Among Seahawks rookies, Jarran Reed most likely to make instant impact

Shortly after the draft was complete, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked to assess what the team's selections meant for his roster.

"I think this draft in particular makes me feel like we really have bolstered areas, and you’re going to have to battle for your spots," Carroll said. "Everybody is going to have to bring their best. We couldn’t ask for more than that."

While draft picks are made with an eye towards the future, the Seahawks' window to win a Super Bowl is wide open right now. Keeping that in mind, here is a look at how the 10 picks rank in terms of likelihood that they'll make an immediate impact.

1. Jarran Reed, DT: The plan here is pretty clear. Reed is expected to win the starting nose tackle job and replace Brandon Mebane. The Seahawks traded up for Reed in the second round, and general manager John Schneider called him the best run-defending defensive lineman in the draft. It'd be a surprise if Reed didn't line up next to Ahtyba Rubin at defensive tackle in Week 1.

2. Germain Ifedi, OL: Some viewed him as a developmental prospect, but Carroll said recently that the Seahawks will line Ifedi up at right guard and see how he does. He could also get bumped out to right tackle depending on how the competition plays out this summer. Ifedi will have to earn a spot, but the expectation is that he will be a Day 1 starter.

3. C.J. Prosise, RB: His role appears to already be carved out. The Seahawks peg Prosise as a third-down back who can catch the ball, pass protect and take over for Fred Jackson. Jackson played 23.7 percent of the offensive snaps last year, and Prosise is probably looking at a slightly higher number, although he should see more touches, especially if he makes a quick impression as a playmaker.

4. Quinton Jefferson, DL: With Reed in the mix and Rubin re-signed, Jefferson will have a tough time cracking the starting lineup. But Carroll likened his versatility to that of Michael Bennett, which is a huge compliment. Jefferson has a great opportunity to line up next to Bennett as an interior pass rusher when the Seahawks are in their sub packages. He's a sneaky pick to be a real impact player as a rookie.

5. Joey Hunt, C: This may come as a bit of a surprise, but Hunt was drafted to push Patrick Lewis for a starting job. He is a pure center and doesn't have potential versatility, so if Hunt doesn't win a starting spot, he may have a tough time making the roster.

6. Alex Collins, RB: If Thomas Rawls is healthy, Collins will be competing with Christine Michael and Prosise for carries as the backup. If Rawls (fractured ankle) has a setback or suffers a different injury, Collins will be in position for a bigger role.

7. Nick Vannett, TE: He's probably the toughest one on this list to project. If Jimmy Graham is healthy and Vannett can't beat out Luke Willson, he might not see the field much at all. But if Graham struggles to return or doesn't look like the same player, Vannett could be in a situation where he's competing with Willson for the starting job.

8. Rees Odhiambo, OL: Competition on the offensive line appears to be wide open, but given that Ifedi is going to get a look at right guard, Odhiambo would likely have to beat out both Justin Britt and Mark Glowinski to win the starting left guard job. Plenty can change between now and September, but as the roster currently stands, he may have a tough time getting on the field as a rookie.

9. Kenny Lawler, WR: The Seahawks love his hands and his ability to high-point the football. With Lawler's size (6-foot-2), he brings a different dimension to the receiving corps. But he'll have a tough time getting on the field. Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Tyler Lockett are all returning. Former second-round pick Paul Richardson will be in the mix as well. Lawler will have to earn a roster spot this summer.

10. Zac Brooks, RB: He's a favorite of Schneider's, but Brooks will likely have to beat out Michael for a roster spot. He's someone who will really have to make an impression during training camp.