Time for another Seattle Seahawks mailbag. Let's get to the questions.
@SheilKapadia Can you rank the Seahawks rookies on a scale of most to least likely to have an impact in 2017?— Ross Richendrfer (@RossRichendrfer) May 2, 2017
There were several questions on this specific topic. So here's how I'd rank the Seahawks' 11 draft picks, based on potential to have an immediate impact.
Ethan Pocic -- Whether it's at right guard or right tackle, Pocic will have an opportunity to win a starting job as a rookie.
Malik McDowell -- Even if he doesn't start, McDowell should see significant snaps as an interior pass rusher in the Seahawks' sub packages. Seattle was in nickel for roughly 68 percent of its snaps last season.
Shaquill Griffin -- He may be the biggest wild card on this list. If Griffin proves he can develop quickly, he could win the starting right cornerback job (DeShawn Shead is not expected to be ready for the start of the season) out of camp. But it's also possible that Griffin serves strictly a backup role as a rookie.
Nazair Jones -- He should be active on game days as a rotational defensive tackle.
Delano Hill -- He'll get a look at different spots in the secondary, including cornerback. But it's tough to see an immediate role for Hill. Even if the Seahawks use more three-safety looks, Bradley McDougald is the most likely candidate to join Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
Tedric Thompson -- He'll be lining up at free safety, so unless Thomas goes down, Thompson will serve a backup/special-teams role.
Mike Tyson -- He didn't play cornerback in college, but that's where the Seahawks will give him a shot. Tyson will almost certainly need time to develop before he can make an impact.
Justin Senior -- There's opportunity at tackle. But he'll have to keep his weight down and show a lot of improvement from last year at Mississippi State if he's going to get on the field. Senior could be a practice-squad candidate.
David Moore -- He's going to be competing for a roster spot at what is a crowded position. Moore could surprise, but if not, he's a practice-squad candidate.
Christopher Carson -- With Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise ahead of him on the depth chart, Carson will be competing for a roster spot. Can he beat out 2016 fifth-round pick Alex Collins and Troymaine Pope?
@SheilKapadia Any news on Kam deal?— Stefanie (@thelovelylife7) May 2, 2017
Not yet. And it'll likely be a little while.
Kam Chancellor is entering the final year of his current deal, and as mentioned in this space last month, extending him could be a challenge. The Miami Dolphins signed safety Reshad Jones to a four-year, $55 million deal earlier this offseason. Like Chancellor, Jones is 29 years old. And Chancellor has the more impressive resume. The Seahawks safety could be looking for a similar deal.
When discussing Richard Sherman trade talks this offseason, general manager John Schneider mentioned that the defense needs to get younger. On the other hand, Chancellor played well last year, is the leader of the defense and provides stability to what can be a volatile group.
Last offseason, Doug Baldwin's extension was announced on June 29. If the Seahawks and Chancellor reach an agreement, it'll likely happen around the same time this offseason.
@SheilKapadia Pocic never met with Cable but was still picked. Has that ever happened before? Does that indicate Cable's role was reduced this draft?— Robert Scorpio (@whateverhenry) May 2, 2017
I don't think so. My ears did perk up when Pocic said he'd never interviewed with offensive-line coach Tom Cable. Last year, when the Seahawks drafted Germain Ifedi and Rees Odhiambo, Cable was clearly heavily involved.
But Schneider said the Seahawks didn't want to tip their hand and show their interest. Pocic was a player they targeted, and they weren't sure if he'd last to the No. 58 pick. They also didn't want a team that liked Pocic to trade in front of them and take him.
Barring some kind of organizational philosophy change (and so far, there's been no indication of this), Cable will continue to be heavily involved in personnel decisions with offensive linemen.