JAKE AND STACY

The 3 Seahawks draft picks who will make the most immediate impact

Apr 28, 2020, 1:23 AM
Seahawks fifth-round pick Alton Robinson...
Syracuse DE Alton Robinson could contribute right away in a Seahawks pass-rush rotation. (Getty)
(Getty)

The Seahawks’ draft may end up being more about 2022 than 2020, as 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny O’Neil explained in his latest column. But that doesn’t mean the Hawks won’t see contributions from their rookie class this year.

John Clayton: Seahawks’ draft class points to a transition

Former Seahawks quarterback Jake Heaps spent some time during the Four-Down Territory segment of Monday’s edition of Tom, Jake and Stacy to identify three players he thinks have the best chance to jump right into key roles in 2020. Let’s take a look at what he had to say.

Seahawks first-round pick Jordyn Brooks (linebacker)

What you need to know: Brooks is regarded as a tackling machine with exceptional speed at his position, even drawing comparisons to Seattle’s five-time All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner, who has twice led the NFL in tackles in a season.

What Jake said: “I believe Jordyn Brooks, if he is used correctly and he is the starting ‘Will’ (weakside) linebacker for the Seahawks, I think he’s gonna be a tremendous addition to this defense, adding more speed in a division where there is a tremendous amount of offensive talent. Having a guy who can run and hit, who can run sideline to sideline, I think is going to be very critical for this defense, so I expect Brooks to be an immediate impact starter.”

Third-round pick Damien Lewis (guard)

What you need to know: Lewis played at LSU, helping the Tigers win the 2019 national championship. Seahawks general manager John Schneider remarked that Lewis’ college experience means he’s already played 22 games of “big-time football,” and head coach Pete Carroll said Lewis would compete to start right away. Then just days later, Seattle released starting right guard D.J. Fluker, clearing the path even more for Lewis to start as a rookie.

What Jake said: “This is his job to lose at the right guard position. I’m hoping that Damien Lewis can come in and be that road grater that he showed he can be in college football.”

Fifth-round pick Alton Robinson (defensive end)

What you need to know: Robinson was the second of two pass rushers taken in the draft by the Seahawks, the other being second-rounder Darrell Taylor from Tennessee. While Taylor could have a lot of pressure on him due to the current state of Seattle’s pass rush, Syracuse product Robinson could slide right into a rotation role while facing less expectations.

What Jake said: “Darrell Taylor is a guy that I hope has that impact but you have to be cautious of putting too much pressure on a college player as they’re coming through. If they don’t sign (Jadeveon) Clowney or Everson Griffen and he is your first down, second down starting ‘Leo,’ I think that there is going to be a lot asked of him. But if they can continue to feed that rotation, I think that that’s where they could be successful, and that’s why I say Alton Robinson out of Syracuse can make an immediate impact.”

A different kind of immediate impact for the Seahawks

After Heaps shared his answer, co-host Stacy Rost had an interesting point to make about another Seahawks draftee who could contribute in 2020, albeit in a more out-of-the-box manner.

As Rost detailed in her Seahawks draft superlatives post on 710Sports.com, fourth-round selection DeeJay Dallas, a running back out of Miami, may get on the field quickly due to his blocking ability.

“(NFL Network analyst) Daniel Jeremiah called Dallas the best pass-protecting back in the year’s draft and a bulldog in short-yardage situations,” Rost relayed. “That really stood out to me because it’s something that Pete Carroll has always valued that his wide receivers can do, it’s something that the Seahawks need to get better at undoubtedly in 2020, and because Dallas said himself (to reporters after being drafted) it was one of his favorite parts of third-down situations. It wasn’t getting the yardage.It wasn’t running and breaking away for a big touchdown. It was, ‘My favorite part of third-down situations is protecting the quarterback. You get to kinda enforce your will on the other guy across from you.’ How often do you hear a running back say that?”

You can hear the full Four-Down Territory segment beginning at the 18:25 mark of this podcast.

Follow 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake Heaps and Stacy Rost on Twitter.

Jim Moore: 10 Seahawks takeaways after the 2020 NFL draft

Jake and Stacy

Seahawks Drew Lock...
Stacy Rost

Seahawks Practice Snapshot: Good day for QB Drew Lock and offense

Stacy Rost details the latest from Seahawks practice as they're just days away from beginning the preseason against the Steelers on Saturday.
4 months ago
Michael Bumpus Stacy Rost...
SeattleSports.com Staff

New Seattle Sports show: ‘Bump and Stacy’ with Michael Bumpus and Stacy Rost

The next chapter of middays on Seattle Sports begins Monday with the debut of Bump and Stacy, co-hosted by Michael Bumpus and Stacy Rost.
6 months ago
Seahawks Sean Desai...
Brandon Gustafson

What new assistants Desai and Scott revealed about Seahawks’ defense

Jake Heaps breaks down some encouraging comments from new Seahawks defensive assistants Sean Desai and Karl Scott about the defense.
6 months ago
Seahawks Broncos Drew Lock...
Brandon Gustafson

Should Seahawks be OK going into 2022 with Smith or Lock at QB?

Are the Seahawks really comfortable with Geno Smith or Drew Lock as the starter? Jake Heaps thinks that isn't "an ideal situation."
6 months ago
Jake Heaps Stacy Rost...
SeattleSports.com Staff

Seattle Sports’ Jake Heaps announces departure from Jake & Stacy show

After four years with Seattle Sports, Jake Heaps will be leaving the Jake and Stacy show to enter a new chapter in his career.
6 months ago
Seahawks 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo...
Stacy Rost

3 things Seahawks fans should know about potential Jimmy G trade

The possibility of the Seahawks acquiring quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has picked up steam this week. Stacy Rost examines its viability.
6 months ago
The 3 Seahawks draft picks who will make the most immediate impact