Seattle Seahawks: Rasheem Green could have an early impact

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Defensive tackle Rasheem Green
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Defensive tackle Rasheem Green /

Rasheem Green could be asked to step in and play right away with the Seattle Seahawks. The defensive lineman will look to fill in for departures on defense.

The Seattle Seahawks selected Rasheem Green in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Green is a defensive lineman from USC who declared early for the NFL after three years in college. Green is one of the youngest players in the draft class and will not turn 21 until May 15, but had three years of playing experience in college.

He began his career playing defensive end for the Trojans, but made the switch to defensive tackle for his final two years. He really excelled using his his quickness at the defensive tackle position, and was an excellent pass rusher.

The evidence of his prowess lies in the film:

Green was a top recruit coming out of high school and was a consensus 5-star player from California. Green started his career at USC as a rotational defensive end, accumulating 19 tackles, one tackle for loss, and 0.5 sacks. He made the switch to defensive tackle for his sophomore and junior years and really made his presence felt on the line.

He was a terror in the backfield, racking up 19 tackles for loss and 16 sacks. Green really showed the ability that made him one of the top high school recruits in the nation. After three seasons at USC, Green felt he was ready to enter the NFL Draft.

With the Seahawks rebuilding their defensive line, it was expected that they would draft a player to address the need. They saw the upside that Green presented and selected him with the pick they acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Green was viewed as a project player due to his youth, who will need some time to develop into an NFL starter. With the Seahawks trading away Pro-Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett and cutting Cliff Avril, the Seahawks will need Green to play right away. Green will be thrown into the fire from day one, and he’ll have to adjust to the NFL quickly.