The latest Drafting Seahawks delves in on another late-round Wide Receiver who fits in Seattle with big play ability. The Seahawks may not have a clear need at the position with Doug Baldwin leading the way heading into 2017. But the ability to make big plays is always something the team look for. That big play ability is such a clear trait of North Carolina’s Mack Hollins.
Hollins is a 6’4, 210lb three-year contributor for the Tar Heels. Over that stint he was a big target and someone who, with ease, was a downfield target.
In 2016 with consensus 1st round QB Mitchell Trubisky, Hollins really began to shine. Injury derailed that, also his draft stock. But looking at the tape available on Hollins he is somewhat undersold by that low stock.
His downfield ability is aided with smooth, long strides which shows effortless ability to get seperation. For North Carolina, he leaves with a 20.6 yard per reception mark with his 20 scores. His frame is ideal for the next level and if he can stay healthy and fulfill what appears to be massive potential, he would be one of the value picks of the draft.
In Seattle his fit is clear. The offense is one which thrives with ‘chunk plays’ on the ground and in the air. In 2016 that was lacking in the run game. But a late-season spike from Paul Richardson showed how it aids the wider offensive success.
Someone of Hollins’ build is lacking somewhat from the wide receiver room. Adding in Hollins with Baldwin, Richardson and Graham in 2017 isn’t all. Jermaine Kearse’ snap count could be eaten into by someone with the makeup of Hollins.
Another plus for Hollins in Seattle is with the special teams knack. In 2016 7th round pick Kenny Lawler saw him redshirted after his special teams ability failed to materialise as hoped in camp. For Hollins, he spent time as a gunner on punt returns for the Tar Heels and was a teams captain too. That experience would be a quick way to get onto the field and give him an opportunity to produce down the line. Its the path that former CFL receiver Chris Matthews, who like Hollins had a imposing frame, made his biggest impact in Seattle on that infamous onside kick.
But overall, Hollins is someone who can be a nice addition to the offense for 2017 and onwards. His deep play ability is huge but he uses his frame well to make catches in traffic and frame out opposing defenders. He would be someone the team would find a way to contribute and put in a position to thrive. All at the cost of a Day 3 pick. For someone who was a walk-on for North Carolina he has the history to fight and show ‘grit’ which the team openly covet.