What You Need to Know:
- Eskridge was a high school RB and bounced between WR and CB over his first 4 seasons at Western Michigan.
- He finally broke out last year with a 33-768-8 line in just 6 games. His 130.7 receiving yards per game led the MAC and ranked 4th in the country. That came as a 23-year-old, 5th-year senior against weak defenses, though.
- Eskridge goes 5’9, 190 pounds and clocked a 4.40-second 40 time at his Pro Day. He posted just average marks in the jumping and agility drills, though, and finished with a 67th percentile Relative Athletic Score.
- The Seahawks selected Eskridge with the 56th overall pick of this year’s draft.
- HC Pete Carroll talked up Eskridge’s versatility: “He definitely is a guy, as you can tell in the highlights that you have seen, that we can hand him the football, we can flip it to him, we can do things with him behind the line of scrimmage. He's run very effectively on reverses and stuff like that, and the returns show that as well. We were looking for a receiver that would have all of that kind of versatility and he was really an exciting one to draft.”
- WR David Moore, who ranked 3rd on the Seahawks with 47 targets, left for Carolina in free agency. That leaves Eskridge and Freddie Swain to battle for the #3 WR job. Consider Eskridge the favorite.
- Seattle’s #3 WR has totaled 53, 34 and 47 targets the past 3 seasons. The #3 WR has averaged 26 catches, 388 yards and 4.3 TDs. Those numbers would have been the PPR WR87 last year.
- Barring injury to D.K. Metcalf or Tyler Lockett, don’t expect Eskridge to see much more volume.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
We didn’t like Eskridge as a prospect. The Seahawks obviously did, making him the 56th overall pick of this year’s draft. That makes him the favorite to win the #3 WR job.
The problem is Seattle’s #3 WR has not been a fantasy factor lately. That’s unlikely to change this season.
Eskridge will n…