Tracking the QBs the Seahawks should take in the 2023 NFL draft: Week 5
Seahawks targets 9 and 8
NFL Comp: B version of Trevor Lawrence
Number 9: Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma
Previous: Jaden Hall
Gabriel had a horrific first half, and then a horrific blow to the head that ended his day. It was the darkest moment in one of the darker days in recent Oklahoma Sooner history. The Sooners were demolished, 55-24 at TCU, and their season appears to be on the brink of disaster.
In the first half, when the Horned Frogs weren’t scoring at ease, Gabriel looked slow and had terrible accuracy. Gabriel finished 7/16 for only 126 yards before getting a late hit that smacked his head to the turf. Gabriel’s day was done, and we don’t know when we’ll see him next. Gabriel’s appeal was his incredible accuracy and mobility. Those have to be elite for him to have a chance to succeed at the next level.
NFL Comp: Tua Tagovailoa with a Russell Wilson potential
Number 8: KJ Jefferson
Previous: Dillon Gabriel
Jefferson joined a long line of promising quarterbacks to get wrecked by Nick Saban and Alabama. A potential signature win for Jefferson and the Hogs appeared to end quickly as Bama raced out to a 28-0 lead before Arkansas roared back with 23 unanswered points. Hope died quickly after as Bama finished the game on a 21-3 run in the fourth. Jefferson was simply outmanned and outgunned at nearly every position. He finished 12/24 for 155 yards and ran 17 times for a measly 38 yards.
Jefferson was not put in a position to succeed yesterday, but his inaccuracy when the game was still in question left me with questions. He may be a perfect late draft pick back up to learn under Geno Smith, while also providing some special packages, and being an elite short-yardage converter.
NFL Comp: Jacoby Brissett