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How the Seahawks 2020 draft picks comp out

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The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, and during the draft the Seattle Seahawks added eight new players. Just as in the past, the players the team has added share certain physical and athletic characteristics with players at their position on the team who have had success, either for the Seahawks or elsewhere.

Since it’s one of the quieter times of the offseason, here’s a look at how some physical and athletic comps for each of the eight players Seattle picked up in the draft. (Author’s note: As a reminder, the archaic height system the NFL utilizes uses four digits to encode height. The four digits are F-I-I-E, where the F is the height in feet, I-I is the inches component and E is the eighths of an inch. So, for example someone with a height of 6’2-1/8” would be listed as 6021, while Russell Wilson at 5’10-5/8” would be 5105.)

Jordyn Brooks, LB Texas Tech

Physical and athletic profiles of Jordyn Brooks, Bobby Wagner and Bruce Irvin

Category Jordyn Brooks Bobby Wagner Bruce Irvin
Category Jordyn Brooks Bobby Wagner Bruce Irvin
Height 6000 6003 6030
Weight 240 241 245
40 time 4.54 4.46 4.50
20 yard split 2.67 2.64 2.66
10 yard split 1.62 1.87 1.58
Bench N/A 24 23
Vertical N/A 39.5" 33.5"
Broad N/A 132" 123"
Shuttle N/A 4.28 4.03
3-Cone N/A 7.10 6.70

Darrell Taylor, EDGE Tennessee

Taylor did not perform any of the athletic testing at the 2020 NFL Combine following an offseason surgery, meaning that the only metrics available for him are his height and weight. As such, the only thing available to compare Taylor to any past Seahawks is that height weight combo, which for Taylor was 6’3-5/8”, 267 pounds. Since I’ve got nothing better to do than rile up the masses to be yelled at in the comments that the majority of the following players are nothing like Taylor because of style of play, athleticism (for which I have clearly stated I did not filter) or any other reason, here’s a list of outside linebackers and defensive ends who measured either 6’3” or 6’4” while weighing between 262 and 272 pounds.

  • Terrell Suggs: 6’3”, 262
  • Brian Orakpo: 6’3”, 263
  • Jabaal Sheard: 6’3”, 264
  • Clelin Ferrell: 6’4”, 265
  • Robert Quinn: 6’4”, 265
  • Derrick Morgan: 6’3”, 266
  • Frostee Rucker: 6’3”, 267
  • Justin Smith: 6’4”, 267
  • Ryan Kerrigan: 6’4”, 267
  • Bradley Chubb: 6’4”, 269
  • Justin Houston: 6’3”, 270
  • Kyle Vanden Bosch: 6’4”, 270
  • Frank Clark: 6’3”, 271
  • Chris Long: 6’3”, 272
  • Myles Garrett: 6’4”, 272
  • Shawne Merriman: 6’4”, 272
  • Aldon Smith: 6’4”, 272

Damien Lewis, G LSU

It’s never been a secret that offensive line coach Mike Solari prefers big monsters on the offensive line, but the simple fact is that Lewis and Phil Haynes, the only two offensive linemen on which the Seahawks have drafted the past two years are similar and show what fans can expect to look for at guard going forward.

Physical and athhletic profiles of Damien Lewis and Phil Haynes compared to Mike Iupati

Category Damien Lewis Mike Iupati Phil Haynes
Category Damien Lewis Mike Iupati Phil Haynes
Height 6020 6051 6035
Weight 327 331 322
40 Yard Dash 5.24 5.31 5.20
20 Yard Split 3.03 3.06 2.97
10 Yard Split 1.83 1.84 1.78
Bench 27 27 33
Vertical 30" 27.5" 31"
Broad 108" 92" 108"
Shuttle N/A 4.93 4.95
3-cone N/A 7.85 7.76

Colby Parkinson TE Stanford

Parkinson is one for whom it is somewhat difficult to pin down a good comp. In some areas he’s similar to Tony Gonzalez (who was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs while both John Schneider and Mike Solari worked for the Chiefs), while in others he’s a bit closer to Anthony McCoy.

Physical and athletic profiles of Colby Parkinson compared to Tony Gonzalez, Nick Vannett and Anthony McCoy

Category Colby Parkinson Tony Gonzalez Nick Vannett Anthony McCoy
Category Colby Parkinson Tony Gonzalez Nick Vannett Anthony McCoy
Height 6072 6041 6060 6044
Weight 252 244 257 259
40 Yard Dash 4.77 4.83 4.89 4.78
20 Yard Split 2.81 2.83 2.81 2.81
10 Yard Split 1.66 1.68 1.72 1.67
Bench 18 N/A 17 19
Vertical 32.5" 33.5" 30.5" 35.5"
Broad 109" N/A 111" 113"
Shuttle 4.46 4.06 4.2 4.57
3-cone 7.15 7.75 7.05 6.99

DeeJay Dallas, RB Miami

While there is no doubt that Dallas and Chris Carson are different players, the similarities between their testing profiles shows up well on tape. While neither has the top end speed of a back like Rashaad Penny, both Carson and Dallas have a short area burst that gives them the ability to leave defenders grasping at air. Carson has clearly shown he can make defenders miss in the NFL, and it will certainly be worth watching whether Dallas can find success in the NFL against top level competition, rather than against future insurance salesmen.

Physical and athletic profiles of DeeJay Dallas and Chris Carson

Category DeeJay Dallas Chris Carson
Category DeeJay Dallas Chris Carson
Height 5101 6002
Weight 217 218
40 Yard Dash 4.58 4.58
20 Yard Split 2.68 2.66
10 Yard Split 1.63 1.60
Bench N/A 23
Vertical 33.5" 37"
Broad 119" 130"
Shuttle 4.32 4.28
3-cone 7.18 7.53

Interestingly, neither Dallas nor Carson were workhorse backs during their last two years in college, and their production over their final two seasons were amusingly similar in their own right.

Production of DeeJay Dallas and Chris Carson during their final two years in college

Category Dallas Carson
Category Dallas Carson
Att 224 213
Yds 1310 1076
YPC 5.8 5.1
TD 14 13
Receptions 24 30
Rec Yds 225 298
YPR 9.4 9.9
Rec TD 2 1

Those tables only include the final two years of production for each because Dallas had only 41 carries and four receptions his freshman year, while Carson was busy obliterating the Jayhawk Conference during his freshman and sophomore seasons (1,605 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns while averaging 6.5 yards per carry in 20 games).

Alton Robinson, DE Syracuse

Robinson could be looked at as either a heavier, quicker Chris Clemons or a slower version of Cliff Avril, take your pick.

Physical and athletic profiles of Alton Robinson, Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril

Category Alton Robinson Chris Clemons Cliff Avril
Category Alton Robinson Chris Clemons Cliff Avril
Height 6026 6030 6027
Weight 264 236 253
40 Yard Dash 4.69 4.68 4.51
20 Yard Split 2.75 2.75 2.58
10 Yard Split 1.65 1.72 1.51
Bench 25 18 27
Vertical 35.5" 35" 32.5
Broad 119" 116" 117"
Shuttle 4.32 4.66 4.31
3-cone 7.32 7.48 6.90

Freddie Swain, WR Florida

Swain compares well to Golden Tate, who the Seahawks have been looking to replace since his departure in the spring of 2014.

Physical and athletic profiles of Freddie Swain and Golden Tate

Category Freddie Swain Golden Tate
Category Freddie Swain Golden Tate
Height 6002 5102
Weight 197 199
40 Yard Dash 4.46 4.42
20 Yard Split 2.60 N/A
10 Yard Split 1.57 1.54
Bench 16 17
Vertical 36.5" 35"
Broad 124" 120"
Shuttle 4.26 4.34
3-cone 7.06 7.12

Stephen Sullivan, TE LSU

Athletically, Sullivan looks like the team might be angling for a less expensive version of Jacob Hollister, on whom they spent their native 2020 seventh round pick.

Physical and athletic profiles of Stephen Sullivan and Jacob Hollister

Category Stephen Sullivan Jacob Hollister
Category Stephen Sullivan Jacob Hollister
Height 6047 6035
Weight 248 239
40 Yard Dash 4.66 4.64
20 Yard Split 2.72 2.70
10 Yard Split 1.65 1.62
Bench N/A N/A
Vertical 36.5" 36.5"
Broad 123" 121"
Shuttle 4.62 4.34
3-cone 7.51 7.12

And that wraps up the look at the physical and athletic profiles of the Seahawks draftees. As more undrafted free agents are officially added in the coming days and weeks, those comps can then be explored.