Five NFL Teams that would benefit from drafting Dante Pettis

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Wide receiver Dante Pettis
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Wide receiver Dante Pettis /
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Seattle Seahawks

We start with a team where Pettis would be an instant fan favorite. The Seahawks boosted their punt return game significantly when they drafted Tyler Lockett back in 2015. But his explosiveness hasn’t been the same ever since he suffered a season-ending leg injury late in the 2016 season. Bringing in Pettis and his elite punt return ability would re-ignite the special teams unit and allow Lockett to focus on offense.

As a receiver, his 6-foot-1 frame fits the typical profile of a Seahawks wide, akin to a Jermaine Kearse. Not only is Pettis a polished route runner, he is also adept at improvising when a play breaks down. And with a quarterback like Russell Wilson who tends to hold the ball for long amounts of time, Pettis would excel in finding open areas of the field for Wilson to throw to.

He is also a capable run blocker, and he proved it opening up lanes on the outside for Myles Gaskin and Lavon Coleman for three years. Should Pete Carroll seek to continue Seattle’s run-first approach with new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, Pettis would be anything but a liability in the blocking department.