Seattle kicked off day three by using their pair of round 4 picks on LSU guard Anthony Bradford and Mississippi State defensive tackle Cameron Young. Every draft selection is made with the hopes of adding value to the team, but Reuter examines why Bradford and Young can possibly earn their way to becoming starters in their rookie years. In his latest rankings, Bradford comes in at No. 3; Young lands at No.6 of all day-three rookies.
Drafted: Round 4, 108th overall
The Seahawks started two rookie offensive tackles last season and they could start Bradford to replace Gabe Jackson at right guard in 2023. He is a fluid mover in space at 332 pounds and packs a punch, moving defenders off the line of scrimmage. If Bradford does not win the starting job out of camp, I’d expect him to be in the mix for first-string snaps as the season progresses.
Drafted: Round 4, 123rd overall
Young moved up on my list with Al Woods recently joining the Jets after starting 30 games for Seattle over the past two seasons. Even if the Seahawks sign a different veteran defensive tackle, the rookie could still work his way into the starting lineup during the season. He’ll stand his ground against double teams and shed single blocks to stop inside runs but he can also get down the line a bit to track down plays inside the box.
Last September, Seattle moved rookie tackles Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas, as well as cornerback Tariq Woolen to the top of the depth chart ahead of the 2022 season, with Coby Bryant winning the nickel role and with Kenneth Walker III later taking on a starting role. Last month, the trio of Woolen, Cross and Lucas were all selected in the first round of The Athletic’s 2022 NFL Redraft for their part in leading the Seahawks to the NFC Wild Card. It will be exciting to see just what the Seahawks have cooking with their rookie class.