NFL.com raised an engaging doubt this week — that actor on any group has a possibility to make a Pro Bowl for a initial time in 2017?
The answer for a Seahawks is one I’d suppose would be during a tip of only about any Seattle fan’s list — defensive finish Frank Clark.
Wrote NFL.com: “Who hasn’t done a Pro Bowl in Seattle? Years of success have generated a call of personal accolades on both sides of a ball, nonetheless Seattle continues to husband new talent. Clark, a third-year end, is trending ceiling after commanding his three-sack rookie debate with 10 takedowns in 2016. Film reveals a high-motor actor with a talent to whisk past parsimonious ends and tackles into a backfield. Considering that Michael Bennett has only one double-digit pouch debate over 8 seasons, Clark is only removing going.’’
(Quick aside – we don’t totally get a comparison with Bennett unless it’s simply to state that Clark has already had one deteriorate with as many sacks as Bennett has ever had (10) as a approach to column adult Clark. The two, though, are frequency asked to play a same roles, with Bennett mostly relocating inside on flitting downs where there’s a bit some-more trade to get to a QB and also mostly removing double-teamed. But we digress).
Why we find this a quite engaging question, though, is that it gets during what is going to be a pivotal for a Seahawks going brazen — will some legitimate stars emerge who were acquired in a post-Super Bowl-win epoch to take over for those drafted and/or sealed before to 2013?
The Seahawks have 11 players on their register who have done during slightest one Pro Bowl while personification for Seattle.
Only dual were acquired by a group after 2013 — parsimonious finish Jimmy Graham (trade in 2015) and receiver Tyler Lockett (drafted 2015). But any apparently comes with a small of an asterisk — Graham was drafted by a Saints and already a star when Seattle traded for him, while Lockett done a Pro Bowl in a specialty purpose as a returner, that is fine, nonetheless what Seattle unequivocally needs are some every-down players to emerge as destiny Pro Bowlers.
The other 9 are a players who sojourn a heart and essence of a group and who all were acquired before to a 2013 Super Bowl champion season: cornerback Richard Sherman (drafted 2011), safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor (drafted 2010), defensive linemen Bennett and Cliff Avril (signed as giveaway agents 2013), linebackers Bobby Wagner (drafted 2012) and K.J. Wright (drafted 2011), receiver Doug Baldwin (signed as undrafted giveaway representative 2011) and quarterback Russell Wilson (drafted 2012).
Baldwin, Wright and Avril all finally done a Pro Bowl for a initial time final season, finale droughts for what were a 3 players left who were a many apparent choices to turn first-time Pro Bowlers for a Seahawks.
Now, a choices get a small tougher.
As NFL.com noted, Clark’s pouch numbers final year paint him as a best gamble to mangle by — he was tied for 15th in sacks in a NFL final deteriorate (Avril was seventh with 11.5). The pivotal for Clark will be coherence — he had only 2.5 sacks in a final 7 games of a deteriorate (or maybe he only has to play a Rams any week – he had 3.5 opposite Los Angeles final season).
Next on a list competence be core Justin Britt, who was a Pro Bowl swap final deteriorate after starting 15 games and proof he could make a pierce to core after personification his initial dual seasons during tackle and guard. Certainly, a Seahawks need another identical deteriorate from Britt to perform their goals in 2017.
Then maybe Lockett, nonetheless as a receiver and not only a returner, nonetheless it could be formidable for a Seahawks to ever get some-more than one receiver on a Pro Bowl group and for now it’s tough to prognosticate Lockett putting adult improved numbers than Baldwin, exclusive injuries.
You could maybe disagree Thomas Rawls would have a improved possibility than Lockett if he can stay healthy and furnish for an whole deteriorate a approach he did in 2015, when he had 830 yards and a 5.6 per lift average. But a approach a Seahawks figure to order adult carries between Rawls and Eddie Lacy — and maybe even C.J. Prosise — could make it formidable for any to put adult Pro Bowl-type numbers.
After that, though, it’s tough nonetheless to see anyone else as even tighten to meriting first-time Pro Bowl consideration.
The Seahawks will wish that’s not a box a year from now, when maybe 2016 breeze picks such as Prosise, Germain Ifedi and Jarran Reed have begun to mature into unchanging difference-makers, or some of a 11 members of a 2017 breeze category have displayed some initial signs of destiny stardom.
The long-term destiny of a authorization might count on it.