Seahawks land four in Top 200

Defensive end Chris Clemons ranks No. 105 in Matt Williamson’s Top 200 players in the NFL.

Matt Williamson has released his annual list of the Top 200 players in the NFL at ESPN.com and the Seahawks are represented by four players: defensive end Chris Clemons (No. 105), free safety Earl Thomas (No. 120), running back Marshawn Lynch (No. 131) and defensive end Red Bryant (No. 194).

To view the entire list requires registration and a fee, because it’s an Insider feature. But here’s what Williamson has to say about the Seahawks he selected:

Clemons: “Since coming to Seattle for the 2010 season, Clemons has found a home as a starter and productive pass-rusher. He is explosive off the edge with excellent initial quickness and a good burst as he turns the corner to close down on the pocket.”

Thomas: “Thomas is a relatively short safety who is very well put together and is an extremely powerful tackler. He is very quick-footed and can be explosive as he accelerates to the play. He shows excellent range over the top.”

Lynch: “Lynch is a talented ball carrier who has agility, balance and adequate downfield speed. He had a tendency to dance around in the backfield for too long, but has learned to stick his foot in the ground, trust the hole to be there and fight for yards.”

Bryant: “Bryant is a massive defensive lineman with surprisingly nimble feet. He has adequate initial quickness and decent acceleration off the edge but is more effective as a run stopper than as an edge pass-rusher. He has a lot of natural power and strength and has learned to be more consistent at keeping his pad level down and squeezing the play down.”

The Seahawks will face the players ranked No. 1 and No. 2 at CenturyLink Field this season – Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (Sept. 24) and Patriots QB Tom Brady (Oct. 14). They also will face seven other players ranked among the Top 12 – Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (No. 4), Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (No. 5), Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (No. 8), Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (No. 9), 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith (No. 10) and 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis (No. 12).


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