Projected starters: Seattle Seahawks


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Seahawks Projected Starters
  Offense Defense
  QB Russell Wilson DE Michael Bennett
  RB Marshawn Lynch DT Tony McDaniel
  WR1 Doug Baldwin DT Brandon Mebane
  WR2 Jermaine Kearse DE Cliff Avril
  WR3 Chris Matthews OLB KJ Wright
  TE Jimmy Graham MLB Bobby Wagner
  LT Russell Okung OLB Bruce Irvin
  LG Alvin Bailey CB1 Richard Sherman
  C Lemuel Jeanpierre CB2 Cary Williams
  RG J.R. Sweezy CB3 Will Blackmon
  RT Justin Britt SS Kam Chancellor
  FS Earl Thomas

» The offensive line is the most glaring weak spot on the reigning NFC champions' roster. Even with the drafting of three offensive linemen, former backups Alvin Bailey and Lemuel Jeanpierre appear to be the favorites to take over left guard and center, respectively, following the losses of James Carpenter and Max Unger.

» Although Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse return as the starters, the No. 3 receiver job is up for grabs. By way of his size and wingspan, Super Bowl hero Chris Matthews may have the edge on Paul Richardson and third-round pick Tyler Lockett.

» It's status quo on the front seven, which means second-round pick Frank Clark will start his career in a backup role.

» The cornerback depth chart is in flux, with veteran Cary Williams replacing Byron Maxwell opposite Richard Sherman. Former Jaguars veteran Will Blackmon will likely start out as the nickleback, as Jeremy Lane (knee) is a candidate for the PUP list.

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