Week 7 of the college football season is in the books. We saw college football’s top quarterbacks return to form after a rough few weeks. What made this week so potentially interesting for the future of the Seahawks?
We saw multiple battles between quarterbacks that are in our top 10 rankings. We saw KJ Jefferson and Jaden Hall light it up in Provo, while Hendon Hooker and Bryce Young dueled in the game of the year, potentially passing off the Heisman Trophy.
The biggest question is whether players like Hooker are products of their system or simply great players. Plus, the success of Geno Smith in 2022 has made the question of drafting a QB high in the 2023 draft more difficult. How does all this impact the Seattle Seahawks and their future with the draft?
Top 10 quarterbacks the Seahawks should look to choose in the 2023 NFL draft
Number 10: Jaden Hall
NFL Comp: Zach Wilson
After a disappointing loss the previous week in Las Vegas to Notre Dame, Jaden Hall reignited the BYU offense through the air. Unfortunately for Hall and the Cougars, they couldn’t stop Arkansas’ offense from dropping a 50 burger in their heads in a 52-35 win. Hall threw 26/41 for 356 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also provided 23 yards rushing.
BYU plays a brutal schedule, so we’re getting a real look at Hall every week. In my eyes, he’s a solid 3rd round selection that can be a really good backup, and possibly a solid starter.
Number 9: Michael Penix Jr.
NFL Comp: Geno Smith
Penix Jr. continues to play incredible football, and this week, he got just enough help from his offense in a 49-39 rebound win over Arizona.
Penix was in video game mode, throwing for over 500 yards and 5 total touchdowns. Turnover clean football, mixed with an impressive vertical aerial attack, Penix showed some flashes that resembled a certain QB that is rolling right now in Seattle.
Number 8: Dillon Gabriel
NFL Comp: Tua Tagovailoa with a Russell Wilson potential
After missing almost two full games in which the Oklahoma Sooners season has fallen apart, Gabriel returned with a fury as the Sooners offense tore 19th-ranked Kansas apart 52-42. Gabriel was dialed in, throwing 29/42 for 400 yards and 3 total touchdowns.
His strengths of mobility and top-level accuracy will be what makes or breaks his chances of an NFL career, considering his lack of height. Saturday was a good day for the strengths.