Selected in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, defensive end Rasheem Green turned 21 years old only a few months before reporting to his first ever training camp with the Seahawks.
As one of the youngest players in the entire league, coach Pete Carroll expected he’d need time to grow into his 6-foot-4 frame and would be a project from a technique standpoint. However, the former USC standout surprised throughout the preseason, finishing with 18 tackles and a team-best 3.0 sacks.
Looking more NFL-ready than expected, Green played extensive snaps in the season opener against Denver as part of Seattle's defensive line rotation, but he struggled to transition his success from exhibition play into regular season contests working against superior starting NFL linemen. An ankle injury suffered in Week 3 set him back further, as he didn’t play again for nearly a month and wound up finishing his first year with just nine tackles and a single sack in 10 games.
What went right and what went wrong for Green during his first season with the ‘Hawks? And what does the future hold for him heading into 2019 and beyond?
Check out my latest film study as I review each of Green's games from a challenging rookie season and project where he'll fit into Seattle's plans moving forward.