Tracking the QBs Seahawks should take in 2023 NFL draft: Week 11
Tier 1 (Will all be taken in the 1st round, will all be viewed as franchise quarterbacks)
Number 4: Bryce Young
NFL Comp: Mix of Tyler Huntley and Tua Tagovailoa
Bryce Young rebounded from a difficult and season-altering loss at LSU, to a massive road victory over Lane Kiffin’s Ole Miss Rebels. Young was a cool 21/33 for just over 200 yards but threw three impressive touchdowns in a 30-24 win.
Young looks the part when he throws the football, but there will always be the size concerns. We’ve seen the worst from Russell Wilson, Baker Mayfield, and Kyler Murray recently. I’m curious if that could potentially affect his draft position going forward.
I’m a fan of Young and would be excited if he fell to the Seahawks, but there are quarterbacks that I feel more comfortable with in Seattle for the future.
Number 3: Will Levis
NFL Comp: B version of Josh Allen
Will Levis has and will continue to be the prospect darling for many in the scouting and NFL community. He has every physical tool you could ask for, he plays in the Rams offense at Kentucky, and he’s facing the best in college football week in and week out.
The problem? He and Kentucky haven’t looked great, which has many wondering how good he really is. The answer? He’s a beast and will be great, but he’s in a bad place at Kentucky right now. Kentucky has one of the worst offensive lines in the SEC, and it has led to Levis being constantly hurt. The injuries have taken a toll on Levis, as he’s essentially stopped running this season after being a dangerous mobile QB in 2021.
Get healthy, kill the combine, and watch Levis potentially be the top pick in the draft.
Number 2: Anthony Richardson
NFL Comp: Prime Cam Newton
Another week, another game where AR15 shines in limited opportunities. I continue to bang the drum that Anthony Richardson is the most talented player in college football. No play has the ceiling on the offensive side of the ball that he has.
Put Richardson at Tennessee, Georgia, or Ohio State, and he’s the Heisman winner and top overall pick in the draft. Instead, he’s in a very run-heavy college offense that isn’t very talented. He’s extremely raw, but everything is there for him to be a superstar.
I believe he would be a perfect one-year wait for Seattle. Draft him, let him sit behind Geno for a year, then go Mahomes on everyone.
Number 1: CJ Stroud
NFL Comp: Joe Burrow
C.J. Stroud has been my top quarterback all season for the Seahawks, and that doesn’t change now. Let me be clear, I like Richardson’s ceiling more than Stroud’s, but if Geno is gone next year, and the Seahawks need a QB that can help them win in 2023, Stroud is the clear choice for me.
Calm in the pocket, moderately mobile, reads the field well and throws with the highest accuracy of any player on my list, Stroud can be the plus game manager that Seattle could role with and win with around a great team and defense. If the Seahawks have a top-3 pick, it’s going to be really tough to pass on the win-now quality that C.J. Stroud would provide.