4 Seattle Seahawks on the hot seat ahead of the 2023 NFL draft

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Seahawks guard Phil Haynes is on the hot seat

Haynes will likely get a chance to start ar right guard in 2023. Seattle released Gabe Jackson this offseason due to Jackson's bloated contract and his digression as a blocker. Haynes split snaps with Jackson in 2022 and Haynes was the better player of the two anyway. Even if Jackson hadn't been released, Haynes likely would have started in front of him.

But Haynes has not proven in his four seasons with the Seahawks that he can stay consistently healthy. He did play in 15 games in 2022 but played no more than five in any of his previous seasons. Haynes is only 27 years old and could have several more years to play at a decent level, but he also needs to stay healthy this coming season.

Seattle could also draft a guard, maybe Florida's O'Cyrus Torrence,, decently high in the 2023 draft and that player steps in right away to start. Even though Haynes was better than Jackson last season, he still only graded out as the 56th best overall guard in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required). Seattle might do with an upgrade at the position Haynes currently plays.

Or Haynes could take total advantage of the opportunity he has this year and be the starter in Seattle for seasons to come. He's got the size and strength to succeed. But does he have the talent of staying healthy?