Seattle Seahawks 2013 Breakout Player Projections

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Oct 7, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Seattle Seahawks guard James Carpenter (77) on the sidelines during the first half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Well, you can’t say I didn’t tell you so.

When the Seattle Seahawks selected Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, I believed they were getting a top five talent. It was my assertion that Russell Wilson would have easily been a top five pick if he were the height of Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, possibly even in contention for the number one overall pick.

Wilson not only met my expectations after being named the starter, but he exceeded anything I thought he could possibly do and looked like he simply picked back up where he left off at Wisconsin.

The emergence of Wilson combined with the production of the Seattle defense has people thinking Super Bowl in 2013. The Seahawks certainly have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, and it only got better with the additions of Percy Harvin, Michael Bennett, and Cliff Avril.

This is truly one of the more impressive looking teams you’ll see in the NFL this year, and here are three players–one from each of the last three draft classes–that could have a big breakout year in 2013.

Third Year — James Carpenter, OG

Carpenter has already been a starter for the Seahawks, but has only played in 16 games so far in the two years he’s been in the NFL.  In his rookie season, Carpenter suffered a knee injury that caused him to miss a few games, and then a concussion caused him to miss another couple of contests.

In his second NFL season, Carpenter was knocked out by another knee injury but figures to play a huge role in the Seahawks offense in 2013 as one of the strongest players on the team. He started out his NFL career at right tackle but made the transition to left guard where–if he can stay healthy–gives the Seahawks one of the more potent LT/LG combos in the league with Russell Okung.

Carpenter’s health will be key for the Seahawks in developing their running game, something that has been so critical to their success the last couple of years.

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