Eskridge is poised to take over the critical third wide receiver slot from the much-missed David Moore. Of course, the Seahawks have other options, notable second-year man Freddie Swain. Still, Swain got one start and 21 targets last year versus Moore’s 6 and 47. I love Moore, but the reason he’s now on the Raiders practice squad is that maddening lack of consistency. The fact that Swain couldn’t beat him out tells me a lot. If I’m wrong, your next beer is on me, Freddie.
Eskridge brings 4.38 speed and a 6.93 quickness (three-cone drill) to the Hawks. For comparison, Metcalf ran that famous 4.33 40 in the Combine and a 7.38 in the three-cone drill. So Eskridge isn’t as fast as DK – and let’s face it, I’m not sure the Flash is, either – but he’s quicker. For another reference, Lockett ran 4.40 and 6.89. So the rook is a bit faster than Lockett and a hair slower making the cut. More to the point, Swain’s times were 4.46 and 7.05, respectively.
And that’s the point. The Western Michigan standout is markedly faster and quicker than Swain. The fact I grew up less than 25 miles from the school and that my brother is a proud Bronco alumnus has nothing to do with Eskridge’s appeal to me. It’s really more those eight touchdowns on 33 receptions in his senior year that has me excited.
Okay, before this turns into the D’Wayne Eskridge infomercial, I’ll move on to my next pick. Besides, our own Carson Schroer already did a brilliant job covering Eskridge here. As a matter of fact, recovered the Seahawks rookie better than any secondary will all season. Just read what he had to say, and smile, 12s. As for my next breakout player, please continue, dear 12s.