Following the revealing of the 2020 NFL schedule, members of the 2019 draft class can be getting into their second season with the Seahawks, with every participant having one thing to show.
Some burst onto the scene in an enormous approach, validating their alternatives rapidly as rookies for a playoff-bound squad, whereas others disillusioned and hope for higher leads to 2020.
Let’s have a look again at every choice and set some targets for every heading into their sophomore seasons in Seattle.
Round 1, Pick No. 29 – L.J. Collier, DE, TCU
There isn’t any different approach to put it. Collier’s first season in Seattle was a colossal disappoint by each measurement attainable. He was introduced in for his go dashing prowess as a five-tech defensive finish who racked up 14.5 sacks his final three years for the Horned Frogs and didn’t contribute in any respect.
It’s not as if Seattle did not want Collier, as they have been among the many worst groups within the NFL at sacking the quarterback. Collier was a wholesome scratch in seven video games together with the playoffs. For a primary spherical choose, he fell nicely wanting expectations.
In 2020, the necessity for go rush continues to be current, particularly with Jadeveon Clowney at present not employed by the workforce. The Seahawks addressed the place within the offseason however it may be now or by no means for Collier to seize maintain of a job on the protection.
In order to keep away from the “bust” label, Collier not solely must carve out a constant position in 2020, however he must make important contributions. Fair or not, he can be in comparison with the participant Seattle handed as much as finally take him, Redskins edge rusher Montez Sweat.
Sweat collected 7.zero sacks with 50 tackles, enjoying in all 16 video games for Washington final yr, albeit in a unique scheme, whereas Collier performed simply 152 defensive snaps with a measly three whole tackles.
In 2020, Collier’s numbers might want to look rather more like Sweat’s.
Goal: Play in 13 video games, 30 tackles, Four.zero sacks
Round 2, Pick No. 47 – Marquise Blair, S, Utah
Blair appeared in all however two video games in 2019, beginning in three contests when Bradley McDougald briefly went down with an harm.
The hard-hitting security shouldn’t be with out his flaws, however he collected 32 tackles, a go defensed, and two fumbles compelled. He was a top quality particular groups contributor together with being a strong depth piece at security.
The beginning security roles are set heading into 2020 with Quandre Diggs, acquired midseason final yr by way of commerce, filling in alongside McDougald.
However, that doesn’t imply Blair will journey the bench nor does it imply Seattle doesn’t want him. He will play in sure defensive packages that require a 3rd security or an additional defender who’s fearless enjoying up within the field. He will even proceed to contribute on particular groups.
His general stats might not skyrocket, as he’ll probably be in the same position to final season. He is the very best reserve security choice subsequent to Lano Hill and Hill could also be susceptible to being minimize earlier than Week 1 with out a stellar camp.
Goal: Play all 16 video games, 40 tackles, 1 interception
Round 2, Pick No. 64 – DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
What may be stated about Metcalf’s rookie marketing campaign? He collected 58 catches for 900 yards and 7 touchdowns, which could be very similar to the inaugural yr of 1 two-time All-Pro Julio Jones in 2011 (54 catches, 959 yards, eight touchdowns).
Metcalf additionally boasted a greater catch share than Jones’ rookie yr at 58 p.c in opposition to 56.eight p.c. The 6-foot-Four wideout broke out in an enormous approach when it mattered most, racking up 160 receiving yards and a rating throughout Seattle’s Wild Card spherical victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Given his standout rookie season, it is comprehensible to set lofty targets for Metcalf’s profession, particularly when he’s on the receiving finish of soccer’s launched by Russell Wilson, among the finest passers within the league.
Each yr brings distinctive challenges because the inevitability of participant turnover alters a workforce’s plans every season. Metcalf was focused 100 occasions in 2019, greater than four-time Pro Bowler Tyreek Hill or fellow rookie standout A.J. Brown. It could also be tough to surpass that variety of targets, particularly with the addition of former Pro Bowl tight finish Greg Olsen together with the assumed well being of Will Dissly and signing of free agent Phillip Dorsett.
Additionally, Russell Wilson’s favourite goal continues to be on the workforce in Tyler Lockett.
However, one can assume that even with the same quantity of targets, Metcalf can enhance on his numbers, as he had seven drops, which led the squad. He is scratching the floor of what he’s succesful, given his immense bodily talents. Expecting a Pro Bowl-type season shouldn’t be out of the query.
Goal: 70 receptions, 1,000 yards, 7 touchdowns
Round three, Pick No. 88 – Cody Barton, LB, Utah
Barton carved out a job for himself down the stretch, enjoying over 80 p.c of defensive snaps in two video games in December, largely filling in for accidents. Pete Carroll cherished Barton’s capability and willingness on particular groups, the place he performed over 300 snaps.
The former Ute collected 23 tackles, one quarterback hit and one fumble restoration, enjoying in all 16 video games in some kind. Barton, like Metcalf, performed his finest sport on the largest stage and reeled in a sack in opposition to the Eagles within the Wild Card spherical victory, together with producing 5 tackles and two passes defensed.
This yr, Barton has competitors to switch the departed Mychal Kendricks in 2020 first spherical choose Jordyn Brooks. This choice ought to put all linebackers not named Bobby Wagner on discover.
With Okay.J. Wright switching to SAM linebacker, Barton may see important snaps in 2020 with a robust coaching camp. Coaches would adore it if the 23 year-old may very well be extra disruptive within the backfield, be it in opposition to the run or go.
Goal: 50 tackles, Four tackles for loss, 1 sack
Round Four, Pick No. 120- Gary Jennings Jr., WR, West Virginia
Jennings was minimize in November with out showing in a sport for Seattle. He’s now a member of the Miami Dolphins…
Round Four, Pick No. 124 – Phil Haynes, G, Wake Forest
Haynes began the season on the PUP checklist and was not activated till November. From there, he didn’t seem in a sport till the playoffs when he was thrown into the fireplace because the beginning left guard within the Divisional Round in opposition to the Green Bay Packers.
Understandably, Haynes struggled at occasions in that street playoff sport. However, that was incredible expertise he can take into the 2020 season trying to have a higher position within the offensive line rotation.
With the discharge of D.J. Fluker, the suitable guard spot is open, nevertheless it’s presumed that 2020 third spherical choose Damien Lewis will take that spot. Haynes will definitely compete at each guard spots, with the left guard spot occupied by the growing old and oft-injured Mike Iupati. Haynes and Ethan Pocic appear to be the primary backups on the inside and the 24-year outdated ought to get important snaps this season.
Goal: Play in 6 video games, present dependable depth at each guard spots
Round Four, Pick No. 132 – Ugo Amadi, DB, Oregon
Amadi was chosen for his versatility and Carroll put him proper to work in quite a lot of roles in camp and preseason. It was assumed he would finally earn the slot nook spot however he by no means took maintain of it, enjoying in simply 76 defensive snaps all yr.
His worth grew to become obvious in particular groups, the place he performed over 50 p.c of the snaps, making 17 tackles with a fumble restoration.
As the season wore on, Amadi noticed extra snaps on the slot nook place in December and appears to be the favourite to win the job within the coming season.
It was assumed Seattle would draft or signal a cornerback to usher in to compete with Amadi for that spot. However, they made no such choice or have not signed anybody so far. The largest transfer within the secondary was the commerce for Quinton Dunbar, who will compete with Tre Flowers for the surface nook spot reverse Pro Bowler Shaquill Griffin.
The loser of that battle might get a take a look at the slot however the match and ability set won’t be there. This season is pointing to Amadi seeing a big bump in defensive snaps and grabbing maintain of a beginning position.
Goal: Become beginning slot cornerback, 30 tackles, 1 interception
Round 5, Pick No. 142 – Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
This choice excited many Seahawks followers who put on Huskies purple on Saturdays. Burr-Kirven was a tackling machine in faculty, main the nation in takedowns his senior yr with 176.
Firmly behind the likes of Bobby Wagner and Okay.J. Wright, “BBK” definitely couldn’t have been anticipated to play a significant position on protection in 2019, and he didn’t, enjoying simply 4 snaps all season.
The former Husky did play a significant factor on particular groups, because the coaches meant, enjoying in over 300 snaps and making eight whole tackles on the particular groups unit.
Like Barton, Burr-Kirven enters the season with some stiff competitors in first rounder Jordyn Brooks for enjoying time on the protection. It could also be tough for BBK to see the sphere constantly wherever else however particular groups.
His particular groups capability might maintain him from being minimize this fall, however he wants a robust camp to be in any higher state of affairs.
Goal: Expand particular groups position, present depth at linebacker, 15 tackles
Round 6, Pick No. 204 – Travis Homer, RB, Miami
Homer performed almost the whole season in a particular groups position till December. First, he was featured in a daring pretend punt in opposition to the Vikings in Week 13, which resulted in 29 yards and a primary down.
He then performed in over half of the offensive snaps within the final two video games of the common season, ending with 114 yards dashing on 18 carries. He acquired 14 carries within the playoffs however was largely stifled, gaining simply 25 yards.
Now, Homer seems to be to achieve a number of extra carries in a extra crowded room, one which now comprises his former teammate at Miami, DeeJay Dallas. The second-year participant can be hard-pressed to extend his carries as a working again this yr given the depth Seattle boasts, however his particular groups talents make him robust to chop from the roster.
Dallas could also be a extra well-rounded again than Homer, however whoever loses the third working again spot ought to nonetheless stay on the roster.
Goal: Win third working again spot, play particular groups, 25 carries, 125 yards, 1 landing
Round 6, Pick 209 – Demarcus Christmas, DT, Florida State
Christmas spent everything of the 2019 season on the PUP checklist. Now, with Seattle having parted methods with Naz Jones together with shedding Al Woods and Quinton Jefferson, there is a chance to be seized by the previous Seminoles standout and his fellow reserve defensive tackles.
Of course, the starters will stay Jarran Reed, who had 10.5 sacks in 2018, and undrafted rookie-turned-starter Poona Ford.
But there appears to be a big chasm between these two and the remaining pool of inside defensive lineman on the roster. This was one other place many assumed Seattle would handle within the draft, however they didn’t. However, there are nonetheless a number of high quality free brokers unsigned on the place.
For now, the primary backup spot is up for grabs and Christmas has an enormous probability to take it. A 4 year-starter for the Seminoles, the 24-year outdated will compete for important snaps on protection this season.
Goal: Win backup defensive sort out spot, 10 tackles, 1 sack
Round 7, Pick 236 – John Ursua, WR, Hawaii
For most groups, it is a win if the seventh spherical choose simply makes the roster, no matter influence. After racking up over 1,300 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns his closing yr with the Warriors, Ursua struggled early on to be taught the playbook however lastly noticed the sphere late within the yr.
The incontrovertible fact that Ursua’s solely catch of the season got here late within the sport in Week 17 with the NFC West division on the road in opposition to the 49ers reveals how extremely the coaches consider the Hawaii native.
The 5-foot-9 wideout shouldn’t be with out competitors for a roster spot this season. 2020 sixth spherical choose Freddie Swain was drafted for his talents on particular groups within the return sport, one thing Ursua didn’t present in his rookie marketing campaign. David Moore continues to be round regardless of his cold and hot nature turning largely chilly final season.
Seattle additionally signed a number of undrafted receivers led by former Washington Husky Aaron Fuller. Simply put, Ursua has plenty of work to do to stay round in 2020.
Goal: Earn fifth receiver spot, 15 catches, 150 yards, 1 landing