The Seattle Seahawks addressed their need for wide receivers in the NFL Draft head-on. They selected D.K. Metcalf in the second round of the draft, while also drafting Gary Jennings Jr. in the fourth round.
Pro Football Focus shared an insane statistic regarding the Seahawks fourth-round selection. According to PFF, Jennings had the second-highest passer rating on targets in 2018 for this year’s draft class.
Seahawks WR Gary Jennings had the draft class' 2nd-highest passer rating on targets a season ago pic.twitter.com/Q1mGvCqPXk
— PFF (@PFF) May 16, 2019
Everyone was enamored with the Metcalf pick when they could be getting a better receiver in Jennings out of West Virginia. Jennings played all four of his seasons in college at West Virginia and also played with quarterback Will Grier.
At West Virginia, Jennings caught 168 passes for 2,294 yards and 17 touchdowns. Although, Jennings didn’t really see the field until his junior season with West Virginia.
Last season alone, Jennings had 13 of his 17 career receiving touchdowns. His yards and receptions were down from the 2017 season though.
The first couple of seasons in college, Jennings saw the field by being a returner on special teams. He was able to return 34 punts for 108 yards and seven kickoffs for 145 yards.
At first, Jennings may be asked to play a role on special teams, but his skills as a wide receiver could see him find a role on the offense eventually. Tyler Lockett and Metcalf are the two guys who are expected to slide into the two top receiver spots.
Besides that, David Moore and Jaron Brown figure to be behind those guys on the depth chart. If Jennings can be as sure-handed as he was in college, Russell Wilson will take notice.