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Friday Round-Up: A Year 2 Preview For The Seahawks' 2020 Draft Class

The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar looks back at what the Hawks’ 2020 draftees did well in their rookie seasons, and how they can improve going into Year 2.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, July 9 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

How The Seahawks' 2020 Rookies Can Improve Going Into Year 2

It was a promising rookie season for much of the Seahawks' 2020 draft class.

A foot injury limited TE Colby Parkinson to just six games, while DE Darrell Taylor missed the entire season recovering from a leg injury he suffered at Tennessee. But first-round linebacker Jordyn Brooks put together a strong second half of the season after some early struggles last year, offensive lineman Damien Lewis was touted as one of the league's best run blockers en route to being named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team, and fifth-round DE Alton Robinson was productive when given the opportunity, recording four sacks in 14 games after spending the first two on the bench.

On Thursday, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic wrote about what the Seahawks' 2020 draftees did well in their rookie campaigns, and how they can build on that success to have even stronger sophomore seasons.

Dugar sees Jordyn Brooks stepping into an every-down role after his strong finish to the 2020 season. "Brooks didn't make his first official start until Week 7 but by the time the regular season neared its end, Brooks appeared on track to be the team's first Day 1 'hit' in a long time," Dugar writes. "He's good against the run, shows smart route recognition in coverage and he's really, really fast … Brooks should in theory play roughly 90 percent of the team's defensive snaps this year. After that, the next step — at least to the untrained eye — will be making game-changing defensive plays."

In Darrell Taylor, Dugar sees a hybrid strongside linebacker capable of rushing the passer as well as dropping into coverage. "Based on what I observed during minicamp, Taylor has a legitimate shot to start in that role," he writes. "But even if he doesn't, he should be expected to get to the quarterback in what will effectively be his rookie season. If he falls anywhere between 4-6 sacks and 20-25 quarterback pressures this year, that'll count as a really promising debut."

For Damien Lewis, the focus lies in pass protection, particularly against division rivals, according to Dugar: "Lewis came out of the gates a bit shaky as a pass blocker and had some occasionally rough moments in NFC West matchups. Which is why the most important development for him in Year 2 will be improving his pass protection in one-on-one situations, specifically against division foes. Some of his worst games were against the Rams and 49ers late in the season."

Jamal Adams Ranked As One Of The Most Versatile Players In NFL analyst Gil Brandt put out his list of the most versatile players in the NFL on Thursday, and to no surprise, safety Jamal Adams made an appearance.

Adams checks in at number 5 on the list, largely on the strength of his record-breaking 9.5 sacks in just 12 games a season ago — in fact, it's precisely what Brandt cited in his write-up:

"Pass-rushing ability is what helps separate Adams from the pack at the safety position. Not only did he break Adrian Wilson's single-season sack record for a defensive back by collecting 9.5 for the Seahawks in 2020, but he did it in just 12 games. Adams is also just nine sacks short of topping Rodney Harrison's career record for sacks by a defensive back (30.5, the most since sacks were first tracked in 1982). Adams is about to become the highest-paid safety in NFL history -- and he deserves it."

Social Post Of The Day

Tyler Lockett retweeted this photo taken by now-Ravens CB Davontae Harris following a Kansas State victory over Texas — and, naturally, Tyler takes a shot a former Longhorn Quandre Diggs in the process:

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