Coach Pete Carroll expects Sullivan to start off as a tight end, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
The Seahawks list Sullivan as a wide receiver on their roster but apparently intend to test him out at tight end once they're able to practice. The seventh-round pick was a wideout during his sophomore and junior seasons at LSU, catching 34 passes for 582 yards and three touchdowns before lagging to a 12-130-0 receiving line as a tight end during his senior campaign. At 6-foot-5, 248 pounds with 4.66 speed, Sullivan looks like a TE more so than a WR, but he could still play the latter position if he were to drop some weight. It'll be tough for him to earn a roster spot as a tight end in Seattle, where the depth chart already holds Greg Olsen, Will Dissly (Achilles), Jacob Hollister, Luke Willson and rookie fourth-round pick Colby Parkinson.
The Seahawks listed Sullivan as a receiver after selecting him in the seventh round of last week's draft and are expected to have him begin his career at that position, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
The 6-foot-5, 248-pound Sullivan played wideout at LSU during most of his time in college, but he spent most of his senior season at tight end, recording 12 receptions for 130 yards. While he may need to drop some weight if the Seahawks are serious about using him at receiver, Sullivan should at least have a better path to making the roster at that position than at tight end. Seattle already boasts four fairly established tight ends in Greg Olsen, Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister and Luke Willson and added another tight end through the draft in fourth-round pick Colby Parkinson, so Sullivan likely wouldn't have found himself any higher than fifth or sixth in the pecking order.
The Seahawks selected Sullivan in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 251st overall.
Seattle traded back into the draft to nab Sullivan out of LSU, making him the second tight end selected by the club on Day 3 of the draft, joining Colby Parkinson out of Stanford. It was surprising to see Sullivan get drafted before LSU teammate Thaddeus Moss, but Sullivan's profile is intriguing. He's 6-foot-5 and 248 pounds with 35.38-inch arms, and with his 123-inch broad jump and 36.5-inch vertical, Sullivan has a rare catch radius. His production lagged at LSU, as he never recorded more than 363 receiving yards in a season. Sullivan started out as a receiver before moving to tight end, so he's still a project in terms of learning the position. Still, his physical traits make him worthy of a late-round flier.