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3 Seahawks Veterans Fighting for Their Jobs After 2022 NFL Draft

Larry Rupp
Three Seattle Seahawks veterans fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft.
Three Seattle Seahawks veterans fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft. / Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
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The Seattle Seahawks exited the 2022 NFL Draft with nine new players being added to the roster that hope to make an impact on the team right away. Of course, that won't be the case for all of them. Only a few talented prospects will be able to adjust to the NFL level and take on reps from the get-go.

Those prospects are certainly going to do everything they can to push the more established players on the roster for their starting spots, though. It will make for what should be a very exciting training camp in Seattle. With that in mind, here's a look at three Seahawks veterans fighting for their jobs.

Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart

1. Chris Carson, RB

Injuries and bad luck have cost running back Chris Carson a lot of playing time over the last few seasons. The emergence of four-year pro Rashaad Penny gives the team a reliable starter for now, but the Seahawks still found it worthwhile to use a second-round pick on Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III. Walker broke out during his junior season to the tune of 1,725 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns on 276 touches. The 21-year-old is widely praised for his explosiveness and could overtake the No. 2 RB role with a strong showing in training camp. Keep in mind Carson is on the last year of his current contract, anyways.

2. L.J. Collier, DE

The Seahawks drafted edge rusher Boye Mafe out of Minnesota in the second round before also selecting Tyreke Smith out of Ohio State in the fifth round. Keep in mind Seattle also acquired Shelby Harris in the blockbuster Russell Wilson trade. None of these additions bode well for L.J Collier's chances of remaining a starter come Week 1. Mafe racked up 10.0 tackles for a loss and 7.0 sacks in 2021, while Harris posted 6.0 sacks for the second time in his NFL career. It may be tough for Collier to hold them off given he has only logged 3.0 career sacks in 37 games played (16 starts).

3. Jake Curhan, OT

Jake Curhan may not exactly be a veteran considering he has only spent one season with the Seahawks after being signed as an undrafted free agent. Regardless, he is still in danger of losing his starting spot at right tackle. Fifth-round selection Abraham Lucas allowed zero sacks and one quarterback hit across 801 offensive snaps during his final college season. Meanwhile, Curhan played in just 405 snaps for Seattle last season (15 games, 5 starts) and gave up 4 sacks. This will likely be a battle that comes down to the preseason. That'll be the coaching staff's best opportunity to see what each player has to offer.

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