3 bold predictions for the Seahawks on Day 3 of the 2022 NFL draft
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks enter the last day of the 2022 NFL draft having fixed its offensive line (hopefully!) but still trying to fill some other positional needs.
Two of the “bold” predictions below have to deal with players the Seahawks choose on Saturday but one is a pick they trade. That said, the real bold prediction could be that Seattle makes no trade in this draft. That seems very un-Seahawks-like.
But Day 3 can also be where Seattle finds some very impactful players for the next many seasons. Don’t forget that Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Quinton Jefferson and Michael Dickson were all Day 3 picks.
Three bold predictions for the Seahawks on Day 3
Seahawks trade round 5 pick to Browns for Baker Mayfield
At this point, the Browns are stuck with Mayfield, whether they want to admit it or not. The only other team that probably had an interest in acquiring Mayfield besides the Seahawks were the Panthers and Carolina took Matt Corral in the draft.
Cleveland could release Mayfield but then they would still owe him money and get nothing back in return. Mayfield is a decent quarterback and would still give Seattle a better chance at winning in 2022 than Drew Lock or Geno Smith. Offering a round 5 pick for him makes sense and would be no worse than a one-year commitment for Seattle.
Seahawks choose Cade York in round 6
Jason Myers has been pretty good for Seattle the last couple of years but he also takes up $5 million of payroll. Seattle would save $4 million by releasing him. Myers is a good kicker, though, but so is LSU kicker York. In college, York was 15 of 19 from beyond 50 yards.
Adding York would give Seattle an excellent long-term and inexpensive kicker. Losing Myers wouldn’t be fun but if York is at least of the same quality and millions of dollars cheaper, why not take him?
Seahawks choose Coby Bryant at pick 109
Seattle drafted two offensive linemen – a left tackle and right tackle – in their first four picks. The offensive line should mostly be set for several years now since left guard Damien Lewis is entering just his third year. Seattle got a potentially very productive running back by taking Kenneth Walker. And at edge rusher, Seattle picked up Boye Mafe.
But Seattle still needs to find a good cornerback and there are a few left to choose. Passing on Bryant in the fourth round would seem almost criminal as he has done nothing to show he won’t be good in the NFL. Bryant could be a Week 1 starter.