Seahawks Draft Prospects: RBs and WRs that Brock Huard loves
Brock Huards Dive into the prospects the Seahawks could achieve. The drafting continued this week during the latest Brock & Salk podcast for Seattle Sports 710 AM.
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After looking at cornerbacks and linebackers two weeks ago and offensive and defensive linemen last week, is Huard focusing on him this week? Playmaker on offense and running back and wide receiver.
Looking at possible Day 2 (rounds two and three) or Day 3 (rounds four through seven) picks for the Seahawks at receiver, two players Huard likes are both from the Big 10 conference.
“The two that I’m most interested in and think are going to be very good pros are (Jahan) Dotson (of Penn State) and David Bell of Purdue,” he said.
David Bell, Purdue
This is especially true for Bell, who has been one of the most prolific receivers in all of college football in recent years.
But despite this high level of production at Purdue, Bell’s draft stash has reportedly taken a hit in recent months. Huard pointed to his performance with the NFL Scouting Combine.
“He ran 4.65[seconds on the 40-yard dash]at the combine,” Huard said. “…The reality is it sets a baseline and tells these guys how explosive you are? And if you run 4.65 you’ve seen him crash (down draft boards).
But what Bell showed at the combine and what he showed in the field are two very different things, Huard said.
“Look at the tape. This guy was (the Big Ten) rookie of the year (2019) and had 1,000 yards as a rookie,” Huard said.
And recently, Bell was the Big Ten Receiver of the Year at a conference full of outstanding receivers, especially in Ohio State. The Buckeyes have two receivers that are expected to be high in the first round and have more next year that are also likely to be drafted early. Bell had over 1,200 reception yards in 2021.
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“It was David Bell who has given an immense performance every second since he has been on the football field,” Huard said. “Super, super talented. (He’s) 6ft 1 or 6ft 2 and he’s going to be a great pro. ”
The Seahawks have a terrific receiver duo in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and also drafted Dee Eskridge in the second round last year. There’s also Freddie Swain, a solid No. 3 or 4 receiver who has played well since his 2020 call-up. But Huard said Bell has good body control, strong hands and should be a good pro for the Seahawks to consider.
“If he’s sitting there in the third or fourth round … how about he just adds a baller, just a full-throttle baller that puts them on the field,” Huard said. “David Bell is a mid-round guy that I would find very intriguing.”
Jahan Dotson, Penn State
Jahan Dotson is someone Huard sees as a mid-round two who he thinks could be interesting if the Seahawks traded back from pick 40 or 41 to mid-50s.
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The matter? Eskridge.
“Unfortunately, he’s too much like Dee Eskridge. (Dotson is) 5-11, 178 (with a) 36-inch vert (and ran) 4.43 at the combine,” Huard said.
Due to Eskridge’s presence on the roster and his status as a new second-round pick, Huard doesn’t believe Dotson will be a member of the Seahawks.
“I think that’s why they (Eskridge) will give it a chance. So you would need someone else,” he said.
Dotson had 884 receiving yards in nine games in 2020 and 1,182 in 12 in the 2021 season.
So how about running backs?
The Seahawks have drafted running backs in eight of the last 10 drafts, and the running back room has some uncertainties going into 2022.
Seattle re-signed Rashaad Penny through 2021 after a stellar finish, but he has a long injury history. Speaking of injury history, Chris Carson is signed for next season but has had several notable injuries throughout his career and missed almost all of 2021 with a neck injury.
The Seahawks still have Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas on the roster, but both have been mostly special team contributors and the occasional third-back.
So if the Seahawks really wanted to upgrade this space, who could they target?
Breece Hall, State of Iowa
“Breece Hall is top of the class by far,” Huard said of the Iowa star. “(He had) 24 straight games with a quick touchdown. I think I’ve seen him four or five times in the last three years at Iowa State.”
Hall, who weighs 5-11 and 217 pounds, rushed for about 900 yards as a freshman in 2019. He blew up for over 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2020 and had 1,472 rushing yards and 20 scores in 2021. He also racked up over 800 receiving yards during his three years with the Cyclones. Hall finished sixth in Heisman voting in 2020 and tenth in 2021.
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Huard said Hall was a guy who really improved the Iowa State program and played a key role in the team’s recent success.
“This guy is going to be a monster. And he ran incredible (at the combine),” Huard said, referencing Hall’s 4.39-second, 40-yard dash. “And I think he ran better and then tested better than anybody thought because most guys from Iowa state don’t do that. But he did. And he will retire before 40 or 41.”
Kenneth Walker, Michigan State
Speaking of top 10 finishes at Heisman, Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker did so in 2021, finishing sixth in the poll after rushing for 1,636 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Spartans. That was Walker’s first and only year at Michigan State, having started his collegiate career at Wake Forest before transferring after the 2020 season.
So how good is Walker who weighs 5-9 and 211 pounds?
“Kenneth Walker (ran a) 4.38 40,” Huard said. “Incredibly fast and dynamic (in) the open field.”
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Huard believes Walker will be available if the Seahawks pick 40 and 41. Why?
“Because he’s not a great receiver and he’s not a great pass blocker,” he said. “But he’s just a runner that you can’t tackle.”
Walker’s pre-draft assessment reminds Huard of NFL star running back Jonathon Taylor, who led the league while running for the Indianapolis Colts last year. Taylor was a second-round pick in 2020.
“I remember when Jonathan Taylor came from Wisconsin, everyone was like, ‘He can’t pass block, can’t catch, can’t do that.’ But what can he do?” said Huard.
Huard, a college football analyst at FOX Sports, said he’s only heard great things about Walker while traveling over the past two years.
“I don’t think there’s been a player loved by their institution more than Kenneth Walker in the last two years,” Huard said. “He (moved from) Wake Forest and flipped the entire program there at Michigan State with the head coach and went from two wins to 10 wins. He was the bell cow, they hung their hat on him. Phenomenal, phenomenal player. When he gets there when he’s 40 or 41, I’ll be deeply intrigued.”
Rachaad White, Arizona State
Huard said it’s unclear who is behind Hall and Walker for the No. 3 running back in this draft. But someone he really likes is an outstanding Pac-12.
“Let me tell you, an intriguing one that has a little Chris Carson vibe is Rachaad White down at ASU,” Huard said.
White began his college career in Nebraska-Kearney Division 2 before transferring to junior college and then ending at Arizona State. Carson began his college career at a junior college before playing at Oklahoma State.
“(White) bounced everywhere and yet (shine) at every corner,” Huard said. “At ASU, in the COVID year (of 2020), the guy averaged 10 yards per carry. He had 42 carries for 420 yards.”
In his first full Pac-12 season in 2021, White was still a top running back, rushing for 1,0006 yards and 15 touchdowns while adding 456 yards and earning a score. He received second-team All-Pac-12 recognition.
“Last year he ran 1,000 meters in the midst of all the dysfunctions and problems at ASU,” Huard said. “…He’s 6 feet tall, rocked 215[lbs]and jumped 38[inches]and ran 4.47 at the combine.”
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