As the start of the new NFL season gets closer and closer, so does the return of college football, and the Seahawks scouts will be out looking for the stars of the future. Who might they be keeping a close eye on during the upcoming college season with a view to drafting them in the 2022 draft?
Obviously, this is all dependent on how these prospects perform in the next 6 months and also where in the draft the Seahawks sit, but we can still look at the candidates that could be the next Russell Wilson, D.K.Metcalf, Bobby Wagner, etc.
In this piece, I will highlight who at this time, I see as the 55 most likely players to be first round draft picks and how the Seahawks may or may not want to draft them in the 2022 draft.
Seahawks 2022 draft prospects
In the last ten NFL drafts 33 quarterbacks have been drafted in the first round, with a low of 1 and high of 5 in those ten drafts.
The 2022 group looks fairly strong, so I will include seven in my top 55.
1. Sam Howell (North Carolina)
2. Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma)
3. Kedon Slovis (USC)
4. Malik Willis (Liberty)
5. Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati)
6. Matt Corral (Ole Miss)
7. JT Daniels (Georgia)
Howell and Rattler will go into the season vying for top QB billing on the 2022 draft. Willis is the “Trey Lance” of this class, whilst Corral could arguably be the most talented of the six but needs to improve in terms of consistency.
Of these six, only Willis and Ridder are seniors who will be in the 2022 draft.
All of this is likely to be irrelevant to the Seahawks with Russell Wilson under contract until the end of the 2023 season. The only way the Seahawks may be looking to draft a QB early in the first round of the 2022 draft is if they have had a poor 2021 campaign and Russell Wilson seeks a trade.