The Seahawks turned to a little guy to fill a big need on offense.
With their first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Seahawks selected 5-foot-9 wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge out of Western Michigan in the second round Friday evening (No. 56 overall).
Eskridge was considered a fast riser leading up to the draft — and, yes, he’s very fast. Eskridge was timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his pro day workout.
What to know about the newest Seahawk
Name: D’Wayne Eskridge
College: Western Michigan
Background: Eskridge played both cornerback and wide receiver at Western Michigan before his offensive breakthrough during a truncated 2020 season. In six games, he posted 768 yards receiving and eight touchdowns, averaging 23.3 yards per reception en route to earning Mid-American Special Teams Player of the Year recognition.
Fun fact: As a high school senior, Eskridge was named Indiana’s Mr. Track and Field after winning state titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Quotable: “D’Wayne Eskridge will absolutely eat you up in a hurry with his speed. He is a flash. Down at the Senior Bowl, all I saw him do was spin defensive backs around — over and over and over again. He’s just a big play waiting to happen. Great deep ball tracking skills. You want to run him on wide receiver reverses? He’s gonna make house calls on you — over and over and over again. … He’s someone you can deploy in so many different ways. He’s just electric.” — ESPN NFL draft analyst Louis Riddick