Round 2 Pick 55: Ja’Tavion Sanders, Tight end, Texas
I have always believed that if you're going to draft a young quarterback, it is essential to give him a security blanket. While the Seahawks already have a trio of good to great receivers, I want to use the pick we acquired in our trade back to select the perfect tight end for Michael Penix, and a guy who he just happens to be facing off against in the upcoming Sugar Bowl, Texas tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders.
The 6-4, 256 lbs junior for the Longhorns can get lost in the shuffle of a loaded offense, but when he does get the ball, explosive plays usually follow. Sanders has just 39 receptions, with 2 scores in 13 games, but his 607 yards produced a wild 15.6 yards average per reception. In the two biggest games for Texas, at Alabama and versus Oklahoma State in the Big-12 championship, Sanders hauled in 13 catches for 219 yards and a score.
He's the most physically impressive player almost every time he steps on the field, but just needs to find that consistency to his game. With his addition to Seattle mixed with Penix's ability to trust and make big-time throws, the 2024 Seattle Seahawks may be one of the most explosive in the league.
With the addition of Sanders to the Seahawks, Pete Carroll and John Schneider can open up some important cap space by moving on from current tight ends in Will Dissly, Noah Fant, or Colby Parkinson.