The Seattle Seahawks unofficial theme for day three of the NFL draft appeared to be “Let Russ Cook.” After focusing on the defense to start the draft, three of the Seahawks’ four day three selections addressed the offense.
The Seahawks bolstered their rushing attack by drafting Miami running back DeeJay Dallas in the fourth round. This was shortly after the team selected Stanford tight end Colby Parkinson to start off the final day. Dallas gives the Seahawks a bit of depth at running back with Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny both recovering from serious injuries.
The Seahawks added pass rusher Alton Robinson who was the only defensive player the team selected on day three. To close out the day, the Seahawks drafted Florida playmaking receiver Freddie Swain.
Dallas began his career at Miami as a wide receiver before changing positions to running back. The former Hurricane is unlikely to be a three-down back but could fill C.J. Prosise’s old role as a third-down back. Dallas also has the ability to return kicks, and it will be worth watching whether he competes on special teams with the Seahawks.
The Miami running back had 115 rushing attempts for 693 yards and eight touchdowns. Dallas also added 14 receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Dallas is not the fastest running back in the draft posting a 4.58 second time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Dallas excels in pass protection and is looking forward to protecting Russell Wilson.
“My favorite part of third down situations is protecting the quarterback,” Dallas said, per the Associated Press’ Tim Booth.
Here is a look at the highlights of the Seahawks’ newest running back.
Robinson Posted 10 Sacks at Syracuse in 2018
Robinson’s best statistical season came in 2018 when he notched 39 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. The former Syracuse defensive end’s production fell off a bit in 2019 with 24 tackles and four sacks.
According to ESPN’s Brady Henderson, Robinson’s 4.69 seconds in the 40-yard dash was the third-fastest time among defensive linemen. Robinson gives the Seahawks one more edge rusher to compete for a spot as the team awaits Jadeveon Clowney’s status.
Swain Could Return Kicks for the Seahawks
Like Dallas, Swain also returned kicks at Florida and could help lessen Tyler Lockett’s load in 2020. The Gators started to utilize Swain more in the offense towards the second half of the season. Swain finished with 38 receptions for 517 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2019. When you watch the tape, you can see Swain is blazing fast as his 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash shows.
During Swain’s draft call with the media, the receiver emphasized that he plays his best ball in the slot. Swain saw an uptick in production this season after Florida moved him inside.
Here is a look at the full list of Seahawks picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Seahawks Picks in 2020 NFL Draft
|1.||LB Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech|
|2.||EDGE Darrell Taylor, Tennessee|
|3.||G Damien Lewis, LSU|
|4.||TE Colby Parkinson, Stanford|
|4.||RB DeeJay Dallas, Miami|
|5.||DE Alton Robinson, Syracuse|
|6.||WR Freddie Swain, Florida|