With news of Percy Harvin having to undergo surgery that will keep him out three to four months, Golden Tate now has a golden opportunity to have a breakout year. The now fourth-year pro had his best season of his career last year, finishing second on the team in receptions and receiving yards. According to Seattle Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta, he has been the best player at training camp thus far. That’s pretty impressive for a receiver who has to go against two of the top corners in the league in Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman.
Tate has been reported as a spectacular play machine in training camp and has been going up and over cornerbacks to make the big play. The 5-foot-10 Tate isn’t nearly the biggest receiver on the team, but his physical play makes it seem as he is. Tate averaged a whopping 15.3 yards per reception last season (best on the team with more 20 receptions) and had 12 receptions of 20 yards or more (most on team). The question with Tate has never been his big-play ability but rather if he can be a consistent possession receiver and move the chains in third-down passing situations.
Tate’s ADP has him going in the middle of the 13th round of drafts this year, which is probably one of the most productive picks you can get at that point in the draft. Just to put things into perspective, in the 13th round you’ll be picking from receivers such as Greg Little, Robert Woods and Cordarrelle Patterson. If Tate can get more than the measly 68 targets he received last year, he has the potential to crack the top-20 receiver list this season.