Seahawks 2023 7-round mock draft: Grayson McCall exits the chat
Gray-skies are calling: Seattle won't be McCalling his name next year after McCall
Grayson McCall has entered the transfer portal.
The top-ranked quarterback at Seaside Joe for the last two years, McCall has decided to use his remaining college eligiblity by transferring out of the Coastal Carolina program and into one that might help raise his stock for the 2024 NFL Draft. In true McCall fashion, the leader will suit up for Coastal one more time in their upcoming bowl game against East Carolina.
McCall is one game shy of finishing off a three-year career as Coastal Carolina’s starter in which he never had a bad game. I will defend that point as long as I have to because I watched every contest and was waiting to see some cracks. If you watched every game too and think I’m wrong, I always welcome and encourage points of dissention.
But I watched every game and he was always the best player on the field.
In 32 career starts, McCall’s five worst games by passer rating were: 110.3, 114.3, 128.3, 153.4, and 155.5; Coastal went 4-1 in those games and McCall rushed for a touchdown in three of those five games.
C.J. Stroud has made 24 starts, eight fewer than McCall, and his five worst games are: 63.0 (against Northwestern), 127.4 (against Tulsa), 131.1 (Michigan), 134.5 (Nebraska), and 138.8 (Rutgers).
I point out those opponents because not every bad game came against Michigan and I know a lot of skeptics will point to Grayson’s schedule. And Grayson wasn’t surrounded by Ohio State players either. His transfer won’t surround him with talent like the Buckeyes, but he will surely get an upgrade from the 2022 Coastal Carolina roster, which may have been the worst in the Sun Belt Conference despite the Chants finishing 9-3; 1-1 without Grayson.
Out of 26 starts, Bryce Young’s worst five games were 105.6, 110.3, 114.6, 123.6, 139.4.
The five worst for Will Levis out of 26 starts? 67.5, 78.9, 91.8, 96.1, and 98.
Don’t get me started on bad starts for Anthony Richardson through only one season as a starter.
For those of you hoping to persuade Seaside Joe away from using an early pick on a quarterback by waving “but Grayson McCall on day three” in Joe’s face as a distraction, you’ll have to find a new prospect to use as bait. At least in 2023.
Rumors of McCall’s next program will stay just that, rumors, until the official announcement is made. He could follow former Coastal head coach Jamey Chadwell to Liberty, but the Flames have already put out an offer to one of McCall’s rivals in former ULM quarterback Chandler Rogers and that suggests that Chadwell isn’t locked in on McCall.
The idea of McCall going to Florida as Richardson’s replacement for the second year of head coach Billy Napier’s tenure would be a great opportunity for me to compare what a “project” looks like next to a completed product; and a chance for me to point out that Napier’s star quarterback at Louisiana in 2020-2021 was Levi Lewis, an undrafted free agent signing of the Seattle Seahawks this past offseason.
But what I can’t do even one time is mock Grayson McCall to the Seahawks in the 2023 draft. Instead, I will have to find a different quarterback to make the main character of Seaside Joe for the upcoming draft season. Today’s bonus Joe is the first opportunity to mock in the post-No Grayson era.
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This will be a seven-round 2023 mock draft for the Seattle Seahawks with the objective being to pick one of the top-two non-quarterback prospects with the first selection and a quarterback on day three who likely sits for a couple years but has potential.