After having a shaky start to the offseason, the Seattle Seahawks seem to have calmed down Russell Wilson and are looking ahead to next year. They only selected three players in the NFL Draft this year, but the front office made up for the lack of youth by signing 13 undrafted free agents.
The Seahawks have one of the best teams in the NFL, so locking down depth is high on the priority list for this franchise. There should be some solid position battles this offseason, as Seattle’s roster is chock full of veterans and rookies fighting for a roster spot.
Even so, defense is a point of concern for this team, as Seattle gave up 4,560 yards through the air in 2020, the second-most in the league. For that reason, it’s more likely one of the UDFAs on the defensive side of the ball makes the final roster.
Unfortunately for Seattle, the UDFAs they acquired in the secondary are not likely to make the team or help improve the pass coverage. With Jamal Adams, Tre Flowers, Marquise Blair, and Ahkello Witherspoon locking down the secondary, there isn’t much hope for a UDFA to make the final roster for the Seahawks.
However, Seattle has a weakness at the linebacker position. According to Ourlads, the Seahawks only have seven linebackers on the depth chart, two of which are rookies. For this reason, it’s likely the UDFA that makes the team plays linebacker. With that said, here is one undrafted free agent who could make the Seahawks’ final roster.
Seahawks linebacker Jon Rhattigan
Coming out of Army, Jon Rhattigan hopes to fill the need for linebacker depth for Seattle. He played football for two years while serving in the military and proved to be a solid contributor in his second season. Through 11 games, Rhattigan totaled 78 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks on the year. He also recorded two interceptions, two pass deflections, and two fumble recoveries. In other words. he has a nose for the ball.
Those pass deflections and interceptions likely caught the eye of the Seahawks’ front office. He clearly has the ability to drop back in coverage at the linebacker position, which should help Seattle on the underneath routes. He has the potential to earn some playing time in certain packages, but it’s more plausible he spends most of his playing time as a special teams expert to at least start his career.
Right now he’s listed as a right outside linebacker, but he may get moved over to the left side. Due to the lack of depth at the position, Rhattigan stands a solid chance of making the team. At 6-1, 245 pounds, Rhattigan has the size to play as a versatile outside linebacker that helps in pass coverage. He is exactly what the Seahawks need, so it’s up to him to perform well enough to make an impact.
Keep a close tab on Jon Rhattigan, as he does have some competition at the position. Aaron Donker is another name on the list that could make an impact for the Seahawks, so it’s up to Rhattigan to separate himself from his competition.