The Seattle Seahawks pulled off another interesting offseason move on Friday as they added another tight end to their roster. However, instead of it being someone who's played the position for years, they'll be trying to convert former Iowa State Cyclones basketball player Michael Jacobson into a tight end. With a 6-foot-7, 244-pound frame, it definitely looks like the 24-year-old is suited to play the role.
Jacobson spent the 2020-21 basketball seasons playing for BC Kyiv in Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague, where he averaged 9.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.
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Jacobson is far from the first former basketball player to try his hand at being a tight end in the NFL. The list of those who've done it before him is long and includes the likes of Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Julius Thomas. In fact, Seattle got to experience that sort of player first-hand when Jimmy Graham — who played college basketball — spent three seasons with the Seahawks. Considering how he recorded 170 receptions for 2,048 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns during the span, Seattle would be ecstatic if Jacobson could, one day, have that sort of impact.
The good news for Jacobson is that there won't be a lot of pressure on him ahead of the 2021 season. Barring any surprises throughout the remainder of training camp, Gerald Everett and Will Dissly are already ahead of him on the depth chart, as is 2020 fourth-round pick Colby Parkinson. With Pete Carroll being one of the most well-respected coaches in the NFL, Jacobson is in the perfect situation where he can learn as he grows accustomed to his new career path.
The Seahawks are projected to be a Top-10 team in 2021, so Jacobson may experience the feeling of success in his first NFL season. Seattle currently has the ninth-best odds at +2000 to win Super Bowl 56, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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