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Matt Landers Seahawks

Why Matt Landers Can Make Seahawks Roster As UDFA

  • Justin Melo
  • June 8, 2023
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The Seattle Seahawks decided to roll the dice on an astounding 25 undrafted free agents at the conclusion of the 2023 NFL Draft. That indicates there’s more quantity than quality. While sorting through a loaded group, one clear-cut candidate emerges as the standout signee. Former Arkansas wide receiver Matt Landers finds himself in an excellent position to make the Seahawks’ initial 53-man roster.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider landed himself a steal when inking Landers to a three-year deal that contained a $10,000 signing bonus, per Spotrac. Landers was one of the most athletically gifted pass-catchers in the draft. 

The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder put forth elite testing numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine. Landers ran a blazing-fast 4.37 in the 40-yard dash with impressive 10-yard (1.51) and 20-yard (2.53) splits. Lower-body explosion was on display via a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump. Landers’ athletic profile led to a Relative Athletic Score of 9.85 out of 10. Comparisons include D.J. Chark and DeVante Parker, per MockDraftable.

Undrafted free agents typically require a standout trait in order to make a roster. Landers is an elite deep threat with strong hands. He possesses the size and wiggle necessary to defeat press-man coverage at the line of scrimmage. He is also extremely elusive after the catch. 

The Seahawks have a clear top three at receiver. D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and first-round pick Jaxon Smith-Njigba will dominate Seattle’s snap counts in three-receiver sets. There’s a sizable gap on Seattle’s depth chart separating those three pass catchers from the remaining pack. 

A second-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, Dee Eskridge recorded just seven receptions last season. Eskridge hasn’t taken the expected steps forward. He enters training camp firmly on Seattle’s roster bubble. It’s also a crucial summer for 2022 seventh-rounder Dareke Young, and former draft-Twitter crush Cade Johnson. Landers will compete for their spot.

It was a winding journey for Landers, who enjoyed tenures at three different college football programs. In search of more playing time, Landers transferred from Georgia to Toledo ahead of the 2021 campaign. Landers was successful at Toledo, recording 20 receptions for 514 receiving yards and five touchdowns, but it was at Arkansas in 2022 that Landers proved to be an NFL-worthy talent. Landers amassed 47 passes for a program-high 901 yards and eight touchdowns. Landers’ 901 receiving yards ranks eighth all-time in a single season at Arkansas and his eight touchdowns matched the sixth-most ever by a Razorback in a single campaign. Landers quickly solidified his place in program history.

A big-play threat waiting to happen, Landers averaged 19.2 yards per reception. Landers moved the chains or scored a touchdown on 76.6% of his receptions, per The Athletic. When Arkansas needed a play, they called on Landers.

Landers will add quality depth to a Seahawks offense that’s littered with weapons. The back end of Seattle’s roster indicates Landers can compete for a role throughout training camp and the preseason. Don’t be shocked when Landers receives an opportunity as the No. 4 receiver in Seattle.

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Justin Melo