Seattle Seahawks make or break players: Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson

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(This series focuses on the x-factors/wildcards on the Seahawks roster who will make or break Seattle's 2020 season.)

NFL rookies face unprecedented challenges this season: No OTAs, no minicamps, a truncated training camp and zero preseason reps. First-year players will likely enter Week 1 and begin their NFL careers after a mere two weeks of padded practices.

This will hurt some teams more than others, of course. I'm not sure how the Bengals plan to get Joe Burrow ready for game action. But the Covid-19-altered offseason schedule will have a certain impact on every club's rookies that are expected to contribute immediately.

In Seattle, right guard Damien Lewis faces the most pressure (more on him later in this series). Edge rushers Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson will also be expected to get up to speed as soon as possible for a number of reasons.

For starters, the Seahawks will be desperate for anyone to help get to the quarterback. Seattle is yet to sign a big-name pass rusher and appears set to go with a committee approach. Taylor and Robinson figure to be firmly in that rotation.

Secondly, especially as far as fans are concerned, there won't be much patience given to either player. The Seahawks traded up to draft Taylor in the second round, and John Schneider made it clear that they coveted the Tennessee product. Seattle can't afford to miss on Taylor like they missed on Malik McDowell and, potentially, L.J. Collier.

"The last two top picks the Seahawks have taken in the last three years have not panned out, at least not yet for Collier," Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune said on a recent episode of the Talkin' Seahawks Podcast. "They need Taylor to. He's going to get chances at the LEO. He has speed and size like a Cliff Avril."

Taylor (6-4, 267 pounds), and Robinson for that matter (6-3, 264 pounds), measure up favorably to Avril (6-3, 260 pounds). They'll play the same position as the famed Seahawks pass rusher and hope to replicate the production.

"These two rookies, to me, seem like LEO edge rushers and speed guys coming off the edge," Bell said. "We will see. Taylor will get every opportunity to show."

Indeed he will. That's because his main competition will be Benson Mayowa, who is a fine player, but a journeyman pass rusher nonetheless. Taylor may end up being Seattle's top guy by season's end. However, the Seahawks would love for either rookie to overcome the ridiculous challenge they face entering camp and produce from the jump.

"If (Taylor) produces early on, given all that, he'll be even better than they thought he'd be," Bell said.

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