Many of you (as is natural) are surely hyped up over the 2019 Seattle Seahawks draft class, with former Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf as one of the hopefuls to make an instant impact for the team when September rolls around. There is, however, the matter of the maturation of the previous draft class.
The best-performing Seahawks rookie from 2018 was punter Michael Dickson, who’s already the greatest punter to ever live, so it’s not like he’s going to be a factor in this article’s poll whatsoever.
From there, Tre Flowers may not have had flashy counting stats, but his safety-to-corner transition was expedited due to injuries, and he performed quite well given the shaky start. First-round draft pick Rashaad Penny had trouble getting playing time behind Chris Carson and Mike Davis, and indeed had his ups and downs, but he did have his fair share of highlights on his way to 419 yards rushing on just 85 carries. DE Jacob Martin had three sacks and two forced fumbles (one leading to a touchdown), Shaquem Griffin was relegated mostly to special teams after his opening day struggles as a starting weakside linebacker, and injuries had varying effects on Jamarco Jones (IR in preseason), Will Dissly (IR after Week 4), and Rasheem Green (missed six games).
The common term we hear for players who have a strong rookie season is the “sophomore slump,” in which expectations are heightened after year one, only for those expectations not to be met in year two. Well this is the “sophomore surge,” in which a rookie who didn’t contribute much has a substantial increase in productivity in year two.
Penny might be one of the favorites given Davis is no longer with the team, and he seems to have his weight under control. Dissly had 8 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns in his limited action, and it sure as hell would be exciting to see him become both a consistent pass-catching threat (which he was not in college at the University of Washington), in addition to his primary skills as a blocker. Green is young and somewhat of a project, but he impressed in preseason last year and injuries set his progress back. Shaquem’s future could be as an edge rusher, which may better utilize his talents. If Flowers has a “sophomore surge” then he’ll be an All-Pro corner. Martin is already getting the “can’t wait to use him more!” OTA hype from Pete Carroll. Lastly, Jamarco Jones is a longshot given the current offensive line depth.
So here’s your chance to vote on this long holiday weekend. Dickson exempt — Alex McGough was released so obviously he’s not an option — everyone else is on the table for you to choose!
Which 2018 Seahawks draft pick will have the "sophomore surge" in 2019?
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