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Seahawks Used Quite A Few Former Undrafted Players In 2013

Following the Seattle Seahawks win in Super Bowl XLVIII, we took a look at their defense and how it was mostly constructed of third-round or later draft picks. If that’s not impressive enough, 21 of the 53 players on their roster for that game came into the NFL as undrafted free agents, according to a Saturday tweet by ESPN.

According to my research, the Seahawks only had 19 undrafted players on their 53 man roster for the Super Bowl and that doesn’t include Brandon Browner, who was on the suspended list. Regardless, that’s an amazing amount of former undrafted free agents just the same.

You also might be surprised to know that the Seahawks also had 20 different former undrafted players that saw snaps on either offense or defense over the course of the 2013 season and that number does not include kicker Steven Hauschka, punter Jon Ryan and long snapper Clint Gresham. In total, those 20 players combined to play 5,229 snaps, which is roughly 19% of the total plays run by both the offense and defense times 11 players.

To put that into perspective, the Pittsburgh Steelers had 15 former undrafted players that played on either offense or defense in 2013 to the tune of 3,531 total snaps. That equates to roughly 14.9% of the total plays run by both the offense and defense times 11 players.

Former Undrafted Players Used By The Seahawks During 2013 Season

POS PLAYER SNAPS YEAR TEAM
WR Doug Baldwin 916 2011 SEA
DE Michael Bennett 759 2009 SEA
DE Chris Clemons 726 2003 WAS
DT Tony McDaniel 622 2006 JAC
WR Jermaine Kearse 581 2012 SEA
CB Brandon Browner 462 2005 DEN
G Lemuel Jeanpierre 291 2010 SEA
FB Derrick Coleman 147 2012 MIN
G Alvin Bailey 117 2013 SEA
LB John Lotulelei 109 2013 SEA
WR Ricardo Lockette 99 2011 SEA
LB Michael Morgan 90 2011 SEA
WR Stephen Williams 64 2010 ARI
WR Bryan Walters 60 2010 SD
S Chris Maragos 53 2010 SF
LB Heath Farwell 49 2005 MIN
S Jeron Johnson 29 2011 SEA
DE Benson Mayowa 24 2013 SEA
S DeShawn Shead 16 2012 SEA
T Michael Brooks 15 2013 DET
T Caylin Hauptmann 0 2013 CLE
K Steven Hauschka ST 2008 MIN
P Jon Ryan ST 2004 CFL
LS Clint Gresham ST 2010 NO
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