With pick number 79 in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected defensive end Rasheem Green out of USC. A defensive end with the ability to move inside on passing downs, much like the recently traded Michael Bennett, Green may provide some of the interior pass rush on third and long that the team has been searching for in recent seasons.
As others have noted, Green compares very similarly to Bennett both athletically and physically, and now the team simply needs to see how he develops going forward. He’s extremely young, but carries significant upside potential for the team, especially given the tiny salary cap charge he will carry given the fact he is drafted in the third round.
Basing estimates for Green’s contract off of the contract wide receiver ArDarius Stewart of the New York Jets signed in 2018, the amount of guaranteed money may be the biggest difference. As a third round selection Green’s contract comes with nothing guaranteed beyond the signing bonus. This is what the contract should look like.
So, going forward, the only financial guarantees that the players drafted by the Seahawks in rounds four through seven will be their signing bonuses. If a young player wants to guarantee themselves more money, then they need to come in ready to perform and deliver on the field.
Perhaps this is part of what head coach Pete Carroll is looking for in terms of getting back to putting young players on the field and giving them a shot. It obviously remains to be seen how young the team goes in building out the roster, but the Seahawks could easily have one of the youngest defenses in the league in 2018, with multiple potential starters being very, very young. This includes Shaquill Griffin, Jarran Reed, Nazair Jones, Justin Coleman, Rasheem Green, Frank Clark and whoever the team selects with the eight picks it holds on Saturday.