Seahawks third draft selection: Jake Furguson, TE
The Seahawks have failed to get the tight ends involved over the majority of the Pete Carroll era. Perhaps it’s time to stop trying to put the square peg in the circle hole.
Jake Furguson is one of, if not the top blocking tight end in this draft. His hand placement, footwork, functional strength, and IQ in the blocking game have been superb throughout his entire career for the Wisconsin Badgers.
While I am talking up Furguson’s blocking abilities, I am in no way saying he is poor in the passing game. The Badgers are simply a run-first team and did not utilize him in a way to show off his talents. It’s alright, that’s good news for the Seahawks.
It means that other teams will sleep on a player like Furguson as they look for the next mismatch tight end. Players like George Kittle, Mark Andrews, and Rob Gronkowski were all placed into the same stereotype.
Furguson has the hand strength, concentration, and catch radius to be a consistent factor in the passing game. If Seattle needs a player who can block down the field and catch passes in tight coverage in the red zone, Furguson is a seamless fit. Think Will Dissly before his injuries.