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Analysis: What Does Seahawks 2022 NFL Draft Say About Franchise's Direction?

While Seattle surprised some by not selecting a quarterback in this year's draft, the team did load up on several other key positions, including the offensive line and cornerback. What do their selections suggest about the organization's game plan both short and long-term?

The NFL Draft is a staple landmark in the league calendar for a lot of reasons. Not only does it provide hundreds of young men the realization of their lifelong dream, but it also paints the picture for the direction of each franchise.

Free agency sets the table for what teams do in the draft. While the best strategy is to draft the best players available, that’s not always the case. Teams consistently stack their draft boards base on a myriad of factors, including team needs. The Seahawks were able to accomplish getting players that both filled needs and checked off positions of significant value. They also defined their direction in two major ways moving forward in the post-Russell Wilson era.

Let’s take a closer look at their defined direction after making nine selections in the 2022 NFL Draft:

Seahawks linebacker Boye Mafe works his hand technique against a blocking sled during organized team activities.
Seattle Seahawks running back Ken Walker III (9) participates in a drill during an OTA workout at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Charles Cross (67) participates in an OTA workout at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

On film, both Cross and Lucas showed the capability to translate as run blockers. Nut they are a projection due to needing a lot of experience and growth technically with elements like pulling and down blocking. Can they get there? Absolutely, but it will take time and great coaching from Andy Dickerson.

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After dealing away Wilson and cutting Bobby Wagner, the Seahawks seem to be in a true rebuild. But with this draft class, I can see both Carroll and Schneider convincing themselves that they are a lot closer to contending than they appear at this moment on paper. Of course, quarterback remains the huge question mark. Drew Lock has a lot of arm talent but hasn’t been able to put it together. If he lives up to Carroll’s belief in him and beats out Geno Smith in training camp for the starting job, the Seahawks have an opportunity to make some noise with this exciting crop of incoming rookies ready to contribute right away.