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Today’s rookie month post will highlight many of the articles that have been posted at Seaside Joe since the conclusion of the draft at the onset of May. From reacting to the Charles Cross pick to five reasons we should be optimistic about the future of the Seahawks.
But first, so this isn’t only a clip show, here are some quick, passing thoughts on players who’ve yet to play in their fourth NFL season:
DE L.J. Collier - Even if he was a late first round pick, few first round defensive ends have ever been this ineffective. You can never place all of the blame on coaches or scheme. Collier has seen the field for 930 snaps over three seasons and produced three sacks with only two additional TFLs. If you want a light at the end of the tunnel: Jerry Hughes only had five sacks through three seasons, breaking out in year four. Charles Harris has picked it up a bit in year five. But more likely the comparisons here are names like Tyson Jackson and Kentwan Balmer. Collier will also be 27 when the season begins.
QB Drew Lock - If the Seahawks had traded for Lock in July instead of during the Russell Wilson trade, fans would be content that Seattle had made “their move” to add a spark to the quarterback room. Because Lock was added in the trade, it seems fans keep looking for that spark. Lock is the spark! That’s the end of it.
WR/RB Dee Eskridge - Eskridge had four first downs and two broken tackles as a receiver, compared to two first downs and one broken tackle as a runner. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Eskridge might be able to extend his career by tacking on additional work as a running back and Shane Waldron should have plays drawn up for him.
LB Cody Barton - It’s hard for inside linebackers to prove themselves as extension-worthy, so even if he’s a starter I would be surprised if Barton is retained beyond one more season.
DB Ugo Amadi - I was a little shocked when the reminder hit today that Amadi was drafted the same year as DK Metcalf. I could have sworn he was teammates with Lofa Totupu. Amadi had remarkably similar 2020 and 2021 campaigns, neither of which necessarily signal a long-term contract is coming, but he is still only 25 which is at most only a few days older than Totupu.
TE Noah Fant - Still surprised that the Seahawks were able to get Fant in the deal because tight end is a position in which a breakout can happen after many years in the league. Fant’s 249 career targets is the 20th-most ever for a tight end over his first three seasons (dating back to the early-90s at least) and that is a lot of experience for a player who is only 24.
Great headline: The Charles Cross pick reaction
Most Comments: Pete Carroll avoids reactionary mistake in the draft
Good footage: Charles Cross vs Georgia
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Good footage: Oh oh, Ken Walker III is going to be good right away
Next year: What will Seahawks 2023 draft look like?
You loved it: Ken Walker’s huge day against NC State
He will: Why Pete Carroll will draft a QB in 2023
Comment glory: 4 things “RBs don’t matter” ignored again
2023 QB primer: 152 names to keep in mind
DK Metcalf: Do’s and Dont’s of DK Metcalf contract
I’ve seen footage: Rashaad Penny’s breakout game against Lions
Premium: More Grayson McCall highlights
Premium: Will Levis is the next Malik Willis
DK Metcalf holdout stuff: DK can’t hold out
Premium: Top-5 QBs for 2023 draft
Premium: Ranking all 32 NFL QB starters
Premium: Tariq Woolen thoughts
Media Mania: Lies about Baker Mayfield, Seahawks