Doug Baldwin has more than enough credibility when it comes to knowing the process of working your way up as a wide receiver in the NFL.
Since signing with the Seahawks as an undrafted wide receiver from Stanford in 2011, Baldwin steadily went from an unrecognizable name to one of the most elite at his position.
Along the way, Baldwin learned the ropes from former Seahawks receivers such as Sidney Rice and Ben Obomanu, along with members of Seattle's coaching staff like retired wide receivers coach Kippy Brown and current wide receivers coach Dave Canales.
Now, entering his seventh season at age 28, Baldwin, who is the longest-tenured Seahawks wide receiver, is keeping the trend going, passing along the wisdom, techniques and insight he gained early in his career to young wideouts looking to make their names known across the league.
"Yeah, it's vitally important," Baldwin said Tuesday when asked about mentoring the new group. "As you get older, you realize some of the dumb things you did in the past – you recognize those things – and then you want to pass those things on to the younger guys. So whether it's in life or in football, I want to provide those lessons, if you will. 'Not to touch the stove' right?
"They've given me the opportunity to do that. They look to me in those moments. And I take that with pride. I want to serve these guys to be the best servant leader that I can so that ultimately we can be successful on the football field and win games."
The Seahawks added three new wide receivers this offseason in third-round draft pick Amara Darboh, seventh-round pick David Moore and former LSU track star Cyril Grayson Jr., who was discovered by former Seahawks personnel executive Ed Dodds.
Baldwin has been impressed by the work each of them have done. He raved about Moore's hands and Grayson's ability to pick up Seattle's plays. Moore was a standout wide receiver at Division II East Central University and Grayson Jr. hasn't played a down of football since 2011 after signing a track scholarship with the Tigers.
"He's got great hands, first and foremost," Baldwin said of Moore. "That's the first thing I notice about him. He's got great hands and he's really smooth."
Regarding Grayson Jr., Baldwin said: "He's done a fantastic job of learning the playbook, so he knows the concepts really well right now. What I'm really impressed by is that he's picked up our two-minute signals already, and he knows the route concepts. He knows how to run routes and he's extremely fast as we all know, so I'm really excited to see what he can do against real competition when it gets full speed because he's got a lot of talent and I think he can help us for sure."
As a whole, all three players have gotten their feet wet at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center within the last month through rookie minicamp, OTAs (Organized Team Activities) and workouts. Baldwin appreciates the work they've put in and sees a lot of potential going forward.
"It's a great group of guys," Baldwin said. "Again, John [Schneider] and Pete [Carroll] do a great job of bringing people in to compete and push the older guys and to push and compete with the younger guys as well. They've done a fantastic job. I think this group, specifically, speaks to the type of players that we like in our receiver room and that is the hard-nosed guys who don't come in with a lot of hype around them but they go out there and they do what they have to do. They're the tunnel workers, if you will. The dirty workers. So I appreciate the guys that we got in because they work hard."
The Seahawks held their fifth of seven Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday, June 6 at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.