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Seahawks, 2021 NFL Draft, Stone Forsythe, Tre Brown, D’Wayne Eskridge

Seattle Seahawks 2021 NFL Draft Grades For Every Pick

After several moves by the Seattle Seahawks’ front office, the team completed their 2021 NFL Draft haul with a total of three picks. There are teams with more selections in the first two rounds alone.

With that said, below are the grades for the Seahawks’ trio of draft picks.

Round 2

No. 56 Overall: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan – C+

Seattle has a dynamic duo at the receiver position in Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. These two on their own can stretch defenses to their limits. The issue is there are not too many reliable options after them.

This is where D’Wayne Eskridge comes in. He stands a shade under 5-foot-10 and weighs 190 pounds. Eskridge is incredibly fast and is still able to change his pace and turn it up a notch. He uses his hands well to create separation and regularly makes tough catches.

Despite his size, Eskridge is very engaged when it comes to run blocking. He can also contribute to special teams as a returner. Eskridge has a developed route tree and had a productive collegiate career. He used to play defensive back, which suggests he has a holistic understanding of the game.

Although he has an aggressive playstyle, he might struggle against bigger and more physical defenders, especially in press coverage.

Eskridge had quite a rise in draft boards, and he fills a position of need for Seattle. However, at this point in the draft, there are more highly-rated prospects who would have also plugged a hole in the roster.

Creed Humphrey from Oklahoma was still on the board and would have been a big boost for a porous offensive line. He could have lined up at either center or guard and would have a higher ceiling than both Ethan Pocic and Phil Haynes.

Center is one of the most underrated positions in football, but on top of the regular tasks of a lineman to run block and pass protect, they are also needed to make adjustments along the line of scrimmage.  

If the team was adamant about taking a wideout, LSU’s Terrace Marshall Jr. was available as well. He may not be as good a fit as Eskridge, but he has more potential. Marshall is a possession receiver, who has the speed to pressure defenses vertically.

Round 4

No. 137 Overall: Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma – B+

When one thinks of Seahawks cornerbacks, Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner come to mind. Both were very physical, tall with long arms, and bullied receivers with their press coverage.

Tre Brown has a similar build to Eskridge, so he does not have the physical tools of Sherman and Browner. However, he does check the other boxes. He plays much bigger than his size and has a mean streak to his game. Brown is fluid, can change directions effortlessly and has solid ball skills.

Brown also played as a kick returner, so he can be a positive in special teams.

He will have to learn to temper his aggressiveness, as he might be called for some costly penalties at the professional level. This is a coachable flaw, although it may take some time for him to adjust. Due to his size, it may not be optimal for him to play on the outside, where stronger receivers can get the best of him.

Hopefully, his game translates well to the inside matching up against quicker receivers. This is a good value selection for the Seahawks and for the front office to take a player that does not fit their prototypical build means they saw potential.   

Round 6

No. 208 Overall: Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida – A

The Seattle offensive line’s play in pass protection the past few years has been the object of ridicule and memes. It has become a normal occurrence to see quarterback Russel; Wilson running for his life trying desperately to avoid defenders and extend plays. 

The Seahawks added guard Gabe Jackson to the unit and this should be a shot in the arm. After all, Jackson is one of the best pass protectors in his position.  

With the 208th pick, the team added depth to the offensive line, although Forsythe has a real shot of cracking the starting lineup sooner rather than later. 

He stands at 6-foot-8 and 307 pounds and possesses the length necessary to keep pass rushers at bay. Forsythe is adept in both run and pass plays. He displays sound fundamentals and has the strength not to be pushed around.  

Forsythe will have to work on his quickness, as he struggled against speedy defenders who can go around him.  

It was quite surprising to see Forsythe fall this far in the draft. Finding a possible starting left or right tackle is an excellent use of a sixth-round selection.