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If the season were to start today, the depth chart looks like this: 1) Mike Williams, 2) Ben Obomanu, 3) Golden Tate, 4) Kris Durham, 5) Deon Butler. As fans, we have a tendency to fall in love with our players; we overlook some of their downfalls and say "but, but, don't you remember when he..." That's awesome and admirable, but let's look at the production. Mike Williams: 65 Receptions, 751 yards, 2 touchdowns. Obomanu: 30/494/4. Tate: 21/227/0. Butler: 36/385/4. Anything jump out at you?
Well, it shouldn't. Those aren't great numbers. Now, the QB play was poor, the playcalling was worse, and the youth factor can't be overlooked. No, Mike Williams is not particularly young (neither is Obo), but neither has a ton of experience in games. So, who might John Schneider and Pete Carroll turn to? In order of my personal preference:
- Steve Smith - NYG: Smith didn't put up stellar numbers last year either: 48/529/3, but those came in 9 games, not 12-16. The year prior: 107/1220/7. That's pretty good. Smith isn't a big guy, but he's one of the smartest WRs in the game, he's great at sensing space, and he's a sharp route runner from what I've seen. Add to it the fact that he played under Carroll in USC and his brother was just drafted by the Seahawks, and he might at least hear us out...
- Lance Moore - NO: You know what the Seahawks are lacking in that list above? A true slot receiver. Look no further than Lance Moore, one of the best slot guys in the game, albeit somewhat underrated by fans due to Drew Brees' propensity to spread the ball around. Few players in the game have better hands than Moore, and adding him would free up Mike Williams to be something closer to a true #1.
- Mike Sims-Walker - JAX: he's had some injury troubles and hasn't been the most consistent guy in the league, but Sims-Walker can dominate defenses when he's on. When he's not, he can play decoy well enough to open other players up, much like Mike Williams often did for Obo last year. Ultimately, I think he will be too expensive to bring in as a #2 guy, but if not, lets grab him.
- James Jones - GB: His talent is undeniable but good gravy has he failed to harness it. I don't know if it's just a mental block or what, but Jones should be one of those crazy talents that people wish they had on their team. Instead, he looks set to sign a relatively small contract outside of Green Bay. John Schneider had a hand in drafting him, and with Obo and Tate hopefully continuing their advancement as WRs, Jones could continue blowing his chances and it wouldn't be a big deal. The upside would be grabbing an elite WR for next to nothing.
- Terrance Toliver - LSU: How about an undrafted free agent? How about a 6'5", 205 pound dude with good hands and an ability to get deep? Toliver isn't a great player today and he might never develop into one, but he's got the size that Pete and John love and knows how to use that size. It was a mini-surprise that he wasn't drafted (many had him graded between 3rd and 5th rounds). Throw him on the practice squad for a year and see if he can be coached up.
What do you guys think? Who would you love to see in Seahawk Blue? A few notable people I left off my list: Sidney Rice, Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes (would be shocked if he didn't resign with Jets), Santana Moss, and Malcom Floyd.