The Seattle Seahawks are relying on a bunch of rookies to be good in 2022. So far, so good. But possibly the best rookie balled out in Week 7.
Rookies like Tariq Woolen and Coby Bryant and Ken Walker are going to get a lot more eyes on them than some other rookies. The reason is simple. They have the ball in their hands more.
But what about rookie offensive linemen Charles Cross and Abe Lucas? Cross was the Seahawks first pick in the 2022 NFL draft and 9th overall. Lucas fell to the third round even though some thought he might go as high as the first round. Well, if your favorite team didn’t choose him then you can blame them. Seattle was lucky enough to have Lucas land with them.
Lucas has been good all year. In Week 1, Lucas was given his highest grade of the season by Pro Football Focus (subscription required). In Week 2 against the 49ers? Lucas was given his lowest grade. That’s excusable as the 49ers have a good defense and Lucas was in his second start in his NFL career.
Seahawks lucky Abe Lucas fell to them in the third round of 2022 NFL draft
But in Week 7, Lucas proved his worth and showed why he should have been taken higher in the draft. He created a hole for Ken Walker’s 74-yard touchdown run. Lucas also just muscled Walker 8 yards (Walker and everyone else on the field near where Walker should have gone down) for an important first down in the second half. Sometimes several offensive linemen will get together and push a runner forward. Lucas did it by himself.
Lucas basically wrecked the left side of the Chargers defensive line at times. A huge reason Walker finished with 168 yards rushing was Lucas. Plus, Lucas was playing next to a backup right guard. The right side of the line wasn’t just good because of a couple of players; It was great because of Lucas.
So far in 2022, Lucas has allowed 3 sacks and 3 quarterback hits in 264 pass-block snaps. He has been called for 5 penalties. All those numbers are fine for a tackle in the NFL but a rookie? Lucas is the real deal and he showed in Week 7 why he should be a start for the Seahawks for the next 10 years.