At this very second I feel you can also make the case that that is the shakiest the Seattle Seahawks have been at cornerback for the reason that 2010 season after they had a fading Marcus Trufant and Kelly Jennings as starters.
Seattle will enter Week 1 of the 2021 season with neither of its 2020 Week 1 starters on the roster. Shaquill Griffin went to the Jaguars and Quinton Dunbar signed with the Lions. With Damarious Randall transferring from security to cornerback, the CB depth seems like this:
Ahkello Witherspoon (borderline reclamation venture coming off his finest season)
DJ Reed (a hidden gem who most likely ought to be slot however held his personal as an out of doors CB)
Tre Flowers (transformed to nook in 2018 and… nicely he’s had his highs and lows)
Damarious Randall (hasn’t performed nook since 2017)
Ugo Amadi (slot)
Marquise Blair (slot?)
Jordan Miller (24 NFL snaps to his title)
Gavin Heslop (0 NFL snaps)
This isn’t inspiring in any respect. On the plus facet the Seahawks bought round to fixing that lack of depth on the nickel spot after what transpired in 2019. They arguably have a surplus of expertise at slot nook!
However who would be the exterior corners? Witherspoon is definitely going to be a starter and that appears logical given he was a starter for the 49ers in 2018 and for half of 2019 however with two benchings to his title. He would possibly even be CB1 as a direct alternative for Griffin simply perusing the depth chart.
However what about CB2? Reed was clearly superior to Flowers when he changed him midseason however there could also be some apprehension from the Seahawks about making him a long-term starter at simply 5’9”. Whereas I’m an enormous fan of Reed neither he nor Amadi match the scale of what the teaching workers prefers from it exterior corners. Flowers has the higher bodily profile however from the 2019 postseason onward he has had some severe struggles.
Randall at the very least has expertise as a nook however at 5’11” and with 30 1/4” arm size once more he doesn’t match the standard Carroll mould on the place. Maybe it could be an indication Seattle is making an attempt to go away from what they’ve recognized to work for the higher a part of a decade however I stay skeptical.
Blair was drafted as a security, figured to be an enormous nickel earlier than his harm, and Amadi’s success actually makes it unclear as to the place Marquise matches on the protection. May they re-train him as an out of doors nook? Maybe however there have been no indicators on that entrance.
Amadi was one of many extra constant performers on the Seahawks protection in 2020 however once more, his body is way too small for something however the slot.
That leaves you with Miller and Heslop, each of whom are camp fodder and till I see in any other case are lengthy photographs to get any taking part in time, not to mention begin.
Seattle doesn’t all the time throw kids proper into dwell sport motion however there may be some current precedent. Shaquill Griffin was not a Day 1 starter nevertheless it took solely a month for him to grow to be the full-time starter over Jeremy Lane. Flowers grew to become a starter ahead of anticipated attributable to harm however they began him nonetheless in Week 1 of 2018. Maybe that would be the case if the Seahawks draft a nook whom they consider is NFL prepared immediately.
There’s additionally the opportunity of a Richard Sherman reunion, which I’ve not likely been enthused about however acknowledge is one thing that we might very nicely see and may very well be useful. Sherman doesn’t intend to signal with a group till after the NFL Draft, so what the Seahawks do (or don’t do) might decide whether or not Sherm reunites in Seattle colours.
All of that is to say that for as a lot optimism as there ought to be for the state of the Seahawks defensive position, there’s each motive to be skeptical concerning the present form of the cornerback place. Possibly it’s not a coincidence that Seattle has invested significantly in its entrance line to make up for the potential shortcomings of the corners.
There’s nonetheless a variety of offseason left however this can be the largest place of concern for the Seahawks to deal with.