Where the pieces of the Russell Wilson trade fit into Seahawks plan
Defensive lineman Shelby Harris
In 2022, the Seattle Seahawks plan to shift their defensive looks from mostly 4-3 to a mostly 3-4. Shelby Harris will be a key starter for this year as a 3-4 defensive end. Whether he remains a starter for the team for an extended time depends on what moves they make in the drafts of this year and next year, but he will certainly be a leader in a Fangio-style defense for 2022.
We will likely see Shelby Harris play 50-60 percent of the defensive snaps in 2022. He has had 14.5 sacks in the past 3 seasons, including 6.0 sacks in both 2019 and 2021 when he was able to play in every game.
I would guess that defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt decides to be conservative in playing Harris to keep him healthy for all 17 games. If the Seahawks make a move on a rookie 3-4 end in the 2022 NFL draft, I love Shelby Harris as a mentor for that player considering it probably won’t be a first-round selection the team spends.
Harris is a great locker room presence and I can only find positive sentiments about him, so I’m glad he was a part of the deal.