The Seattle Seahawks currently have the 9th overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft. There will be lots of talent to choose from as well as some players Seattle shouldn’t take.
All of the players that follow are well-respected but when Seattle chooses its first pick, there will be other players who play the same positions who should be better in the long run for Seattle.
Seattle is building for the future. Taking a cornerback, left tackle or edge rusher instead of a quarterback, especially with the crop of quarterbacks in this year’s class being not overly great, would seem the right move. But the Seahawks shouldn’t choose any of these three players.
3 players the Seahawks should not take in the 2022 NFL draft
Cornerback Derek Stingley, Jr., LSU
If the Seahawks stand pat at number 9 overall instead of trading down (and it would be a bit of a shock for general manager John Schneider not to trade down) and they have a vast group of talented players to choose from, the player they choose should not be LSU CB Derek Stingley, Jr. No offense to Stingley, of course.
But Seattle needs playmakers on defense. The offense is going to likely be more conservative for the next couple of seasons and that means the defense is going to have ti help them out with good field position. Turnovers are going to be huge for this team. And Stingley does not create turnovers.
In fact, Stingley hasn’t had an interception since 2019. Yes, he had 6 in his freshman season but he’s had chances since then. He also played on a loaded defense in 2019 and that he had so many picks likely has more to do with the players playing next to him than his own ability.
Stingley also hasn’t shown an ability to stay healthy since he was a freshman. He does come from a program that produces excellent defensive backs but Stingley simply has too many question marks – doesn’t consistently create turnovers, doesn’t consistently stay healthy – for the Seahawks to take him at number 9.