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2022 NFL Draft Review: Seattle Seahawks

Adrian Holman

After finishing in last place in the NFC West with a 7-10 record, the Seattle Seahawks went into full rebuilding mode after trading QB Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos and after watching LB Barry Wagner sign with the Los Angeles Rams.

Fortunately, Seattle will now have the chance to look towards the future with the extra draft picks they received four draft picks this season and two draft picks next season from the Broncos. However, those picks must be selections that will not be busts. Let us take a look at who Seattle decided to go with in this year's NFL Draft.

Round 1, Pick 9: Charles Cross - OT - Mississippi State. 6'5", 307 lbs.

Cross started at tackle for the past two seasons in college at a high level. He will more than likely start at left tackle this season.

Round 2, Pick 8: Boye Mafe - DE - Minnesota. 6'4", 261 lbs (10 tackles for loss, 7 sacks).

Mafe makes impact plays on the edge as he is equally efficient against the run and the pass. He will more than likely start at defensive end this season.

Round 2, Pick 9: Kenneth Walker III - RB - Michigan State. 5'9", 211 lbs (1,636 rushing yds, 6.2 yds per rush, 18 rush TD, 1 recv TD).

The Seahawks are loaded at running back with Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. However, you cannot pass on a running back with this much talent as Kenneth Walker III. Michigan State was not a good team until Walker III transferred there last season. Then, everyone knew that he was going to run the ball. Even with defenses keying on him, Walker III went off throughout the season. Since the Seahawks now have QB issues, Seattle will be able to give all three running backs plenty of carries.

Round 3, Pick 8: Abraham Lucas - OT - Washington State. 6'6", 315 lbs.

Lucas started at right tackle for the past three seasons at Washington State. He will compete for the starting position at right tackle.

Round 4, Pick 4: Coby Bryant - CB - Cincinnati. 6'1", 193 lbs. (3 INT, 14 pass break-ups, 3 forced fumbles).

Bryant adds depth to the Seahawks secondary. He is very good at anticipating where the ball will be thrown and breaking up passes. He dropped a bit in this draft because of his 40 time of 4.54.

Round 5, Pick 10: Tariq Woolen - CB - UTSA. 6'4", 205 lbs. (5 pass break-ups, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 INT, 4.26 40 time).

Woolen could also see some time in the Seahawks secondary solely because of his height and his speed. He has the height to deal with tall receivers while having the speed to stay with speedy receivers.

Round 5, Pick 15: Tyreke Smith - DE - Ohio State. 6'3", 254 lbs (5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 pass break-ups).

Smith adds even more depth along the edge.

Round 7, Pick 8: Bo Melton - WR - Rutgers. 5'11", 189 lbs (618 recv yds, 3 TD, 51 rushing yds, 154 return yds).

Melton will compete for the returner position. He could also see some time in the slot as well.

Round 7, Pick 12: Dareke Young - WR - Lenoir Rhyne. 6'2", 220 lbs (303 recv yds, 4 TD).

Young will be given time to develop on the practice squad.

Fortunately for Seahawks fans, none of these picks were wasted. The team bolstered their offensive line and their defensive line while also adding some secondary depth. Seeing Walker III going in the second round is an absolute steal. Grade: B+.

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