The Seahawks entered the 2020 NFL Draft with eight total picks.
They received three compensatory selections after losing Earl Thomas, Shamar Stephens and Justin Coleman in free agency. Seattle also received two picks as a result of Frank Clark and Nick Vannett’s departures.
The Seahawks needed that compensation to address needs on the offensive and defensive line as well as EDGE, safety and running back.
Seattle’s 2020 draft picks:
- No. 27: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
- No. 48: Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee
- No. 69: Damien Lewis, IOL, LSU
- No. 133: Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
- No. 144: DeeJay Dallas, RB, Miami
- No. 148: Alton Robinson, EDGE, Syracuse
- No. 214: Freddie Swain, WR, Florida
- No. 251: Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU
Best Pick: Damien Lewis
This was a tough call, however, I gave the edge to Lewis due to the immediate impact he should have in Seattle’s front. Quarterback Russell Wilson was under pressure a lot in 2019, and Lewis can help fill the Seahawks’ need to give their franchise passer more protection. Lewis could become a starter by Year 2.
Biggest Surprise: Not addressing the secondary
Seattle’s secondary is thin, and general manager John Schneider chose not to add help from this year’s draft. The Seahawks did address the pass rush, which was last in the NFL in sacks (28) besting only the Dolphins (23). Taylor can rush the passer sufficiently but he needs to figure out how to maximize his natural gifts. Brooks is an explosive linebacker who does an excellent job of rushing inside.
It has been quite some time since Seattle spent a premium pick on a cornerback.
Day 3 Sleeper: Stephen Sullivan
Sullivan’s collegiate reps and production were limited. However, by the seventh round, teams are looking for measurables: players who fit their height-weight-speed parameters that had other issues causing them to fall down the board. Sullivan fits this description. He's a former wide receiver who has good size at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds. He ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. The Seahawks did draft Parkinson earlier, but Wilson needs as many weapons as he can get, particularly at tight end.
The Seahawks were nearly last in the league at getting pressure and still won nine games. Schneider and coach Pete Carroll should feel pretty good about the pass rush after adding Taylor in the second round and Robinson in the fifth. Robinson has juice off the edge, but Taylor will need to take a step and maximize his potential. If Seattle can get him there, the secondary will reap the benefits. If the Seahawks can also shore up the interior line, with Wilson at the trigger, the sky’s the limit.