Originally posted by mebemused:
Originally posted by seahawk12thman:
I have heard many people argue that the 2012 draft class was poor for the Niners, I don't see it that way because the Niners balk at playing rookies when talent is sufficient. If Harbaugh and his staff stay true to form, they will insert the "redshirt freshmen" into the starting lineup. Since you guys are more passionate and knowledgeable about your team, who are the guys that are going to step up from that class and make a big splash this year??
How about at your end? Seahawks had a fabulous draft in 2012: Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, and Russell Wilson. Now that you also have a stacked roster, who from this years draft, 2013, is going to make a contribution? Like us, there aren't many slots available for rookies to get on the field.
Our two games this year will be epic.
Our 2013 draft was as follows:
1 Bruce Irvin DE
2 Bobby Wagner ILB
3 Russell Wilson QB
4 Robert Turbin RB
4 Jaye Howard DL
5 Korey Toomer OLB
6 Jeremy Lane CB
6 Winston Guy S
7 JR Sweezy G
7 Greg Scruggs DL
Irvin, Wagner, Wilson and Sweezy (with Guy, Turbin, Scruggs and Lane seeing significant minutes) start so if you told me who is going to have the biggest impact I would say Russell Wilson LOL. It was easily the best draft class the Seahawks have ever had. Korey Toomer supposedly looks great and is ready to take over for Leroy "I love to break the law" Hill (So glad to see that bum go), so out of the other draftees that didn't crack the starting lineup he is my top choice for a break out year. This year won't be so opportunity filled for rookies. It will be very difficult to make this team. The Niners and Seahawks basically mirrored each other by drafting future stars in 2013. Both rosters are loaded and yes our games will be prime time tv. I bet if you told people five years ago the Seahawks and Niners would be the best rivalry in the NFL people would have had you committed.
Vs each other the key match ups will be
Sherman vs Crabtree
Harvin vs Reid (or Dahl if Harbaugh starts Craig, doesn't like to start rookies)
Lynch vs Brooks, Willis
The Niners O matched up poorly against the Seahawks defense because of personnel, not talent. The niners really only had one body (Vernon Davis) who could stretch the field. The Seahawks may have the only player in the NFL who can match up with him (Kam Chancellor). The reason why I was curious about your 2012 draft was because I wanted to see who could change the dynamics of the Niners offense. You guys need either Jenkins or Patton to stretch the field. Last year SF only scored 1 TD against our first string defense in both games. The Seahawks simply put 8 in a box and said beat us deep. Randy Moss had very little success and Crabtree is a possession receiver. While I think Bolden will help, he will be a bigger factor if your offense can play in space. Since there was so much crowding, that is why Colin was not able to use his feet and the Seahawks shut down Gore because there were no running lanes. Being a Seahawks fan I am encouraged that this could be a problem again this year UNLESS one of those guys steps up and becomes a true X receiver. I think there is a very good chance that we win one or two based on personnel but because the Seahawks have 5 10 AM road games against very good teams (You only have one), we could beat you guys twice and you could still win the division.