Seahawks defender labeled the ‘star’ of the team’s 2021 rookie minicamp

(Photo by Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel, Knoxville News Sentinel via Imagn Content Services) Darrell Taylor
(Photo by Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel, Knoxville News Sentinel via Imagn Content Services) Darrell Taylor /

In his second year with the Seattle Seahawks, 2020 second-round draft pick Darrell Taylor looked impressive during the team’s recent rookie minicamp.

Typically, the majority of the news to come out of rookie minicamp each year for the Seattle Seahawks has to do with, well, the rookies.

And while there was plenty of excitement surrounding the Seahawks 2021 draft class during this year’s rookie minicamp, there was also a bunch of interest in a guy who didn’t play a single snap for Seattle last season.

Darrell Taylor, who was selected by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, had the opportunity to participate in the team’s rookie minicamp this past weekend, and he apparently took advantage of his time on the field.

Darrell Taylor impresses during Seattle Seahawks 2021 rookie minicamp

Despite finishing with the sixth-most sacks in the NFL last season, Seattle can never have enough pass-rushing help. With Taylor returning to the field for the team’s rookie minicamp, there’s optimism surrounding what he could potentially add to the Seahawks’ defense next season.

Following the conclusion of this year’s rookie minicamp for Seattle, 710 ESPN Seattle’s John Clayton selected Taylor as the star of the event.

Here’s what Clayton had to say about the second-year pass-rusher’s performance during minicamp.

"“After missing last season because of his slow recovery from a surgery where a rod was placed in his leg, Taylor looked healthy during the minicamp over the weekend.He moved well, and he offered bonus value to the Seahawks because they are using him at strongside linebacker and at the Leo defensive end position.”"

As Clayton mentioned, the Seahawks had Taylor lining up at strongside linebacker during this past weekend’s rookie minicamp, and according to the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta, this is where the second-year defender spent the majority of his time during the team’s three days of practices.

Condotta also mentioned that Taylor revealed that he’s lost 20 pounds, which would bring his current weight down to around 250 pounds. With the weight loss, it certainly feels like the plan for Taylor is to spend most of his time as a linebacker in the Seahawks’ defense.

Seattle’s initial intentions for Taylor were for him to line up as the team’s LEO defensive end. But, obviously, the Seahawks had second thoughts, and instead, it seems likely that the second-year defender’s first regular-season snaps will be coming with him as a linebacker.