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Seahawks reportedly looking at top tight ends in free agency and the draft

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It’s three weeks until the start of the 2021 NFL league year and the beginning of free agency, the Seattle Seahawks are reportedly continuing their decade long trend of looking for game breakers at the tight end position. Reports earlier in the week had the team interested in free agent Jonnu Smith of the Tennessee Titans, while there’s been no shortage of speculation regarding new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron’s connection to former Los Angeles Rams tight end Gerald Everett, who is set to be a free agent.

However, that all said, with the NFL draft set to start in just 64 days, the Hawks are now being linked to college tight ends as well.

Brevin Jordan is ranked as one of the top three tight ends available in the draft, according to the PFF Top 100 Big Board behind Kyle Pitts of Florida and Pat Freiermuth of Penn State. Obviously it’s early in draft season and rankings are subject to change in the coming weeks as Pro Days and interviews take place. In addition, as the 95th rated prospect overall in the PFF draft rankings, Jordan could potentially fall into the late third round or early fourth round, which is a range in which the Seahawks have not shied away from adding to the position.

In the past five drafts the Hawks have used three picks between 94 and 133 overall to select Nick Vannett, Will Dissly and Colby Parkinson, so the interest in a tight end who could be a dangerous weapon in the passing game in this range is not all that surprising.

Obviously, the biggest factors for the team to take into consideration when looking at whether to address tight end this offseason will come down to cost and availability. With limited cap space and only a handful of draft picks currently, the offseason looks to have an interesting feel that will be enjoyable to watch play out.