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Seahawks Post-Offseason Depth Chart Review: Defensive Tackles

Along with bringing back its entire interior defensive line from a top-three run defense a year ago, Seattle added a pair of reliable, versatile veterans to the mix, further strengthening one of the best position groups on the roster.

Undergoing a substantial transformation on both sides of the football this spring, the Seahawks roster looks far different than it did following their season-ending win over the Cardinals in January.

But while much has changed elsewhere, including the departures of quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, one of the best interior defensive line groups in the NFL was not just kept intact. With the same cast of characters led by Poona Ford, Al Woods, and Bryan Mone set to return for an encore, additional reinforcements were brought in by acquiring Shelby Harris and bringing back Quinton Jefferson in free agency to further bolster the unit.

From new defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt's perspective, those veteran additions should help boost Seattle's pass rush along with providing leadership for a front line featuring plenty of youth, particularly off the edge. He's looking to Jefferson specifically to enhance communication from the group with the goal of seeing an uptick in sacks and pressures without relying on the blitz.

"Just the rush games, the protections, who's rushing where, being able to cover guys when they're going to rush their one-on-ones is a high level of unselfishness that has to come with rushing the passer so you can take care of the guy next to you knowing he's going to do the same for you when that opportunity arises for him. So Quinton is able to kind of share that knowledge with Uchenna [Nwosu], with D.T. [Darrell Taylor] and [Boye] Mafe and those young guys, even for the young D-tackles, because we got to get back to that."

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In the midst of their annual six-week moratorium between organized team activities and training camp, how does the Seahawks defensive tackle group look? Diving into the depth chart, here's an updated look at the projected starters, a sleeper to watch, a potential wild card to keep an eye on, and a player squarely on the roster bubble.

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Myles Adams
Quinton Jefferson hits Jared Goff
L.J. Collier

Only two years ago, Collier started all 16 games for the Seahawks and came through with several crucial clutch plays, including blowing up Patriots quarterback Cam Newton on a goal line stop to secure a home victory. But everything unraveled for the former first-round pick in 2021. Falling out of the team's defensive line rotation in favor of Robert Nkemdiche, he sat out seven of the first 10 regular season games as a healthy scratch and recorded eight tackles the entire season. Bulked back up to nearly 290 pounds to play exclusively inside, he's down to his last chance to force his way back into the franchise's plans and will be aiming for a Rashaad Penny-style renaissance. If he isn't able to stand out in camp, however, it's not out of the realm of possibility the team could decide to move forward without him and elevate Adams or Jarrod Hewitt onto the roster instead.

Seahawks Post-Offseason Depth Chart Reviews

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Tight Ends | Tackles | Guards | Centers

EDGE/Outside Linebackers | Defensive Tackles | Linebackers | Cornerbacks | Safeties