Geno Smith and the Seattle Seahawks continue to roll. Week 9 of the college football season is in the books. And we are now into the final leg of the regular season.
This week we saw a highly anticipated matchup between two of our top 5 quarterbacks turn into an absolute mismatch. As we head into the home stretch of the season, we continue to see as many concerns as highlights from these young gunslingers. After 9 weeks, I’m choosing patience on a QB who had a rough week, and we’re promoting another QB to the top tier of quarterbacks that may be available to the Seattle Seahawks this spring.
Even with Geno Smith being an incredible story, you still have to keep an eye on the future. Maybe Geno helps groom his replacement. But with two first-round draft picks, Seattle might need to grab a quarterback for the future either way.
Top 10 QBs the Seahawks should look to choose in the 2023 NFL draft: Week 9
Tier 3-Projects worth taking a flier on
Number 10: Jaden Hall
NFL Comp: Zach Wilson
At this point of the season, I’ve lost hope in finding out if Jaren Hall will be able to play at the next level. In another disappointing loss. In a 27-24 loss at home to Eastern Carolina, Hall finished 18/25 but for only 144 yards. Hall and his draft stock have taken the biggest hit due to this team falling apart after a strong early start.
Number 9: D.J. Uiagalelei
NFL Comp: B version of Trevor Lawrence
After a nightmare game against Syracuse in which he was benched and his team barely survived, D.J. Uiagalelei and the Clemson Tigers had what is possibly the most important bye in all of college football. For the first half of the season, we saw a Uiagalelei that was raw, but talented, physically imposing himself on the ACC. Last week, we saw the 2021 version of Uiagalelei, a player whose mechanics were slow and wildly inaccurate.
Head coach Dabo Swinney said that D.J. will remain the starter, but we have no clue what happened this week during the bye. At the end of the day, few prospects in this class will be as physically gifted at Uiagalelei, and Clemson has a defense capable of winning a national championship. Uiagalelei, who I still believe has a chance to be great, will need to get better now before they end up facing the likes of Tennessee or Georgia in a playoff game.