Pick gained from the Diggs trade
The team could go any number of ways with this pick. However, I will say this is where the team would need to draft an offensive line or defensive line if they are looking in that direction. The talent about runs dry here. There should also be some very promising skill position players available.
D’Wayne Eskeridge, WR: If you read my target at each position article you would understand why this name is here. Eskeridge is a small school wonder who is about as slippery as you can get. His understanding of route running and creating separation is elite. His top-end speed has to be in the low 4.3s. The comp I recently heard was Tyreek Hills speed with Devante Adams footwork. The team could definitely do worse than Eskeridge.
Quinn Meinerz, C: Meinerz is another small school wonder. Many hadn’t heard his name until the Senior Bowl. However, anyone who followed the week in Mobile is now buzzing about his potential. He flat out destroyed the competition. He went from a likely undrafted FA to a likely third-round prospect. He plays with an incredible balance of power and control. He has great lateral agility with a lot of strength. A great fit for our blended Seahawks-Rams scheme.
James Hudson, OT: This is a great spot to take a developmental tackle prospect. Hudson is an incredibly athletic big man. His lateral agility is elite. He can play speed rusher better than just about anyone. His technique and footwork are precise. He can play both left and right tackle. He will just need some time to add some weight and strength to help add to his anchor. Hudson hasn’t allowed a sack in the last 2 seasons.
Keith Taylor, CB: Taylor looks like a classic Seahawks cornerback. He stands at 6’2″, 195 pounds, and a 76-inch wingspan. He has great agility, effective tackling, and physicality. He stood head and shoulders above the crop of cornerbacks at the Senior Bowl. He was incredibly sticky in coverage and excelled in accumulating pass breakups. He is a plug-and-play prospect with the versatility to play any of the defensive back positions.
Osa Odighizuwa, DT: If you read my draft prospects to target at each position article, you would understand why his name is listed. He looks and plays like a slightly lighter version of Poona Ford. He is the 280lb version of our favorite 310lb 1-tech defensive tackle. Odighizuwa is an athletically gifted player. He has a shorter stature with long arms. He plays with great leverage and explosiveness. He would make a dominant running partner for Ford to play with long-term at the 3-tech.
The order in which I would target each of these is as follows:
- Quinn Meinerz. He is a plug and play center and has HUGE upside. Get Russell Wilson a formidable offensive line and see how he performs.
- D’Wayne Eskeridge. Whether the team retains Lockett or not, Eskeridge is a dynamic playmaker who can help set the team over the top. The kid is electric.
- James Hudson. I was torn between Hudson and Odighizuwa here. Both have equally high ceilings. Both are developmental prospects. Rolling with Hudson first due to positional value.
- Osa Odighizuwa. He would be such a big get on the defensive line. His athleticism, burst and pass-rushing moves would surely create waves. He just needs to work on consistency.
- Keith Taylor. This is not a strong cornerback class. There are a handful of great prospects at the top but dries quickly. Taylor is a great schematic fit but would be a reach to select him here.
The $5.5 million saved from the trade is nothing to sneeze at. However, this would likely have to be one move amongst many if the team really wants to get their cap under control. I will continue coming out with other trade valuations for Seahawks stars to help accomplish just that.