Depth over dominance as Seahawks draft plenty of backups

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The Seattle Seahawks have been known over the years for taking absolute steals in the NFL Draft. From guys like D.K. Metcalf to Richard Sherman, the Seahawks have found some absolute gems. However, this year the Seahawks seemed to look for some solid depth in their lineup to prepare for a team that seems to face injuries constantly. Here is my breakdown of each draft pick that Seattle picked up in the 2020 NFL Draft.

No. 27 overall pick: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech

The Seahawks have been no strangers to strong defense. While the “Legion of Boom” has come and gone, the Seahawks continue to post strong numbers on offense while still being one of the top ten defenses in the league going into playoffs. Brooks comes in as a solid pickup to back up and learn from current Seahawks stars in Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. Brooks, in his career as a Red Raider, was all over the field. He had a strong senior year going into the draft with 108 total tackles, 20 for a loss and 3 sacks. There is hope that the draftee can come in and learn from two of the best linebackers in the game. He has exceptional speed as a linebacker posting a 4.54 on his 40-yard dash. He could end up being a vital piece to the Carroll defense later in the season.

Grade: C+

No. 48 overall pick: Darrell Taylor, DE, Tennessee

One of the biggest shocks of 2019 was the lack of production that Seattle got from its defensive line. What used to be a ferocious beast is now a shell of itself, and with what seems to be no more Jadeveon Clowney, Seattle is looking for a star. They found one with this pick in Darrell Taylor. Taylor had 19.5 career sacks along with 6 forced fumbles in his career as a Volunteer. Taylor comes in as a monster on the defensive line standing in at 6’4″ and weighing a big 267 pounds. I see Taylor seeing some instant action if he can get his technique down. He has the potential to be a major issue in the league for offensive lines.

Grade: B

No. 69 overall pick: Damien Lewis, G, LSU

The clearest weak point on the Seahawks is their offensive line. Russell Wilson, being as mobile as he is, was hit 111 times and sacked 48 times. Lewis comes in with high expectations after helping prevent sacks for the Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. The SEC being the best conference has given Damien plenty of big game experience and being crowned the NCAA champion has plenty of expectations set upon him. The downside for Seattle to this pick is that this is also the largest amount of roster spots that the Seahawks pick. With this draft pick, Seattle now has 19 spots on their roster dedicated to just the offensive line. This will allow Lewis to have some stiff competition and hopefully Seattle can find some continuity on their offensive line in the upcoming season.

Grade: B-

No. 133 overall pick: Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford

This was another surprising pick from the Seattle front office. After making the big signing of Greg Olsen during the off season, and two backup studs in Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister, it was an interesting pick for Seattle to get another tight end. But with the running game that Seattle loves to use, this could be more of a transition to an offensive lineman for Parkinson. However, this pick is not all for nothing. Parkinson did not drop a single pass in 2019. My biggest thought for this pick is that it could be used as a trade since the Seahawks are pretty stacked at their tight end position.

Grade: C-

No. 144 overall pick: Deejay Dallas, RB, Miami

Seattle loves their big backs that continue to build up their yards after contact. Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny were a one-two punch, but Seattle desperately needed a new running back through the end of the season as they saw many injuries come week after week. Deejay Dallas is a mold-fitting back for Seattle that will give much-needed depth to the position. Dallas had 17 career touchdowns and over 1,500 yards rushing with an average of six yards per attempt. Dallas also shows a strong resolve. After having four fumbles in his 2018 season, he fixed up his handling and managed to have no fumbles even after receiving the most touches on the Hurricanes’ offense. This is a pickup I think will fly under the radar as a quality pick.

Grade: C+

No. 148 overall pick: Alton Robinson, DE, Syracuse

Again, this was no shock to see Seattle try to build more depth on their defensive line. Another big defensive end coming in at 6/3″, 264 pounds. He dominated the line in the ACC with a career 19 sacks and 115 tackles. In his junior year for the Orange, he had ten sacks. Robinson will not get immediate action like Darrell Taylor, but I believe that Robinson will be plenty impactful on the pass rush, especially after doing some preseason workouts with former Seahawk, Cliff Avril.

Grade: C

No. 214 overall pick: Freddie Swain, WR, Florida

The 2020 draft pool had wide receivers left and right that could be picked up, and Seattle decided to dip their toe in the pool by selecting Swain. Posting a 4.46 40-yard dash, Swain could be huge for Seattle as another speedy receiver alongside Tyler Lockett and Metcalf. This is definitely a backup role pick for Seattle as Swain only had 517 yards with seven touchdowns in his senior year. He could play a fun role in the Seahawks offense that could look to use some Jet Sweep plays or even look to make an impact in the deep ball game.

Grade: C-

No. 251 overall pick: Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU

Another depth pick for Seattle, but Sullivan could potentially see himself in a wide receiver role. He only had 12 receptions for 130 yards and no touchdowns his senior year, but that was after a transition he had made from wide receiver after two years in the position. During his time as a receiver, he had 34 receptions and 583 yards with 4 touchdowns. He comes in with plenty of speed for someone who is 6’5″ and 248 pounds. He ran an unofficial 4.66 40-yard dash and came in as the final draft pick for the Seahawks.

Grade: C

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