With the twenty-first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select…
21. Seattle Seahawks: Jaylon Ferguson EDGE | Louisiana Tech
We have officially made it to the 2018 playoff teams, and first up is the Seattle Seahawks! Seattle finished the 2018-19 season with 10-6 record, just three games behind the NFC Champion, Los Angeles Rams. Despite seceding the NFC West to the Rams for a second straight year, the Seahawks held their own in the divisional matchup, losing by a total of just seven combined points in those two head-to-head games. Seattle closed out the season strong to earn a Wild Card berth and a first round playoff matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, where they lost a game they probably should have won by a mere two points. That hurts. Not as much as that broken ankle Cowboys receiver Allen Hurns suffered during that game though. Ugh, I can still see it. Despite an early playoff exit, head coach Pete Carroll has proven that he can still coach a winning ‘Hawks team, despite the losses of key players since the franchise’s 2014 Super Bowl title.
That’s right the Legion of Boom is no more. Safety Earl Thomas was the final member to depart, signing a four year, $55 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens in free agency. Thomas follows names like Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett, and Cliff Avril out the door, with no one really left to replace them. Two names do remain on that Seahawks defense though in linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. Also still around is defensive end Frank Clark who was slapped with the franchise tag this offseason, however rumors are now swirling that Clark could be traded. Even if Clark remains on the roster, the Seahawks could use some more depth at the position. Louisiana Tech edge Jaylon Ferguson may not be the best overall prospect on the board or even the best d-lineman still available, with Florida State’s Brian Burns still waiting for his name to be called, but tell me this isn’t a classic Seahawks move. Last year Seattle drafted running back Rashaad Penny towards the bottom of the first round, despite there being much better talent available. Seattle likes to reach to get their guy, and with no second round pick, they might have to again, barring a trade down. Ferguson is the NCAA’s Career Sack Leader with 45 sacks over his collegiate career. I mean what more could you want. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Seattle opted to address their secondary and chose a safety like Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abram to replace Thomas.
Offensively the Seahawks should be fine after rediscovering their league leading rushing attack last season as well as another stellar year by quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson just signed a four year, $140 million contract extension making him the highest paid player in NFL history. The offensive line has been an easy target in years past and could always be upgraded further but for the first time in a long time it doesn’t look half bad on paper. Wilson’s ability to extend plays has always made up for a sub par offensive line and it isn’t like Seattle hasn’t tried to upgrade with high draft picks, trades and veteran signings. Wilson has also been able to do a lot with a little in terms of the weapons he has had around him. The receivers and tight end group are nothing to write home about. Doug Baldwin has been a reliable target over the years but will be 31 early in the season and may not be 100% if at all available as he’s recovering from offseason surgery and may need some more. It would be interesting to see if the Seahawks would invest their first round draft pick on a tight end or receiver for Wilson after paying him all that moolah.