4 Seattle Seahawks players whose career went awry in 2023

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Seahawks right tackle Abraham Lucas's future is a real concern

In the 2022 NFL draft, the Seahawks chose two players who might form the bookends of the offensive line for most of the next decade. Charles Cross was taken in the first round and Cross has been pretty solid, if not yet great. Abraham Lucas was chosen in round three. He might have gone earlier in the draft but he seemed much more of a pure right tackle and most NFL teams place a premium on left tackles as that is the blindside of most quarterbacks (most QBs are right-handed).

Last season, Lucas appeared to be the equal of Cross, and that was a good thing. But this season, things changed. Cross was graded as the 37th-best offensive tackle in the league, according to Pro Football Focus - again, not great but not horrible, either - but Lucas would have been 69th had Lucas been healthy enough to meet the minimum number of snaps to be graded as a starter.

And that is the bigger concern: The health of Lucas. He has been bothered by a knee since college, it appears, and the issue was called "chronic" by Pete Carroll. Lucas has already had surgery this offseason in hopes of making his knee healthier, but as there was seemingly no direct impact that originally caused the injury but something that Lucas has just been dealing with means the Seahawks might have to deal with a right tackle capable of goodness but who cannot be counted on to play the majority of games year-in and year-out.

Lucas only managed to appear in six games this season. There is no guarantee he will consistently play in as many as that moving forward. The Seahawks might be forced to find Lucas' replacement sooner than later.

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