5 Seahawks with much to lose during the 2022 NFL Draft
By Lee Vowell
Two front seven defensive players
Mone did get 1.5 sacks in 2021 but he is basically a pure run-stopper. The switch to more of a 3-4 base doesn’t help him either as Poona Ford should be the nose guard in the scheme. Mone’s snaps will likely go down this coming season after he started five games this past season. Seattle will hopefully take more versatile defensive linemen in the draft, ones who can play outside but also supply more internal quarterback pressure than Mone can.
It also doesn’t help that in 2020, Mone missed 18.2 percent of his attempted tackles and 10.3 percent last year. That is far too many for a nose guard. Mone is still pretty good at what he does but Seattle needs players with more versatility.
Cody Barton replaced Bobby Wagner in the last game of the 2021 season after Wagner was injured the week before. Wagner has now been released, of course, which would make Barton seem like the obvious replacement as Barton has spent three seasons with the team and knows the players around him for the most part.
But Seattle might choose to take Wagner’s true replacement early in this draft. Possibly someone like Utah’s Devin Lloyd. Barton has some athleticism and can get to the quarterback from time to time but Lloyd is a physical freak. Lloyd next to Jordyn Brooks is a lot more dangerous than Barton and Brooks.