Shaquill Griffin is a free agent this offseason. The Seattle Seahawks may have to choose his replacement in the 2021 NFL draft. In fact, Seattle might need to try to take a cornerback or two this draft as Seattle would be left with D.J. Reed and Tre Flowers on the outside should Griffin sign elsewhere and Seattle not try to re-sign Quinton Dunbar.
As it turned out in 2020, D.J. Reed was pretty good and a surprise to how much so. But Seattle still doesn’t know if they can rely on him to be a full-time outside corner next year and beyond. Reed might be a better fit to play slot and Seattle already has a bunch of those guys with Ugo Amadi and Marquise Blair being involved as well.
Tre Flowers had an odd season where he started off horribly and got hurt and then came back to be decent. But I don’t think anyone has long-term faith that Flowers will be a very good for several years to come for Seattle. He might be yet but can Seattle afford to wait and see?
Seahawks and Shaquill Griffin
As for Griffin, he’s been good in his career but not great. The question is whether Seattle wants to pay him north of $10 million a season for him to simply be a good-to-very-good corner? That’s a lot of money to spend on a player that is great in the locker room but may never be great on the field.
So let’s assume Griffin does go to another team then Seattle must fill his spot in the draft, surely. And to do that they might choose one of the following five players. This is based on rounds instead ranking top corners because Seattle only currently has four picks in the draft and they are spread out from round 2 to round 6.