Seaside Joe 1399:
Pocic had a great year in Cleveland
What a nice problem to have to decide what to do with 4 top 80 picks in the 2023 draft, including a # 3 most likely. If Seattle goes defense with pick 3 Anderson would be my guy.
There was a lot of scoring in the bowl games. There appears to be more QB talent this year than the marquee obvious. That's what good scouts can find. A player who fits the teams chemistry and scheme. Someone to develop behind Geno for a year or two. Seattle is not a pass first offense and probably won't be in the next two years. RB and offensive line are pretty important ingredients here. That goes for the 49ers, Rams and Philly. Even GB has become a running offense. Part of the the Mike Shanahan disiples philosopy. D-Line needs some help but I don't know that Carter is the answer. Who is the sleeper in the draft? Barton I think earns a new contract and Homer walks, Dallas,
Penny (vet minimum) and a 3rd rounder to fill the rest of the room. Walker is your starter obviously. RG is a need along with center. Seattle could still resign Blythe on a one year deal for insurance. No one else in the league will pay him much. Gabe Jackson is history. J Adams needs to restructure his contract as no one will want to trade with Seattle for him. Maybe that can help other parts of the team. Neal has earned a contract probably with that money. Seattle needs another vet FA on the D Line. Woods, Harris, Jefferson, Mony, Adams returns with a draft pic and another vet. Seattle will draft another corner late round and another receiver. Young is still worth a look. Goodwin returns. Treadwell might be worth a small contract. Melton has sailed. Should Seattle draft Darnell Washington? That's like getting a tackle that can catch...Hmmm. That makes sense for Seattle on 3 TE sets which is not going away.
After seeing so many high scoring bowl games I wonder if there isn't a later round QB who might be that guy for the future.
Seattle definately has something to build on for 2023. If you can't get Anderson this year bring in Lavonte David who's a FA next year. A good fill for Brooks to heal and work with Barton. Seattle still drafts a young guy at LB. Is there an under the radar swing tackle lurking out there on a current roster/ps or in the draft. Where is the strenght in UDFA next year and who the best risk/reward.
Right now the Packers are the favorite to make the 7th seed. They are playing good D and running the ball well. 152 yards between Jones and Dillion. Roger's passed for 159 and one TD. Defense and a running game is still a good formula and hasn't gone out of style apparently. The 49ers are winning with a 7th round QB...think about that.
How nice is it to be relevant the last week of regular season in the NFL when no one would give you the time of day last September.
WR typically take a couple years to develop fully as athletes get themselves open in college but working against pro CBs, skills need to be enhanced. Top of the draft WRs sometimes breakout earlier, but not even half the time. Pro development is essential.
RBs are so often productive immediately dues to power, passion, speed and sharps cuts are needed in college as well. I and looking for a later 2nd round WR that can be developed into a Tyler Locket replacement when he is likely to hang it up in 2-3 years - same as how he was brought in before Baldwin moved on.
A 3rd round RB is where I would like to see us invest there unless that is where we get one of the wave of stud Centers coming out this year - there is like 5 of them. Dallas and Homer are fine examples of late round RB production - good enough to spell your best guys but rarely likely to challenge for RB1.
Game-wrecking defenders is the #1 priority. Even before securing the QB of the future. We HAVE to also replace Jackson at G - sheesh!
In one aspect, Richardson doesn't seem to fit in the pattern of the QBs Schneider have been enamored with in the past. Allen, Mahomes, and Wilson had very good production in college to go along with their outstanding athletic traits while Richardson doesn't.
But I'm hoping more teams would be interested in drafting QBs like Stroud, Richardson, Levis with the first round pick. That may potential generate interest in trading up to the top spots in the draft.
Whatever happens in the Draft i will just enjoy the process as we won't influence it anyway. After reading a 2023 top FA List i got a sense that RB may be better as Free Agent then using Draft Capital this year (Tony Pollard, Josh Jacobs, Miles Sanders,...).
Funny times ahead.
Wish you all a Happy new year. Stay Healthy.
Hawks could take Bijan Robinson with their native first rounder. Would that be awesome or overkill at RB? It would set up paydays for 2 fantastic RBs in a few years which could limit the hawks’ flexibility at other positions. But damn it could be fun.
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My vision of a pick and fumble recovery by the defense kind of came true. Woolen recovered Jackson's fumble, we had 2 picks. As for Dareke Young he still has a perfect record zero targets zero catches. Is there something they see in practice? I did suggest hitting White would hamper him and it did.
Also I mentioned if some how we draft Bryce Young we need to keep Geno, and bring Loch back so there is no pressure to play him if he is not ready.
I should mention that Dareke was lined up oppisite of Sauce a lot and Reed so Geno was not throwing in that case. Geno did throw to others without much success when Sauce was on them. He must be able to catch, Dareke does all other football things right.
I wish we had way more draft capital. Enough to solidify the team at every position. Unfortunately, that's just not possible. For anyone. The best teams have some superstars at key positions who cover over weaknesses at other positions. When it comes to the draft, the key is value. Value, value, value. Teams that draft best ultimately do best. Same for free agent signings. Salary cap is a bitch. I think Seattle has not valued positional impact as well as it could. That's not a slap at taking Walker in round two. It's more a slap at over-committing to the safety position at the expense of other needs. Man, it would have been nice to have that tenth overall draft pick in 2022.
Just another observation: DK 1 reception on 5 targets, 3 yards.
TE room: 8 receptions on 11 targets, 83 yards and 2 TDs. Even with Mabry subbing for Uncle Will, our TE room is delivering in a way that the #1 receiver clearly is not.
Whatever the front office chooses to focus on this off-season as a priority, I think we need to keep ourselves as much as possible of judging from hindsight. Whether we go QB or D-line or even WR we need talent everywhere. It'll be exciting to try to predict where they go.
Agree re: Geno; I'd ideally like to see him back for 1 more year (or more if he'll take back up dollars (which I think is unlikely) & draft Brice Young.
I'm OK with resigning Rashaad Penny, I encourage it, but I don't want to draft another RB. I think DJ Dallas is about as good as whoever we could draft in the third round or lower.
I agree with all the points you made. It looks like Stroud will now be in the mix, so it's likely we can get whatever we want. A QB or DT or trade down for a bagful of draft picks. So long as their scouting is along the lines of last year, I'm all in. RB or sign Penny. Or both? One of our picks has to be a guard or center. Someone who will upgrade the position.
The game stats were surprisingly close with two exceptions. We turned them over three times and we had the ball for seven more minutes (although we only ran four more plays).
We had a running game and equal time of possession then voila!, Geno is a good QB again. Imagine how much better he can be with starting caliber tackles. Cross is okay for a rookie and Forsythe got beaten like a drum. None of our four tackles is currently starting caliber. Unless Bryce Young falls (he's going first overall) we should not use our first pick for a QB and we shouldn't pick a QB just to say we did.
Were we better without Jordyn Brooks or did Muse/Barton simply benefit from a team playing from behind with a bad QB? This would have been a far different game if the Jets had fielded a competent QB; not great, but at least average.
How does DeeJay prove he's a worthy complement to K9? I thought he looked really good today; certainly good enough to let Homer walk. Igwebuike also looked good in his short stint. That doesn't mean we shouldn't draft a RB on day 3.
Has Taylor cemented his status as a situational pass rusher or can he learn to play the run?
DK needs to grow up and take responsibility for being a $72 million receiver. He was terrible today.
After seeing the Hawk RB's go down like dominoes...Bijan Robinson is quickly moving up my list of priorities.