On to the offensive line, with the standard caveat that it’s June.
Starter: Russell Okung
Backup: Alvin Bailey
Next in line: Garry Gilliam
Overview: Okung’s 2012 Pro Bowl appearance already feels like a long time ago. That’s because much of 2013 was forgettable for him. He injured his toe and missed half of the season. When he did play, he was not as effective. Much of that can likely be attributed to the injury, which led to offseason surgery. Okung is not healthy enough to participate in OTAs and won’t be back until training camp. The Seahawks have raw options behind him in second-year lineman Bailey and rookie Gilliam. For me, this is one of the positions of concern for the Seahawks in 2014. Okung could return to his prior form and give them a boost they were lacking last year. Or, health issues force him off the field again and the Seahawks are left managing options they probably don’t want playing left tackle in an important game.
Starter: James Carpenter
Backup: Caylin Hauptmann
Next in line: Jared Smith
Overview: Carpenter’s contract is in its final year after the Seahawks did not pick up his fifth-year option. As has been repeatedly reported, he appears slimmed down for OTAs. He was continually winded last season, at times having to take a knee during drills in practice while his teammates kept going. That was midseason. In Carpenter’s defense, he was coming off two offseason knee surgeries last year. Hauptmann was around on the scout team all of last season and appears a versatile lineman the Seahawks have been pleased with.
Starter: Max Unger
Backup: Lemuel Jeanpierre
Next in line: Greg Van Roten
Overview: This may be the Seahawks’ best duo. Jeanpierre filled-in well for Unger last year when he missed three games. Unger has been named to consecutive Pro Bowls.
Starter: J.R. Sweezy
Backup: Stephen Schilling
Next in line: Bronson Irwin
Overview: Sweezy is the clear starter here. He started 15 regular-season games last season after making three starts in 2012. Schilling, 25, played in 18 games for the San Diego Chargers since 2011. He started twice. He became a free agent when the Chargers did not offer him a tender as a restricted free agent.
Starter: Michael Bowie or Justin Britt
Next in line: Nate Isles
Overview: Shortly after drafting Britt with the final selection of round two, offensive line coach Tom Cable said Britt would compete with Bowie to start at right tackle. Bowie played half of last season at right tackle, filling in for the injured Breno Giacomini. Now, the Seahawks are looking for Giacomini’s full-time replacement. The advantage for Bowie is experience and familiarity. The advantage for Britt is being a second-round pick. He’s a significant investment for a team that did not end up with a first-round pick.