Seahawks 2024 needs: Ranked
Quarterbacks, receivers, pass rushers, and more: Seaside Joe 1430
The Seattle Seahawks come out of the 2022 season with more reasons for optimism than we expected and I would credit a lot of those surpassed expectations to Ken Walker III, Abe Lucas, Tariq Woolen, and Uchenna Nwosu. Those four players above all others went above and beyond for solidifying four key positions that the Seahawks shouldn’t have to worry about for at least a few more seasons. Nwosu will need to be extended first, but I find that to be mostly a formality given how Pete and John have handled other free agent signings like him in the future.
Much of the focus on the 2023 draft will turn to apparent “needs” right now, but I don’t believe that’s why teams usually make their picks. Rookies rarely have the impacts expected of them—although Lucas, Woolen, and Walker are expceptions and even they went through many growing pains (I’m not forgetting Charles Cross, but he was a top-10 pick with high expectations)—and Seattle has to address some of their needs in free agency and trade if they want to actually contend for a Super Bowl as soon as next season.
Then the 2024 offseason will come and that’s going to come time for 2023’s rookies to step up. This is my look ahead to potential needs next year which could be addressed as soon as this year.
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1 - QB
The Seahawks do not even have a quarterback signed for 2023, let alone 2024, and I will spend the entire offseason believing that it is not in Seattle’s best interest to commit a lot or any money to Geno Smith beyond one season. Let’s look at some of the top quarterbacks from 2021 who were much worse off in 2022:
Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson, Matthew Stafford, Kyler Murray, Carson Wentz, Derek Carr, Matt Ryan, Baker Mayfield, Mac Jones, Ryan Tannehill.
And I’m supposed to put all my faith in Geno not only repeating his 2022 campaign…but to get better?
The Seahawks are not required to address the quarterback position in the 2023 NFL Draft and as with any pick that high, they should only be selecting a prospect whom they really love. But with or without picking one, the need will (and should) circle back in 2024 for football’s most important position.