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Seaside Journal, April 1-April 7, 2022
Seaside Joe 1131: What Seahawks stuff happened in the first week of April?
Once again, I’ve been the best Seahawks writer in the business.
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The reality is that from 2009-2018, a period of 10 classes, there were 30 first round quarterbacks selected. Out of 30: 23 failed to make it to the end of their fifth season with the team that drafted him, 11 failed to make it to their fourth season, and the only one to start and win a Super Bowl with his original team is Mahomes.
For a normal team, I might say that Blythe’s one-year deal is hardly a guarantee that the franchise sees the center position as “set” if there’s indeed a great prospect like the next Creed Humphrey available to them. But now I see that the Seahawks are not a normal team with regards to the center position.
Sokoli has literally played in all three phases of the game to keep his career aspirations alive, and not even a torn ACL with the Giants or a two-year career at Merrill Lynch has stopped him from reaching for his next NFL opportunity.
“There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for football.”
The reason that Seattle does not have a sixth round pick in 2022 is because Pete and John traded it to the Jaguars for recently re-signed Sidney Jones. It’s probably not a total coincidence that Jones plays cornerback: five of those 17 sixth round picks were used on defensive backs. On top of that, guess what else:
Seattle traded a sixth round pick for Marcus Burley in 2014 and another sixth rounder for Mohammad Seisay in 2015; both are cornerbacks.
Almost all Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks of the last decade were acquired by other means: Patrick Mahomes is the only QB to win the Super Bowl in the last nine seasons who was drafted by his team in the first round. Or in the second round. And the Chiefs were a 12-4 team that traded up to acquire Mahomes, not a rebuilding franchise that was looking for a savior.
The Saints have traded their 2022 first, 2023 first, and 2024 second round picks to the Philadelphia Eagles, acquiring picks 16, 19, and 194 this year. New Orleans is also shipping off picks 101 and 237 to the Eagles. That’s a lot of numbers to not wind up in the top-five of a draft, so did the Saints really do this in order to acquire a rookie quarterback?
Seahawks 2022 Top-30 NFL Draft Big Board (4/5) Regular Joes post
I would run far away from anyone who says that the Seattle Seahawks should draft a quarterback in the first round this year.
So I hear you want the Seattle Seahawks to draft that prospect who is a rubber band ball of potential, a fantastic athlete, plays at a “small school”, went through a transformation, and he’s going to need a ton of coaching and development to reach his outrageously high ceiling as an NFL player.
Great, I’m interested in Bernhard Raimann too.
Breece Hall is a running back in the 2022 NFL Draft. He is 5’11, 217 lbs, ran a 4.39, jumped 40”, posted 126” in the broad, and he’s been college football’s best running back over the last two seasons, rushing for over 3,000 yards and 41 touchdowns in his last 24 games at Iowa State.
This is a bad team. And I’m pretty certain that the Giants will still be forced to trade one of their 2022 first round picks for 2023 first round capital—if they can still find it.
Thanks to referencing that game plan, and knowing that Stingley doesn’t meet most of the requirements that a team would be looking for in a top-10 cornerback, I believe we can now add him to the list of “top-ranked prospects” who won’t end up with the Seahawks. I have no smoking gun, only mounds of evidence over 12 years of Seattle following virtually the same game plan year after year.
That evidence points to the Seahawks avoiding Derek Stingley, Jr. in the draft.
After Stingley’s underwhelming pro day results—the headlines say the opposite of this, but if Derek Stingley becomes a top-20 pick, he’ll be the first cornerback of his size, athleticism, tape, medical history to do so—I’m predicting a Derwin James-like fall for him in the draft.
Everything that people claim to love in the modern QB—arm strength, trick throws, athleticism, scrambling abilities, creating opportunities by extending plays out of the pocket, swagger, leadership—he’s got it. He’s got everything. Zach Wilson is going to be a HUGE star in the NFL.
The following wide receivers remain free agents as of April 7th. Some of them will sign with teams after the draft. Some of them don’t yet know that there careers are over.