A deep look at the best NFL Draft class ever by the Seahawks

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Seahawks LB Jordyn Brooks
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The new decade started with just a few promising new Seahawks

Fear not, good 12s, we’re nearing the end. Seattle kicked off the new decade with a big splash, drafting linebacker Jordyn Brooks in the first round. He looked like the future of the Hawks defense as a rookie, and more than fulfilled that promise last season. This season, he’s been lost, much like most of the Seahawks defense. He and his cohorts finally turned that around in week 6 versus the Cardinals. Hopefully, that trend continues.

Guard Damien Lewis has been solid on the line. Through the first six games of 2022, Pro Football Focus shows he’s tied for eighth-best in the league for both penalties (three) and sacks allowed (two). He appears to be well on the way to justifying his third-round selection. As for the rest of the rookie class of 2020, it doesn’t look too promising yet.

After a great 2021 debut, linebacker Darrell Taylor has been so lost, he can’t even see the map. Like Brooks, he bounced back in week 6, so we’ll see if he can recapture that early promise. TE Colby Parkinson, RB Deejay Dallas, LB/DE Alton Robinson have all come up with some big plays, but I think it’s clear they’re destined to be role players at best. Robinson has missed all of 2022 on IR so far but may return soon.

The 2021 draft class was the smallest in Seahawks history, with just three players. All the wheeling and dealing finally caught up to Seattle. It’s hard to tell just what they got with their three picks, as the top two players, receiver Dee Eskridge and cornerback Tre Brown, have missed a total of 25 games. Eskridge missed the final seven games of his rookie campaign with a concussion and has yet to really work his way into the Hawks rotation this season.

Despite the raves of the coaching staff about his versatility, he only has 21 touches in 16 games so far. Brown looked solid as a rookie, only allowing a 50 percent completion rate, and a passer rating of 63.3. A knee injury ended his season and has kept him on injured reserve throughout the first six games of 2022. Tackle Stone Forsythe has only seen the field on special teams. Of the three, I believe only Brown will find his way to being a major player.