The Seattle Seahawks need a new left cornerback due to the departure of Richard Sherman to the San Francisco 49ers. Despite numerous talking heads suggesting Seattle needed to go after Sherman’s replacement through the draft, the Seahawks do have an actual promising talent who’s in line to be the team’s new #1 corner.
At day 1 of the Seahawks’ 2018 Organized Team Activities (OTAs), you can see a glimpse of Shaquill Griffin doing some work on the left side, having spent his rookie season at right corner.
Even when Sherman suffered his season-ending Achilles injury last season, Griffin remained as the team’s starting RCB, while the re-signed Byron Maxwell took Sherman’s spot. If Griffin is to move to LCB, you would expect Maxwell to return to his more familiar role at RCB.
Griffin had a very good rookie season, with 15 passes defensed, a sack of Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott on a corner blitz, and an interception of Drew Stanton in Seattle’s season finale against the Arizona Cardinals. According to Pro Football Focus, opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of just 75.2 when throwing in Griffins’ direction. I’m really optimistic that Griffin can become one of the best corners in the league, so it’ll be interesting to see if Seattle’s scheme remains largely unchanged, with Griffin assuming most, if not all of Sherman’s responsibilities.
Also of note from OTAs, fifth-round rookie Tre Flowers was working on the right side of the defense, as he makes the conversion from safety to cornerback.