There’s some speculation that the Seahawks will move back from the number 56 overall pick come April 30, and it wouldn’t come as any surprise given that, historically, John Schneider and Pete Carroll have been better at finding hidden gems in the middle rounds than selecting from the top prospects in the class.
However, as it stands, Seattle will be on the clock at number 56 with a few roster deficiencies and a host of rookie talent that could help out. If the roster at that point is identical to the current roster, there are three positions the Seahawks could be targeting in the second round: Cornerback, wide receiver, and center. If they hold onto that pick, who will they take?
Potential targets for the Seahawks with pick number 56
Eric Stokes, Georgia
Eric Stokes shined in his senior season, picking four passes off while playing a speedy ball-hawk role. Stokes perfectly fits the Carroll corner type, standing at a lanky 6’1” with an impressive 78” wingspan. He would fit extremely well into Seattle’s defense, but per The Draft Network he is projected to go at number 46, so it may be unlikely that he falls to the Hawks at number 56.
Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse
Melifonwu, like Stokes before him, would be a great piece in Seattle’s secondary. His height (6’3”) and wingspan (78.5”) would allow Carroll to mold him into a scary corner playing across from the very similar Ahkello Witherspoon. TDN has Melifonwu at number 57 on the big board, so there’s a solid chance the Seahawks have a chance to nab him in the 2nd Round, should they like him.
Paulson Adebo, Stanford
Being a Stanford alum isn’t the only similarity between Adebo and Richard Sherman, arguably the greatest cornerback to ever play in Seattle. Adebo’s body type reflects Sherman’s in every way: Adebo stands at 6’1” with a 77” wingspan. He played a role like Stokes did in 2020, intercepting four passes in a shortened season. TDN has Adebo falling to pick number 73, so the Seahawks may even have an opportunity to move back to the early 3rd Round to select him.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC
St. Brown is a shifty receiver with good size (6’1”) who could no doubt aid the high-power passing offense led by Russell Wilson. He is a proven weapon and coming out of the USC program that Pete Carroll is connected to, he may be a target for the Seahawks with their first pick. TDN has St. Brown as their number 52 prospect, so it’s likely Seattle has a chance to take him.
Elijah Moore, Ole Miss
Two years after taking a fellow Rebel receiver, the Seahawks may be intrigued by Moore. He is undersized, standing at just 5’9”, but he is no doubt an attractive slot option, possibly shifting both Lockett and Metcalf to full-time outside receivers. TDN projects Moore at number 59.
Nico Collins, Michigan
Wow. Nico Collins is a beast of a receiver. He perfectly mirrors DK Metcalf, standing at 6’4” and weighing in at 215 pounds. The issue with Collins is that he is somewhat unproven. He opted out of the 2020 season after a short span in Michigan, where he looked impressive at times and shaky at others. With proper development, Collins could be a deadly third option. He should be there at number 56, as TDN predicts he’s the number 62 prospect in the draft.
Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
Davis is a bruiser who currently sits at number 48 on TDN’s Big Board, so it would take a bit of luck for him to fall to Seattle. However, even if he does, he may not be the best fit in the Waldron offense. This scheme is most likely looking for someone a bit lighter who can pull to the outside on sweeps and outside run plays.
Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
Similar to Wyatt Davis, Humphrey is a pure strong man who uses his strength to overpower defensive linemen. This is an admirable skill, but not something crucial to the Seahawks 2021 offense. There is a greater chance that he falls to number 56, however. TDN lists Humphrey as the number 51 prospect in this year’s class.
Seattle brought back Ethan Pocic, and I believe they’re confident in him to start at that position. This means that, if the Seahawks opt to hold on to their highest draft pick this year, they’re likely to take a third wideout as another weapon for Wilson, or a Carroll corner who the coach thinks he can turn into the next Sherman.