Seahawks 2022 NFL draft: 3 edge rushers Seattle should take
By Lee Vowell
Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
If I was writing this article in October and Seattle had the number 9 overall pick (obviously in October the Seahawks still had Russell Wilson on the team) and I said, “Maybe Seattle can choose Thibodeaux?” you would have thought I was an idiot. (Heck, maybe you think that anyway.) At that time, Thibodeaux was thought to likely go first or second in the 2022 NFL draft.
But then this being the offseason and storylines before the draft actually change the makeup of who gets picked where, Thibodeaux could now easily fall to number 9. If he does and Seattle hasn’t traded down, Thibodeaux needs to be the pick.
He is a polished pass rusher and can beat an offensive lineman in lots of ways. He is quick on his rushes, athletic enough to get around offensive linemen even when he is met initially at the line of scrimmage because he has excellent technique and his on-the-field effort is without question.
Or is it? This is where the questions start about Thibodeaux. Since the season ended, there have been multiple articles that maybe he doesn’t give 100 percent on every play. Some say it could be that Thibodeaux is more interested in off-the-field things like starting his own cryptocurrency. Or maybe a lot of teams want Thibodeaux and teams have put misinformation into the world hoping that another team passes on him for what is basically misinformation.
If I was Seattle, I’d take a chance on a player who has elite pass-rushing ability and can play whether he is in a 3-4 or 4-3. The Seahawks need a pass rusher and if Thibodeaux is still around at pick 9 then he should be Seattle’s choice.