I'm so very impressed with Quinton Jefferson.
If a round five rookie can be part of the regular rotation and give consistent production, I will call it an overachievement. Considering Jordan Hill has packed his bags, QJ is half way there. Big statement.
I will also add that I have read comments from reputable .net folks that suggest Jefferson is primarily a run stuffer that needs much development as a pass rusher. I couldn't disagree more based on my preseason observations. *See link below* In fact, I believe he is more diverse than Jordan Hill ever was and we will see him replace Hill's role in all of the passing down sub packages. In other words, provide interior pressure on passing downs, but unlike Hill, strong enough to move around and hold up against the run in early down situations.
He reminds me very much of youthful Michael Bennett and I can easily envision him as a three down player with situational position switches up and down the line.
I'm telling ya. I have watched this game for decades and I see something very special in QJ. I think he gets extended with a lucrative contract in four years. Ponder that in comparison to players like Bruce Irvin, James Carpenter, or Golden Tate. Players that were allowed to seek more money elsewhere when their rookie deal expired. This.....is how good I think QJ is going to be.
**On edit: from this Field Gulls link dated May 30 http://www.fieldgulls.com/2016/5/30/118 ... ep-defense
Bonus Impact Rookie: Quinton Jefferson
Don't get me wrong, Jarran Reed is going to come into Seattle and start week one, helping the defensive line not miss a beat following Mebane's departure. Jefferson, however, does have an interesting season ahead of him. Touted as very raw by many draft experts, I think Pete Carroll and the Seahawks defensive coaches will carve out a good role for Jefferson in 2016. The quick defensive tackle will be played to his strengths, which I imagine means he'll see the field in just passing downs. Jefferson will get a chance to get after the passer when players like Jordan Hill, Bennett, Clark and Chris Clemons need rotating.