Ranking the five best Seahawks drafts of the Carroll-Schneider era
Seahawks fourth-best draft: 2020
To be honest, I surprised myself with this ranking. And if you can’t be honest with your fellow 12s, who can you be honest with? Yes, Jordyn Brooks is an absolute beast, but aside from him, who else did the Hawks pull in 2020? Seriously, who can compete with the man that racked up 184 tackles, a new Hawks record? Oh, I am so very glad you asked!
Guard Damien Lewis actually posted a higher average approximate value than Brooks. Calm down, 12s. I’m not even implying that Lewis is better than Brooks. But Lewis was an immediate starter for the Seahawks and has been an excellent run blocker. For now, Glowinski is better, but when your third-round pick is your starter from day one (when healthy), that’s a solid pick.
The other standouts from the 2020 draft all come with caveats, addendums, and “yeah, but”s. Exhibit A: Darrell Taylor only produced 3 points of career approximate value compared to Lewis’ 14 points. Yeah, but he missed his entire rookie season, and he was working in a defense that thought dropping Al Woods into coverage was smart. See how that works?
Defensive end Alton Robinson was only on the field for 29 percent of the snaps as a rookie, yet posted four sacks, the fifth-highest total on the 2020 Seahawks, and second only to Carlos Dunlap in sacks per snap. As with so many defenders (see Jamal Adams), his production dropped in 2021. With Cliff Hurtt taking charge, I expect we’ll see Robinson’s numbers rebound, along with many others.
Both Deejay Dallas and Freddie “How Does He Get So Open” Swain made key contributions to the Hawks. I know, I’m making a lot of projections here, but when you’re talking about players just entering their third year, you’re going to have to make some projections. After all, Tyler Lockett didn’t really break through until his fourth season.
With the exception of Stephen Sullivan, every 2020 draftee had some positive impact on the ‘Hawks season. And even the seventh-round pick Sullivan was active last year, albeit with the Panthers. The average value of the 2020 class is 2.69 points.
Jordyn Brooks AAV 5.50
Damien Lewis AAV 7.00