Seahawks seventh-round selection and Senior Bowl invitee Bo Melton has speed, hands and a hell of an athletic background. Here are five things to know about Melton.
1. Rutgers: A Melton Institution
Seahawks rookie wideout Bo Melton capped off his time at Rutgers with an invite to the Senior Bowl. While Melton has left a legacy behind for the Scarlet Knights; he's not the first in his family to do so, and likely won't be the last.
Gary Melton Sr. played three seasons for the Scarlet Knights, scoring 7 touchdowns at wideout and returning a kickoff for a touchdown in 1991. Gary was part of the inaugural Scarlet Knights team to play in the Big East conference after realignment.
Formerly-known at Rutgers by her maiden name - Green, Vicky Melton led the Lady Scarlet Knights basketball team in assists in consecutive seasons (1992-93) and helped secure the 1993 Atlantic-10 championship as a two-time captain.
Gary and Vicky met at a Rutgers recruiting event in New Brunswick in 1990 as student-athletes and married in 1997. The Melton's birthed four children, with Bo being the second-youngest.
The youngest of the camp is current Rutgers cornerback Malachi "Max" Melton. Since 2020, Melton has had the opportunity to play with his older brother, but now he's carving his own legacy at Rutgers. After starting six games in 2020, Melton started all 10 games in 2021, earning Fourth Team All Big-Ten honors from Phil Steele.
Watch the Melton Family discuss their Rutgers legacy as they enjoy downtown New Brunswick below.
2. Give The Drummer Some
The Melton family has a strong background in the church, with Gary Melton Sr. becoming a minister after his football career. In April, Melton sat down and discussed his Christian upbringing with His Huddle, a platform dedicated to faith-driven athletes.
"Faith has always been a part of my life as my father is a preacher. I was raised up in a church where I played the drums and my life was given to Christ at a young age. I began to have faith in the lord in which he guided my life's journey."
Melton has been playing the drums since the age of two, without any formal training - elevating to playing for the church every Sunday. Even as a standout player for the Scarlet Knights, Melton returned to the church as often as possible.
3. Bo On The Track
Bo Melton was a force for Cedar Creek High on the football field, helping lead the Pirates to their first South Jersey Group 2 Championship. But the multi-sport athlete was also a beast on the track, starring in multiple events.
Melton was a Cape Atlantic League Champion in the 200m, 400m and the long jump for Cedar Creek in 2016.
That speed translated to the NFL Combine, where Melton recorded a 4.34 official 40 time, tied for No.9 amongst all positions.
4. Senior Bowl Bo
In November, Melton became the No. 15 Scarlet Knight to receive the honor of being invited to the Senior Bowl.
From one-on-one drills to team workouts, Melton made the most of the opportunity, dazzling with his speed, route-running and versatility.
Melton recorded the second-highest speed for wideouts during Senior Bowl practices, as tracked by Zebra technologies. Melton maxed out at 18.41 miles per hour.
Senior Bowl Director and tenured Seahawks scout Jim Nagy broke down Melton's route running skill at the Senior Bowl.
5. Like Mother Like Son
Bo Melton was a wideout and return man at Rutgers like his dad Gary, but he got his skills on the basketball court from his mother Vicky. In addition to starring on the football field and the track, Melton played basketball for the Cedar Creek Pirates for three seasons.
As a freshman at Rutgers, Melton electrified his teammates and made the Sportscenter Top-10 after dunking on a teammate in a team meeting.
Check out photos of Seahawks seventh-round pick Bo Melton from his 2022 offseason in Seattle. The wide receiver out of Rutgers was selected No. 229 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.