With their lone pick in the draft so far, the Seahawks bolstered their receiving corps with the addition of D’Wayne Eskridge on Friday.
Now, they enter the final day of the draft with just two more picks — No. 129 in the fourth round and No. 250 in the seventh. How will they fill their needs on Day 3? And could they look to add to that pick total?
Follow along throughout the weekend as our staff of reporters offers the latest on the Seahawks and the rest of the league throughout the 2021 draft.
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Seahawks draft picks:
Seahawks trade up to draft OT Stone Forsythe
The Seahawks capped off what could be their smallest draft class ever with one of their biggest players ever, offensive tackle Stone Forsythe of Florida.
The Seahawks pulled off a trade with the Bears to get him, dealing picks 217 and 250 to Chicago to move up to 208.
Those were the final two picks Seattle had, so unless the Seahawks make another move they will be done with the 2021 draft after just three picks.
Seattle has never made fewer than five, which it did in both 1994 and 1997.
Panthers draft former UW cornerback Keith Taylor in fifth round
Keith Taylor is all upside.
Or, at least, he better be.
On Saturday, the Carolina Panthers selected the former UW cornerback with the 166th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. And they did so in hopes of developing an intriguing, yet unabashedly unfinished, athlete.
Get to know cornerback Tre Brown
The Seahawks’ second pick of the 2021 draft was another undersized and versatile player — this time on defense.
With their fourth-round selection Saturday, Seattle drafted Oklahoma defensive back Tre Brown, listed at 5-feet-9 and 188 pounds. He projects as a nickel back in the Seahawks’ defense, and he established himself at Oklahoma as one of the team’s best special-teams players.
Get to know the newest Seahawk here.
Seahawks take CB Tre Brown out of Oklahoma at No. 137
With their second pick in the 2021 NFL draft, the Seahawks attacked another position that seemed a need, taking cornerback Tre Brown of Oklahoma.
Seattle got him with the 137th overall pick, a selection it had obtained a little earlier in a trade with Tampa Bay, moving down from 129 to also get pick 217 in the process.
Brown projects as a slot cornerback in the NFL, standing at 5-9, 188 pounds, though he played mostly on the outside for the Sooners.
Seahawks trade out of No. 129, acquire sixth-rounder
And on Day 3 of the NFL draft, the Seahawks finally did what they usually do — trade down to add more picks.
Entering the draft with just three picks, which would have been the fewest for any team since the 2009 Jets, Seattle found a way to get one more Saturday by pulling off a trade with Tampa Bay.
Specifically, the Seahawks gave pick 129 to the Bucs for 137, and then got pick 217 in the process. That gave Seattle three picks on the final day of the draft to go along with pick 250 that it already held and four for the draft — Seattle used the 56th overall pick Friday to take receiver D’Wayne Eskridge of Western Michigan.
Seattle still is on the verge of taking the fewest picks in its history, which is five in 1994 and 1997.
And now to see what the Seahawks do with it …
How speedy receiver D’Wayne Eskridge develops is key to his success with Seahawks
Looks as though lightning struck the same place thrice.
Seattle, it appears, has become the NFL’s new hub for wide-receiver speed. If the Seahawks’ second-round pick develops as planned, it’s going to be a party on every pass play — a 40-yard bash, if you will.
Quarterback Russell Wilson may not have gotten the protection he’s been clamoring for, but in receiver D’Wayne Eskridge, he still likely got a gift.
The Seahawks drafted the 24-year-old Western Michigan product with the 56th overall pick on Friday. By adding Eskridge, they have three receivers who have run the 40 in 4.40 seconds or less. There’s likely-space-alien DK Metcalf (4.33 seconds), who set the Seahawks’ receiving-yards record last year. There’s Pro Bowler Tyler Lockett (4.40), who set the Seahawks’ receptions record last year. And now there’s Eskridge (4.38), who’s set to be an instant difference-maker if his skills and savvy can match his speed.
New Seahawk D’Wayne Eskridge ready to take WR corps ‘to another level’
Maybe D’Wayne Eskridge isn’t the offensive lineman many figured the Seahawks might add with their first pick in the 2021 draft.
But otherwise, there isn’t much Eskridge may not be able to do for the Seahawks, who took him with the 56th overall pick Friday night.
Eskridge played receiver and cornerback at Western Michigan and was also one of the nation’s best kickoff returners along with playing other roles on special teams.
“He’ll be a well-rounded player,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “We like that kind of versatility.”
On top of everything else, what the 5-8-3/4 inch, 190-pounder brings to Seattle is speed, having been clocked at 4.38 in the 40 during his pro day at Western Michigan.
“Just a really explosive guy who can throttle his speed,” said Seahawks general manager John Schneider.
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