The Seattle Seahawks’ defense made waves last season led by loud-mouthed All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and his Pro-Bowler counterpart Brandon Browner. This talented duo struck fear into their opposition as they combined for 11 interceptions. Sherman had eight of those interceptions and was second in the NFL. Browner had three interceptions, despite a four-game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. They also combined for 30 passes defended with Sherman accounting for 24. Nicknamed the “Legion of Boom”, the Seahawks finished ninth last season in total defense and cornerbacks Sherman and Browner helped to earn that moniker.
This upcoming season, depth will play an important role in the Seahawks’ success. First-year Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn stated, ““It’s a very good group. It’s a very deep group” when discussing his collective group of cornerbacks on the 90- man roster. Behind Sherman and Browner the Seahawks have a troop of talented cornerbacks waiting in the wings.
At the conclusion of the OTAs, the Seahawks cornerback breakdown appears to be the following: Browner and Sherman (starters), Antoine Winfield (nickel back), Walter Thurmond and Jeremy Lane (second unit), and Byron Maxwell and Will Blackmon as the third unit. These players all had very different backgrounds, yet have all found there way onto what is projected to be one of the best teams in the league next season.
Sherman’s path is well known. He was the 154th overall draft pick in 2011, being drafted in the fifth round by the Seahawks. Backups, Lane and Maxwell were both drafted in the sixth round and Thurmond was drafted in the fourth round in 2011. Blackmon was signed in the offseason. Winfield was picked up in free agency this year, and his success is well documented, as he was a three-time Pro Bowl selection while with the Minnesota Vikings.
With this deep and competitive group of cornerbacks, the Seahawks are on the rise for the 2013-2014 season. The “Legion of Boom” will continue their assault.
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