Carroll said he noticed near midseason that Wagner and Irvin both went through the typical rookie swoon of getting used to playing so many games. That wasn't the case with Wilson.
"With those other kids there was a time about eight, nine games in, they had already played 12 to 13 games, and it was hard on those guys," Carroll said. "Russell did not fall into that category; he just continued to progress the whole time. Why he has is because of the way he's prepared himself. He's just worked so hard and he will not back off. He continues to push, but not only does he continue to push and try hard, he's getting better."
While those first four picks Seattle took in April have proved worthy of their selections, contributions have also come from players taken deeper in the draft. Sixth-round pick Jeremy Lane has been a standout on special teams and saw his first action on defense last week at cornerback. He could see even more playing time this week with starting cornerback Walter Thurmond nursing a hamstring injury.
And in the seventh-round, Seattle nabbed defensive tackle Greg Scruggs and guard J.R. Sweezy, a converted defensive lineman. Sweezy started the season opener against Arizona at guard and Scruggs has become a major part of Seattle's defensive line rotation.
Wilson said it was made apparent during the first rookie minicamp in May that this group would get an opportunity to have an influence on how good the Seahawks were this season.
"We said we wanted to be the best draft class," Wagner said. "We just have to go out there and prove it."
Notes: Seattle WR Sidney Rice (foot) did not participate in practice for the second straight day but was no longer wearing a protective walking boot on Thursday. ... Thurmond (hamstring) did not practice and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said Lane and Byron Maxwell were being worked in Thurmond's place.
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