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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  • Ben Peterson

    Alan Branch was the 3-tech, not the nose tackle.

  • RikkHawk

    And Turbin was part of the class of 2012, not 2013. Williams was though.

    • JJ Allen Keller

      He meant 2012 I am sure. He mentioned Bruce and Bobby as well.

    • SayreBedinger

      Thanks for pointing that out, I made a quick correction. I am so used to typing 2013 haha

  • jimpassi

    who do you think we will pick up free agents any more this year
    do we have any cap space left
    we should have picked up matt hasselbeck he just resigned to another team
    today he won a lot of games for us. i am sure he can do better than Quinn & the other guy / the other guy we had a few years i cant remember his name
    will beat out all the others sorry Quinn

    • skeletony

      Matt Hasselbeck LOST more games for us than he ever helped us win. He was not a very good QB (probably the most overrated QB outside of Michael Vick) when he played for us and has not gotten any better elsewhere (which is why he was released by Tennessee). As much as I am down on T-Jack I would rather have HIM as a backup than Hasselbeck.
      Also use punctuation guy. Questions end with the ‘?’ and non-question sentences end with either a ‘.’ (that’s a period) or an ‘!’.

      • jimpassi

        I dident know mike vick played for seahawks
        how many QB brought us to the supper bowl
        I dident know there was more than 1
        & who was that do you have a name

        • skeletony

          Mike Vick never played for the Hawks. Why would you even think that?! You have a great deal of difficulty with basic reading comprehension which goes right along with your atrocious spelling and grammar. I stated that Matt HASSELBECK (who DID play for Seattle) was the most overrated QB aside from Michael Vick. That does not mean Michale Vick played for Seattle kiddo.
          And Hasselbeck did not take us to the Super Bowl. He was the QB we had when we made it to the super bowl. See the difference? Many teams have made it to and even WON super bowls with average or even sub-par QBs who played a little beyond their usual production (see Trent Dilfer of Baltimore Ravens right before he was tossed off that team and given to Seattle).

          There is no ‘e’ in “didn’t”. “Didn’t” is a contraction of the words “did” and “not” and so has an apostrophe in place of the ‘o’ in ‘not to form the single word “didn’t”.

          There is no such term as “supper bowl”. This is very basic stuff. If you want to post comments that others should read and evaluate on substance and merit then you are obligated to make SOME effort to make your comments readable.

  • jimpassi

    yes i know matt is getting a little older but i still think he has a little left in the tank only as a back up

  • jimpassi

    your the one who put his name in the mix
    about matt n vick
    do i think matt is a bit old yes
    do i think he can start nope but as a back up yes
    i think he would be better that Quinn & the others
    was all i was saying