Number four: What do the Seahawks need to do with its 2022 draft?
Seattle currently has six picks in the 2022 NFL draft. They, of course, have no first round selection after trading that to the Jets for Jamal Adams prior to the 2020 season. That trade is going to pay off more for the Jets, it seems, than the Seahawks. While Adams is a good player, he has underperformed this year. Plus, Seattle kind of needs those first round picks back as it appears the team will need to rebuild soon.
Seattle has picks in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, two in the 4th round and then one in the fifth and one in the seventh. While the pick in the 2nd round would normally be later in the round as Seattle is normally good, by the time of the 2022 draft, Seattle could be choosing closer to the first round.
And Seattle will have a lot of needs and likely not be able to fill those needs with great quality. If I were doing the choosing for Seattle, in the second round I would make it a priority to get the best left tackle or taller cornerback available. Duane Brown is growing old in front of our eyes and needs to be replaced and Seattle doesn’t have anyone on the roster capable of doing that.
Tre Brown might be a good cornerback for a long time in the NFL, but with his knee injury there is no guarantee he is ready to play early in the 2022 season. On the opposite side, D.J. Reed is decent but having Reed and Brown outside at corner means Seattle has two smaller corners in a league that really likes tall receivers.
Seattle also has needs at center, backup quarterback, running back, edge rusher, right tackle and possibly safety if Quandre Diggs doesn’t re-sign. In fact, Seattle has more needs than they do picks.
Assuming John Schneider is still the general manager and Pete Carroll the head coach after the 2021 season ends, the Seahawks need to have their best draft in a decade to help the team get back to being good. Based on recent drafts, I am not sure they are up to the task.