2020 draft chatter

At 148, the Seahawks added another pass rusher, Syracuse’s Alton Robinson.

Robinson (6-3, 264) is another LEO option, along with second-rounder Darrell Taylor. This looks like a nice pick.

Robinson had to go to JUCO after some legal trouble before college, but he quickly earned an offer from Syracuse. He had 19.5 sacks in three years with the Orange, including 10 as a junior.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: “Twitched-up edge rusher with exciting potential to become a disruptive factor in NFL backfields with a more skilled and willful approach. Robinson has the burst and bend to become a pass rushing problem for tackles early in his career, but his approach is too “one-trick” and needs workable counters to become less predictable. As a run defender, he has enough strength, but lacks consistent technique and instincts. He’s worthy of consideration as a designated rusher while he smooths out the kinks and could take a big leap forward with better skill and control.”

Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline: “After tremendous junior campaign, Robinson watched his production fall off last season and was the second-best pass rusher on the Syracuse roster. He’s a terrific athlete with great upside, but he must physically mature and continue to develop his game to have a career at the next level.”

At 144, the Seahawks addressed their opening at running back, adding DeeJay Dallas of Miami.

Dallas (5-10, 217) can return kicks and punts (17.4 average in 2018). He is coming off a dislocated elbow suffered in his senior season. He had fumbling issues early in his Miami career, but he fixed that through sessions with the school’s sports psychologist.

Dallas and former Miami backfield mate Travis Homer are the healthiest backs in Seattle, which needs depth as Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny come off injuries. We still expect a veteran to be added.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: “Dallas was a high school quarterback who came into Miami as a receiver and converted to running back during the 2017 season. The production is modest and the instincts are a work in progress, but there are flashes of run-lane feel and downhill smoothness that could be a sign of future development. He has size, speed and a surprising amount of pop as a finisher. His contact balance makes him hard to bring down through contact, but he needs to improve his open-field wiggle. He lacks third-down readiness, but his special teams talent should make up for that.”
 

The Seahawks added Stanford tight end Colby Parkinson in the fourth round (133).

In his final two years at Stanford, Parkinson (6-7, 252) caught 77 passes for 1,074 yards and eight scores.

He figures to push Luke Willson for the fourth tight end spot, behind Greg Olsen, Will Dissly (recovering from leg injury) and Jacob Hollister. Olsen and Hollister are not signed beyond 2020, and Dissly has not proven he can stay healthy, so it figures that the Seahawks would add a tight end.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: “He’ll be listed as a tight end, but he’s a big receiver who can be released into routes as a wingback, slot or wideout. He was much more productive in the red zone in 2018, but he didn’t always have functional throws to work with. He runs well for a pass-catching tight end and has the athletic traits to attack on all three levels. He’s almost automatic on the easy catches and has ball skills to rescue some of the harder ones. Teams looking for him to check the run-blocking box will need to keep it moving. Parkinson may be a little polarizing, but appears to be a field-stretching flex tight end with above-average playmaking ability down the field and near the goal line.”

Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline: “Parkinson lacks great athleticism, but he showed enough ability as a pass catcher and blocker at Stanford to get consideration in the top half of Day 3. He may never develop into a starter at the next level, but at the very least Parkinson has the tools and football ability necessary to be a productive second tight end on the depth chart.”

The Seahawks dropped from 64 to 60, adding the second pick in the fifth round (146). They drafted LSU RG Damien Lewis (6-2, 327).

Lewis joins a deep guard group in Seattle. He’ll likely sit behind D.J. Fluker in 2020, with the hope that he can start in 2021. The Seahawks also have 2019 rookie Phil Haynes.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein on Lewis: “The run-blocking tape shows a forklift dressed as a right guard with the power and leverage to move some of the best interior defenders in the conference. The pass-blocking tape shows a heavy-footed guard who lacks length and lateral quickness to hold up if asked to block on an island. Lewis needs to play for a team heavy into gap and inside-zone concepts. He can hold his own against bull rushers but will struggle to move and recover against moving pieces in pass protection. He’s a one-position prospect who lacks height/length, but he’s a plus run blocker who should outperform his draft slotting.”

Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline: “Lewis possesses size, better-than-average movement skills and strength and could develop into an effective backup at the next level.”

The Seahawks jumped up from 59 to 48, giving up their third-rounder (101), and grabbed the edge rusher everyone wanted: Tennessee’s Darrell Taylor.

He looks like a good LEO option, at 6-4, 267.

A three-year starter at UT, he tallied 16.5 sacks the past two years. He had 8.5 last year despite playing through a stress fracture in his shin.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: “Powerful edge defender for 3-4 or 4-3 fronts with five-star traits, but three-star skill level at this point. He has the strength and leverage to anchor and stand his ground at the point of attack, but he needs to transform from a set-it-and-forget-it roadblock into a shed-and-tackle playmaker. His rush lacks instincts and counters, but he has shown the ability to explode and bend the edge sharply, which will get the attention of NFL evaluators. The toolbox has plenty in it, but additional development as a pass rusher might be the difference between functional backup or dangerous starter.”

Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline: “Scouts graded Taylor as a potential first-round choice before the season, but he struggled with an injury throughout the campaign and never met expectations. He’s a terrific athlete with good versatility, but he must pull the pieces of his game together and start to produce on a consistent basis.”

John Schneider never used to move up in the draft. But check out the last five years:

2015: WR Tyler Lockett
2016: DT Jarran Reed & DL Quinton Jefferson
2018: P Michael Dickson
2019: WR D.K. Metcalf, LB Cody Barton & WR John Ursua
2020: DE Darrell Taylor

For the first time since 2011, the Seahawks did not trade down in the first round. But they still threw a curveball, like they always do when they pick late in the first round, drafting Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks.

Brooks (6-0, 240) runs a 4.54 40. He was a four-year starter who led the Big 12 with 20 tackles for loss in 2019.

Senior Bowl coordinator Jim Nagy, who used to work for Seattle, said Brooks reminded him of Bobby Wagner.

Brooks was considered a Day 2 pick by media analysts, but Pete Carroll and John Schneider love speed.

The Seahawks also were thought to be high on Utah CB Jaylon Johnson, per Tony Pauline. They obviously were higher on Brooks.

Las Vegas, which was supposed to host the draft this week, will instead host the draft in 2022, commissioner Roger Goodell announced. Cleveland has the draft in 2021.

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