Preseason Game One Rookie Report Card

Rookies Frank Clark and Tyler Lockett provided the silver lining for the Seahawks in the club's preseason opening loss to Denver but after a closer look, they weren't the only first-year pros standing out for Seattle. editor Rob Rang ranks Seattle's rookies 1-10 based strictly on their performance against the Broncos, updating previous Rookie Report Cards.

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, ranks Seattle's top 10 most impressive rookies so far.

1. DL Frank Clark: With a game-high nine tackles, including a tackle for loss and forced fumble, Clark was a terror against the Broncos, beating fellow rookies and veterans, alike. After the first week of training camp and following Seattle's mock game, Clark topped my list of the 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: The decisiveness and speed Lockett showed with two long kick returns - including, of course, the 103-yarder for a second quarter score - is precisely why Seattle drafted him. 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 mostly be felt on special teams but as the preseason opener demonstrated, he could prove quite the force.

3. CB Tye Smith: Smith wasn't nearly as flashy as Clark or Lockett but he enjoyed a solid NFL debut, recording four tackles, including two solos. 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.

4. 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. He was the best of Seattle's rookie linemen against the Broncos, consistently walling off opponents. Glowinski is quick off the snap, showing lateral agility and balance in pass protection and anchors well due to his core flexibility and good knee bend. He isn't a dominator but seals off defenders cleanly.

5. RB Thomas Rawls: The undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan led the Seahawks in rushing attempts (nine) and yards (31) but it was his 19-yard touchdown reception that earns Rawls a slight bump in my rankings this week. It isn't that the score demonstrated remarkable athleticism or power. Frankly, it was a pretty easy ccatch and run for the rookie . But Rawls showed good awareness to make sure that a Denver defensive tackle initially blocked by center Patrick Lewis stayed on the turf before releasing into his route (screen) and making an easy, secure catch. 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.

6. OL Kristjan Sokoli: Seattle's offensive line struggled throughout much of the preseason opener and Sokoli was certainly among those who were beaten, including allowing a big hit on 3rd string quarterback R.J. Archer that resulted in a fumble. Too often Sokoli drops his head on contact, leaving himself vulnerable to swim moves. The former defensive lineman is certainly a project but he's also the most athletic and tenacious of Seattle's rookie blockers. Sokoli has earned long looks at center and guard and the Seahawks love versatile linemen. If he starts at any point this season, the Seahawks have likely absorbed significant injuries up front. With projected starting guards J.R. Sweezy and Alvin Bailey each entering the final year of their respective contracts, Sokoli could be competing for a starting role as soon as next year after "redshirting" this season.

7. DT T.Y. McGill: For as full of optimism as Pete Carroll is, he rarely gushes about players without prompting but did so about McGill following his four tackle, one tackle for loss effort against Denver. "All the way through all of our work outs, he's been impressive," Carroll said. "[McGill's] real quick. And he showed it in the game. He played well at the point of attack. He helped himself, this was a really good outing for him. We're anxious to see how he comes around next time too." Stumpy, powerful and surprisingly quick off the ball, McGill can penetrate gaps. He's lined up mostly at nose guard and appears to have the power to hold up there and his quickness projects nicely as a rotational three-technique defensive tackle, as well.

8. WR Kevin Smith: His stat-line wasn't eye-popping (two catches for 36 yards) but Smith showed terrific hands on his grabs, extending to snatch poorly thrown passes from Archer. Smith possesses just "average" height at 6-0 but at 218 pounds, he's a load after the catch and is an accomplished special teams performer, unlike some of the other wideouts he's battling with, including former UW teammate Kasen Williams and 2014 fourth round pick Kevin Norwood.

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. While undersized at 5-11, 185 pounds, Wade isn't afraid of getting physical, which is one of the reasons why he tied for second (with Dion Bailey) among the Seahawks' tacklers against the Broncos and recovered a fumble of a muffed punt.

10. 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 since. He's far behind Garry Gilliam among Seattle's "backup" tackles and though the Seahawks aren't likely to release him, Poole needs to show improvement to assure his spot on a roster this talented. Top Stories