The Seattle Seahawks are 8-7 and if they win their next two games, they will once again make the postseason. But is Seattle simply a slightly better than mediocre team that is going to stay that way for a few years or are they capable of making a leap in 2024? Plus, is Geno Smith (or Drew Lock) the quarterback capable of helping the team make that leap?
If Seattle is going to take a couple of the quarterbacks that follow, they will need to trade up in the draft. You can already see who I have as the "dream" choice and I am aware that Williams is not going to hang around until Seattle picks, likely closer to the 20s than the top ten. Yet anything can happen once general manager John Schneider starts working his draft-trade magic.
As far as some of the other quarterbacks, they might actually be around in the late teens of the draft. A prospect will rise and fall based on the combine and their personal pro day. Who we see as a lock to be a top-five pick now might not stay that way in April. But here are five quarterback picks that would be great long-term for the Seahawks.
The dream pick for the Seattle Seahawks - Caleb Williams, USC
Caleb Williams's rise in college football has been nothing short of transcendent. He started as a backup to Spencer Rattler. Ever since stepping in for the struggling Rattler, he has been one of the most explosive players, if not the most explosive, in all of college football. Since following Lincoln Riley to USC, Williams has scored a total of 93 touchdowns with a mere ten interceptions over 26 games.
Considering NFL teams are all looking for a Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen-type upside, Caleb Williams is a virtual guarantee to be the number one player selected in next year's draft. The only question is, who's going to get him? For Seattle to have a chance at a prospect of Caleb Williams's caliber, John Schnieder would have to have an out-of-character impulse to mortgage the future to go up to the top of the first round.