A post-draft review of the Seahawks’ defensive depth chart

Here’s a post-draft review of the Seahawks’ defensive depth chart.

After earlier taking a look at the offensive depth chart following the draft, it’s time to review the defense.

And as noted in the offensive story, for now I am not including any of the reported UDFAs (undrafted free agents) as the team has yet to officially announce those signings. When the team does announce those signings — which might not be until late next week with rookie mini-camp set for May 12-14 — that may may result in some players on the current roster being cut.

For now, I’m simply going with the players on the roster as of Friday.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Starters: Athyba Rubin/Jarran Reed

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Backups: Nazair Jones, Garrison Smith, Shaneil Jenkins, Rodney Coe.

Comment: It’s worth remembering that defensive line designations can blur quite a bit — for instance, the team lists Malik McDowell and Quinton Jefferson as tackles. But each projects as more of a 5-technique end on base downs and a tackle in the nickel. So I’m going to list them at end since that may be their more prominent position in terms of roster construction. The six listed above, meanwhile, appear the most “true’’ tackle types, playing the 1- and 3-technique spots. The Seahawks have typically kept four true tackles. For now, Rubin, Reed and Jones would seem locks on the initial 53-man roster. It’s easy to forget Smith was impressive before being hurt and he could have an inside track on the other spot. But how the roles of the likes of McDowell and Jefferson will also be a factor in how many tackles the team keeps.

DEFENSIVE END

Starters: Michael Bennett/Cliff Avril.

Backups: Frank Clark, Malik McDowell, Quinton Jefferson, Dion Jordan, Tylor Harris, Cassius Marsh.

Comment: The Seahawks typically keep eight or nine DLs overall. Keeping Bennett, Avril, Clark, McDowell and Jefferson along with the three tackles…

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