Stephen Sullivan – Wide Receiver
The Seahawks were thought to be done drafting in the 2020 NFL Draft after they selected wide receiver Freddie Swain at 214 overall but they traded back in to select one last player—Stephen Sullivan a TE/WR hybrid out of LSU with the 251st pick.
It’s not entirely aware where Seattle will play Sullivan. Many sites have regarded Sullivan as “Seahawks tight end” but the Seahawks draft announcement and roster lists Sullivan as a wide receiver. Either way, Sullivan is versatile enough to slide around on the offense.
Alistair Corp, who covers the Seahawks for USA Today’s Field Gulls, shared a tweet outlining how many snaps Sullivan played in-line and how often he played in the slot. Towards his final year at LSU, Sullivan found himself playing more and more snaps at tight end.
The tight end room is packed in Seattle right now with Will Dissly (injury-prone), Jacob Hollister, Luke Willson, recently signed Greg Olsen, and drafted rookie Colby Parkinson. But the wide receiver side is sort of up in the air asides from Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.
Sullivan has good size, speed, and catch radius. But his odds of making the roster are slim right now. He could be more of a special teams option but his performance this offseason and in the preseason (if it happens) is what will ultimately decide his stay. I’m excited to see where the coaching staff will play him the most whether it’s on special teams, out wide, or in the slot.