The Seahawks have a recent history of having undrafted free agents make a big impact on the success of the team. What 3 UDFAs might impact 2020?
Why do I have a picture of former Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin at the lead photo in this piece? Because Baldwin joined Seattle as an undrafted free agent (UDFA) and turned out to be arguably the second best receiver in Seahawks history. During the coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider era which began in 2010, Seattle has had an incredible amount of UDFAs make big impacts on Seattle’s success.
Beyond Baldwin, players like Michael Bennett (not originally signed by Seattle but still an undrafted free agent) and Jermaine Kearse helped Seattle win a Super Bowl and get to another in the 2010s. Defensive tackle Poona Ford was signed as an UDFA in 2018 and he could be a starter in 2020. One of Seattle’s UDFAs signed for the 2020 season could have an important role this coming season and beyond.
In fact, the way Seattle’s cap space is, with little money to sign any top-end talent at this point, relying on a breakthrough from one of the UDFAs is almost a must. But that isn’t a bad thing. Schneider and Carroll might do a better job of judging UDFA talent than first round talent, oddly enough.
Seattle has signed 18 undrafted free agents for 2020. Few will probably make the final roster and several might end up on the practice squad. But which three have the best chance of being Seahawks this coming season? Maybe these guys.