Seahawks 5 best options at quarterback starting in 2023
By Lee Vowell
Number 1: Alabama QB Bryce Young
I almost thought of not going with Bryce Young with this choice for several reasons. One is that I could have chosen Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud as well. A second reason is that Seattle would have to be really bad in 2022 to get a pick high enough in the 2023 draft to choose Young. Thirdly, Young’s college of Alabama and Stroud’s school of Ohio State do not have a recent history, no matter how successful the two teams have been, of turning out very good NFL quarterbacks.
But the assumption is that both Young and Stroud are different than other QBs Alabama and Ohio State have produced. Both are very accurate and don’t turn the ball over. The reason I am going with Young here is that although he can run the ball well enough, he doesn’t rely on that to be good. In fact, Young would rather not run unless he has to.
Forget the fact that Young had 0 rushing yards on 81 attempts in 2021 for the Crimson Tide. That is extremely misleading. Alabama rarely called designed runs for Young. They did in the SEC championship game and Young had 40 yards on 3 carries and a touchdown. Georgia adjusted in the national championship game and Young wasn’t able to do as much. That wasn’t on Young, however, but more of how great the Bulldogs defense was.
In 2021, Young threw 47 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions and completed 66.9 percent of his passes. This was in his first full season as a starter in the SEC, which basically serves as a minor league system for the NFL. Young will likely be even more efficient in 2022. If he becomes the Seahawks quarterback in 2023, Seattle might have another decade-long run of success.