The Seahawks are always in the market for a fast, hard-hitting safety. They’ll find their man when they draft Lenoir-Rhyne’s Kyle Dugger.
The Seahawks, like every NFL team, are always in the market for upgrades for this season or the next. They have a tremendous opportunity to take the next step forward at safety with a gentleman from a division II school, Kyle Dugger. He may not have been on your radar before, but his performance at the NFL Combine turned a lot of heads.
The fact Dugger played at Lenoir-Rhyne instead of Washington or Ohio State (or whatever your favorite college factory may be) kept him out of the limelight. He definitely performed like a big-time player, though. He had four interceptions as a senior, forced two fumbles, and returned two punts for touchdowns. Overall, Dugger played in 42 games at his North Carolina school. Over his career, he had 10 interceptions, broke up 36 passes, forced six fumbles and recovered six. The man has a nose for the football.
Before the Combine, he was generally considered as round three prospect. Several sites have bumped his ranking to the second round. That’s what happens when you run a 4.49 40-yard dash. In his draft overview on Dugger, NFL analyst Lance Zierlein wrote, “He plays with controlled violence and carries an alpha demeanor on the field.” Remind you of anybody, 12s? At 6’1″ and 217 pounds, he isn’t as big as the great Kam Chancellor, but it sure sounds like he plays his game.
I don’t see the Seahawks going after a safety with their first pick. When you consider all the potential changes coming to the offensive line, they need to address that area first. And of course, they may need to replace both Jadeveon Clowney and Jarran Reed. That’s a lot of potential holes to fill before they even consider building for the future.
That’s why I love the prospect of landing Kyle Dugger. He’s fast, he has good size, and he always seems to find the football. In addition, he’s untbeen a great punt. returner After his performance at the Combine, it will be risky to wait till the third round to take him. Hopefully the Seahawks make the right call and get their safety of the 2020s.