Round 3, Pick 70
Pick: DE Jermaine Johnson, Florida State
Thus far in 2021, the Seattle Seahawks pass rush has been disappointing. Entering the season, I believe many were excited about this particular unit just because of how strong they finished the 2020 season. But, the lower blitz rate has put more pressure on our edge defenders to win in the one-and-ones and that’s just not happening. Right now, our leading sack guy is Darrell Taylor (5). Outside of him, the numbers are pretty bad.
The promising news about the defensive front is that Darrell Taylor is in his second year — even though it’s his first year of playing — and they have some pieces off the bench that they like to mix in. That has been evident as we have seen Carlos Dunlaps’ playing time decrease throughout the season. The mixture of Rasheem Green and Alton Robinson along with Darrell Taylor gives Seattle added depth, but they don’t seem to have a home run hitter.
The odds of landing that home run hitter in the third round are low. However, I do see the Seattle Seahawks drafting another edge rusher to add to that rotation. DE Jermaine Johnson out of Florida State is someone who possesses good size and length. He is listed at 6-foot-5, 262 pounds. In the 2021 season, he finished with 12 sacks and 70 total tackles.
He is known for his speed along with a good first step that allows him to beat the offensive tackles. Combine that with his quick hands and he will fit right into this Seattle rotation. He and Taylor on the outside would be a nice duo as they both have pretty solid speed for their position.