Patrick Lewis gets no respect. Which sucks for Patrick Lewis and those that depend on him, but is great news for the Seattle Seahawks’ sixth-round draft pick, center Joey Hunt. While statistically speaking most teams’ sixth-round picks are usually given no more leeway than undrafted free agents and veteran retreads when it comes to roster cuts, Hunt is a pretty safe bet to survive Tuesdays cut to 75 players and final cuts to 53 on Saturday.
Because the Seahawks have been trying to replace the well-traveled Lewis (Green Bay, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Seattle) ever since they first brought him into the Seahawks fold for his ongoing ping-pong existence. Despite ending the 2015 season as the one guy that could stabilize the Seahawks’ center position, it looks like another “pong” for Lewis before the Seahawks square off against the Miami Dolphins in week one.
The Seahawks will not be keeping three centers (newly relocated Justin Britt is Seattle’s new starting center du jour), so Lewis goes and Hunt stays … although probably not until final cuts.
Here is how the rest of the 2016 draft class is faring to date, in draft order.
Germain Ifedi (guard, first round)
Ifedi is the Seahawks’ starting right guard. Only an injury stops him from retaining his starting role. Pass.
Jarran Reed (defensive tackle, second round)
Reed appears to have found a home in the Seahawks’ starting defensive line. At the very least, he has wrapped up a prominent spot in the defensive line rotation — a very welcome outcome for a player the Seahawks traded up for. Pass.
C.J. Prosise (running back, third round)
Despite a slow start due to a hip flexor injury and then a subsequent hamstring injury, Prosise is still anticipated to be a third-down back for Seattle. Plus, third-rounders don’t get cut. Pass.
Nick Vannett (tight end, third round)
Vannett’s spot on the roster is helped not only by his third-round status but also by the ongoing questions about preferred starter Jimmy Graham’s readiness to resume playing. His status is also hurt by having suffered the dreaded “high ankle sprain” against Minnesota. At worst, they stash him on injured reserve; they won’t cut him outright. Pass.
Rees Odhiambo (offensive line, third round)
Odhiambo’s calling card is versatility, which makes him the perfect backup offensive lineman no doubt the Seahawks envisioned when they drafted him out of Boise State. Another third-rounder they won’t be quick to part with, particularly given how iffy the Seahawks’ offensive line remains. Pass.
Quinton Jefferson (defensive line, fifth round)
Jefferson notched four assisted tackles against the Minnesota Vikings and three more against the Dallas Cowboys — pretty good productivity for a rookie asked to play all over the defensive line, part-time. Pass.
Alex Collins (running back fifth round)
Despite the expected return of Thomas Rawls, the reemergence of Christine Michael and the higher draft status of C.J. Prosise, there appears to still be room on this team for Collins. Hasn’t shown up much lately but earned high praise in the offseason program. Unlikely to make the game day 46. Pass.
Joey Hunt (center, sixth round)
See opening paragraphs. Pass.
Kenny Lawler (wide receiver, seventh round)
Up-and-down would be a fair way to characterize Lawler’s preseason performance so far. It seems unlikely the Seahawks would cut him on Tuesday, but in all likelihood he’s headed for the practice squad on Sept. 4 in a stacked Seahawks’ receiver corps of Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett, Paul Richardson and one or two of Kevin Smith, Kasen Williams, Tanner McEvoy or a waiver pick up. Fail.
Zac Brooks (running back, seventh round)
Brooks hasn’t shown enough to warrant keeping an extra extra (fifth) running back on the squad. Likely practice squad candidate. Fail.