Seattle Seahawks Sign Fourth-Round Pick Tyrice Knight to Rookie Deal

Set to start his NFL journey at outside linebacker, the Seahawks hope Tyrice Knight develops into a quality starter as a fourth-round gem in Mike Macdonald's defense.
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Closing in on locking up their entire 2024 draft class, the Seattle Seahawks announced fourth-round pick Tyrice Knight has signed his rookie contract.

With Knight officially under contract and four other incoming rookies inked on Monday, the Seahawks have signed six of their eight draft picks so far. Only third-round pick Christian Haynes and sixth-round pick Michael Jerrell remain unsigned heading towards the start of OTAs on May 20.

Starring at UTEP, Knight began his college career primarily playing outside linebacker for the Miners, totaling 155 combined tackles and three sacks in his first two seasons with the program. Moving to off-ball linebacker in his final two collegiate seasons, he racked up 140 combined tackles with 4.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss as a senior, earning All-Conference USA First-Team honors.

Showing off his talent against top competition in Mobile, Tyrice Knight put himself on the map as a draft prospect at the Senior Bowl.
Showing off his talent against top competition in Mobile, Tyrice Knight put himself on the map as a draft prospect at the Senior Bowl. / Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

In four seasons at UTEP, Knight recorded 390 combined tackles with 9.5 sacks and 32 tackles for loss, posting one of the most impressive careers in program history. Invited late in the process, he participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile in January and posted a solid workout at the NFL combine one month later, further improving his draft stock before being picked by the Seahawks with the 118th selection last month.

Out of the gate, Seahawks coach Mike Macdonald told reporters after the conclusion of the draft that Knight will start off at weakside linebacker working behind veteran Jerome Baker, but he believes he has the talent and ability to eventually slide to the MIKE linebacker spot as he develops.

"He has a skillset to play WILL, so we'll kind of figure it out as we go," Macdonald said. "But I think a natural transition or a natural progression, it's otherwise to go from Will to Mike rather than the other way, so, that's probably how we'll wind up doing it, but both spots inside I think he can find a home."

A tackling machine with quality athletic traits, Knight should be able to carve out a role on special teams for the Seahawks early, particularly on kick and punt coverage units. With Baker and Tyrel Dodson slated to start on defense and veteran Jon Rhattigan in a reserve role, the organization won't have to rush him onto the field until he's ready to play.


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Corbin K. Smith

CORBIN K. SMITH

Graduating from Manchester College in 2012, Smith began his professional career as a high school Economics teacher in Indianapolis and launched his own NFL website covering the Seahawks as a hobby. After teaching and coaching high school football for five years, he transitioned to a full-time sports reporter in 2017, writing for USA Today's Seahawks Wire while continuing to produce the Legion of 12 podcast. He joined the Arena Group in August 2018 and also currently hosts the daily Locked On Seahawks podcast with Rob Rang and Nick Lee. Away from his coverage of the Seahawks and the NFL, Smith dabbles in standup comedy, is a heavy metal enthusiast and previously performed as lead vocalist for a metal band, and enjoys distance running and weight lifting. A habitual commuter, he resides with his wife Natalia in Colorado and spends extensive time reporting from his second residence in the Pacific Northwest.