Seahawks finish their draft by taking physical receiver Dareke Young

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The Seattle Seahawks spent their last pick in the 2022 NFL draft by choosing Lenoir-Rhyne wide receiver Dareke Young. Young is a big receiver who can run block well.

Young is 6’3″ and 215 pounds and is every bit as physical as his raw measurements would imply. Playing at such a small school and a team that ran the ball a bunch, Young’s statistics are a bit diminished. He isn’t explosive on his own but he also didn’t get a chance to really prove his worth at Lenoir-Rhyne.

That doesn’t mean he isn’t worthy of a pick in the NFL draft, however. Young had 73 catches in college but 16 of them were touchdowns. If an NFL receiver were to have a touchdown-to-catch percentage of 21.9 percent, that would be considered special.

Seahawks spend their final pick of 2022 NFL draft on receiver Dareke Young

Of course, Young is going to have a struggle to make the Seahawks roster in 2022 because going from such a small school to the NFL and not having elite speed is going to force Young to work a bit harder than say a second-round choice would be to be on the team.

It could be that Seattle sees Young as a potential tight end as Young can run-block extremely well and already has good technique for that. His issue is more of having raw skill when catching the ball, not blocking. He has the height to be a TE too but he just needs to add weight.

That said, if Young can learn good technique quickly, he could find his way to making the final roster as a red-zone threat. He can fight defenders for the ball well and does a decent job of high-pointing the ball.

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Young is never going to be Tyler Lockett because Young doesn’t have that kind of speed. Young will be a bit closer to DK Metcalf is his ability to beat receivers in the end zone.

Grade: C