3 reasons Seahawks must avoid taking a QB in first-round of 2022 NFL Draft
By Lee Vowell
2022 quarterbacks all have too many question marks
There are only a handful of quarterbacks who should have any chance of going in the first round in 2022. But because this is quarterback I am discussing then we know that a player who plays the position is often drafted higher than he should be. Josh Rosen anyone? Jared Goff? Sam Darnold? The list goes on and on and on. This year’s quarterback class is extremely iffy.
Malik Willis has seemingly extreme athletic ability and a strong arm. But would he be accurate against a decent level of competition? Is he good when faced with competition anywhere close to his athleticism? Willis played at Liberty and while his physical gifts are obvious in workouts, what happens when he goes from Liberty to the NFL?
Kenny Pickett appears to have great leadership skills and good athleticism and a good arm, but his hands are small. I realize this is an odd thing for nearly any other job on earth but for NFL QBs it matters. Holding on to the ball in the cold and wind and rain is important and Seattle is often chilly, windy and rainy.
Sam Howell, Desmond Ridder and Matt Corral are likely next on the list as far as QBs the Seahawks might be thinking of taking. But Howell’s upside is like that of Baker Mayfield who no one seems to want right now. Ridder’s NFL accuracy and arm strength are a bit questionable. And Corral seems to make some strange decisions when flushed from the pocket and gets wildly inaccurate then as well.
Simply put, while Seattle does need to find Russell Wilson’s long-term replacement, finding that player in the 2022 NFL draft seems like a mistake. Seattle should wait until 2023 to take a QB and build the team back better first.