The Seahawks’ pick in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft comes in the compensatory part of the round. Even if its technically on the other side of the top-100 range, the Seahawks could still be able to get some great value with this selection, especially if they know what they’re looking for. So why not draft a cornerback like Darnay Holmes out of UCLA with the No. 101 overall pick?
Holmes is 5-foot-10 and 199 pounds. He was a consistent player at UCLA during a time of great chaos for the Bruins. He leaves Westwood with 120 total tackles, 17 pass breakups and eight career interceptions for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Had the Bruins even made it to a bowl game in his last two years in school, obviously, those numbers would be better.
In short, the Bruins could not have underwhelmed more in the first two seasons of Chip Kelly‘s reign as head coach. He used to never lose games when he was coaching the Oregon Ducks in the same conference. Now, he needs to get the Bruins to .500 to even think about sticking around for a fourth year. Holmes won’t be there and will now be in a better situation playing in Seattle.
Again, Holmes will benefit from playing in a defense coached by one of the best defensive backs coaches the league has ever seen in Pete Carroll. Doubling down in the secondary with Grant Delpit out of LSU in round two and Holmes here in round three should give the Seahawks the versatility and the defensive firepower in the back-end to help them push for another Super Bowl.