When head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over in 2010, the Seattle Seahawks were desperate for young impact players on the offensive side of the ball. The offensive line and the wide receiving corps started to get long in the tooth during the 2009 season. So, Carroll and Schneider drafted Oklahoma State left tackle Russell Okung in the first round and Notre Dame wideout Golden Tate in the second round.
Okung had no problem finding his way onto the field right away. When he was healthy, he made 10 regular-season starts as a rookie and earned high marks as a pass protector. Yet, the same can’t be said about Tate. The Golden Domer struggled with the playbook and his route running in Year 1.
This, in turn, limited his game action. By the end of the 2010 season (playoffs included), Tate made an appearance in 13 games and logged 255 snaps. Over the course of those 13 games, he hauled in 22 receptions on 41 targets for 232 yards receiving.
His sophomore season saw a slight bump in production; however, his opportunities were still limited due to the fact he played out of position more often than not. According to Pete Damilatis of Pro Football Focus, Tate lined up in the slot on 43.8 percent of his pass routes, but was only targeted on 14.3 percent of those plays.