Before I get to the intro, let me get TO THE POINT: I want to hear who YOU want the Seahawks to draft with their first round selection. Throw me ONE name as of March 24th. Do you want the team to trade down? Also, ask me ANY 2022 NFL Draft questions, I’ll take a few and use them for today’s draft podcast with Rob.
As far as “times of uncertainty” go, 2022 is unlike anything that Seahawks fans have been through in over a decade. That lack of clarity on “What’s best for Seattle right now?” is probably going to lead to a ton of division between fans regarding who the Seahawks should draft in 2022, as well as whether or not they did “the right thing” once we know who the Seahawks actually pick.
It wasn’t long ago that we could look at Seattle’s roster and easily identify a gaping hole at center or cornerback and think, “Well, if the Seahawks fix that, they’ll be awfully close to contending for the Super Bowl.”
After finishing in fourth place in the NFC West, then trading the best player at the most important position, then cutting a legendary linebacker who may have been holding parts of the defense together all by himself, and thus far doing little if anything to mend Seattle’s tattered roster, the “Always Compete” motto will come into play like it’s 2010 all over again…
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Not a single position on the Seahawks other than the starting two receivers, the starting two safeties, and punter is truly safe from holding a competition this summer and preseason. Yes, we can plug in guards, tight ends, defensive tackles, and Jordyn Brooks, but the drop-off from where Seattle was at in 2020 to where they are today is steep—and the drop-off from the Seahawks of 2013-2014 and 2020 is even steeper.
The Seattle Seahawks need all kinds of help and trading Russell Wilson gave the team two additional picks in the top-40, two key draft picks in 2023, and tens of millions in additional upcoming cap space.
READ: The TOTAL SAVINGS of trading Russell Wilson
What will be most difficult for Pete Carroll and John Schneider is not necessarily deciding who they pick at number nine, if they don’t trade out of that spot; the part that will truly hurt them most is the prospects who they don’t pick with their first selection in 2022. Because I could make an argument for over a dozen players, at least, and the FOMO that comes with passing on eleven of them will have you looking over the fence at “THIS GUY” and “THAT GUY” for years to come.
READ: Top-20 Seahawks Draft BIG Board (Regular Joes premium post!)
UNLESS, the Seahawks hit an absolute home run. So… who do YOU think that home run will be?
We also hit another Seaside Joe subscriber milestone this week, so if you have any Seahawks-related questions, put them in the comments below. I’ll be around to AMA, but I will also use some of your questions for my podcast guest this week: Rob Staton of The Rebuild/SeahawksDraftBlog.
What 2022 NFL Draft questions do you have?
Who do YOU want to pound the table for in the first round?
READ: Why I POUND THE TABLE for Jameson Williams
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Of course who we should draft is a function of who has been taken before our #9 pick (or if we move up to #5 via a trade). I suspect that Neal and Ekwonu will be gone before #9 hits. How do you pass on Linderbaum. Well, this Canadian Seahawk Charter seat holder from Calgary says you cannot pass Tyler by. Like KJ Willers said below, he IS a generational talent. (if by some chance either Neal or Ekwonu are still available at #9, I would take either one of them). Blythe can fill the hole at C this year if we were able to draft Neal or Ekwonu. Plain and simple, it is time we started building a GREAT O line - especially since we will need to protect our 2023 franchise QB much better than we "protected" Russ.
I still believe DT Jordan Davis is a generational talent needed in the 3-4 defence.