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Analysis: Assessing Seahawks' Defensive Depth Chart Following 2022 NFL Draft

Moving into the next stage of the offseason program with less than three months until the start of training camp, how does Seattle's roster look on the defensive side of the football following free agency and the annual NFL draft?

After adding nine new players in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Seahawks officially transitioned into phase two of their offseason program with rookie minicamp taking place last weekend and organized team activities and mandatory minicamp both coming in the near future.

With the draft now in the rearview mirror, general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll always will be on the lookout for ways to improve his team and plenty of quality free agents remain available to sign. But barring an unforeseen trade and/or unexpected frenzy signing veterans, Seattle's 90-man roster as constructed likely won't undergo any significant changes between now and the start of training camp in late July.

Keeping that assumption in mind while examining the current depth chart, which positions should the Seahawks feel good about? And which ones remain potential concerns progressing towards the start of the season?

As the franchise transitions into the post-Bobby Wagner era, here's a close look at all six position groups on the defensive side of the ball with additions, departures, and an overall position grade:

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In the short-term, there may not be a team in the NFL with better depth at safety than Seattle either. Ryan Neal has been a revelation over the past two years while starting nine games in place of Adams and contributing as a situational defender and special teamer. Amadi and Blair can each play both safety spots in a pinch as well and could be utilized in dime packages as a sixth defensive back. The team also recently re-signed veteran Josh Jones, who played well in four games late last season.

But with Neal, Amadi, and Blair all entering the final year of their respective contracts, the Seahawks also have an eye towards the future at the position and signed a quartet of intriguing undrafted rookies for evaluation. Headlining this group of UDFAs, Miami's Bubba Bolden looks the part of an NFL strong safety at 6-foot-2, 209 pounds and brings a hard-hitting, physical playing style to the equation. Virginia's Joey Blount offers solid range and ball skills as a free safety with sub-4.45 speed and could be a name worth watching as well. If one or two players from that group impress, the organization could opt to keep a rookie with several years of cheap club control over a veteran soon to hit free agency.

Position Grade: A-