The ability of the Seahawks to draft quality players in every round of the draft gives the team plenty of potential in-house replacements for players who have left via free agency.
In the secondary, which has seen the departures of cornerback Brandon Browner, cornerback Walter Thurmond, and safety Chris Maragos, there’s an opportunity for a guy who missed most of his rookie season.
“It’s time for Tharold Simon to step up,” defensive backs coach Kris Richard recently told the team’s website. “It’s next man. Let’s go.”
Simon, a fifth-round pick in 2013, spent the full season on IR after having foot surgery.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Simon said Friday, via the team’s website. “I never actually just took a whole year off from football — well, I didn’t really take the year off, I just didn’t get to play because of the injury.”
The 6-3 Simon faces an uphill climb to get on the field. Byron Maxwell is expected to start across from Richard Sherman, and Jeremy Lane figures to be the third corner in passing situation.
Still, Simon will now get a chance to do what other late-round picks have done in recent years for the Seahawks: Make plays and go from being unknown to instantly recognizable.