Post-scrimmage Rookie Report Card

Cornerback Tye Smith makes a big jump up the rankings after a strong showing in his second week at Seahawks training camp. A new leader emerges among the rookie offensive linemen and former Washington wide receiver Kasen Williams makes his debut on the list.

Even though the Seahawks boast arguably the league's most talented roster, general manager John Schneider and his staff continue to mine the collegiate ranks for young players who can help. Part of the reason for that success is that once the players are selected, there is no preferential treatment for highly drafted players over undrafted free agents. So, who are the rookies catching the eye of Pete Carroll and his coaches this year?

In a feature we'll be updating throughout training camp and the preseason games, SeahawkFootball.com ranks Seattle's top 10 most impressive rookies so far.

1. DL Frank Clark: Defenders know better than to hit quarterbacks wearing the protective red jerseys in training camp but Clark would have registered at least one sack and perhaps a second during Saturday's scrimmage. After the first week of training camp, Clark topped my initial list of the most impressive Seahawks rookies and he's done nothing to change that. Versatile and tough enough to play inside and out, I expect Clark to quickly emerge as a formidable part of Seattle's rotation a rookie.

2. WR/RS Tyler Lockett: Lockett only caught one pass during Saturday's mock game. He got his hand on another pass intended for him that was thrown behind him. The ball fell to the ground but was nearly intercepted as several defenders were closing in. Quick and a sharp route-runner, Lockett can make an impact as a receiver if given opportunity but Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse have distanced themselves from every other receiver on the roster thus far. Lockett's impact will be felt on special teams where if he starts all 16 regular season games at punt returner, I believe he'll take at least one back for a touchdown.

3. CB Tye Smith: Though Smith was not among the "anonymous" defensive backs recording interceptions Saturday, he looked much more comfortable on the field than a week ago and makes the biggest jump up my rookie rankings, moving from 7th to 3rd. Smith's agility and closing speed are clear and he's playing with more confidence, despite the fact that the Seahawks have added to his duties by playing him inside at nickel as well as outside. Smith's wiry frame appears best suited to the outside in Seattle's but an easier path to a "starting" role at nickel. Smith was effective at Towson in part because he played with a gambler's mentality, breaking quickly on underneath routes. With Seattle's pass rush expected to improve this year, undercutting short routes could lead to big plays. Smith does not possess great top-end speed.

4. OL Kristjan Sokoli: The most athletic and tenacious of Seattle's rookie offensive linemen, Sokoli (pictured above) has earned long looks at center and guard. There are elements of his play that remind me of the quick development we saw with J.R. Sweezy, who also was a consideration for center when first making his switch from defensive tackle under Tom Cable. Like with Sweezy, the most immediate way to get Sokoli on the field is at guard because they generally aren't asked to make the line calls, like centers. Sokoli's technique broke down a bit during the scrimmage and he still has some ugly snaps. He flashes starting potential, however.

5. RG Mark Glowinski: I thought Glowinski was the most pro-ready of the three offensive linemen Seattle drafted and unlike tackle convert Terry Poole and former defensive tackle Sokoli, Glowinski has been able to remain at the same position - right guard - in which he started in college. Glowinski doesn't stand out in any one way but gets the job done, which is both a compliment and an indictment. He's quick off the snap, showing lateral agility and balance in pass protection and anchors well due to his core flexibility and good knee bend. Glowinski consistently survives. At times, Sokoli wins.

6. RB Thomas Rawls: The unofficial statistics provided to media following the scrimmage did not include rushing yards but if it had, Rawls' production wouldn't have been impressive. He didn't find much running room as Seattle's defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage. Rawls' powerful running caught my attention at Central Michigan but he's proven quicker than I expected, showing enough lateral agility to elude and the burst to exploit cracks. He's going to get a lot of preseason carries and has a chance to win a job (in Seattle or elsewhere) with how he performs there.

7. DT T.Y. McGill: McGill was among the defensive linemen able to burst through Seattle's second and third team blocking units Saturday and wreak havoc. Perhaps it was because the greatest 3-technique defensive tackle I've ever seen - Warren Sapp - was hanging out at training camp Saturday but the similarly built McGill seemed to take things up a notch, zipping through the line on a couple of occasions. Stumpy, powerful and surprisingly quick off the ball, McGill can penetrate gaps and has a reputation as a big hitter.

8. OL Terry Poole: There's no sense in sugarcoating things, Poole has been overtaken by Sokoli and Glowinski and Saturday's scrimmage didn't help. The former San Diego State tackle was moved inside to guard earlier in camp to best take advantage of his power (and to mitigate his lack of ideal agility and balance) but he struggled with the transition and was pushed back outside in recent days.

9. CB/FS Triston Wade: An All-American free safety at Texas-San Antonio, Wade was moved to nickel cornerback early on for the Seahawks and has shown the quickness, agility and toughness necessary in remaining in this role. Unfortunately, he may have suffered through his toughest day of camp Saturday. The 5-11, 185 pound Wade was frequently targeted on deep balls. He was beaten early on by bigger receivers and was called for a pass interference on another. One positive sign was that Wade successfully broke up the final deep throw in his direction, showing the competitiveness Seattle likes.

10. WR Kasen Williams: Tying with Baldwin for a team-high four receptions, the former high profile UW receiver enjoyed one of his better days of camp Saturday. Williams' best asset may be his strong hands. He's caught a couple of passes during camp in which defenders were absolutely draped over him and he still plucked and secured the ball. Unfortunately, defensive backs are often glued to Williams because he's struggling to generate separation. The local product faces an uphill battle to make this roster and perhaps even the practice squad.

*Two players ranked previously - WR Kevin Smith and FS Ryan Murphy - were dropped from this week's list due to injury.

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