Despite moving around in the draft, the Seattle Seahawks ended up making three selections in the 2021 NFL Draft, the same number of selections they entered Friday night with. The team drafted WR D’Wayne Eskridge, CB Tre Brown, and T Stone Forsythe in a year where they focused more on specific position needs. After trading up to select Forsythe with the 208th pick, Pete Carroll and John Schneider spoke to members of the media about their plans for the draftees and other offseason acquisitions, like G Gabe Jackson.
Pete Carroll says Gabe Jackson will play right guard, Damien Lewis is moving to left guard. #Seahawks— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) May 1, 2021
Gabe Jackson isn’t the only new Seahawk on the offensive line; he’s now joined by Florida tackle Stone Forsythe, who Seattle selected in the sixth round. Forsythe stands 6’8,” 307, and the Seahawks were eager to get a player of his size and agility.
John Schneider said that the #Seahawks began making calls starting in the 190s to go up and get Stone Forsythe. Ultimately got it done at 208.— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) May 1, 2021
He added that Forsythe's best tape was against Georgia. He isn't worried about Forsythe's run blocking.
Carroll expressed excitement that Forsythe will have the opportunity to learn the position from Duane Brown. Forsythe also worked out with another Seahawks offensive line great during the draft process.
John Schneider said Steve Hutchinson and Alonzo Highsmith worked out Stone Forsythe. Said it was "cool'' that Hutchinson was able to work with him as much as he did.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) May 1, 2021
Seattle made waves with its other day two selection, CB Tre Brown from Oklahoma, because he doesn’t fit the physical profile Seattle typically likes at the position, especially on the outside. There seems to have been a change of philosophy when it comes to drafting corners for Carroll and Schneider.
Pete Carroll said that Tre Brown will play outside corner for the #Seahawks.— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) May 1, 2021
Big time. That's what we were waiting to find out. He'll have the chance to start opposite D.J. Reed. A pair of 5-10 corners starting for Seattle? A new day indeed.
Tre Brown might not be the only new option for Seattle on the outside, though. Fans have long clamored for Richard Sherman’s return, and Carroll touched on the subject multiple times during the press conference.
Pete Carroll says he has talked to Richard Sherman "quite a few times'' over the offseason and Seahawks would be open to it. "We'll see what happens.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) May 1, 2021
Pete Carroll says there was never any mending of a relationship that needed to be done with Richard Sherman. John Schneider says that was "blown out of proportion.'' But Carroll cautions there is nothing imminent with Sherman. Says only they are always open to everything.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) May 1, 2021
For now, though, the Seahawks are scrambling to recruit UDFAs. Having only three other rookies will make them an attractive destination.