The Seattle Seahawks are set to usher in a new era.
After trading away from longtime quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks have a massive gap in their quarterback position. Bobby Wagner has also left Seattle for the first time in his legendary career, and two Pacific Northwest players will play football elsewhere in 2022.
Head coach Pete Carroll may only have one season running the show, so filling the roster in the 2022 NFL Draft is pretty important. Plus, the Seahawks have to find the next QB at some point, no matter how much they think about Drew Lock.
Here’s one way the Seahawks could go in the first three rounds of the draft.
Round 1, #9 overall: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
At this rate, Willis’ owner will undoubtedly be the first QB to be selected. However, where it landed varies. The Detroit Lions need a signal caller and have also been linked to Willis.
The Carolina Panthers pick sixth overall and desperately need a QB, so Willis’ downfall at the Seahawks may not happen. In this exercise, Willis lands there, and the Seahawks waste no time grabbing a new QB future.
The Liberty star is raw, but his talent is immense, and with the right development, he could be a long starter and Pro Bowl QB. It also helps get receivers like the DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
If Willis is in ninth, that’s not something Seattle is considering.
Round two, 40th overall: Cameron Thomas, Edge, San Diego State
EDGE’s talent in this draft class is impressive, and getting Cameron Thomas in the second round could be a steal. The hope here was that David Ojabo drops, but he’s gone multiple picks before, so pivoting around Thomas isn’t a bad choice.
Thomas is best suited for a 4-3 defense, but he can play multiple positions on the defensive line. The Seahawks need talent in defense, especially after Wagner’s departure, and Thomas could step in and be an immediate contributor to the junior season.
Pressing QB is one of the key things in the NFL today, and just look at what teams like the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders have done.
Round two, 41st overall: Galen Peter, S, Baylor
Near the middle of the second round, the Seahawks walked away with one of the best safes in the drag. This is a great value.
Jamal Adams is still around, although his performance has declined since he came on a massive trade with the New York Jets.
Once again, the Seahawks need defensive help, and Pitre is exactly that. He can move around in defense a bit and was a do-it-all player at Baylor.
There’s a reason Pitre was AP All-American First Team, and the tape speaks for itself. Seahawks are clearly building for the future, and it could be a quality start to safety for a long time in Seattle.
Round 3, No. 72 overall: Ed Ingram, OL, LSU
The Seahawks are addressing one of their most important needs in the third round by snatching Ed Ingram from LSU. The offensive line has always been an issue, and while Seattle considers it a ninth overall, they decide to wait and end up with a potential gem.
Ingram played his entire career at LSU, so he shielded Joe Burrow and repeatedly went up with the best defenses in college football.
His football IQ and intensity (see the clip above) are too much for Carroll to pass, and he heads to Seattle and becomes an instant starter in the junior season.
The new-looking Seahawks couldn’t ask for much more.
Statistics from the sports reference
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