Number five: Jarran Reed
Jarran Reed grew up in 2018. Prior to last year, the second-round pick was decent but not Pro Bowl-level. That changed last year. Reed had 10.5 sacks, 9 sacks more than in any previous year of his career. He also had a career-high 12 tackles for loss, 8 more than his previous high in 2017.
Now in 2019, and after Frank Clark was traded, Reed is the only proven player on the roster who has been productive getting to the opposing quarterback while wearing a Seattle uniform. Ansah has two good seasons with sacks, but he hasn’t done that with the Seahawks.
Reed is also in the final year of his current contract. Not only was he great in 2018, he will be extra motivated in 2019. Reed may not get to 10.5 sacks again; He may not need to for Seattle to be successful. But if he can be even better against the run and get 8 sacks or so, he should make the Pro Bowl.
Reed isn’t Aaron Donald, but who is? But Reed is by far Seattle’s closest quality to Donald. Reed should have made the Pro Bowl last season, but a lot of that is a popularity contest. Hopefully in 2019, Reed does so much on the field that he can’t not be turned away from playing in the all-star game.