But is rushing the passer all that Smith will do for the Seahawks in 2021? When the Seahawks entered the 2020 season, they had Bruce Irvin set to play strongside (SAM) linebacker on early downs before rushing the quarterback from the defensive end spot on third down. It was a role he had done early in his career as well.
Since John Schneider and Pete Carroll arrived in 2010, the organization has looked for specific body types and athletic profiles at the position, including prioritizing length by never drafting a corner with under 32-inch arms. They also have emphasized quickness, only drafting one corner (Flowers) who exceeded 7.00 seconds on the 3-cone drill, along with explosiveness, never picking a corner with under a 33-inch vertical jump.
Former Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew would work well in his former home state if things worked out that way.