Safety Jordan Battle, Alabama
Battle has the versatility to play either strong or free safety. But for my purposes here I am assuming Seattle doesn’t re-sign free safety Quandre Diggs (Seattle needs to, though!) and needs someone to pair with Jamal Adams. Battle can do that.
He has excellent size for either safety spot – 6’1″ and 210 pounds – but has the speed and instincts to play free. Battle would be able to play the run even better than Diggs with the innate ability to read the play and quickly attack a running back while having the size to take on most blockers.
But if Battle does intercept the ball, he knows what to do with it. In three seasons with Alabama, Battle has picked off 5 passes ad returned 3 of them for touchdowns, including 2 this season.
Cornerback Derion Kendrick, Georgia
Kendrick played his first three years of college at Clemson before transferring to Georgia before this season. At Clemson, Kendrick began as a receiver and part-time defender before switching full-time to defense. This means Kendrick as a cornerback reads passes more like a receiver than most other CBs.
In 2021, Kendrick picked off 4 passes. He dominated Michigan receivers in the semi-final game two weeks ago and was named the Orange Bowl Defensive MVP. Kendrick is completely ready to join the NFL. He is certainly big enough as well at 6′ and 200 pounds. He would give Seattle a bigger corner than D.J. Reed and Tre Brown are and is a potential shut down corner in a few years.