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Tuesday Round-Up: Why Shelby Harris Could Be 'The Best Part Of The Russell Wilson Trade'

SB Nation’s Stan Taylor looks at the impact the newly acquired defensive lineman can make for the Seahawks next season.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Tuesday, March 22 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Why Shelby Harris Could Be 'The Best Part Of The Russell Wilson Trade'

As the dust begins to settle around the huge Russell Wilson trade that officially went down last week, 12s are getting the chance to get to know the new Seahawks making their way over from Denver.

One of those players is defensive lineman Shelby Harris, who is heading into his ninth NFL season after being drafted by the Raiders in 2014. He spent two years there before spending parts of the 2016 season with the Jets and Cowboys — though he never saw the field during the regular season in New York or Dallas — and then played the following five seasons with the Broncos.

Harris has recorded 22.5 sacks and 217 total tackles since entering the league, including career highs of 6.0 sacks, 49 tackles and 11 quarterback hits last season. On Monday, Stan Taylor of SB Nation/Field Gulls wrote about the impact he expects Harris to have on the Seahawks' defense, speculating that the addition of the defensive lineman could wind up being the best aspect of the Russell Wilson trade.

"Now, Shelby Harris is far from a pure pass rusher, and while he is very talented, he isn't a consistently dominant gamewrecker; that is, we shouldn't expect to be watching Aaron Donald on Sundays (unless of course you are watching a Los Angeles Rams game)," Taylor says. "But that doesn't mean that he can't be a major factor. He does profile similarly to the perennial All-Pro and future First-Ballot Hall of Famer."

Taylor notes that Harris has played numerous spots along the defensive line, but played a career-high number of snaps over guard last season. "And what has he done with those snaps? Well, he has made life pretty hellish for opposing quarterbacks at times," Taylor said. "Like his division rival, Derek Carr.

"In the first of the two plays above, the Broncos run a stunt, as Harris lines up just between the Center and Right Guard, but ends up careening around the Right Tackle and ultimately creating a turnover. Following that, he busts out his bullrush and simply drives Alex Leatherwood back into Carr for a share of a sack. Good stuff."

Click here to read Taylor’s full piece and learn more about the Seahawks' newly acquired defensive lineman.

Social Post Of The Day

Seattle Sports announced Monday the creation of the John Clayton Memorial Fund, benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Society, an MS research organization that Clayton and his wife Pat supported through the years. The Seahawks have donated $12,000, and fans can donate as well:

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