when he returned.

Outside linebacker (K.J. Wright): Led the team last season with a career-high 107 tackles, including 74 solo stops.

Outside linebacker (Bruce Irvin): Coming off his best season at Sam linebacker, a year that included 6.5 sacks and two pick-six interceptions. But he's unhappy the Seahawks didn't pick up his fifth-year option.

Cornerback (Richard Sherman): Arguably the best CB in the league, but people will want to see if the elbow injury from the end of last season has any affect on his play.

Cornerback (Cary Williams): He's an aggressive, veteran player who has swapped spots with Byron Maxwell, who replaced him at Philadelphia.

Strong safety (Kam Chancellor): Possibly the biggest hitter in the NFL, Chancellor says he's never felt better after suffering a torn MCL two days before the Super Bowl.

Free safety (Earl Thomas): May miss part of training camp after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, but should be 100 percent for the start of the regular season.

Specials teams

Kicker (Steven Hauschka): After a brief rough patch at midseason on long kicks, Hauschka made six FGs of 40 yards or longer in the last five regular-season games, and he made all 20 FGs he attempted inside the 40 last year.

Punter (Jon Ryan): Of his 61 punts last season, 17 were returned and 28 were inside the 20.

Kick/punt returner (Tyler Lockett): The third-round pick from Kansas State was considered the best return man in the 2015 draft, which should dramatically improve a weak area for the Seahawks last season.

Long snapper (Clint Gresham): He is one of the best long snappers in the league, if not the best, which isn't good news for rookie Nate Boyer, the war-hero hoping to find a spot with the Seahawks.