A speedster who will also be an asset on special teams, Melton has been on the Seahawks radar for a few weeks now.
His speed showed out at the combine, where he managed a flashy 4.34 40 time.
Speedy Bo Melton added to Seahawks receiver room
Bo Melton will likely head into 2022 as the Seahawks 5th receiver on the depth chart (behind Metcalf, Lockett, Eskridge and Swain), but I think his true value to the team might be limited to special teams in his first season.
He caught 164 balls for over 2,000 yards and 11 touchdowns during his time at Rutgers, and had experience rushing the ball. Bo Melton was a two-time team captain at Rutgers, which tells me that he’s a solid guy and you can never have enough high character players in a locker room.
Melton isn’t quite a downfield threat, but he can be a solid route runner at the next level. I believe Shane Waldron would like to work with a player like Melton just so that he has an extra guy underneath the deeper routes players like Metcalf and Lockett will be running.
His special teams experience is as a gunner, a position that doesn’t get enough love for its importance. Running Melton out as a gunner (or any other special teams position) would allow the Seahawks to use higher-level players in their prime roles on either offense or defense to help them avoid injury.
Overall, I really like the pick. Considering the fact that it was in the 7th round, not much would have made me upset, but picking potential future weapons late in the draft is a great route to take. I’d like to see him lining up in the slot from time to time this fall.