The yearly purge in the NFL is upon us, the time of the year, where all 32 teams slingshot, veteran players from there roster in hopes to open up cap space. While every front office has had a part in this practice, it is perhaps the Seattle Seahawks brass (maybe the Dolphins), that have made the largest subtractions. Over the weekend, general manager John Schneider, and head man Pete Carroll, erased the contracts of all-pro’s CB Richard Sherman and DE Michael Bennett, forcing the fans in the emerald city to say goodbye. While the loss of the defensive leaders were bad enough, the front office continued it’s destruction when veteran CB’s Jeremy Lane and Deshawn Shead, were let go as an encore. Fast forward a couple days, and the Seahawks, (while talented) lack legit depth, on the backend of there defense. With that said, the draft is quickly approaching, and no team in the league believes in the saying “build threw the draft” more than the Hawks’. Good news is, there are a ton of talent at the CB position, in this years draft, and Pete Carroll, is salivating at the opportunity to snatch one or two of them. We decided to look over the prospects in this years draft, and find the players, who could interest the front office, and help fill the void created this weekend.
1) Donte Jackson (LSU)- Head coach Pete Carroll, loves his players, versatile, smart, and scrappy, and CB Donte Jackson, checks all those boxes with flying colors. What could interest the Hawks’ more then anything, is Jackson’s ability to play in traffic. A capable nickel corner, he is able to fill in at dime, while offering his skill set at both safety spots. He is a willing tackler, that isn’t afraid to put his nose on the ball, lay the wood on a wide out. He is quicker than fast, and plays with a toughness, that would have coach Carroll, salivating at the prospect of having the young man. Seattle needs help across the board, and adding a talent like Jackson, would be a good first step.
2) Danny Johnson (Southern)- True, CB Danny Johnson, is from a small school (Southern), isn’t very well known, and doesn’t have great size (5’10). But do not be fooled, Johnson, is a football player, in every sense of the word. A tough kid, with nastiness mixed into his game style, that has the short area quickness, to strive in the middle of the defense. He can play the run well, and understands how position his body when covering bigger bodied wide outs. It is no secret that GM John Schneider loves finding hidden gems in the draft, and the Southern DB, could be the shine they look for.
3) Tarvarus McFadden (Florida State)- When watching the game film on the Florida state Seminole, you can’t help but see a little bit of Richard Sherman, in his play style. A legit ball hawk, McFadden, has gotten the reputation of an issue for opposing offenses. With great size (6’2 205), good long speed, and the toughness that Coach Carroll, covet in his DB’s. He is a willing helper in the run game, and would add a swag the team lost, with Sherman leaving. There have been talks that McFadden struggles, with double moves, but his issues are coachable, and could be fixed. Adding McFadden, would give the defense another good option to play across from second year starter Shaquille Griffin.