Can’t miss player 4: Jonnu Smith, tight end
Seattle is reportedly going to be very aggressive in targeting a tight end. I have heard many fans being concerned with this news. Let me explain really quick why this is a huge get for the Seahawks.
- Russell Wilson wants weapons. A quality tight receiving tight end (F-type) would provide just that. A big target in the middle of the field to act as a safety net.
- Russell Wilson wants better protection. A quality blocking tight end (in-line blocker) would help anchor down the outside of the line. It also helps offer misdirection with running plays.
- Wide-zone schemes often use 2 tight end sets known as 12-personnel. Seattle needs another proven entity outside of Will Dissly. This is the assumed scheme under the new OC.
Jonnu Smith is a proven starter. Yet, his best years are still ahead of him. He is amongst the most athletic tight ends in the NFL. He ranked between the 80th-95th percentile for all his speed, agility and explosive testing numbers at the combine.
It’s this type of weapon that could open up the middle of the field in the passing game. An aspect that has sorely been missed. Smith isn’t a slouch in the blocking game either. He has enough functional strength to help shore up the line.
However, this signing is mostly to help provide another receiving threat with a high upside.
Suggested contract: 4 years, $32 million.