I won’t go too deep into analyzing the trade in this article because we don’t know all the specifics yet. All I can tell you is that Shelby Harris is a very good interior defensive lineman/ edge player.
Harris has been widely considered the defensive leader for the Broncos. He helps those around him be better. He lines up his teammates, calls out the plays, and pinpoints the points of attack. He also plays a position that Seattle has been desperately trying to acquire.
Over the last three seasons, Harris has 18 passes defended, 16 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss, and 3 forced fumbles. These don’t scream Aaron Donald numbers. However, he has been a beacon of consistency for the Broncos.
Who is the Seahawks newly acquired defensive lineman Shelby Harris?
Acquiring stud defensive tackle Shelby Harris hints even further that the Seahawks are moving more so toward a 3-4 defensive system. He has aligned as the big end in the 3-4 system over the last several seasons.
Using a 3-4 system helps disguise who your rushers are. It is a very smart move with the likes of Jordyn Brooks and Jamal Adams under contract. Drop Adams into the linebacker position and rush or drop him. It’s very hard for the offense to identify.
However, my biggest sadness with this is that Harris is already 30. He is either at his prime or just past it. I wish the Seahawks would’ve made a move for Bradley Chubb, Javonte Williams, or Patrick Surtain to be the highlight of the group.
Seeing the player names was very disappointing. Not saying they are bad players. Just felt like there were far more valuable assets left on the table especially considering the Seahawks lack of recent success in the draft.