John Schneider and his front office staff in Seattle may have the most difficult job to pull off at this year’s draft. They must add to a team that has a handful of superstars, but a solid amount of question marks with an unprecedentedly low amount of draft capital. The Seahawks have just three picks in 2021.
Outside of a possibly disgruntled Russell Wilson, the big headlines in free agency for Seattle included the losses of starting corner Shaquill Griffin to Jacksonville and the team cutting defensive lineman Jarran Reed due to a money dispute. On the plus side, Seattle was able to keep midseason acquisition Carlos Dunlap, and went out and acquired the services of Gabe Jackson, Ahkello Witherspoon, Gerald Everett, and Kerry Hyder over the last number of weeks.
Despite these moves, the Seahawks still have some work to do (and do not have many resources) in what needs to be a good draft in 2021.
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Round 2, Pick 56: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
Mayfield showed in just two years (15 games) playing at Michigan that he is more than NFL-ready at either end of the line. He had either the honor or misfortune, depending on how you look at it, of drawing assignments on names like Chase Young and Yetur Gross-Matos in his rookie year playing in the Big 10.
Despite playing in just two games in 2020, Mayfield has seemingly rocketed up boards in recent weeks. He played left tackle in college but can play on the right side, as well. That seems like it would be the fit if he were to head to Seattle, seeing as Duane Brown looks locked in on Russell Wilson’s blindside.
For more on Mayfield, check out our scouting report here.
Round 4, Pick 129: Jaylen Twyman, IDL, Pittsburgh
An interior pass rusher from Pitt who is about 6-foot-2 and weighs under 300 pounds. Funny, that conjures images of another guy who played his college ball at Pitt. I wonder what happened to that guy, but I digress.
Twyman skipped 2020 and redshirted his Freshman year in 2017, so ’18 and ‘19 were the only two years we got to see him play. In his second year, playing in all 13 of Pitt’s games, Twyman raked up 10.5 sacks, 41 tackles (12.5 for a loss), and was even credited for a couple of pass defenses.
With the loss of Jarran Reed to Kansas City and Quinton Jefferson to Buffalo a season prior, Twyman could come into the inside of Seattle’s front four and make an impact. He will continue to fine-tune some elements of his pass-rushing ability/technique along the way.
Round 7, Pick 95: Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest
With studs like D.K. Metcalf and the recently paid Tyler Lockett, the top end of the receiving depth chart for the Seahawks, it is good for years to come. However, with the free agency losses of Patriots legend Phillip Dorsett and David Moore, it may be a good idea to add to the receiver room’s depth. Enter Surratt, standing at a hair over 6-foot-2 and weighing 215 pounds.
Surratt had a solid freshman year at Wake Forest before exploding in 2019 with a 66 catch, 1,001-yard, 11 touchdown season for the Demon Deacons. The North Carolina native could also give new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron the flexibility to line him up either outside or in the slot as a mismatch.
Surratt did not have the best showing in 1v1 drills at the Senior Bowl, but the production in college should provide some optimism. Additionally, you have to admire the moxie of a guy who turned down Harvard’s business program in favor of Wake Forest’s.
For more on Surratt, check out our scouting report here.
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