The Seahawks need secondary help, especially at safety. Seattle may have have chosen their answer with Ugo Amadio in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Seahawks know they have a stud safety in Bradley McDougald. But they might still not have a lot of faith in Tedric Thompson or Delano Hill in the safety opposite McDougald. In the fourth round this year, Seattle chose Ugo Amadi in hopes he might be a long-term starter in Seattle.
Amadi isn’t big at just five-foot-nine-inches and he isn’t fast. He doesn’t seem to be either Earl Thomas or Kam Chancellor. NFL.com isn’t sold on Amadi becoming a long-term starter in the NFL either. So why did Seattle choose him in the fourth round?
Basically, Amadi can do two things really well and neither is truly measurable. He should be an excellent special teams player and Seattle needs help there. The Seahawks weren’t the worst kick coverage team in 2018 but they weren’t anywhere near the best and Amadi could help fix that quickly.
Amadi is also a good guy in the locker room. He is team-first, well-spoken and level-headed. After years of Seattle dealing with the emotional states of Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett, the Seahawks would love to have players who care more about the team than they do themselves. Amadi is that guy.
I don’t think anyone expects Amadi to show up in training camp and immediately take a role as a starter for the 2019 Seattle professional football team. But his upside is that he could do that. Either way, he will do everything he can to make Seattle better and that is truly what John Schneider and Pete Carroll covet and what has made the Seahawks a success. I want to grade Amadi higher but he still has to prove what he can do.