Seahawks draft WRs Bo Melton, Dareke Young in 7th round

Apr 30, 2022, 3:10 PM | Updated: 4:18 pm
PISCATAWAY, NJ - AUGUST 30: Bo Melton #18 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrates a touchdown with teammate Mohamed Jabbie #6 against the Massachusetts Minutemen during the second quarter at SHI Stadium on August 30, 2019 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images) LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 03: West Team wide receiver Dareke Young (11) of Lenoir-Rhyne during the East-West Shrine Bowl game on February 03, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Seahawks had two picks in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft and they used those selections to add to the offense, taking wide receivers Bo Melton of Rutgers (229th pick) and Dareke Young from Lenoir-Rhyne (233rd pick).

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Here’s a look at both receivers.

Bo Melton, Rutgers

Melton, who stands at 5 foot 11 and weighs 192 pounds, ran a very fast 4.34 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine while jumping 38 inches in the vertical leap and 10 foot 1 in the broad jump. He will give the Seahawks a run-after-catch threat when he gets the ball in his hands.

Melton was on campus at Rutgers for five years, recording 164 career receptions for 2,011 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2021, Melton recorded 55 catches for 618 yards and three scores. Melton’s numbers are solid, but it should be noted that Rutgers averaged only 171.5 passing yards per game last season, with Melton averaged 61.8 receiving yards alone.

Melton also offers value on special teams, returning 11 kicks over the last two years for an average return of 25.9 yards. He also has returned a punt for a touchdown.

“Prospect with average size, play speed and traits. While nothing stands out for Melton from a physical standpoint, he possesses good football intelligence and can be an efficient route-runner, using leverage and purposeful movement to create some separation,” draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote.

After finishing his 2021 season, Melton played in the 2022 Senior Bowl.

Dareke Young, Lenoir Rhyne

With their final pick of the draft, the Seahawks fittingly went for the most unknown talent of their draft class in Young.

At Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, N.C., Young had 303 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 25 catches in five games last season for the NCAA Division II Bears. He played just two games in 2020 and was granted a fifth year of eligibility.

Young had a career game of 160 yards and three touchdowns on eight receptions on Sept. 25, 2021 against Mars Hill.

Melton and Young join a receiver room with stars DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, 2020 second-round pick Dee Eskridge, third-year player Freddie Swain, veteran Penny Hart and a few recent undrafted signings including Aaron Fuller, Cody Thompson and Cade Johnson.

More Seahawks draft selections

Seattle selects Mississippi State OT Charles Cross at No. 9 overall
Hawks add Minnesota DE Boye Mafe with 40th pick
Hawks draft Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker at 41
Seahawks take WSU OT Abraham Lucas in third round
Seattle drafts Cincy CB Coby Bryant in fourth round
Seahawks draft long, speedy UTSA CB Tariq Woolen in fifth round
Seahawks pick Ohio State edge rusher Tyreke Smith in fifth

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