Seven players that should be on Seahawks radar at the Senior Bowl

Sep 18, 2021; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive lineman Thomas Rush (8) and defensive lineman Boye Mafe (34) combine on sack of Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Brendon Lewis (12) in the first quarter at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2021; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive lineman Thomas Rush (8) and defensive lineman Boye Mafe (34) combine on sack of Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Brendon Lewis (12) in the first quarter at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Three things you can count on in life are death, taxes and the Seattle Seahawks scouting at the Senior Bowl. In 2021 the Seahawks only had three draft picks and they used two of those three picks on players the team scouted at the Senior Bowl.

D’Wayne Eskridge was selected in the 2nd round with the 56th overall pick. Dee put on a show at last year’s Senior Bowl practice. The performance allowed Dee to stand out and although he was from a small school it didn’t stop Pete Carroll and John Schneider from selecting him in the 2nd round.

Tre Brown was drafted in the 3rd round and he, too, used the Senior Bowl to show he belonged in the NFL.

This year is no different, there is a ton of talent showing up at the Senior Bowl and it would be a safe bet to say that at least 1 will be drafted with one of the six draft picks Seattle has in 2022. I have laid out a list of a few players who would be excellent additions in Seattle.

Senior Bowl players Seahawks fans should keep an eye on

1. Jermaine Johnson III  – 6’6 318 pounds – Edge Rusher – Florida State

2021 Season: 14 sacks, 7 QB Hits, 28 QB Hurries, 22 Run Stops, & 9 Tackles for loss

Jermaine is an absolute freak of an athlete. When he was 15 yrs old he benched 300 pounds and ran a 4.5 40. He lined up in 5-technique and showed true pass-rushing prowess. Jermaine transferred to FSU from Georgia due to not being able to crack the starting lineup. Per PFF, Jermaine is a projected 3rd round pick making him sure to be a steal if he’s selected anywhere outside of the 1st round.

2. Travis Jones – 6’5 326 pounds – Defensive Tackle/Nose Guard – UConn

2021 Season: 584 Snaps, 48 Tackles, 4.5 Sacks, 7.5 Tackles for Loss, 8 QB Hits & 21 run stops

What Travis does well does NOT show up on that stat sheet. His 326 lbs plugs holes and becomes an immovable object. When you watch tape Travis’ power and size stand out big time. He has a power bull rush and when he drives his legs guards and centers move backwards. His current draft projection is 3rd round according to PFF.

3. Boye Mafe – 6’4 265 pounds – Edge Rusher – Minnesota

2021 Season: 34 Tackles, 7 Sacks, 10 Tackles for loss, 1 Forced Fumble

Boye is explosive. He has a 40-inch vertical which is insane. To put that into perspective DK Metcalf has a 40.5. Imagine the number of balls Boye can knockdown at the Line of Scrimmage w/ that kind of leaping ability. Boye started out slow in college and he literally got better every year. He lacks technique at the moment but technique can be taught. He has what you can not teach and that is insane athleticism

4. Arnold Ebiketie –  6’3 256 pounds – Edge Rusher – Penn State

2021 Season: 741 snaps, 62 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 12 QB hits, 18 Tackles for Loss, 33 pressure, 1 Batted Pass, & 22 Run Stops and 2 Forced Fumbles

The first word that comes to mind when you watch Arnold play is “disruptor”. He absolutely disrupts plays. The guy is always in the backfield. His 9.5 sacks do not tell the full story of how often this guy this disrupting the play and causing the QB to break the pocket. He’s an all-around edge, not just a pass rusher. He can set the edge and be a huge asset in the run game.

5. Dameon Pierce – 5’10 215 pounds – Running Back – Florida

2021 Season: 100 Attempts, 574 yards, 5.7 YPC, 13 TDs, 19 Catches, 216 Yards

The first word that stands out when you watch his tape is “OMG” lol. Is that a word? The kid was not featured in Florida’s game plan but he is a solid muscle house. He plays with power and cuts sharply. A very rare ability that not many Running Backs can do. He has a jab step that will break any ankle and the fact that he squats 595 pounds puts him in the Austin Ekeler conversation. If Seattle re-signs Rashaad Penny they have to have insurance. Seahawks running backs Chris Carson and Penny don’t have the most durable history and our offense suffers greatly when our primary runners are out.

6. Chad Muma – 6’3 242 pounds – Linebacker – Wyoming

2021 Season: 899 snaps, 115 Tackles, 13 missed tackles, 1 TD, 3 INTs, 52 run stops, 21 QB Pressures, 1.5 percent missed tackle rate

Chad is all over the field. He plays with excellent instincts and would be a wonderful fill-in option for a team with an aging middle linebacker. When asking his teammates what stands out the most about Chad, they unanimously answered his work ethic. He’s constantly in the film room and he’s constantly in the weight room. He has a thirst for knowledge and he wants to be great.

7. Devin Lloyd – 6’3 235 pounds – Middle Linebacker – Utah

2021 Season: 849 snaps, 90 Tackles, 14 missed tackles, 1 TD, 2 Ints, 39 run stops, 31 QB pressures, 4 forced incompletions.

Devin is highly touted as the best linebacker in the draft. Cut on his tape and his athletic play style backs that up. He’s an all-around linebacker and the kind that can do it all the field. He can cover TEs and RBs, secure the middle of the field with stout tackling and can rush the passer with elite athleticism.

Pete Carroll mentioned when he drafted Jordyn Brooks that he wanted to get faster in the middle of the field. Devin Lloyd would allow us to be very versatile in our play calling. He would need to sit a year behind Bobby to learn how to play Mike effectively in the NFL but he could be an excellent pickup.

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The Senior Bowl takes place in Mobile, Alabama is on Saturday at 11:30 am PT.