Following the Rookies: NFC West Seattle Seahakws
The Seattle Seahawks have be infamous for making questionable early round draft picks that end up being busts while also hitting on later round draft picks. The last time they made a 1st round pick that ended up making an impact was in 2012 when they drafted Bruce Irvin while they have hit on later round picks with Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, and DK Metcalf to name a few. This trend has so far continued with the 2020 Draft. Their 3rd round pick, Damien Lewis, has been the most impactful so far this season and he looks to be a very big building block to the offensive line to help protect their franchise QB in Russell Wilson.
Damien Lewis was a part of the National Champion LSU Tigers where he was tasked in protecting future number 1 overall pick in Joe Burrow. Through 6 games Lewis has started all 6, playing in an average of 77% of offensive snaps. He missed the majority of week 3 due to an ankle injury but has also played 100% of offensive snaps in 3 out of 6 weeks. Through 6 weeks he has given up only 1 sack with a PFF (Pro Football Focus) grade of 74.4 and 6 penalties, 3 of which came in week 1. The Seahawks have not had a consistently good line to put in front of Russell Wilson since he has entered the league and I think Lewis can be a huge building block to setting up an offensive line to protect Wilson. He has elite strength as shown by his ability to bench press 225lbs for 27 reps in the NFL combine and this strength as translated very well onto the field. In the run game he has shown to be an absolute mauler, although Seattle has gone into a pass happy offense. From the beginning he has shown that he not only can handle himself in the NFL but that he can become a stud in a position of need for the Seahawks. If he can continue his upward trend he will be in Seattle protecting Wilson for a very long time.
*All stats are from pro football reference and pro football focus.