Tracking the QBs the Seahawks should take in the 2023 NFL draft: Week 9

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Tier 1- 1st round potential franchise QBs for the Seahawks

Number 5: Hendon Hooker

NFL Comp: A less mobile Lamar Jackson

I swear I don’t hate the Tennessee Volunteers or Hendon Hooker. The Vols and Hooker continue to give off vibes of 2019 LSU with Joe Burrow and an unstoppable offense, laying waste to college football on their way to a national championship.

In an important home battle against top 25 Kentucky and fellow QB prospect Will Levis, Hooker and the Vols overwhelmed Kentucky, winning comfortably 44-6. Hooker delivered an effortless 19/25 for 245 yards and 4 total touchdowns. Hooker has become the favorite for the Heisman Trophy, and could essentially lock up the award as his squad is about to travel into the lion’s den…Athens, Georgia in what will not only be the SEC East championship game but a potential CFP preview.

So if it’s all so right for Hooker and Tennessee, then why have him at #5? I really like Hooker, but I also have not seen him be truly challenged yet. His offense is extremely friendly and easy to run, and he has not seen a team yet this year that can cover Jalin Hyatt. This stud wide receiver has over 900 yards and 14 touchdowns already and has proven unguardable so far this season. How great will Hooker and Tennessee look when they head to the champ’s house?

Hooker is good, but the other quarterbacks are a better option to help Seattle in the next 3-5 years. If Hooker goes into Georgia and destroys them and looks the part, then I will take a long look at moving him up my boards.

Number 4: Bryce Young

NFL Comp: Somewhere between Tyler Huntley and Kyler Murray

Bryce Young was another quarterback on our list that got to enjoy a bye week. Perhaps no player or team needed a week off to get healthy and right as much as Alabama. It’s been clear all year that Young has not been healthy. If he’s healthy, then Alabama should be able to survive their next two tests, road games at LSU and Ole Miss.

That is a tough trip, but I still believe that Alabama is the 2nd best team in football. Young still has a chance to win over me and NFL teams to become QB1 in the upcoming draft, but he will always have to overcome the size and fragility issues.

He may give me flashbacks to Russell Wilson, but he’s a better prospect and will continue to be a divisive prospect