After making their first trade down of the draft on Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks selected cornerback and former Oklahoma Sooner Tre Brown with the 137th pick!
Tre Brown is an aggressive and athletic defensive back who collected four interceptions and defended 35 passes in his four year career at Oklahoma. Although he played outside under Alex Grinch, he is likely projecting as a nickel corner in the NFL. This makes sense as his physical profile is a departure from the tall, long-armed players like Richard Sherman and Shaquill Griffin. He has great speed and experience as a kick returner, landing in the top 10 in total kick return yards in the NCAA for the 2018 season.
At the press conference last week, Pete Carroll responded ambiguously to a question from Corbin Smith regarding if DJ Reed’s emergence changed the team’s perspective on evaluating corners, but praised his performance at the nickel position last season. This selection seems to suggest that Corbin may be on to something.
Tre Brown is a high effort player (see his chase down in the Baylor game on the highlight reel or his Senior Bowl highlights) who allowed a completion percentage of 37.4% over the last couple years, according to Dane Brugler of the Athletic. Scouting reports mention his “grabby tendencies”, but the Hawks have never shied away from physicality at the position. It will be interesting to see where Reed fits into a revamped DB group in 2021!
The Hawks next pick is at 217th in the 6th round.