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Originally published August 2, 2012 at 9:58 PM | Page modified August 2, 2012 at 9:58 PM

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Facebook link helped Seahawks safety get discovered

Video highlights of Chris Maragos opened the door for him to play college ball at Wisconsin, and now he's in the NFL.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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RENTON — Seahawks safety Chris Maragos' path to the NFL has been anything but straightforward.

You have to start before he went undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2010 and see how he ended up at that school in the first place.

He was a receiver at Western Michigan, looking to transfer, and he got some advice from his brother, Troy, who just so happened to be Wisconsin's team mascot, Bucky the Badger. Through his brother Bucky, errrrr, Troy, Chris got in touch with Wisconsin receiver Luke Swan over Facebook, passing along a video clip of highlights.

From there, Swan gave the Badgers' quarterback a look at Maragos, who in turn encouraged Wisconsin's coaches to take a look. It was July when the Badgers offered him a spot to walk on in 2007. A year later, he switched from receiver to safety for his final two seasons.

Undrafted in 2010, Maragos signed with the 49ers and spent much of that rookie season on the practice squad. He was signed by Seattle last year, first to the practice squad and later to the 53-man roster, where he appeared in 11 games.

He is 5 feet 10 and among the fastest players on Seattle's roster, but he hasn't forgotten that cyberspace connection.

"I'll stay on Facebook forever," he said.

Now, people are sending him clips on Facebook, asking to pass them along, and of course he's willing to look.

Lockette rocketing out in front

First, receiver Ricardo Lockette lost his head, then he promptly lost his helmet, throwing it off and into the ground after dropping what would have been a great catch on a route down the sideline.

"It's a touchdown," Lockette said. "The team depends on me if the ball's in my hands, and I dropped it."

It was one of the few mistakes the second-year receiver has made in the first week of training camp, and his reaction gives you an idea of the kind of pressure he's putting on himself to make the team. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell urged his second-year receiver not to show his frustration like that.

But after five days of practice, the Seahawks are certainly pleased with the player who caught two passes for 105 yards last season.

"He has started really well, and we are excited about it," coach Pete Carroll said.

Note

• G J.R. Sweezy played defensive line in college, but Seattle chose him to play guard. The sixth-round draft pick from North Carolina State is developing well enough the Seahawks gave him some time with the first-unit offensive line earlier this week.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com.

On Twitter @dannyoneil

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