After another disappointing season in 2021, the Seahawks entered the off-season with a lack of draft picks and a number of holes on the roster. One of these holes was not considered to be QB thanks to star signal-caller Russell Wilson. A lot has changed since then…
Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos in a blockbuster move in March. The Seahawks received a number of players, including QB Drew Lock and TE Noah Fant, as well as first-round picks in both 2021 and 2022, second-round picks in the same years, and a fifth-rounder this year.
The trade completely shook up two franchises, as well as the NFL as a whole. QB has now become one of the Seahawk’s primary needs, with Drew Lock being a long way from former Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson.
1.09 (9 overall)
Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
Seattle has needed help on the offensive line for some time, something Russell Wilson was certainly vocal about in his time in Seattle. They likely need it more now than ever, with a rookie QB potentially under center moving forward. There’s one of the top tackles still on the board at nine overall, and Seattle selects Charles Cross out of Mississippi State.
The best tackle in the draft in pass protection, Cross was a dominant force at left tackle for the Bulldogs in 2021. He is 6’5” and has long arms, fitting the size required to be a bookend in the NFL. His tape shows he also has the tools to succeed, regularly “finishing” plays in a violent and dominant manner.
His work in the run game is likely why he is considered behind Evan Neal and Ikem Ekwonu at the position, but it’s nothing to stop him from being a first-round pick. With room to improve, while having an incredible floor in the passing game, Seattle instantly boosts the protection for whoever plays QB moving forward.
2.08 (40 overall)
Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
The Seahawks are on the clock at 40 overall, a pick received in the haul for Wilson. They use it to immediately replace him, taking Ole Miss QB Matt Corral.
Often using his legs to avoid pressure, as well as on designed QB run plays, Corral scored 18 rushing touchdowns in his Ole Miss career. His ability to distribute the ball on the move, as well as tuck it and run, at times has his college tape looking like a young…Russell Wilson.
He has some areas he could improve on, particularly with his placement on longer throws. The Seahawks will be hopeful he can work on this, while distributing the ball to a variety of options he would have in Seattle, including D.K Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and now Noah Fant.
Pete Carroll, now 70 years of age, maybe looking to avoid a full rebuild in Seattle while he is the head coach. The selection of Corral could work in favor of this, already having the leadership qualities to lead a locker room as well as some similarities with Wilson.
2.09 (41 overall)
Kingsley Enagbare, ED, South Carolina
The Seahawks decided to go tackle in the first round, despite many suggesting a top edge defender might be available. Instead, they wait until round two and land the versatile Gamecock, Kingsley Enagbare.
At 6’4” and close to 270 lbs, Enagbare has played all over the defensive line in his time in South Carolina. He can play both with his hand in the dirt or standing up, and will be a fit for most situations in the NFL.
His athleticism, a key factor in being labeled “versatile”, allows him to perform a variety of functions for the defense. His highlights include impressive plays in both pass rush and defending the run against quality SEC competition in 2021, including the national champion Georgia Bulldogs.
He still has some technical issues to work through, as well as some injury history, requiring a hip surgery ahead of the 2020 season. While these are both likely reasons for Enagbare dropping from the first round, the Seahawks have the potential for top talent at the position at 41 overall.
3.08 (72 overall)
Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State
Seattle needs reinforcements at linebacker and addresses the position by taking Brandon Smith in the third round.
A former 5-star athlete out of high school, Smith started two years at Penn state.
He has the perfect size for the position and plays sideline to sideline, showcasing his speed and athleticism. He should fit nicely into an NFL defense, and be ready to contribute from day one.
The Seahawks will be thankful for this, with the previously mentioned intentions of avoiding a full rebuild in Seattle.
4.04 (109 overall)
Josh Jobe, CB, Alabama
The Seahawks haven’t taken a CB earlier than the third round under John Schneider’s control. They stick with that philosophy in 2022, waiting until round four to take Josh Jobe out of Alabama.
Jobe is an extremely physical corner. He is often seen in physical contests with receivers on the line of scrimmage and has no trouble delivering big hits to end plays.
Despite being a few years late to join the Legion of Boom in Seattle, he has some of the characteristics to have been a good fit for that unit.
Of course, being a fourth-round pick, he has some areas to work on. His physicality could lead to him giving away holding and pass interference penalties at the professional level. He also has some coverage issues which may limit his ability to play in all schemes and situations.
The Seahawks managed to get one of the top three tackles in this draft which has incredible top-end talent at the position. They also manage to land what they hope is their future franchise QB in the second round.
Adding some defensive help in rounds three and four, this mock is a well-rounded start for this Seattle team looking to build back up to the glory days of Super Bowls and championship parades.