My Word, These Seattle Seahawks Absolutely Slayed This Draft

Rule number one with any successful NFL draft: fans should never dictate who gets picked where.

I know this is a tough pill for some fans to follow, especially the smart fans who will say you should never draft a running back high, and the fans who thought Liberty quarterback Malik Willis was a sure fire first round talent (he wasn’t).

If you don’t like the fact that the seemingly QB needy Seattle Seahawks didn’t draft one, I would encourage you to let go of that position for this year. By most expert accounts, this quarterback class had all the makings of a bad one. I think Seattle did the right thing to avoid the position, and instead, focused on other positions of need where the talent in this draft was clearly superior.

I know many Twelves aren’t digging the prospect of Drew Lock at quarterback this year, but I think the truth of the matter is, if Lock were a quarterback in this class, he probably have been the first one taken. Therefore, the Seattle Seahawks might as well see what they have with him in 2022 before deciding on spending high draft capital on an unproven dude who has never faced an Aaron Donald before in his life.

If Lock doesn’t work out, then Seattle can search for a QB in 2023. However, if he plays well enough, beyond expectations of many, well then, the Russell Wilson trade to Denver will probably look all the better for Seattle in the end. In that scenario, Seattle would have their quarterback situation solved, one would think. My guess is that is exactly what they are thinking.

But enough of this quarterback talk. Seattle did the right thing in the first round by staying at 9 and taking Charles Cross, who some view as the best pass blocking left tackle in the draft. I would have taken defensive tackle Jordan Davis there, and therefore, I am another example of why fans shouldn’t be decision makers.

Cross is a pure left tackle who was carved out of a left tackle factory to play left tackle in the NFL and that is what Seattle picked. Bravo. Outside of quarterback, this was, by far, their biggest need, and they nailed it.

But John Schneider and Pete Carroll were not to be outdone by their Cross selection. At pick 40, they found Minnesota pass rusher Boye Mafe landing in their laps and the snatched him up for dear life.

If Seattle had traded out of 9 into the teens for another day two pick, and taken Mafe, that move probably wouldn’t have been criticized. In fact, it would have made sense. Mafe compares to former Seahawk great Cliff Avril, and that would have been the thing talked about. They wanted their new version of Cliff, and they got him. Excellent.

And I get it that many Twelves probably weren’t doing first pumps into the air when with their next pick at 41, when they took Michigan State runner Kenneth Walker III, but let’s consider why they did that. Chris Carson has a severe neck injury, and it’s possible he won’t play football again. We gotta be real about that fact, and while we are being real there, let’s also acknowledge that Rashaad Penny has a long injury history in this league (as promising as he has finally turned into as a runner).

The Seahawks needed a plan at running back better than walking back Penny, and hoping Carson could play again. They decided to take perhaps the best running back out of this draft, and a player who was a Heisman contender. If Walker was taken in the bottom of round one, few draft pundits would have considered that a reach, and for those Seahawk fans who largely criticized this team for not taking MVP candidate Jonathan Taylor a couple years ago over Jordyn Brooks, well, this Walker pick is for you.

But Seattle was still not to be outdone with their selections of Cross, Mafe, and Walker. No way.

At pick 72, they took stud Washington State Cougar right tackle Abraham Lucas at a spot in the draft that I thought he would have next to no chance still being there. I mocked Lucas to Seattle several times at picks 40 and 41. I thought there would honestly be a decent chance he would get snatched up at the end of round one.

Lucas was one of my very favorite players in this draft. I think he has the makings of being a premiere right tackle, and I thought he had the athletic talent to possibly even shift to left tackle, if needed. He’s that special. In college, he was a really solid pass blocker, and held his own against Kayvon Thibodeaux last year. He’s also a highly athletic mover as a run blocker. Ask WSU running back Max Borghi how good Lucas is as a blocker.

With Cross and Lucas together, I truly believe Seattle Seahawks have the goods to develop one of the best bookend tackle situations in this league in a couple short years. This gets my juices flowing. I’m jacked on that idea.

And this is how good programs draft. None of these picks were a reach, and this approached stretched into early round four when Seattle picked up Cincinnati cornerback Coby Bryant; a big, smart, instinctive, physical cover corner that many project as a solid starter in the league, and someone who just so happens to be the recipient of the Jim Thorpe Award given to the best defensive back in all of college football. Are you kidding me? Oh, heck yeah.

But was Seattle done at cornerback with Bryant? HELL NO THEY WEREN’T!

In early round five, these sneaky Seahawks took Tariq Woolen out of USTA who some believed would be a second round pick simply due to his immense upside. What upside am I referring to here? How about 6-4 205 pounds of dude who runs a blistering 4.28 forty yard dash.

Why did he slide? Well, he’s two years new to playing corner being a wide receiver convert. Does that sound familiar? OF COURSE IT DOES, THAT WAS WHAT RICHARD SHERMAN WAS, AND THIS DUDE IS WAY FASTER!

There’s legit chance that Woolen, in round five, ultimately becomes the biggest steal out of this draft. He has that kind of upside. Time will ultimately tell, but what a great mid round pick there. I love this pick!

A few picks later, Seattle grabs another edge rusher in Ohio State’s Tyreke Smith, a long limbed 6-3 254 pound dude with a good motor, and a bit of a bad ass edge. Smart pick. Two things are certain in life; one is that mayonnaise is absolutely disgusting, and the other is that Ohio State defensive linemen routinely find steady gigs in the NFL, and now in Seattle, we have one. I dig it.

Finally, the Seahawks manage to find a speedy route runner receiver who was garnishing some third round consideration in round seven in Bo Melton, and then grabbed another bigger speedy pass catcher in Dareke Young (who based on his highlights, looks like he can do some fun stuff with handoffs, as well). I’m not going to pretend to know how good either of these cats are, but hearing Rob Rang compare Melton to Doug Baldwin on the radio during my afternoon commute made me almost swerve in traffic. I was pretty fired up on that.

So, yeah, I’m totally pumped on these Seahawks now. They absolutely SLAYED this draft, I think.

They went best player at need positions early, and found potentially great value in the later rounds. This is exactly what you want out of your team when a rebuild is happening. That’s how you properly get the whole thing going.

And they didn’t reach on a quarterback who will likely be no better than Drew Lock (or even Jacob Eason, for that matter).

With the haul Seattle landed out of this draft class, I am profoundly more excited about 2022. They double dipped at offensive tackle, pass rush, cornerback, and receiver, and they landed a stud running back who could become a superstar in this league. I see some star talent, and I see some valuable depth added. Outstanding.

The only real question mark is at quarterback, and while that is the most important position, I’m willing to see what happens with Lock in 2022 (assuming he wins the competition). If he pans out, then that’s aces, and if he doesn’t, well, this roster will be primed for a different quarterback next year.

I, for one, can wait quarterback out, if needed. Just build the roster right, and a quarterback will come, if he isn’t here already.

Do I think that quarterback is here?

I don’t know. We will see.

Do I think this team can compete more than expected in 2022?

I think it’s possible, but it’s not the expectation I have.

My desire for this team is to build a roster up enough that any functional quarterback can guide it back into contention. With the dearth of true top end quarterback talent, I feel this is what smart organizations do. I think this is exactly what Seattle did in 2012.

So, let’s just do that again. I’m here for that, and I think this is a tremendously positive start.

Go Hawks!

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