Winners and losers from Seahawks 2022 draft, but mostly winners
By Matthew Holm
Winner — Drew Lock
Has any quarterback improved their prospects over the last few months more profoundly than Drew Lock?
Lock went from a draft-and-stash prospect hung out to dry by Denver’s offensive coaching staff to a reclamation project in Seattle, then Seattle went out and got Lock almost all the offensive personnel he could have asked for — new tackles to keep the rushers at bay, a new halfback so he doesn’t have to be the offense’s metronome, and even a few more receivers to choose from, as if having DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett wasn’t already as good a 1-2 combo as exists in the NFL.
Geno Smith may appear to be the front-runner for the Seahawks’ starting QB job, but Lock has infinitely higher upside, and those who remember when Carroll first took the reins will also remember that he jettisoned veteran Matt Hasselbeck to take a chance on the less-polished, arguably more talented Tarvaris Jackson.
Seattle addressed their trenches early and got their safety valve at HB, just like they did in the early 2010s with Russell Okung, James Carpenter, and Marshawn Lynch. If the new plan is the old plan, as seems to be the case, Lock should, at this point, be considered the clear favorite to be Seattle’s starter this season.