The Seattle Seahawks didn’t have many picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, but these three veterans could still be cut.
Due to multiple trades, the Seattle Seahawks only had three picks in the 2021 NFL Draft and only one (No. 56 overall) in the top-100. That’s the price you pay when you’re in win-now mode, with a quarterback who went against his normal grain to publicly air his issues early in the offseason.
With their three picks, the Seahawks were able to add depth at three key spots. The addition of undrafted free agents will provide an opportunity to unearth a few gems who might stick.
The Seahawks could easily and probably should turn to post-draft free agency to add pieces, with reunions possible with cornerback Richard Sherman and linebacker K.J. Wright.
Any additions made will push someone out of the picture for the Seahawks. But these three veterans could be cut strictly because of the draft.
3 veterans the Seahawks could cut because of the draft
Seattle used their first pick on wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge, who former NFL GM Mike Tanenbaum compared to Julian Edelman. The Western Michigan product averaged over 23 yards per catch last season, and 18.9 yards per catch over his other two seasons as a full-time wide receiver for the Broncos of the MAC.
In addition to drafting Eskridge, the Seahawks signed three undrafted free agent wide receivers (Tamorrion Terry, Cade Johnson and Connor Wedington). Terry and Johnson were widely seen as sleeper prospects during the pre-draft process.
With the four rookie additions to the wide receiver room in Seattle via the draft and the days after the draft, Swain has one foot out the door. A sixth-round pick in 2020, he played 33 percent of the Seahawks’ offensive snaps as a rookie and finished with 13 catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
Swain may find a training camp opportunity elsewhere. But he’s clearly not long for the Seahawks’ roster now.