The Seattle Seahawks tripled their number of picks from last year, coming away with nine players in the 2022 NFL Draft. Despite years of being very willing to make draft day trades, the Seahawks only made one, moving from 145 to 158 in a 5th round trade down with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Seattle doubled down at offensive tackle, EDGE rusher, cornerback, and wide receiver. Charles Cross was the team’s number one pick, while Lenoir-Rhyne’s Dareke Young rounded out the Seahawks’ total haul.
Of note, the Seahawks did not take any quarterbacks, so unless they acquire, say, Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo or Gardner Minshew, it’s almost certain that the Drew Lock/Geno Smith/Jacob Eason camp battle is what we’ll see this summer.
All things considered, the early read on this Seahawks class is positive. Even if you disliked the Kenneth Walker III pick because it’s a running back (not a dire position of need, at least not in 2022) taken in Round 2, there’s no denying Walker’s talent and the fact that he was projected to go in Round 2 anyway. There were no “reaches” or anything that has made Seahawks fans and NFL analysts as a whole collectively scratch their heads in bewilderment. After the way this offseason began with the trade of Russell Wilson and the release of Bobby Wagner, Seattle needed to have a draft that justified optimism in the process of this new era of Seahawks football.
Here’s what the Seahawks did over the past three days. We’ll update this post over the next day or so with additional links to articles for all of the 5th-7th round picks.
Round 1, Pick 9: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
2022 NFL Draft Grades: Media largely praises for Seahawks’ Charles Cross pick
2022 NFL Draft News: Charles Cross reacts to Seahawks selection
Scouting report on 2022 Seahawks first-round pick Charles Cross
2022 NFL Draft: Twitter reacts to Seahawks selecting Charles Cross
2022 NFL Draft: Charles Cross highlights!
Sam’s Film Room: Why concerns over Charles Cross’ run blocking are overblown
Video: The moment when Charles Cross became a Seahawk
Round 2, Pick 40: Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
2022 NFL Draft: Scouting report on Seahawks second-round pick Boye Mafe
2022 NFL Draft Results: Watch Boye Mafe highlights!
Round 2, Pick 41: Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State
2022 NFL Draft: Scouting report on Seahawks second-round pick Kenneth Walker lll
The Seahawks picked a RB at 41 and Seahawks Twitter did its thing
2022 NFL Draft Results: Kenneth Walker III highlights!
Round 3, Pick 72: Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
2022 NFL Draft: Scouting report on Seahawks third-round pick Abraham Lucas
2022 NFL Draft: Watch highlights of new Seattle Seahawks T Abraham Lucas
Round 4, Pick 109: Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati
2022 NFL Draft Results: Watch Coby Bryant highlights!
2022 NFL Draft: Scouting report on Seahawks fourth-round pick Coby Bryant