2018 NFL Draft Preview: Who Pushes For Playing Time At Wide Receiver?

Where the Seahawks stand at receiver heading into the draft, as well as a look at some of the top prospects in this year's draft class.

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With the NFL Draft coming up, Seahawks.com is taking a position-by-position look at where things currently stand on the Seahawks' roster, as well as the top prospects at each position. We'll also look at Seattle's draft history at each position under general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.

The Seahawks currently hold 8 picks in the 2018 draft, which begins April 26 in Dallas.

Seattle's 2018 Draft Picks: Round 1, Pick 18, No. 18 overall; Round 4, Pick 20, No. 120 overall; Round 5, Pick 4, No. 141 overall; Round 5, Pick 9, No. 146 overall; Round 5, Pick 19, No. 156 overall; Round 5, Pick 31, No. 168 overall; Round 7, Pick 8, No. 226 overall; Round 7, Pick 30, No. 248 overall.

So far we've covered the offensive line, the defensive line, tight end, linebacker, running back, and cornerback, and today we take a look at receiver. Tomorrow we'll turn our attention to the quarterbacks.

Draft History Under Schneider and Carroll: Golden Tate (No. 60 overall, 2010), Jameson Konz (No. 245, 2010), Kris Durham (No. 107, 2011), Chris Harper (No. 123, 2013), Paul Richardson (No. 45, 2014), Kevin Norwood (No. 123, 2014), Tyler Lockett (No. 69, 2015), Kenny Lawler (No. 243, 2016), Amara Darboh (No. 106, 2017), David Moore (No. 226, 2017).

Where The Seahawks Stand

With Paul Richardson leaving in free agency, it would appear the Seahawks have a pretty clear top two receivers at the moment in Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, then a wide-open competition behind them. While both of those two have significant experience as starters, particularly Baldwin who has emerged as one of the game's top receivers in recent years, none of the other returning receivers have a lot experience under their belts. Tanner McEvoy, who made the roster as an undrafted rookie in 2016, has played some over the past two years, though his biggest role has been on special teams, while 2017 third-round pick Amara Darboh played sparingly as a rookie. Both Carroll and Schneider have said this offseason that they hope to see Darboh make a leap in in his second season. The Seahawks also bring back 2017 seventh-round pick David Moore, who spent most of last season on the practice squad, as well as Cyril Grayson Jr., a former track standout who signed last year as a rookie free agent despite having no college football experience.

The Seahawks also bolstered that group by acquiring Marcus Johnson as part of the trade that sent Michael Bennett to Philadelphia, and they signed former Cardinals receiver Jaron Brown as a free agent.

If the Seahawks aren't done adding at receiver, their recent history shows they are willing to address that position relatively early, having taken Richardson early in the second round, and having made a rare-under-Schneider trade up to get Lockett near the top of the third round.

Check out which players NFL Media Draft Analyst Mike Mayock pegs as the top wide receivers in the 2018 NFL Draft.

NFL Media Draft Analyst Mike Mayock's Top 5 Receivers

1. D.J. Moore, Maryland

Overview (via NFL.com): Moore is bigger than former Terrapin wideout Stefon Diggs, but their playing style and athletic ability while at Maryland are similar. Moore doesn't have the height and length teams look for outside and may become a full-time option from the slot. He clearly has the short-area quickness and talent after the catch to handle those duties, but his route-running needs to become more focused and fast to unlock his potential. Teams are high on Moore's potential and believe he has the talent and traits to become a good WR2 in the league.

2. Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Overview (via NFL.com): Ridley has game-changing talent complete with blazing speed and rare route-running ability for a college prospect. He ran the full route tree at Alabama, has experience working in a pro-style attack and is a plug-and-play starter on day one. He must improve his ability to defeat press corners off the snap or he'll become a feast or famine target. Ridley's elite speed and separation talent gives him the potential to become one of the more productive and dangerous receivers in the league.

3. Courtland Sutton, SMU

Overview (via NFL.com): Sutton is a possession receiver who has the size and toughness to handle a heavier target load if necessary, but he will need to improve as a route runner because his play speed and separation is nothing special. Sutton's ability to win in contested catch situations could get him early playing time as a second or third receiver, but he may not have the explosiveness to ever become a top-flight WR1.

4. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

Overview (via NFL.com): Kirk is a well-built, mentally tough slot target whose game is built around pace more than explosiveness. His lack of speed and length make him less likely to impact games down the field, but his footwork, route tempo and hands should give him an opportunity to find catches underneath. Kirk's ability to help in the return game is a plus, but the difference between average and good as a receiver could depend on finding the right fit.

T-5. James Washington, Oklahoma State

Overview (via NFL.com): Washington is a top-heavy receiver with dangerous build-up speed who has a three year history of hitting chunk plays thanks to his speed and ball tracking. Washington is more gradual than sudden with check marks in the vertical categories but minuses in categories like route running and hands. Washington has the potential to compete as a WR2 for a team looking to stretch the field. His limitations and dependence upon his quarterback's deep ball accuracy makes the chasm between his ceiling and floor a little wider.

T-5. Anthony Miller, Memphis

Overview (via NFL.com): Ultra-competitive and highly productive, Miller plays with a chip on his shoulder that has driven him to out-work the man across from him. While he played both inside and out for Memphis, some teams could struggle with figuring out his best fit. His inconsistent hands are definitely a concern, but his ability to get open and to work all three levels of the field increase his chances for success as a WR3.

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